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The entertaining, moving and unpredictable new thriller from multi-award-winning best seller Chris Brookmyre is a wholly original masterpiece.

Millie Spark can kill anyone.

A special effects make-up artist, her talent is to create realistic scenes of bloody violence.

Then, one day, she wakes to find her lover dead in her bed.

Twenty-five years later, her sentence for murder served, Millicent is ready to give up on her broken life - until she meets troubled film student and reluctant petty thief Jerry. 

Together, they begin to discover that all was not what it seemed on that fateful night...and someone doesn't want them to find out why. 

Chris Brookmyre was a journalist before becoming a full-time novelist with the publication of his award-winning debut Quite Ugly One Morning, which established him as one of Britain's leading crime novelists. His 2016 novel Black Widow won both the McIlvanney Prize and the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award. Brookmyre's novels novels have sold more than two million copies in the UK alone.

©2021 Christopher Brookmyre (P)2021 W F Howes

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I love Chris Brookmyre and was filled with joy to find a new one.
Who on earth thought that a narrator with a plum in her mouth, sounding like an English WI storyteller and a comic caricature of a Glasgow accent for the characters would be a good idea. When I read CB I read in a Glasgow accent. It's where the books are from, the speech idioms, vocab and characters are Glasgow. This is homogenised to an Enid Blyton pulp. I can't get past it. If I have time I might read the book but, after one chapter it's being returned to Audible.

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Hmm - so so

I liked it but ( not to give away plot points) there’s a merge it storylines later on in the book that just doesn’t hang together for me.

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Good listen with slight reservations.

I am sure that mastering lots of regional accents must be challenging for a narrator but this book's reading stuttered very slightly for me by the narrator's attempts at both Italian characters speaking English and even basic use of Italian words such as "trattoria" and "gelateria" . I think that this is a common problem with books by Christopher Brookmyre as I suppose it must be difficult to find a narrator able to do "Scottish" as well as others. It was the opposite in "Not the End of the World " where the narrator was required to channel Mel Gibson and Billy Connoly to achieve Steph's voice.
With all that said it was an enjoyable listen and my criticism should be taken as constructive as I would certainly recommend this as an enjoyable listen.

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Another excellent story from Chris!

I love the way Chris knits the tale together from different stories with a final twist.

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Entertaining but...

Unlike other reviews, I didn't mind the narrators attempts at accents. It's not as polished as previous Brookmyre novels and some areas feel a little unfinished. The laughs are still there.. I still had a few LOL moments and overall I really enjoyed this tale of the unlikely matched detecting duo. Chris's ability to portray likable, believable characters is what makes him an awesome story teller. That and his ability to knit together very clever webs of story interlinks draws you in, so you're routing for the hero/heroine very quickly, even when they've done something most would find disturbing/despicable. Nice to listen to a 'pandemic era' tale without it being mostly focused on the pandemic with just the smallest of nods to its existence in the credits... Great escapism!

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Wonderful 2020 brookmyre

Unlikely partnership between Glasgow bed with a heart and elderly ex con, chasing across Europe to prove her innocence and redeem himself. The disposing of a body scene in Partick is classic Brookmyre

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Best Brookmyre in ages

Brookmyre at his best. Great characters, lots of twists. Doesn't have the same sharp humour as early Parlabane books but a great book


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Gripping!

Yet another brilliant book by Christopher Brookmyre. Couldn’t put it down, great characters and I was drawn in immediately. Haven’t read anything this good for a while.

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Another great book from Brookmyre

Loved the book, but the narrator needs to learn Scottish pronunciation, as it was very distracting.

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High calibre Brookmyre...

Student Jerry is uncomfortable in his Uni halls and goes to live with three elderly ladies who are advertising for a tenant. They live in an upmarket area of Glasgow. One of them is Millicent who has recently been released from prison after serving 25 years for murder – which she claims she did not commit.

Jerry is an aficionado of horror cinema and Millicent was a make-up artist in the film industry specialising in blood and gore. On one of Millicent’s first evening out she spots a photo of the man she allegedly murdered. Is he who she thought he was? They begin to make enquiries and before long some is trying to kill Millicent.

Jerry and Millicent become an odd crime-fighting couple. Questions need to be asked about the last film that Millicent worked on. This sets them off on a trail to Paris, Rome and back to Glasgow.

I confess I lost the thread of the details about the film but this was good high-calibre Brookmyre and a cracking read.

Would like to see Jerry and Millie resurrected in future books….