WHEN THE DEVIL DRIVES
Known for his humorous mysteries, Scotsman Brookmyre has a new, darker series set in Glasgow. Book two is excellent, with strong writing and a richly detailed setting. The well-developed characters are not friends, nor are they enemies — a nice change in a two-detective book.
P.I. Jasmine Sharp is searching for Tessa Garrion, a talented young actress, who seems to have dropped off the earth in the ‘80s. Detective Superintendent Catherine McLeod has a much more prominent case. A member of the Scots arts community is shot dead at a performance held at an ancient castle. The cases prove to be connected and someone is determined to protect past secrets, no matter who has to die. Drugs, occult scenes and important people regretting past actions make a very dangerous mix. (GROVE/ATLANTIC, May, 368 pp., $24.00 )