When The Devil Drives Paperback – 6 Jun 2013
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Christopher Brookmyre is, hands down, one of the funniest, savviest crime writers around... Without shying away from the darker elements of crime thrillers - evil, violence and plenty of gore - Brookmyre's work shimmers with a sense of unfettered fun (Independent on Sunday)
The much anticipated follow up to Where the Bodies are Buried - the hugely successful new crime series from Chris BrookmyreSee all Product Description
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Back to the book and the overall style...it's certainly true that the pace of these last two novels has been far less frenzied, with little trace of the surreal humour, sweary political rants and crazy bouts of violence that we've come to expect from Brookmyre, and if you didn't enjoy 'Where the Bodies Are Buried' then I doubt this will convert you - it's definitely more of the same. But that's what I personally liked about it. The humour is understated but still crackles throughout, plus Brookmyre slowed down means a full injection of dark, well-crafted descriptions and dialogue that doesn't detract from the story, so I found more depth in this than in some of his previous novels. Jasmine Sharp and Catherine McLeod are fantastically drawn characters; the one thing Brookmyre always manages to keep consistent with his writing (in my opinion, at least!) is his ability to create real people that live and breathe almost independently from the pages. His characters - even the minor ones in most cases - always keep me hooked.Read more ›
Meanwhile, Catherine McLeod is called to a corporate hospitality event, where someone linked to Jasmine's case is shot. Sir Angus McCready was hosting a Shakespeare play at his castle, when one of the guests is felled during a photoshoot. Jasmine, though, may be one step ahead - and closer to danger, as she unmasks old secrets. I really like this series, which has great characters and fantastic twists to the plot; as well as a lot of funny one liners. The next book is Flesh Wounds, which I am really looking forward to.
It's another fun-filled read littered with twists and turns in the plot as each of the investigators works through their clues. Jasmine has grown since her last appearance and as a character steals the show, while Catherine's appearance seems a little weaker and is perhaps slightly more of a supporting act.
There are still a few comic moments that remind of Brookmyre's previous run of thirteen humorous crime novels, but they are fewer than in the previous book and it gives the impression that he is trying to gradually distance his writing from this and transition into more serious storytelling. As a result I didn't find I enjoyed this story quite as much as Where the Bodies are Buried.
Overall though I was won over by the genius of the plot and Brookmyre's talent for misdirection. There was one thing that I thought fairly obvious throughout and was disappointed to find it wasn't a red herring, but plenty more had me baffled. I remain a Brookmyre fan.
The characters are well drawn out as you would expect from Brookmyre and the story is clever and original. While it does not have his obvious fingerprints all over it, unlike his more usual style books, it still has a the level of class and sophistication of an accomplished writer.
Great read and Jasmine is a great character, but i must confess that I'd rather see more of Angelique and Jack.
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Another excellent novel from this talented writer. As always, great characters and a deftly woven plot that never flags or loses its way.Published 11 months ago by Julia Phillips
Fast paced well woven tales with characters you really like and are crossing your fingers for and others you'll dislike. Read morePublished 12 months ago by andrew nesbit