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Glasgow Kiss by Alex Gray
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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 exceptions and while that at least makes the book intelligible it does also make it less believable. Maybe the author should have trusted her readers a little more to be able to understand a bit more of the local colour than she gives them.

The characters are a little American for my tastes. The super handsome / super wholesome RE teacher; the fit, kind and effective detective; the good, loyal teacher/wife. A good story but where was the Glasgow in all of this?
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