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Where the Bodies Are Buried (Sharp Investigations #1)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  981 ratings  ·  140 reviews
Detective Catherine McLeod was always taught that in Glasgow, they don't do whodunit. They do score-settling. They do vendettas. They do petty revenge. They do can't-miss-whodunit. It's a lesson that has served her well, but Glasgow is also a dangerous place to make assumptions. Either way she looks at it, she recognises that the discovery of a dead drug-dealer in a back a...more
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Published 2011 by Little Brown and Company
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Danny Gillan
Normally with a new Brookmyre novel, the controversy comes via whatever is the latest target for his generally hilarious satire – he’s had a go at religion, politics, privatisation, bigotry, the polis, devolution, reality TV, the privatisation of the NHS, Glesga gangsters, primary school and even aliens in the past, and his aim has never been less than scathingly accurate.
This time though, the talking point is something different – it’s that there is, very deliberately, no talking point (apart...more
You hear these rumours, and they can panic a person. "Christopher Brookmyre has gone straight with his latest book." I was twitchy. How could he (either to his readers or to himself)? Surely the man cannot possibly have lost his acute sense of the bizarre, his sly, dry and clever sense of humour. Could he? Of course not. Daft idea. WHERE THE BODIES ARE BURIED might be a police procedural, crime fiction based book, but it's classic Chris(topher) Brookmyre from the start to the end. How could it n...more
Ian Mapp
The dropping of the "topher" from the first name heralds a bit of a change in direction for the author. The over the top, deliberately wacky plots have been replaced by what can only be desribed as a standard crime novel.

It still has splatterings of Brookmyre wit and comments on the state of glasgow but it is all very toned down and serious.

Looks like a repeating character in Jasmine the would be PI who is investigating the disappearance of her uncle with another sub plot of the murder of a loca...more
‘Where the Bodies are Buried’ shows Christopher Brookmyre as a thriller writer almost in complete control of his material. Beginning with a gangland murder and swiftly adding in the mysterious tale of the long lost disappearance of some middle class parents and their child, this book keeps piling on the crimes and red-herrings with a dazzling sureness. Most mystery tales – let’s be honest – would be happy to follow just those two strands through to their denouement. But Brookmyre adds in further...more
Mallory Heart Reviews
Oct 30, 2012 Mallory Heart Reviews rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mallory Heart by: Great Minds Think Aloud
Review of Where the Bodies Are Buried

A gritty, realistic, down-to-earth and very vivid portrayal of contemporary Glasgow-both the “underside” of crime and the “topside” of crime-hunting and investigation, “Where the Bodies Are Buried” is violent and brutal, yet I found the novel very compelling. Author Christopher Brookmyre delves deeply into his characterisations whilst simultaneously juggling eras some twenty-five years apart, and does so masterfully. Pitting the crime lords against the “polis...more
Anders Nissen
I'm a huuuge Brookmyre fan, so I have to say Where the Bodies... was a bit of a disappointment. It's not that it's a bad book or that he's not able to turn a plot, but the relatively straight-forward crime story in this novel is rather boring compared to the imaginative, action-packed and hilarious plots of earlier works.
So, Bodies... is an okay snack-sized in-betweener, but us fans are still waiting for the next real thing...
PROTAGONIST: Detec. Supt. Catherine McLeod; PI Jasmine Sharp
SETTING: Glasgow

Glasgow Detective Superintendent Catherine McLeod has been assigned to investigate the death of a drug dealer and quickly finds herself in the middle of a turf war between two local gangs. She is also thwarted at every turn by her colleague Abercorn, who beat her out of a promotion.

At the same time, fledgling actress Jasmine Sharp has been helping her uncle, Jim, with his private investigation agenc...more
Jo at Jaffareadstoo
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...more
Rachael Hewison
After my first superb taste of Christopher Brookmyre in ‘All fun and games until someone loses an eye’, I decided to go back for more and try a sampling of his more serious, latest work. There seems to be some debate from regular Brookmyre fans as to whether his latest work has lost his original spark and hilarity that makes him such a unique author. I for one thought this was a great and clever book.
Crime novels have the danger of falling into the boring bracket. If there is no attachment to th...more
A change of moniker has brought a change of approach from Mr Brookmyre: the wisecracking is turned way down and the "messages" from previous books are gone.

This is a much more straightforward crime tale, no real twist in the tail (in the style of Christopher Brookmyre), played with a relatively straight bat.

The dialogue still crackles, and the characters feel nicely rounded, so why am I only giving this 3 stars?

I guess it's because I missed the things I've mentioned above. He has written much st...more
I have to say that I REALLY did not enjoy this book. I forced myself to push through it so I could write the review. I don't know if this writing style is common for this author, as is reflected by comments by reviewers who have given it higher ratings, but I found it to be discombobulated, simple and felt I had to dig for a deeper story line.

I was attracted to this book because Mark Billinghamcalled this "Val McDermid style of writing". Well, Mr. Billingham..I have read every Val McDermid book...more
Jürgen Zeller
Den Schriftsteller Christopher Brookmyre habe ich mit dem Buch "Die hohe Kunst des Bankraubs" entdeckt und zugleich schätzen gelernt. Bei meiner damaligen Buchbesprechung habe ich geschrieben, dass ich von der skurrilen Handlung überrascht wurde und von ihm gerne mehr lesen würde. Gesagt getan und ich habe mir das Taschenbuch "Wo die Leichen liegen" gekauft. Die genau gleiche Geschichte gibt es auch als Hardcover mit dem Titel "Wer schlafende Hunde weckt" ... Irgendwem in der Buchbranche gehört...more
Lisa Debruine
Good, classic Brookmyre. Not as clever as Sacred Art of Stealing, but a great mix of stories that come together at the end and bits that actually surprised me (which tends to be difficult). The characters are all new, and it usually tales me dome time to warm up to new characters, but these were very believable, especially Fallon. Brookmyre does a great job, as always, with his female characters. It makes me think that he really, actually likes women.
Technically this is the first of a new series for this prolific and popular author. I gather from some reviews of his previous work that he's usually a bit wilder, more opinionated,political and amusing than this book. I'll buy that this is "Tartan Noir". Unfortunately I read the third book in the series before this one. Not really a problem except that instead of thinking of this as a series, I now think of it as a serial. Basically, the same people inhabit books 1 and 3. They're still doing wh...more
More serious tone from Brookmyer, there's stll crime, there are still various points of view, but there's not as much biting humour.
The pace however is still fast and with multi storylines converging it's hard to put down, it's good but I think I prefer his other stuff.
I love this genre of Scottish crime fiction, for almost exactly the opposite of the reasons that I like most of my favourite books. With a lot of books, I love expanding on things, going beyond where you would expect to go, exploring new places, mixing unusual combinations of elements. With tartan noir, it’s the constraints that make the genre what it is, and it is doing clever things within such a narrow framework (your detective should be like this, your tone should be like this, choose settin...more
Brrokmyre introduces an entirely new set of characters in this first book of a trilogy. Detective Catherine McLeod is settling into her new position with the Glasgow police and Jasmine Sharp is lost at sea after dropping out of acting school when her mother dies and then being pulled into her uncle's private investigator business. Catherine discovers that the police force has as many dark secrets as the local mob, while Jasmine discovers that her acting skills can come in handy in her new line o...more
Brilliant first time reading this author and loved ever bit next book ordered and can't wait. A great story with a twist
A bit of a departure, this one is not deliberately humourous, but his wit and gift for dialogue still shine.
I have to say is a rather ok crime novel. I don't know much of the genre, truth is I have a hard time finding good intriguing crime novels that will keep me reading. This one didn't exactly make it.
It got good and a bit more fast paced a bit over half way through, but for the first half, there were passages where I struggled to keep on reading.
Overall, I was rather happy with the end, with all the resolutions, but I didn't get to be wowed by it because there are so many things happening at the s...more
I really enjoyed Brookmyre's earlier books, with their interesting characters, fast-paced suspense, and wacky humor. I picked this up without reading any reviews, and before I'd started reading it I saw a blurb about how he wasn't doing the funny stuff anymore. I was alarmed, because I loved the satire and humor in his earlier books. Well, I needn't have worried. This book has all his virtues of interesting characters and headlong action and suspense, and it still has humor. The man can't not wr...more
Janette Fleming
Detective Catherine McLeod was always taught that in Glasgow, they don’t do whodunit. They do score-settling. They do vendettas. They do petty revenge. They do can’t-miss-whodunit. It’s a lesson that has served her well, but Glasgow is also a dangerous place to make assumptions. Either way she looks at it, she recognises that the discovery of a dead drug-dealer in a back alley is merely a portent of further deaths to come.

Elsewhere in the city, aspiring actress Jasmine Sharp is reluctantly – and
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Christopher Brookmyre has shortened his name to 'Chris' and the blurb on the back says this book "marks a new departure for his writing".

I'm intrigued and hoping that the "new departure" doesn't mean the loss of all the things I love about his writing. Can't wait to find out.

Finished it and really enjoyed it. This is a departure from Brookmyre's previous work in that is a much more conventional police procedural novel. And hopefully it's the first in a planned series. It's still set in Glasgow w...more
When I heard that Christopher Brookmyre's new book was a straight ahead crime novel, a departure from his usual manic satiric approach to crime, I was a little worried. Silly me - this is a really good straight ahead crime novel with a complex plot full of great twists and turns, and characters that are complex and really likable.

The main characters are two women: Catherine McLeod, a Glasgow police detective, happily married, with 2 young sons, a relentlessly honest workaholic, and Jasmine Sharp...more
Brookmyre is best noted as a satirist and as a crime writer who verges between the surreally improbable (demons entering earth through rupture to Hell in a secret military base in the Scottish highlands, maniacal plots to destroy the west coast of the USA, and evil manipulative capitalists and shyster mediums who will con the gullible – not that all of those are necessarily improbable). He’s kind of like Carl Hiassen for the digital gaming world. In this he has turned his hand to the straight, g...more
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Detective Catherine McLeod was always taught that in Glasgow, they don't do whodunit. They do score-settling. They do vendettas. They do petty revenge. They do can't-miss-whodunit. It's a lesson that has served her well, but Glasgow is also a dangerous place to make assumptions. Either way she looks at it, she recognises that the discovery of a dead drug-dealer in a back alley is merely a portent of further deaths to come. Elsewhere in the city, a...more
Len Wanner has a lot to answer for, not least the fact that I need to buy another new bookcase, only a twelvemonth after giving the piano away to make room for more.
I read 'One fine day in the middle of the night' last year and wasn't especially enamoured, but then read the interview Brookmyre gave in 'Dead Sharp' which had so much of good sense and interest that I thought it time to try another.
'Where the Bodies are buried' is superb, merits four and a half stars and only didn't get five beca...more
Peter Carroll
I have enjoyed, admired or outright loved every one of Brookmyre's novels so far. I went into this one with a small amount of trepidation because lots of negative reviews were circulating regarding a radical departure in style.

I am pleased to say that the naysayers were being overly critical and exaggerating.

This is a really good police procedural in tandem with a quirky PI investigation. The blurb does a pretty good job of summing up the plot without revealing too much, so refer to that if you...more
Read chapter one this morning, two phrases really jump out and are typical of Brookmyre's style.

'If conceit was consumption, Wee Sacks there would be dead'

'It wasn't a healthy sign that it took his initial surprise to remind him that most normal people still found this kind of thing shocking'

Love them, if this is just the first chapter then the whole book should be fantastic.


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Christopher Brookmyre is a Scottish novelist whose novels mix politics, social comment and action with a strong narrative. He has been referred to as a Tartan Noir author. His debut novel was Quite Ugly One Morning, and subsequent works have included One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night, which he said "was just the sort of book he needed to write before he turned 30", and All Fun and Games unti...more
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