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Where the Bodies are Buried [Kindle Edition]

Chris Brookmyre
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

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'Premier-league crime writing' --Mark Billingham

'A strident blast of the trumpet to wake up crime fiction readers everywhere' --Val McDermid

Book Description

* The brililant new novel from the bestselling author Chris Brookmyre - and a change of direction

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 538 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 140870269X
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group (2 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZKVEF6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,135 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Chris Brookmyre was a journalist before becoming a full time novelist with the publication of QUITE UGLY ONE MORNING. Since writing A BIG BOY DID IT AND RAN AWAY he and his family decided to move away from Aberdeen and now live near Glasgow.

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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars He's deid, Jim 31 May 2011
By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
The latest novel from Chris Brookmyre (note that - Chris, not Christopher) marks a significant change for the author, with a new set of characters that are due to appear again in subsequent books. What's most notable about Where The Bodies Are Buried however (apart from the shortening of the author's first name), is that Brookmyre's latest novel is ...well, somewhat more conventional as a crime thriller than his previous semi-comic terrorist thrillers.

That's not to say that the author's trademark Glaswegian wit, irony and deadpan sarcasm isn't still in evidence, nor that he has lost any of the keenness of his observational satire of the bampots that pass for a Glasgow crime underworld. There's a great riff early in the book on the lack of subtlety among the criminal fraternity north of the border, where a crime is not so much a "whodunit" as a "cannaemisswhodunit". Somewhat surprisingly then, Where The Bodies Are Buried is pretty much a whodunit and the new characters introduced in this novel are a police detective and a Private Investigator.

Jasmine Sharp is an out-of-work actress who is employed by her ex-police force PI uncle Jim, to help him out with the usual ham-fisted insurance claims and scams that make up the majority of his work. When Jim goes missing however, Jasmine discovers that he's been working on a couple of other long-standing missing person cases that may be linked to his own disappearance. The Glasgow police however have other matters to worry about when DI Catherine Geddis looks into the killing of a criminal that seems to have sparked off a war between the city's drug lords, but finds that her investigations appear to be hampered from agencies within the police force itself.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but a bit ordinary 21 Jun 2011
Format:Hardcover
I enjoyed this novel, and it was better than a post Rebus Rankin that I struggled through just before it. It lacks the spark that made me want to read all the other Brookmyres though. "A snowball in hell" is my favourite of his books, whilst "a tale etched in blood and hard black pencil" got me into him.
It would be hard for him to continue along in that line without becoming repetitive though, so this is a bit different for him, but does make him more like many other crime writers. It gets a bit boring reading cliched descriptions of cops with dyfunctional family lives because they work too hard, bent coppers etc.
So, a good book but unusually for him not a brilliant book.
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Plotted by his agent? 21 Jun 2011
By Janus
Format:Hardcover
Like other reviewers here, a Brookmyre completist (initially ensnared by "Not the end of the world"). Totally sold on his Hiaasen like take on the political, religious, wacky -well if you weren't laughing you'ld have to cry - world of Central and West Scotland. And then Pandaemonium, and then this. A less than totally convincing swing into sci-fi fantasy, and then a serviceable but totally unremarkable whodunit.

It only gets two stars from me because it could have been a less readable pot-boiler - and I admit I read it straight through - but it lacks just about all the elements that make Brookmyre's previous books different and exceptional. I certainly will be watching the reviews, and almost certainly waiting until the paperback release of his next one.

So where's the body? It may just be that he's run out of plot lines in his politics/sectarianism/corruption box: Scotland is a lot duller under devolution, with fewer Sassenach carpet-baggers or press barons to worry about. The seams based on teenage tearaways, then and grown up a bit may be getting thin.

But I suspect that he's where many an indie singer-songwriter finds themselves after the sixth album, trying to get out of his niche, cross-over, whatever. Produce plots that will sustain a Glaswegian Wire, perhaps. At least avoiding multi-layered plots that TV commissioning editors despair of turning into a ninety minute special, and introducing characters without pre-watershed blemishes (no alcoholics or lesbians,or Ugandan Asian Special Branch female anti-terrorist amazons, for example). Little late for the two female detective slot, I fear.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Losing it 8 Jun 2011
By dummers
Format:Hardcover
I've had my Brookmyres on pre-order from Amazon ever since "Ugly One Morning", even tho' my faith wavered after the dire "Pandaemonium". But no more! This latest one is sadly lacking in the old energy - in fact it's almost DULL.

I think Brookmyre's forgotten what made him so good in the first place, and he's now trying to write Grown Up. As a result, the book is clogged up by:-

* 'Proper' words like "ostensibly", "exacerbated", etc, instead of the old joyous, salty slang;
* A 'womans' point of view, god help us, man, stick to what you know. The sex scenes from the viewpoint of DI Catherine McLeod were embarrassing;
* Some of the most laborious driving you could imagine - "He drove east along the Gallowgate, past the Barrowland and round the dog-leg up to Tollcross Road. His pace was steady and careful [you're telling me].....he turned left off Tollcross Road before it became Hamilton Road, heading north past Tolllcross Park..." on and on we go. OK, you've convinced us, you know Glasgow. Every Brookmyre since "Ugly One Morning" has contained padding, but the padding has always been FUN before.

Off to re-read "Boiling A Frog"
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2.0 out of 5 stars Has Brookmyre burned out?
I agree with the other reviewers that it is slow and dull compared with his previous novels - still finished it, though the first half was a difficult climb, and took baby steps to... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Derek Thomson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great plot
A real page turner
Published 1 month ago by Judith N
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 2 months ago by bm
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't like this style Chris
Don't like this style Chris. You're so witty, why veer into boring formulaic mystery? I had very little empathy for the main character.Maybe that was the problem?
Published 2 months ago by Ms. IM Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars Mental cheers and celebration
Len Wanner has a lot to answer for, not least the fact that I need to buy another new bookcase, only a twelvemonth after giving the piano away to make room for more. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sandra Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Different from his usual but ....... oohsha ! Soooo good.
Loved this book but completely different from his previous books which I've read and enjoyed. I was very caught up in the story and the characters, not all black nor all white - so... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kate 54
4.0 out of 5 stars Phew, too hot to handle, almost
There have been one or two very complex cross and double-cross stories in the marketplace recently but this one tops the lot. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael Watson
3.0 out of 5 stars not his best
I'm relatively new to Chris Brookmyre's books, am working my way through them and I really did have to work my way through the first half of this one. Read more
Published 5 months ago by S. E. Martin
3.0 out of 5 stars Not keen
I was given this to read through Netgalley. I thought it was going to be a fast paced kind of book. Unfortunately for me, I never really got into the pace of it at all. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Fiona Hunt
4.0 out of 5 stars Gift
I bought this as a gift and I have had no adverse comments from the recipients, so I am assuming it is OK.
Published 9 months ago by Nordic crime fan
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