"No, no," said McGregor, smiling grimly to himself. "I think a specimen as magnificent as this one should be preserved intact. Skinner," he barked, turning round. "This jobbie is state evidence and is officially under the jurisdiction of Lothian and Borders Police. Remove it, bag it and tag it."
—Quite Ugly One Morning
Christopher Brookmyre is a Scottish author who writes crime, romance, gothic horror, action adventure, slasher and political stories. Not necessarily in different novels.Novels include:
Jack Parlabane novels:
Angelique De Xavia novels:
Standalones (with a few nods to the Parlabane/De Xavia stories):
Jasmine Sharpe/Cath McLeod novels:
- Awesome McCoolname: DS Angelique de Xavia - often addressed as "Angel X" - gets special mention.
- Bulungi: Tiny African nation Sonzola gets a few references throughout the Brookmyreverse; most notably, it's where Angel X was born.
- The Caper: The Sacred Art of Stealing has a brilliant heist involving clowns and banks. And a bus, or am I getting confused?
- Continuity Nod: A lot, also between the different character series.
- Lampshade Hanging: One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night has one character spending a lot of time dissecting Die Hard before the whole book dives into Die Hard territory.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Zig-Zagged all to hell in the Jasmine Sharpe/Cath McLeod novels.
- Scotland: The main characters are usually Scottish, and most of his books are set there, even if the whole book isn't a glittering depiction of the country.
- Shout-Out: repeatedly to Canadian author Robertson Davies' Cornish trilogy - two of Brookmyre's most memorable characters (Jack Parlabane and Simon Darcourt) are named after characters from this (though especially for the Darcourts, they do not resemble them closely) and the last part of the Cornish trilogy, The Lyre Of Orpheus, is the favourite novel of Jane, the Mama Bear protagonist of All Fun and Games Until Someone Loses an Eye
- Violent Glaswegian: The vast majority of petty criminals, bampots, numpties and hard men who make up most of the supporting cast of the average Brookmyre novel. With some notable exceptions, this rarely works out well for the Violent Glaswegian.
- Magnificent Bastard: Simon Darcourt. Most definitely Simon Darcourt.