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Publisher's Summary

We could tell you about the bodies. We could tell you their names, where they were found, the states they were in. We could tell you about the suspects, too, the evidence, the investigators; join a few dots, even throw you a motive.

But what would be the point? After all, you know these people. You went to school with them. We all did. So if you really knew them then, you’ll already have all the answers....

©2006 Christopher Brookmyre (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"This is the book I would want if I were marooned on a desert island or lost in space." ( Independent)
"Another astonishing performance, travelling deeper and more movingly into human emotions than his previous works, without sacrificing his comic zest or meticulous plotting." ( The Times)

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  • Jacqueline
  • 07-22-15

"F*&%ing Brilliant!!!"

Would you listen to A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil again? Why?

Absolutely listen again, so funny, so clever. I missed some of the puns the first time and my son listened and heard different funny bits. Black comedy at its best. The use of and understanding of language and communication is wonderful.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When Martin comes home to his gran after all the new words he has heard at school tells her emphatically how much he enjoyed it.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ironry of the teacher taking the belt to a pupil saying there should be no violence in class or the headteacher taking delight in hitting a small child.

Any additional comments?

Don't listen if swearing offends.

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  • Andy
  • 03-18-16

Beautifully crafted

What did you like most about A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil?

It is a skilled author such as Brookmyre that beautifully weaves two distinctive timelines and enable the listener to build attachments to key players in both stories. To love one character in the 1970s only to revoke those emotions 30 odd years later, and visa versa with other characters. Superb.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Too many to mention. JoJo as an example, whose character stretched your emotive briefcase to bursting point

Which scene did you most enjoy?

OMG.......the Assembly were MoMo the head teacher was lecturing the students. What narration, what a voice. And a school assembly thronged with 200+ kids, the inevitable farting scene had me in bits. I was driving at the time and had to pull over in fear of crashing.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both. More of the former, but I did moist up round the eyes right at the the end,

Any additional comments?

Buy it, oh and Angus King is a legend

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  • Gill
  • 05-20-16

Gripping

Nobody does it better than Christopher Brookmeyer. So good I'm about to read it again to see what I missed first time round.
Faultless narration by Angus King. Funny, moving and time travel back to my 70's childhood.

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  • Patricia
  • 02-29-16

Cleverly delivered

Christopher Brookmyer does not disappoint with this cleverly developed story . It has rich characters and the plot builds with the backstory of all characters with humour and for me a trip down memory lane. His skills at relaying those school years and the difficulties growing up, the impact of certain incidents reverberating through to adulthood and the consequences.
I loved listening to this and had many laugh out loud moments. It brought back so many amusing words and phrases anyone who spent any time in Scotland as a child would recognize.
I recommend this book. The narrator did an excellent job.

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  • SteAndDenise
  • 12-08-15

5 Star performance

Great Story, well read. I really enjoyed this.

a few more words to meet the minimum requirements.

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  • david mark bennie
  • 09-13-18

brilliant

read this several times Angus King brings the characters to life perfectly first class entertainment

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  • Sumaki
  • 10-18-17

Witty plot twisting throwback thriller.

What a great read. It was like re- living my school years with all the hierarchical struggles and relationships with an up yo date murder mystery unravelling at the same time.
I loved it and will certainly make my way through Brookmyre's library.

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  • Donna
  • 08-19-17

Very enjoyable

I really liked this book as it was a different type of mystery novel. The flashback in time reminded me of my school days so I could relate to the story and the characters with fondness. The narrator was fab & made the story come to life.

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  • Donna Mac
  • 01-17-17

B plus

Having enjoyed listening to a Jasmine Sharp story I was really looking forward to this. However, I found this story less satisfying and less compelling. I didn't feel that the characters were as distinctive as they could have been, possibly because there were so many of them.

It's an interesting idea, looking at how events from schooldays can have profound repercussions in the future. It's well written and narrated, but probably not for the prudish! Overall I enjoyed it but found the main character a bit unconvincing at times.

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  • J. V. Knight
  • 10-29-16

To many F and C words

What about Angus King’s performance did you like?

Good performance overall.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Sadness. I am not a prude by any meaning of the word but this book was just a constant swear fest, using the C and F words over and over and over coming out of the mouths of children. It really spoilt my enjoyment and in the end I stopped listening 3/4 of the way through the book. I felt sorry for Angus King having to constantly curse like this. Spoilt what is a good story!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-28-18

I found the storyline boring

Angus king was an excellent narrator whom I enjoyed listening to very much and will look for books with him as narrator

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  • soo jay
  • 03-24-18

Disappointing in spades.<br />

Want a tedious, boring account of primary school kids plus slapstick comedy? Listen to this.