Search Results: "Christopher Brookmyre"


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BRED IN THE BONE by Christopher Brookmyre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2014

"Brookmyre (When the Devil Drives, 2013, etc.) spares no detail in his account of Glasgow's violent underworld. Although his characters are satisfyingly multidimensional, the uninitiated will find the long, slow exposition that relies on previous cases even more challenging than the Scottish slang."
Jasmine Sharp and Catherine McLeod return in the third book of their series, this time to investigate the gangland execution of a Glasgow crime boss and its links to much-older murders. Read full book review >

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BLACK WIDOW by Christopher Brookmyre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Full of engaging twists, Brookmyre's latest thriller featuring unconventional journalist Jack Parlabane is as compelling as it is clever."
Outed as the controversial blogger who targeted sexists in her workplace, surgeon Diana Jager is suspected of murdering her new young husband, leading maverick reporter Jack Parlabane on a circuitous investigation of the couple. Read full book review >

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DEAD GIRL WALKING by Christopher Brookmyre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"A complex back story and some awkward attempts to convey the magic of the lost singer's music make for a slow start. But Brookmyre (Bred in the Bone, 2104, etc.) builds momentum and combines the two distinct narrative voices in a clever duet."
A disgraced journalist and a young violinist seek a charismatic rock star in parallel quests. Read full book review >

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NOT THE END OF THE WORLD by Christopher Brookmyre
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2001

"A credible American debut. Let's hope it inspires someone Over Here to publish Brookmyre's earlier fiction."
Scottish writer Brookmyre's fifth comic thriller is his first to be published here, no doubt thanks to its ultra-American setting and storylines. Read full book review >

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Released: July 3, 2012

"Brookmyre isn't as well-known in the States as fellow Scottish mystery writers Ian Rankin, Val McDermid and Denise Mina, but this first-rate effort may change that."
Two women investigators—a veteran police detective with a distant husband and two young boys and a struggling actress working for her uncle, an ex-cop, as a private detective—cross paths in this offbeat tale of ruthless mobsters in Glasgow. Read full book review >

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WHEN THE DEVIL DRIVES by Christopher Brookmyre
Released: May 7, 2013

"With its running social commentary and bits on Scottish theater and politics, this is an entertaining book. But its predecessor was livelier and more brimming with incident."
Jasmine Sharp, the drama school dropout who became an unlikely Glasgow PI in Where the Bodies Are Buried (2012), looks into the 1981 disappearance of a young actress—a case that overlaps a fresh murder investigation in the Highlands by Detective Superintendent Catherine McLeod. Read full book review >

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COUNTRY OF THE BLIND by Christopher Brookmyre
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Screechy politics drag down an otherwise amiable crime farce."
Ultra-tough Scottish reporter faces-off with the Tory Forces of Darkness seeking to frame a wee gang of virtuous housebreakers—in the never-ending English conspiracy against the land of oats and haggis. Read full book review >

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THE LAST HACK by Christopher Brookmyre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"An enjoyable departure from its predecessors, Brookmyre's eighth Jack Parlabane novel works exceptionally well as cybercrime fiction, but it's the human element that makes it tick."
Blackmailed by an online stranger calling himself Zodiac, young black Glaswegian hacker Samantha Morpeth teams with scuffling journalist Jack Parlabane in an attempt to turn the tables on her foe. Read full book review >

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CHRISTOPHER DE HAMEL
by Brianna Jewell

“Stick your nose into other people’s business and it’s considered rude,” Christopher de Hamel says, “but stick your nose far enough back and it’s considered history.” In his latest book, Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts: Twelve Journeys into the Medieval World, de Hamel turns what he sees as the voyeuristic pleasure of discovering secrets about others’ lives into historical ...


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BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"An exciting bragging-rights adventure on the basketball court, around and beyond planet Earth and back again. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-10)"
Two teens on a city basketball court start a game of matching each other's shots. Miss five tries and you are out! Read full book review >

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MERWIN by Christopher Hart
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Merwin does pull a fast one on the zookeeper by claiming he is Merwin in disguise, giving a small 'what is reality' twist to the story, but it's not enough to elevate it beyond its one-note joke into an entertainment. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Cartoonist and bestselling author of drawing books, Hart's first picture book is goofy all over, but whether or not that is intentional is open to debate. Read full book review >