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In Glasgow, aspiring actress Jasmine Sharp is reluctantly - and incompetently - earning a crust working for her Uncle Jim's private investigation business. When Jim goes missing, Jasmine has to take on the investigator mantle for real. Soon she stumbles into a web of corruption and decades-hidden secrets that could tear apart an entire police force - if she can stay alive long enough to tell the tale...

©2011 Christopher Brookmyre (P)2011 WF Howes Ltd

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  • Gideon
  • PRINCE ALBERT, South Africa
  • 08-20-12

Brookmyre for beginners

What did you like best about Where the Bodies are Buried? What did you like least?

The central mystery is really clever and the various story lines weave together nicely. The characters are well imagined. Jasmine Sharp, the wannabe private investigator around whom the story unfolds, is sure to be with us for a while. Having said that, everything is a little too contrived. Brookmyre (who claims to have moved into a more serious, less anarchistic mode - he now writes as "Chris" as opposed to "Christopher") seems to be trying too hard to be conventional. "Where the Bodies are Buried" lacks some of the irreverence and exuberance of earlier works like Quite Ugly One Morning and the Unsinkable Rubber Duckies, but is still well worth the effort.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

A little too predictable.

What does Sarah Barron bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The book is really well read with Sarah Barron's Scottish lilt adding a level of atmosphere and intensity that a reading of the book would lack.

Was Where the Bodies are Buried worth the listening time?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Brookmyre has long been a favourite author and I have both read and listened to all his books. Here's hoping he finds the groove he is looking for.

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  • Barbara
  • Berndorf, Austria
  • 09-24-11

perfect package!

Great story! I don't know why mr. brookmyre lost the topher to his chris, but i was delighted to find a new book by him, as i`ve read and hugely enjoyed his previous ones. The characters are, as usual, very rich and the storyline comes together nicely. the narrator did, in my humble opinion, an excellent job of giving life to the story, with a nice bit of scottish inflection, not so thick that non-native-speakers like me don't get it, but adding a nice bit of authenticity to a story set in glasgow. an extra bonus to this recording is its length. with a little more than 11 hours, it isn`t over too fast and gives the plot enough time to tighten to the end. and the ending is great, by the way. it ends on a sentence that isn't there....
enjoy!

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  • Lorraine
  • 08-13-11

Great characterisation and a hot plot

I'm a BIG fan of Brookmyre and was excited to see that this title was on Audio just in time for the mid-year holidays.

Jasmine Sharp is the fragile herione of this novel and her character is brilliantly written. Insecure and more than a little bewildered with the world, Jasmine carries half of the plot with her through the fast paced action, piecing together a cold-case mystery as she escapes bullets and double-dealing thugs alike. The other half is carried by a top female cop in the Glasgow poe-liss who, with her family problems and hostile male counterparts, has her own set of problems. The depth of these two leading ladies' characters is enriched by contrast with a bunch of Glasgow underworld drug dealers and bent cops.

The plot moves along at a rattling pace and resolves neatly, if a little sweetly, and is excellently narrated by Sarah Barron. A wide range of accents, tones and pitches keeps the Glasgow voice alive, perfectly portraying youth & age, regret and joy, fear and peace. Though I am not Scottish and am therefore possibly not qualified to judge, all the characters accents sounded genuine and brought the location of the action alive.

Excellent stuff, Chris Brookmyre! Keep it up!

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Vincent
  • 12-23-13

"This is Glesga"

Would you listen to Where the Bodies are Buried again? Why?

Instantly listen-able, draws you in and postpones your sleep.

What did you like best about this story?

Great contemporary story that manages to capture Glasgow and all its idiosyncrasies. A city where a short walk can take you from the fattest cats to the scrawniest rats of modern life.

What does Sarah Barron bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Sarah's reading shows great characterisation and range in a story that uses most of Britain's social ladder, her performance is excellent.

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  • traveller
  • 12-12-11

A different Brookmyre

All of the Brookmyre novels i've read/heard have been slightly surreal - flying bodyparts, schoolkids helping capture terrorists, clowns robbing banks, etc etc. This is more of a 'straight' crime novel,, but is just as good as everything else he's written, and just as good as the other stuff I read - heartily recommended

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  • Kirstine
  • 04-05-17

Too many characters confuses the stories

I’ve enjoyed two of the author's Jack Parlabane novels (notably Black Widow) and so thought I’d try the first of his Jasmine Sharp series. This book follows two separate stories that run in parallel until the 23rd of 45 chapters. One thread involves Jasmine in the early days helping her uncle in his private investigation business. He disappears and she endeavours to find him. The other follows Detective Catherine McLeod pitting her wits against drug dealers and murderers in the Glasgow criminal fraternity.

Jasmine's story is easier to follow than DI McLeod’s as the latter flits back and forth among the names of the numerous criminals and good and bad policemen: by the end I wasn’t sure who was which. There are two interesting story-lines, but they are blurred by not only having too many characters, but also diversions into side issues of the personal relationships among the characters and their spouses and too much psychological navel-gazing.

I see that some reviewers are critical of the narrator. I thought she was very good and captured the Glasgow accents well, but then, I’m from Edinburgh and may not know any better!

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  • sarahmoose2000
  • 03-18-12

Glasgow Hoods and Bent Coppers

Don't know why he's suddenly Chris instead of Christopher Brookmyre, I nearly went past it thinking someone was copying him!

A girl starts working for her uncle in a PI firm, she's terrified she's rubbish and her uncle disappears a week into the job, leaving her to run the show. The cops aren't much help, but is this due to lack of information or the covering up of something sinister?

Best quote, "It's not Starsky and Hutch, more like Jack and Victor"

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  • Patrick
  • 10-09-13

Don't worrry, the bodies are buried very slowly !

The author, first, pedestrian, predictable, cliché-ridden.......sounds a bit harsh, how about fails to hold the reader/listener's attention?
Sarah Baron, well, some narrators have the uncanny knack of a different voice for each main character, I can be 5 minutes into a new chapter before I realise Jasmine is back and the female DCI has debated the existential possibilities of the villains possible reactions or non-reactions.
The book drags, some well written insights mired in verbal diahorrea.
Niver agin.

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  • Paul
  • 08-16-11

Enjoyed it very much

Superbly read, making the characters stand out and come alive and heightening the sense of fun Brookmyre has with language.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-08-11

One of his best

I like Brookmyre's style of writing which often combines wit with a cracking good story. This does not have the funny interludes of his Parlabane series but the story more than makes up for it in sheer quality. This is a book that should be made into a two or three part TV mini series with star actors - it is that good. BBC take note and get cracking. A "stoater" of a tale.

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  • Sigrin
  • 02-10-18

Awful

Really like Mr Brookmyre books having read a few , but this was substandard.

The narrator sounded like she needed her adenoids removed or some medication for her sinusitis.

Sorry but this being returned.

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  • c
  • 11-16-16

Good story spoiled by some awful narration

Would you consider the audio edition of Where the Bodies are Buried to be better than the print version?

NO.

What other book might you compare Where the Bodies are Buried to, and why?

Sorry I don't think I properly understand this question. Too much ambiguity for me so I won't try.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Sarah Barron's rendition of the leading male character's voice was for me, truly dreadful. I almost gave up listening but this was a very interesting storyline (well it is a Chris Brookmyre novel) and her other 'voices' were pretty good BUT not this particular one. So laughably monotone and expressionless it became absurd.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The Biggest Gang In Glasgow?

Any additional comments?

Good, original storyline and clearly there's a follow-on from this which I will sadly not be buying because I can see that the same male character appears and Sarah Barron narrates-so not for me. For sure I'll be buying the paperback next time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful