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Glasgow Kiss (DCI Lorimer #6)

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  170 ratings  ·  18 reviews
A perfectly paced, atmospheric mystery that gets to the beating heart of the Scottish city and features the most dynamic Scottish detective since Rebus Eric Chalmers is one of the most popular teachers at Muirpark Secondary School in Glasgow. Gentle and kind, he is the person the students come to when they want to confide in someone. So when precocious teenager Julie Donal...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Little, Brown Book Group (first published March 5th 2009)
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I agree with a couple of other reviewers of this book when they said that this book does not encapsulate Glasgow like it claims to. Indeed, the only reason this book caught my eye in the shop where i bought it in the first place was the exciting prospect of a mystery set in my own hometown, but this novel could have been set anywhere. The only effort made by the writer to capture Glasgow is through the use of local dialect and geography, which, shockingly enough for someone supposedly from the c...more
Judie Holliday
I always love to discover a new author in one of my favourite genres, and a Scottish crime author is even better. Sadly, this book was just awful.

To begin with, nothing happens. I mean, okay, a little girl gets snatched (don't worry, it's not even a tiny bit realistic so you won't feel horrible and sick about it). It's upsetting for everyone when it happens. The mother is distraught. Then, a completely unrelated murder happens and the little girl is pretty much forgotten until later, she's foun...more
One other reviewer commented on the inaccuracy of the publisher's blurb - this book does not bring Glasgow to life in the way Rankin has portrayed Edinburgh.

Apart from a good knowledge of the city's streets and districts (and their implied messages of social status, wealth and safety that everyone familiar with the city will appreciate), I found this story could have been more or less anywhere. The beauties (and the ugliness) of the Glaswegian accents have largely been ignored with a few except...more
Ann Dunkerley

This was my first book by Alex Gray. I'm very impressed and hopeful that I'll love the others too. It is beautifully written, with really well drawn characters that are easy to know. The writing evokes a real atmosphere of where each scene is set. The writing was always on topic, nothing was superfluous. The story had various threads. It was sensible, but never predictable and I was constantly riveted by the story!

The only bit of this book that I didn't like was the final conversation. It was be...more
Sometimes you have to wonder if the blurbs publishers put on the front of the book are more of a hindrance than a help. In the case of Alex Gray's 6th book - they've set an unbelievably high expectation with 'Brings Glasgow to life in the same way Ian Rankin evokes Edinburgh'. Quite a high mark to set, and one I have to say I didn't think was reached with this particular book.

DCI William Lorimer has been called in to investigate the disappearance of a little girl. Snatched by a woman in a car fr...more
Karyn Mitchell
The fact that's set in a place i actually recognize had great appeal to me. The characters were lovable and the story was good though it left a lot of unanswered questions for me. which i then realized were due to this book being one in a series about detective Lorimor's cases though i'm unsure what order they come in as this is the first of Gray's books I have read.

Good crime Novel that i could sink my teeth into and try to figure out who done it before i got to that part of the book as is my...more
Roy McDine
From the first few pages through to the epilogue, a really un-put-downable thriller.
Saw some other poor reviews for this novel about the authenticity of some of the Glasgow details - made no difference to me as the plot and characterisation was first-class.
Highly recommended!!
Stuart Mclaughlin
My first Alex Gray / DCI Lorimer novel and I'll probably look up the other books in the series; not a patch on Rebus however.

A decent police procedural - easy to read but I felt the subplots and characterisation were at the expense of the main plot.


I like the characters of Lorimer and his wife Maggie. Don't know Glasgow very well so inaccuracies are lost on me. Enjoyable read and brings home the point that rumours and murmurings against people only hurt the innocent.
Chris Longmuir
Alex Gray never fails to disappoint and this book was as good as any she has written. It had all the elements of a good crime story, allegations of rape, missing child, and murder, with the story told at brekneck speed. A great read.
Maggie White
Enjoyed the book about a teacher who is accused by a pupil of sexual assault. The girl is later found murdered at the same time as a toddler goes missing. It is set in Glasgow and was well written. Good easy read.
At first I just enjoyed listening to all the references to Glasgow but by the end I was quite caught up in the story and really quite enjoyed it too.
Rog Harrison
Must have missed this one when it came out last year. Another in the series featuring Glasgow police detective Lorimer.
Read this one very quickly which is always a good sign that I really enjoyed it.
Quite good. Not the fastest plot but I enjoyed reading
Bit disappointed. Expected more from it.
A debut novel worth reading.
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