From “one of the funniest, savviest crime writers around” comes a midsummer night’s murder mystery that sets its scene in Scotland (The Independent).
For actress-turned-private investigator Jasmine Sharp, finding long-lost relatives for clients is a standard routine. But when a woman hires Jasmine to find her missing sister, the case draws her back into the world of professional theater—and the warnings to mind her own business are coming on cue.
Detective Superintendent Catherine McLeod is taking an interest in drama as well. She’s just been called to the Highlands where a prominent figure in the Scottish arts community has just been issued the worst review of his life: taken out by a sniper at an outdoor performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
As Sharp and McLeod’s paths cross, so do the secrets of the missing girl and the hot-shot victim. And they’re leading both detectives to a mysterious Highlands estate where a conspiracy of drugs, sex, and satanic rituals is about to reach a shocking climax.
“A true pleasure for all detective fiction fans—think Ian Rankin by way of Agatha Christie.” —Michael Koryta, New York Times–bestselling author of The Prophet
“Brookmyre’s work shimmers with a sense of unfettered fun . . . I’m already looking forward to the next Sharp-McLeod outing.” —The Independent
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.