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Where The Bodies Are Buried [Kindle Edition]

Chris Brookmyre
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)

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Detective Catherine McLeod was always taught that in Glasgow, they don't do whodunit. They do score-settling, vendettas and petty revenge. And however she looks at it, the discovery of a dead drug-dealer in a back alley means she's going to be busy.

Meanwhile, aspiring actress Jasmine Sharp is reluctantly - and incompetently - working for her uncle Jim's private investigation business. When Jim goes missing, Jasmine has to take on the investigator mantle for real, and her only lead points to a professional assassin who has been dead for twenty years. Soon Jasmine stumbles into a web of corruption and secrets that leaves her running for her life.

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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

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1248 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (2 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZKVEF6
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,360 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but a bit ordinary 21 Jun. 2011
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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69 of 72 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
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Notably different 18 April 2012
By Lainy
To be honest I have struggled between a 2 or a 3 star rating, I decided on a 3 for two reasons. One it is ok for a crime novel and not the worst I have read by any stretch of the imagination and secondly I have loved all his previous books so that has got to count for something, right?

The story is split really in two, with the police investigating (mainly Detective Catherine McLeod and associates) and Jasmine. Jasmine is a want to be actress working for her uncle at his private detective agency since her mum died and in between her few and none call backs. When a local known criminal is found assassinated Detective Catherine is called in, meanwhile Jasmines uncle is investigating something from way back and goes missing. The story goes chapter to chapter switching from each one.

Most notably from the opening of the book it is now Chris Brookmyre not Christopher, a show of out with the old and in with the new. Gone is the hilarious, outrageous, bizarre and captivating characters and story lines. In it's place we have a crime story with very little of the signature Brookmyre we know, now I like crime stories anyway and as far as that goes it was ok. I did find myself slogging through it and bored at times although the last quarter did pick up and save it from a definite two star review. I can't say I liked any of the characters much, Jasmine was very weak and out of place - detective Catherine had a few moments of potential for liking but really none of them had a patch on Jack Parlabane who you couldn't help but love (or hate) - I didn't feel any draw towards these characters. However that said it is the first in the series and it did give a good introduction to the characters that will no doubt be in the next installment which I will be getting.
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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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love all Chris' books. This is no exception although more serious than his earlier work.
Published 4 days ago by Bamber
5.0 out of 5 stars A marvellous Scottish author
Two female characters help make this book engrossing: Detective Catherine MacCleod and Jasmine Sharp, who is employed by her Uncle Jim to assist in his private detective business. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Caz Mysteries
3.0 out of 5 stars ... Brookmyre will miss the imagination that made him so great. Well...
Those of us used to early Brookmyre will miss the imagination that made him so great. Well written with a few good plot twists and of its genre a good read, but come on Chris,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by David Pass
5.0 out of 5 stars pleasing Brookmyre stuff
Character portrayal is good as usual. No reliance on understanding technology to get the gist. Most importantly for me, it is in the past tense which I prefer. Read more
Published 4 months ago by L. Carne
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book
This book is the first I have read in a long time that I could not put down. It portrays vividly the sheer fear of organised crime and what gangs will do to each other. Read more
Published 5 months ago by James McCafferty
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 6 months ago by Derek Thomson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great plot
A real page turner
Published 7 months ago by Judith N
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 8 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 8 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 10 months ago by Sandra Davies
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