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Where the Bodies Are Buried

(Sharp Investigations #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  2,128 ratings  ·  212 reviews
Detective Catherine McLeod recognises that the discovery of a dead drug-dealer in a back alley is merely a portent of further deaths to come. Elsewhere, aspiring actress Jasmine Sharp is reluctantly earning a crust working for her uncle Jim's private investigation business. When Jim goes missing, Jasmine has to investigate for real.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published 2011 by Little, Brown
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Lance Charnes
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of crime in northern climes
There's something about the far northern latitudes -- the weather, perhaps? -- that seems to bring out the noir in the writers who live there. The whole Scandinoir industry is a case in point; would Harry Hole be such a wreck if he lived on the Costa del Sol? So, too, it goes with Tartan Noir. My main exposure to crime north of the Tweed has been through Ian Rankin, so belatedly taking up Christopher Brookmyre's 2011 Where the Bodies Are Buried was a happy accident. Happy, indeed.

Two parallel in
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Margaret Bamford
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Realistic crime thriller that held my interest. It shows both sides of criminals and police and the characters were well developed.
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, fiction
This book is the love child of Kate Atkinson and Ian Rankin is a lovely clever fun read and highly recommended to those who like their crime fiction with a side dollop of fleshed out characters.
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
‘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
Ian Mapp
Feb 13, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Cats of Ulthar February Weird Fiction
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cats of Ulthar February Weird Fiction 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
Anders Høeg Nissen
Oct 23, 2011 rated it liked it
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...
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read and enjoyed two other books by Christopher Brookmyre (A Big Boy Did It and Ran Away and The Sacred Art of Stealing) I was keen to read more. The two previous books were part of his Angelique de Xavier series which are written in an amusing manner: undemanding fun, with lots of enjoyable popular culture references and some great one liners.

Having watched a Christopher Brookmyre interview on YouTube, I already knew that Where the Bodies Are Buried, the first in the Jasmine Sharp and C
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Grippy, twisty, compulsive reading and characters I want to get to know better. Nice introduction to an author I've heard rave reviews of. Definitely want to read more!
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
Aug 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
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
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 Stars This is the first in a new series featuring Catherine McLeod, a detective superintendent, and Jasmine Sharp, an actress turned private investigator. McLeod becomes involved in an investigation into a gangland torture and execution style killing. Sharp is a PI in training by her uncle who disappears. When the police do not take her uncle's disappearance seriously, Sharp takes on the investigation. McLeod and Sharp's paths cross culminating in an exciting and interesting ending. I reall ...more
Rachael Hewison
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
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
Jo Barton
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, crime
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
Fiona (Titch) Hunt
I was given this to read through Netgalley. I thought it was going to be a fast paced kind of book. Unfortunately for me, I never really got into the pace of it at all. I've never read anything by this author and to be honest, I am not sure I will again.

I can just about understand the Glasgow accent, but I just never grasped the characters. Sorry to those that did enjoy his book, I just didn't get to grips with it.
Lisa Debruine
Apr 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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.
Bruce Hatton
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scottish-crime
Brilliantly devious plotting (there's an amazing misdirection in the opening chapter that you won't notice until near the end), a strong cast of memorable characters, acute social observation, all seasoned with liberal doses of wry Glaswegian humour. A combination that is recognisably and uniquely Brookmyre and places him securely in the top tier of the practitioners of Tartan Noir.
Dec 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Not the usual fare I've come to expect from Brookmyre.
Gone is the black humour and ever escalating over the top action.
When did he change styles?
Not that i'm complaining. Sensible Brookmyre is still very, very good.
But I do miss his rants.
May 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: crimethriller
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.
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant first time reading this author and loved ever bit next book ordered and can't wait. A great story with a twist
Mar 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
A bit of a departure, this one is not deliberately humourous, but his wit and gift for dialogue still shine.
Carey Combe
Jun 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Fun, easy to read, great story, not too over-the-top characters. Love Brookmyre's books
Karen Mardahl
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pure. Dead. Brilliant. I had to quote one of my t-shirts because it sums up my feelings about this book. The book started out slow and steady. Well, a gangster got offed on the first pages, but yes, slow and steady. We meet Jasmine who's wondering where her uncle and boss has disappeared to. We meet Catherine, Detective Superintendent in the Glasgow police, who's investigating the murder of the gangster. Suddenly, Brookmyre is switching back and forth between their two stories. The thing is - ea ...more
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Half way through Where the Bodies are Buried, one of the main characters, DI Catherine MacLeod is involved in an intricate car chase which twists and turns round the streets of Glasgow and ends up in entirely different place to where she was expecting. That is a pretty good description of the whole of this wildly twisting thriller.

In a way which is common with most of Chris Brookmyre's recent work, this starts with a chapter whose relation to the rest of the book only becomes clear later on. In
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Christopher Brookmyre bring to life Glasgow's, or as some of the locals call it, Glesga's violent, shady past at the hands of the "hard men" of the various gangs polluting the city. This is an auspicious beginning for what, so far, are two other books in this series. What a terrific debut for Jasmine Sharp. She had to give up her dreams of an acting career, withdraw from the Academy to look after her Mum, who died of cancer shortly before the book's beginning. Uncle Jim, her mum's cousin, offers ...more
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gave-up-on
Well, this was a disappointment.

I am usually all over Christopher Brookmyre books, so when I saw the first three of the Sharp series in a audible 2for1 sale I figured that it was a safe bet. (I have since returned all three of them to audible).

This is a complete change in tone from his other series. His other series (which I love) are whitty, fast talking, very quoteable, clever crimes stories with twists and strong characters. This book, frankly, has none of that. No humour, the main character
Tzu-Mainn Chen
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Where the Bodies Are Buried" is a wonderful thriller that I enjoyed more than the two other Brookmyre novels that I have read. This is mostly due to the shift away from Jack Parlabane, the crusading journalist with near-supernatural powers. Instead we have Jasmine Sharp, a young aspiring actress in over her head as an assistant in her uncle's private investigation agency; and Catherine McLeod, a middle-aged Detective Superintendent struggling to balance the darkness in her job with her husband ...more
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