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“This introduction to a new Scottish crime series gets off to a good start with an interesting array of characters, and fine attention to detail. The mean and moody streets of Glasgow are portrayed with the confidence of someone who knows the city well, and even though there is an apparent...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Very readable, with some likeable and believable characters (esp. the female protagonists at the centre of the story). Though there was an extent to which I found the last quarter a little confusing and hard to keep track of the strands of the story, it was all resolved in a clever manner and ended up an enjoyable read. Brookmyre probably won't oust the likes of Stuart MacBride at the top of my favourite crime authors list, but he's up in the top few, I'd say. I have two or three others of his which I will make time to read.”Monkey Davies wrote this review Saturday, April 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a slight change in style for Chris Brookmyre (When did he decide to be Chris? Was it for this departure in style?). It's still crime, it's still Glasgow, the dialogue is still snappy and humorous. That's where the similarity ends. There's none of the comically inept criminals, no ranting by the author (that I spotted),no repeat characters (although I believe that he's going to continue with this strand and carry forward Jasmine as the lead), this is a more conventional crime novel.
So what does actually happen. It starts with what appears to be a Glasgow Gangland killing. We then follow the story via two sets of lead characters: Jasmine, a drama student turned PI who is helping out her ex-cop Uncle and Catherine a Glasgow detective investigating the aforementioned killing. Initially they are looking at very different crimes but, as is traditional with Brookmyre, they all intersect in the end. I doubt if that is much of a spoiler for you.
As far as the characters are concerned, they are nicely drawn and the dialogue is snappy and full of Glesca humour. I didn't like Jasmine initally, but warmed to her a little by the end. I though Catherine was an excellent character and the various other police worked well. Particularly liked Tron even thought I had worked out the
twists in his story quite early on.
I'll happily continue to be a fan of Christopher Brookmyre & will read the next one when it makes it to paperback. Just hope he's going to carry forward Catherine as well as Jasmine!
“Another cracking story by Chris Brookmyre, an author i am getting very impressed with.”booktoad wrote this review Monday, October 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is not like other Brookmyre books I’ve read. This one is a bit more of a standard mystery story.
Both the police, officer Catherine, and two private investigators, Jim Sharp and his niece Jasmine, are followed through the book. The story takes place in Glasgow, which I liked. People talk a bit different and the setting is slightly different from other British cities that I know.
It took me a while to get into this story, but after a killer got involved who had been on the right path for the last 20 years, it became more interesting.
The police didn’t all seem to be as “straight” as you might expect so it wasn’t clear who could be trusted. I liked the insights into the police force, which seemed very believable: for instance, letting smaller offences pass in order to catch the bigger criminals rather than their foot folk.
It was funny how Jasmine managed to solve one of Jim’s cases without realising at first, and how much work she put in solving another one, because she expected it to lead to her uncle Jim. She was very dedicated to find out what happened to him. The help she got in her quest was a dodgy person but one that did know where to look for answers (in the mean time getting them shot at a few times).
It was an enjoyable mystery, especially the second half of the book.”
“This gritty crime novel is set in Glasgow, Scotland and revolves around two female protagonists, Jasmine Sharp and Catherine McLeod. Detective McLeod is called to the scene of what looks like a gang killing in Glasgow, but she has stumbled onto the scene of a decades long crime. Jasmine Sharp is a failed actress who is working for her Uncle's detective agency when he disappears investigating a client's case. The two women's cases icross paths, and lead to an intriguing end. This book is really only for adults and older high school level students who like mysteries. The neat thing about the book is that is a crime novel which could be happening in America, but the fact that it is in Glasgow allows for local flavor to enter the book. The reader will be exposed to different slang and other differences between the U.S. and Scotland. This was a very enjoyable crime/mystery novel. ”Mrs. Egan wrote this review Wednesday, August 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This introduction to a new Scottish crime series gets off to a good start with an interesting array of characters, and fine attention to detail. The mean and moody streets of Glasgow are portrayed with the confidence of someone who knows the city well, and even though there is an apparent fondness for the place, there is also a realisation that an underworld of criminal activity skulks beneath the surface. There are some clever twists and turns in the plot, which together with a few red herrings combine to make a well controlled crime investigation. Brookmyre has a very individual style, which can take a while to get used to, but his ability to raise the tension never fails to engage, and his acerbic wit adds a quality dimension, to what is essentially an interesting crime story.
As with all first books in a new series, there is an element of getting to know all the characters, some are obviously in it for the long haul, whilst some peripheral characters may disappear without any further trace. Overall, I thought that this first book was a promising start to a series which will develop over time. The potential for success is certainly apparent, and Brookmyres army of fans will not be disappointed in this new direction.
My thanks to NetGalley and Grove Atlantic for an e-copy in advance of publication.