Sunday, 13 August 2017

Where the Bodies are Buried (Sharp Investigations #1) by Chris Brookmyre


From Goodreads

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 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, and her only lead points to Glen Fallan, a gangland enforcer and professional assassin whose reputation is rendered only slightly less terrifying by having been dead for twenty years. Cautiously tracing an accomplished killer's footsteps, Jasmine 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.

My thoughts

I gave this a 4 stars or 8/10. Chris Brookmyre has written many books, but I have to admit that this is the first one that I've read by him and where better to start than at the beginning of a series.

Jasmine Sharp, wants to be an actress. However, short of acting work she finds herself working for her Uncle Jim, who runs a private investigation business. Detective McLeod is investigating the death of a drug dealer are the two at all linked?

As Jasmine finds her Uncle missing she sets off on a journey to discover what has happened to him. As the future soon begins to collide with the past and secrets that had been buried are unearthed, Jasmine learns things about her past that she didn't know.

The book features both the police investigation and Jasmine's own investigation and at times feels a little disjointed. However, it did keep me reading and I found it a relatively easy read even with all the local dialect thrown in.

I read this as part of my local Library reading group reads and I will be reading more in this series.

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