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When The Devil Drives


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The much anticipated follow up to Where the Bodies are Buried - the hugely successful new crime series from Chris Brookmyre

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Since his award-winning debut novel Quite Ugly One Morning, Chris Brookmyre has established himself as one of Britain's leading crime novelists.


Christopher Brookmyre is, hands down, one of the funniest, savviest crime writers around... Without shying away from the darker elements of crime thrillers - evil, violence and plenty of gore - Brookmyre's work shimmers with a sense of unfettered fun - Independent on Sunday

In Brookmyre's satisfying second Glaswegian thriller featuring PI Jasmine Sharp and Det. Supt. Catherine McLeod (after 2011's Where the Bodies Are Buried), Alice Petrie asks Jasmine to track down her sister, Tessa Garrion, a burgeoning stage actress whom Petrie hasn't seen since their mother's funeral in 1981. Meanwhile, out at Cragruthes Castle in Argyll, Catherine and her team look into the demise of actor Hamish Queen, shot dead in the middle of an outdoor theater performance. While Queen had artistic rivals, a motive for murder remains elusive. The more Jasmine learns about Tessa, the less convinced she becomes that Petrie's sister is still alive. A member of Glass Shoe Company, one of Queen's early 1980s theater efforts, Tessa fell off the map after a drug- and sex-fueled summer, a time no one else wants to discuss. Inevitably, Jasmine's and Catherine's investigations collide, but Brookmyre wisely holds off on the true connections until the chilling climax. Agent: Caroline Dawnay, United Agents (U.K.) (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

What's not to like about a befuddled, yet plucky, wee lassie of an amateur detective? That's the question posed by this follow-up to 2012's Where the Bodies Are Buried. Aspiring actress Jasmine Sharp has inherited her late uncle's detective agency and, with the publicity attached to her first case, now has a number of actual, paying clients. One such hires Jasmine to discover the whereabouts of her much younger sister, Tessa, who disappeared 30 years ago. Tessa had been a brilliant actress in a cutting-edge Glasgow theater company and then-nothing. All of the other members of the troupe have risen to the top of Scottish society. And all refuse to speak to Jasmine, who is forced to wonder if witchcraft might be the only explanation for their meteoric rise. Meanwhile DS Catherine McLeod investigates the murder of a prominent Scottish arts figure. Only gradually do the strands of these two stories blend, and once more Jasmine runs rings around her police counterpart. Verdict Amid the Shakespearean allusions, the densely layered characterizations, and satiric asides about Scottish society, readers who enjoy the Glasgow-based mysteries of Denise Mina will be hard-pressed to find fault with our Scottish lass and will eagerly await the seemingly inevitable, and fiery, face-off between Jasmine and Catherine that surely will come as the series progresses.-Bob Lunn, Kansas City, MO (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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