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Summary

The entertaining, moving and unpredictable new thriller from multi-award-winning best seller Chris Brookmyre is a wholly original masterpiece.

Millie Spark can kill anyone.

A special effects make-up artist, her talent is to create realistic scenes of bloody violence.

Then, one day, she wakes to find her lover dead in her bed.

Twenty-five years later, her sentence for murder served, Millicent is ready to give up on her broken life - until she meets troubled film student and reluctant petty thief Jerry. 

Together, they begin to discover that all was not what it seemed on that fateful night...and someone doesn't want them to find out why. 

Chris Brookmyre was a journalist before becoming a full-time novelist with the publication of his award-winning debut Quite Ugly One Morning, which established him as one of Britain's leading crime novelists. His 2016 novel Black Widow won both the McIlvanney Prize and the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award. Brookmyre's novels novels have sold more than two million copies in the UK alone.

©2021 Christopher Brookmyre (P)2021 W F Howes

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I love Chris Brookmyre and was filled with joy to find a new one.
Who on earth thought that a narrator with a plum in her mouth, sounding like an English WI storyteller and a comic caricature of a Glasgow accent for the characters would be a good idea. When I read CB I read in a Glasgow accent. It's where the books are from, the speech idioms, vocab and characters are Glasgow. This is homogenised to an Enid Blyton pulp. I can't get past it. If I have time I might read the book but, after one chapter it's being returned to Audible.

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High calibre Brookmyre...

Student Jerry is uncomfortable in his Uni halls and goes to live with three elderly ladies who are advertising for a tenant. They live in an upmarket area of Glasgow. One of them is Millicent who has recently been released from prison after serving 25 years for murder – which she claims she did not commit.

Jerry is an aficionado of horror cinema and Millicent was a make-up artist in the film industry specialising in blood and gore. On one of Millicent’s first evening out she spots a photo of the man she allegedly murdered. Is he who she thought he was? They begin to make enquiries and before long some is trying to kill Millicent.

Jerry and Millicent become an odd crime-fighting couple. Questions need to be asked about the last film that Millicent worked on. This sets them off on a trail to Paris, Rome and back to Glasgow.

I confess I lost the thread of the details about the film but this was good high-calibre Brookmyre and a cracking read.

Would like to see Jerry and Millie resurrected in future books….


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Brookmyre on great form

Chris Brookmyre is one of the authors whose new releases I’m always impatient for. Plot lines are always gripping and lead characters always very human and relatable. I particularly relished the fact that the lead character in this one is a 70-year old female. Women over 60 are used to being invisible but Millicent is a reminder that we’re still firing on most of our cylinders! I also always enjoy the Scottishness of Brookmyre’s work - a long way from the tartan and petticoat shortbread vision the tourist board would like us to see

The relationship between Jerome and Millicent was really great. The big coincidence that links their history is a bit hard to swallow but suspension of disbelief has its own rewards. Jerome helping Millicent navigate digital life and Millicent showing Jerome that going old school isn’t always a bad thing was great fun.

I usually listen only when I’m driving but I got so caught up in this one it was accompanying me doing the housework and any other tedious activities so I devoured it over a few days. The twist at the end took me totally by surprise. I didn’t see it coming at all.

The performance was excellent and I liked the shift in accent between the different viewpoints.

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Good listen with slight reservations.

I am sure that mastering lots of regional accents must be challenging for a narrator but this book's reading stuttered very slightly for me by the narrator's attempts at both Italian characters speaking English and even basic use of Italian words such as "trattoria" and "gelateria" . I think that this is a common problem with books by Christopher Brookmyre as I suppose it must be difficult to find a narrator able to do "Scottish" as well as others. It was the opposite in "Not the End of the World " where the narrator was required to channel Mel Gibson and Billy Connoly to achieve Steph's voice.
With all that said it was an enjoyable listen and my criticism should be taken as constructive as I would certainly recommend this as an enjoyable listen.

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great as always

I think I have read all of the authors books. I like his insight and wit. The reviews of this one put me off a bit, not all glowing. But having finished it I would say to any fans, try it for yourself. Super story and great characters. Highly recommended, fourteen hours flashed by.

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Hmm - so so

I liked it but ( not to give away plot points) there’s a merge it storylines later on in the book that just doesn’t hang together for me.

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Entertaining but...

Unlike other reviews, I didn't mind the narrators attempts at accents. It's not as polished as previous Brookmyre novels and some areas feel a little unfinished. The laughs are still there.. I still had a few LOL moments and overall I really enjoyed this tale of the unlikely matched detecting duo. Chris's ability to portray likable, believable characters is what makes him an awesome story teller. That and his ability to knit together very clever webs of story interlinks draws you in, so you're routing for the hero/heroine very quickly, even when they've done something most would find disturbing/despicable. Nice to listen to a 'pandemic era' tale without it being mostly focused on the pandemic with just the smallest of nods to its existence in the credits... Great escapism!

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Wonderful 2020 brookmyre

Unlikely partnership between Glasgow bed with a heart and elderly ex con, chasing across Europe to prove her innocence and redeem himself. The disposing of a body scene in Partick is classic Brookmyre

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Best Brookmyre in ages

Brookmyre at his best. Great characters, lots of twists. Doesn't have the same sharp humour as early Parlabane books but a great book


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Another great book from Brookmyre

Loved the book, but the narrator needs to learn Scottish pronunciation, as it was very distracting.

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