In Glasgow, aspiring actress Jasmine Sharp is reluctantly - and incompetently - earning a crust working for her Uncle Jim's private investigation business. When Jim goes missing, Jasmine has to take on the investigator mantle for real. Soon she stumbles into a web of corruption and decades-hidden secrets that could tear apart an entire police force - if she can stay alive long enough to tell the tale...
©2011 Christopher Brookmyre (P)2011 WF Howes Ltd
I'm a BIG fan of Brookmyre and was excited to see that this title was on Audio just in time for the mid-year holidays.
Jasmine Sharp is the fragile herione of this novel and her character is brilliantly written. Insecure and more than a little bewildered with the world, Jasmine carries half of the plot with her through the fast paced action, piecing together a cold-case mystery as she escapes bullets and double-dealing thugs alike. The other half is carried by a top female cop in the Glasgow poe-liss who, with her family problems and hostile male counterparts, has her own set of problems. The depth of these two leading ladies' characters is enriched by contrast with a bunch of Glasgow underworld drug dealers and bent cops.
The plot moves along at a rattling pace and resolves neatly, if a little sweetly, and is excellently narrated by Sarah Barron. A wide range of accents, tones and pitches keeps the Glasgow voice alive, perfectly portraying youth & age, regret and joy, fear and peace. Though I am not Scottish and am therefore possibly not qualified to judge, all the characters accents sounded genuine and brought the location of the action alive.
Excellent stuff, Chris Brookmyre! Keep it up!
All of the Brookmyre novels i've read/heard have been slightly surreal - flying bodyparts, schoolkids helping capture terrorists, clowns robbing banks, etc etc. This is more of a 'straight' crime novel,, but is just as good as everything else he's written, and just as good as the other stuff I read - heartily recommended
Instantly listen-able, draws you in and postpones your sleep.
Great contemporary story that manages to capture Glasgow and all its idiosyncrasies. A city where a short walk can take you from the fattest cats to the scrawniest rats of modern life.
Sarah's reading shows great characterisation and range in a story that uses most of Britain's social ladder, her performance is excellent.
I like Brookmyre's style of writing which often combines wit with a cracking good story. This does not have the funny interludes of his Parlabane series but the story more than makes up for it in sheer quality. This is a book that should be made into a two or three part TV mini series with star actors - it is that good. BBC take note and get cracking. A "stoater" of a tale.
Don't know why he's suddenly Chris instead of Christopher Brookmyre, I nearly went past it thinking someone was copying him!
A girl starts working for her uncle in a PI firm, she's terrified she's rubbish and her uncle disappears a week into the job, leaving her to run the show. The cops aren't much help, but is this due to lack of information or the covering up of something sinister?
Best quote, "It's not Starsky and Hutch, more like Jack and Victor"
The author, first, pedestrian, predictable, cliché-ridden.......sounds a bit harsh, how about fails to hold the reader/listener's attention?
Sarah Baron, well, some narrators have the uncanny knack of a different voice for each main character, I can be 5 minutes into a new chapter before I realise Jasmine is back and the female DCI has debated the existential possibilities of the villains possible reactions or non-reactions.
The book drags, some well written insights mired in verbal diahorrea.
I have enjoyed many of the brookmyre books previously – in particular ‘The unsinkable rubber ducks’ and ‘Snowball in hell’ - but this book lacks all of the humour and gusto Christopher (now Chris!) has shown in previous titles.
The plot is thin, often tedious - the characters forgettable and the story line is as transparent as a piece of clingfilm.
Please can we have Christopher back, Chris proved to be a flop!
Chris(topher) Brookmyre has changed genre, and it's not to everybody's liking. But Jasmine Sharp grows on me, and the introduction of Tron Ingrams (for those who haven't read the book yet) enlivens things considerably. I found the book more interesting second time around, as I was able to pick up on various small hints that had escaped me the first time.
One quibble - I've not seen the paperback and don't know whether they are chapter headings or section headings, but Sarah Barron does not highlight these by a change of tone and this can be mildly confusing.
"Brookmyre for beginners"
The central mystery is really clever and the various story lines weave together nicely. The characters are well imagined. Jasmine Sharp, the wannabe private investigator around whom the story unfolds, is sure to be with us for a while. Having said that, everything is a little too contrived. Brookmyre (who claims to have moved into a more serious, less anarchistic mode - he now writes as "Chris" as opposed to "Christopher") seems to be trying too hard to be conventional. "Where the Bodies are Buried" lacks some of the irreverence and exuberance of earlier works like Quite Ugly One Morning and the Unsinkable Rubber Duckies, but is still well worth the effort.
A little too predictable.
The book is really well read with Sarah Barron's Scottish lilt adding a level of atmosphere and intensity that a reading of the book would lack.
Brookmyre has long been a favourite author and I have both read and listened to all his books. Here's hoping he finds the groove he is looking for.
Great story! I don't know why mr. brookmyre lost the topher to his chris, but i was delighted to find a new book by him, as i`ve read and hugely enjoyed his previous ones. The characters are, as usual, very rich and the storyline comes together nicely. the narrator did, in my humble opinion, an excellent job of giving life to the story, with a nice bit of scottish inflection, not so thick that non-native-speakers like me don't get it, but adding a nice bit of authenticity to a story set in glasgow. an extra bonus to this recording is its length. with a little more than 11 hours, it isn`t over too fast and gives the plot enough time to tighten to the end. and the ending is great, by the way. it ends on a sentence that isn't there....
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