Where the Bodies are Buried

  • by Chris Brookmyre
  • Narrated by Sarah Barron
  • 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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...

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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!
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- Lorraine

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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- Kirstine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-06-2011
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks