The Cracked Mirror

The Cracked Mirror

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 18/07/2024
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The Cracked Mirror
Unexpected But Brilliant
4.5 stars. When I read the synopsis and it said genre bending, I was intrigued about a composite of cosy crime and hard boiled crime, which it was….. But t... READ MORE
Chrys - Plymouth

Synopsis

You know Penny Coyne. The little old lady who has solved multiple murders in her otherwise sleepy village, despite bumbling local police. A razor-sharp mind in a Sunday best hat.

You know Johnny Hawke. Hard-bitten LAPD homicide detective. Always in trouble with his captain, always losing partners, but always battling for the truth, whatever it takes.

Against all the odds, against the usual story, their worlds are about to collide. It starts with a dead writer and a mysterious wedding invitation. It will end with a rabbit hole that goes so deep, Johnny and Penny might just come to question not just whodunnit, but whether they want to know the answer.

A cross-genre hybrid of Agatha Christie and Michael Connelly, The Cracked Mirror is the most imaginative and entertaining crime novel of the year, a genre-splicing rollercoaster with a poignantly emotional heart.

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9780349145792
  • Number of pages: 512
  • Weight: 740g
  • Dimensions: 234 x 164 x 50 mm

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The Cracked Mirror
A mind blowing trip between murder mistery and sci fi
This really confused me at first. It opens with an elderly Scottish librarian who has returned from a trip to find that there has been a murder in her vill... READ MORE
Paula Sterling-stead
The Cracked Mirror
Clever storytelling and writing! Reminded me of nesting Russian dolls...!
Though you have never met them before this book centres on two characters you probably "know". There's the tough LAPD cop, Johnny Hawke, who will get his ... READ MORE
Nigel
The Cracked Mirror
Fantastic!
An octogenarian Scottish librarian and a tough LAPD detective teaming up to solve a murder? I was intrigued by the unusual premise and the fact that it did... READ MORE
Lisa Gray
The Cracked Mirror
Pay attention, you may think you are solving a crime
A well crafted tale. Starts out as a detective mash up and leads you gently through the incremental steps to a science fiction mystery.
Andy
The Cracked Mirror
Mind blowing trip across mystery and Sci fi
This really confused me at first. It opens with an elderly Scottish librarian who has returned from a trip to find that there has been a murder in her vill... READ MORE
paula sterling-stead
The Cracked Mirror
An audaciously clever genre-bending thriller from a master of his craft
The Cracked Mirror is my first 5 star read of 2024, however, it's a tricky one to review as saying too much about the plot or even the characters runs the ... READ MORE
Janet Brown
The Cracked Mirror
Chris Brookmyre is an insta buy author for me, and this is no exception. Deftly executed, a fun, pacy thriller with a great twist. I absolutely loved it.
Chris Brookmyre is an insta buy author for me, and this is no exception. Deftly executed, a fun, pacy thriller with a great twist. I absolutely loved it.
Tilly Latimer
The Cracked Mirror
Glorious Mash up
The Mirror Cracked. Review What a glorious mash up of two and more, completely different stories and opposing genres! You think-how can he possibly ma... READ MORE
Cd Winslow
The Cracked Mirror
Excellent
The Cracked Mirror is an amazing success for Chris Brookmyre. He takes all of the tropes of the classic crime mystery and combined them with the modern pol... READ MORE
Jim Hanks
The Cracked Mirror
Cosy crime meets police procedural.
I enjoyed this novel very much. I found the book impossible to put down, and I was very antisocial while I was engrossed in it. For the first few chapt... READ MORE
AliceMaudMary
The Cracked Mirror
It all made sense in the end!
I enjoyed this book, I thought the plot was interesting and the pacing was good. I did however find that I was getting confused between all the characters ... READ MORE
Jane Myers
The Cracked Mirror
Quirky and clever cross-genre crime.
This is a tough one to review without spoilers, but here goes: I really like Brookmyre, but found myself confused at the start of this book- there seemed... READ MORE
Karen Campbell
The Cracked Mirror
Overwhelmingly twisty rollercoaster, perhaps a little too much so!
This was…different, and I came and went a little with my appreciation. Here is a mash up, as the publisher blurb indicates, between a cosy Christie type cr... READ MORE
Lady Fancifull
The Cracked Mirror
An enjoyable read
Two completely different detectives working on different investigations eventually come to work together when they meet at a wedding. This is an entertain... READ MORE
Janet McMahon
The Cracked Mirror
Okay read
Michelle 1,441 reviews 141 followers April 29, 2024 I have read several previous novels of Chris Brookmyre’s novels, so I was curious to find out about... READ MORE
Michelle De Alwis
The Cracked Mirror
Excellent mashup of styles.
‘The Cracked Mirror’ by Chris Brookmyre,is certainly a bit different from your run of the mill police police procedure or amateur sleuth stories. The... READ MORE
JG MacL
The Cracked Mirror
Wow Wow Wow!
Wow! Wow! Wow! I started this wondering how could CB mix Agatha Christie and Michael Connolly ( as the book has been described) . What a story! Johnny Haw... READ MORE
AnneJar55
The Cracked Mirror
Brookmyre on top form
Love a good Chris Brookmyre novel and this is one of those. Miss Marple meets Harry Bosch by way of Douglas Adams! Mystery, thriller, cosy crime, crime noi... READ MORE
Jason  Ritchie
The Cracked Mirror
Golden-age / hard boiled thriller mash up
Brilliantly inventive bringing together of a miss marple style character and an LAPD cop - apparently in the style of Michael Connolly, who I’m not familia... READ MORE
Ciaran Sundstrem
The Cracked Mirror
Great read!
Wasn’t sure whether this could work. The premise of a Miss Marple type character and an American private detective, coming together to solve crime, But it ... READ MORE
Caron Gore Rees
The Cracked Mirror
Miss Marple mash up!
Brookmyre has thrown away the rule book for this one. How is it possible for a mash up of Miss Marple and modern day LAPD to come together in a single volu... READ MORE
Anita Wallas
The Cracked Mirror
Just WOW
WOW what an edge of the seat mystery thriller The Cracked Mirror by Chris Brookmyre is. This is my first time reading a book by this fantastic author. ... READ MORE
Elizabeth Bennett
The Cracked Mirror
Make your day - Crack this if you can.
Having been a fan of Christopher Brookmyre’s books for a long time – seduced by titles such as ‘Boiling a Frog’ and ‘A Big Boy Did and Ran Away’ and ‘Count... READ MORE
Jayne Southern
The Cracked Mirror
Brilliantly written and unique.
Because Brookmyre is a brilliant writer, this novel is a triumph. Two characters, completely different, one a Scottish woman, Penelope Coyne in the style o... READ MORE
Paperback writer
The Cracked Mirror
Something Very Different From Chris Brookmyre
The beginning of Chris Brockmyre's ,"The Cracked Mirror", threw me completely. 2 stereotypical characters from different crime genres are brought together ... READ MORE
David Blendell
The Cracked Mirror
And when they met, it was moider!
Have you ever finished the entire run of a particular crime series and then looked at the next author with dozens of books with the same sleuth and thought... READ MORE
Huttson Lo
The Cracked Mirror
Another winner from Brookmyre. Brilliant.
As a long time fan of Brookmyre’s writing, Jack Parlabane being one of my favourite fictional characters ever, I jumped at the chance to review this via Ne... READ MORE
Beth Bennett
The Cracked Mirror
Everything it's cracked up to be
Every mystery is touted as 'twisty' but this one really deserves the title! Initially, the two storylines and styles are worlds apart, but this is an ... READ MORE
Kelsang Kunden
The Cracked Mirror
Two seemingly different time lines and sleuths - you won't want to stop reading
I loved this book! How are murders in Scotland and California connected? Two rather different protagonists work on the cases. A lovely twist brings the t... READ MORE
Danielle Ellis
The Cracked Mirror
Cool transatlantic sleuthing.
I have read most of CB’s books though recently it was the Ambrose Parry collaborations , so when I started reading this novel and met the spritely 82 year ... READ MORE
david roy
The Cracked Mirror
Brilliant read
This really confused me at first. It opens with an elderly Scottish librarian who has returned from a trip to find that there has been a murder in her vill... READ MORE
Paula Sterling-stead
The Cracked Mirror
Holly Golly!!
With many thanks to Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group for this free arc and I am leaving this unbiased review voluntarily Oh this is such a clever... READ MORE
Donna Whitehouse
The Cracked Mirror
The Cracked Mirror is a 'cracking' good read.
I am always really excited to see a new Chris Brookmyre novel, partly because I never know what will be inside. The Cracked Mirror did not disappoint alt... READ MORE
Geraldine Smyth
The Cracked Mirror
Great read, very original.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy of this book with no obligation to review. This is very inventive indeed. At first I was not s... READ MORE
A MC
The Cracked Mirror
Mind-blowingly clever
Chris Brookmyre in top form with this roller coaster of a murder mystery that’s mind-blowingly clever and laced with his usual dry wit. Penny Coyne (drea... READ MORE
Jill Thomson
The Cracked Mirror
The Cracked Mirror great mystery with a twist
At first I thought this was like an Agatha Christie novel which I don't like particularly. An Octogenarian sleuth who solves murders in a little village in... READ MORE
Steven Marshall
The Cracked Mirror
A terrific read!
4.5 rounded up “ A cross genre hybrid of Agatha Christie and Michael Connelly”… and yes, it’s definitely that. Meet Ms Penelope Coyne, she’s in her 80... READ MORE
Celia Short
The Cracked Mirror
Miss Marple meets Bad Boys
Delighted to share the Cracked Mirror by Chris Brookmyre. This story revolves around Penny Coyne and Johnny Hawke. Penny, an elderly librarian in a quiet v... READ MORE
Catherine Looper
The Cracked Mirror
The Cracked Mirror
The Cracked Mirror revolves around LAPD detective Jack and local crime solver Penny who work together to unravel a series of murders . The story is full of... READ MORE
Sarah -Bookworm Extraordinaire
The Cracked Mirror
Not what you think it is
After a few novels which were enjoyable but not earth shattering, it’s great to see Brookmyre experimenting again. This one plays with different facets of ... READ MORE
The Dynamite Kid
The Cracked Mirror
A rollercoaster read!
I loved the sound of two drastically different detectives colliding and working together in The Cracked Mirror by Chris Brookmyre. The idea of a Miss Marp... READ MORE
Melismelos
The Cracked Mirror
Miss Marple meets Marlowe - or is it just my imagination?
Found this a very intriguing read but did require some perseverance, some bits I got and some I didn’t, well least not until the end. The meeting of the tw... READ MORE
AKA Mr Smith
The Cracked Mirror
Genius!
Took me a while to warm to this book, I couldn't adjust to the two different stories. As the story went on however and the two characters started coming t... READ MORE
joanne mcguire
The Cracked Mirror
Another cracking piece of writing from a brilliant writer
Delighted to report that my 100% enjoyment of Chris Brookmyre novels, however different they are from each other, remains complete. I loved this curious bu... READ MORE
Kate Carter
The Cracked Mirror
Clever plotting
This book caught my eye because I enjoy reading Agatha Christie and Michael Connelly, and I'd just finished reading my first Christopher Brookmyre book. I ... READ MORE
Linda Scannell
The Cracked Mirror
Clever and gripping
Love Chris Brookmyre’s books and I loved this new offering even more so. It had the usual Brookmyre dark humour however this one was ‘cleverer’ as it was... READ MORE
Shanti Shan
The Cracked Mirror
Cracking!
Chris Brookmyre is known for his originality and The Cracked Mirror is probably even more unique than his last dozen or so novels. Even reading the blurb u... READ MORE
Chris Scotland
The Cracked Mirror
The Cracked Mirror by Chris Brookmyre
The Cracked Mirror by Chris Brookmyre is the meeting of a Miss Marple type investigator and a hardened LAPD homicide detective, who came together to find o... READ MORE
Christine Rennie
The Cracked Mirror
Stick with it - good plot development!
It took me a while to get into this one as it very much felt as I was reading two completely separate books for a while. The contrast between Johnny LAPD a... READ MORE
Charlotte Wilson
The Cracked Mirror
An Intriguing and Cleverly Written Story.
You know Johnny Hawke. Hard-bitten LAPD homicide detective. Always in trouble with his captain, always losing partners, but always battling with the truth,... READ MORE
Louise Wilson
The Cracked Mirror
The Cracked Mirror
With this book, Chris Brookmyre has not just rewritten the rules about crime novels, he has completely smashed them, torn them up, not even bothering to re... READ MORE
Ashrae
The Cracked Mirror
Too many strands to keep track of
I’ve enjoyed Chris Brookmyre’s previous books such as A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil and more recently The Cliff House, so I was excited to r... READ MORE
KindigBlog
The Cracked Mirror
Mixed feelings
I have read several previous novels of Chris Brookmyre’s novels, so I was curious to find out about his new novel The Cracked mirror. The title reminds me ... READ MORE
Michelle De Alwis
The Cracked Mirror
A bonkers concept delivered masterfully
Thank you to the author, publishers Abacus and NetGalley UK for access to this as an advance reader’s ebook. This is an honest and voluntary review. Two... READ MORE
Lisey P
The Cracked Mirror
A LA homicide detective and elderly librarian want to solve murders.
Penny Coyne is an elderly lady living in Scotland and Johnny Hawke in America. Their lives are about to collide following deaths in their home towns. This ... READ MORE
Julie Friar
The Cracked Mirror
mystery mystery mystery
A well crafted tale. Starts out as a detective mash up and leads you gently through the incremental steps to a science fiction mystery.
Andy
The Cracked Mirror
Love a good Chris Brookmyre novel and this is one of those
Miss Marple meets Harry Bosch by way of Douglas Adams! Mystery, thriller, cosy crime, crime noir and Sci-fi, this book covers many a genre. Entertaining pa... READ MORE
Jason  Ritchie
The Cracked Mirror
The Cracked Mirror
I could not have been more excited when I saw a new book was going to be published by Chris Brookmyre. After reading and absolutely loving The Cut a few ye... READ MORE
Lucy Glendinning
The Cracked Mirror
Cracking!
Chris Brookmyre is known for his originality and The Cracked Mirror is probably even more unique than his last dozen or so novels. Even reading the blurb u... READ MORE
Chris Scotland
The Cracked Mirror
Entertaining and Enthralling Crime Novel
Chris Brookmyre’s *The Cracked Mirror* is an enthralling crime novel that intertwines intricate plotting, layered characters, and sharp social commentary. ... READ MORE
OllyF
The Cracked Mirror
Expect the unexpected
To be honest, as I sit down to write this review I’ve absolutely no idea what’s going to come out of my fingers. ‘The Cracked Mirror’ is unlike anything I’... READ MORE
Eva
The Cracked Mirror
A very cleverly plotted mystery utilising a combined genre narrative.
Rating: 4.3/5 A couple of years ago Chris Brookmyre wrote "The Cut", which presented an unlikely alliance between a 72 year old former movie make-up ar... READ MORE
Paul Cooke
The Cracked Mirror
Brilliantly witty and entertaining genre busting read
Okay, So never have I found an opening line for a blurb more appropriate that this one. You really do need to forget what you think you know. I can’t comme... READ MORE
Jen Lucas
The Cracked Mirror
Very clever
With many thanks to Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group for this free arc and I am leaving this unbiased review voluntarily Oh this is such a clever... READ MORE
Donna Whitehouse
The Cracked Mirror
Nothing is what it seems
I had not read any of this author's book before and had no idea what to expect. I found it pacy and complex. An Agatha Christie- type Scottish lady with a... READ MORE
John Davies
The Cracked Mirror
Another great offering with an interesting twist for current times.
Another excellent offering from Chris Brookmyre, it felt a little different to his usual offerings but still with his usual flair and interesting twists to... READ MORE
Lucy Bristow
The Cracked Mirror
A 'cracking' good read.
I am always really excited to see a new Chris Brookmyre novel, partly because I never know what will be inside. The Cracked Mirror did not disappoint alt... READ MORE
Geraldine Smyth
The Cracked Mirror
A Blended Novel
Two detectives stereotyped from Agatha Christie and Michael Connelly should not be in the same universe but what happens when they cross each other’s path?... READ MORE
David McNinch
The Cracked Mirror
Suprising
You know Penny Coyne. The little old lady who has solved multiple murders in her otherwise sleepy village, despite bumbling local police. A razor-sharp min... READ MORE
steve cripwell
The Cracked Mirror
Definitely worth a read!
The Cracked Mirror revolves around LAPD detective Jack and local crime solver Penny who work together to unravel a series of murders . The story is full of... READ MORE
Sarah -Bookworm Extraordinaire
The Cracked Mirror
It's definitely one of my 2024 favorites.
It's challenging to describe this book without giving too much away, but The Cracked Mirror hit all the right notes for me. I was so engrossed that I finis... READ MORE
A Grace
The Cracked Mirror
The denouement is so worth the wait.
I started this book and wondered what all the threads were leading to. Read quite a bit more and wondered why I was bothering to read it at all. However... READ MORE
Jon Jonnson
The Cracked Mirror
Superb. Classic Brookmyre.
As a long time fan of Brookmyre’s writing, Jack Parlabane being one of my favourite fictional characters ever, I jumped at the chance to review this via Ne... READ MORE
Beth Bennett
The Cracked Mirror
What a great read!
Wow! Wow! Wow! I started this wondering how could CB mix Agatha Christie and Michael Connolly ( as the book has been described) . What a story! Johnny Haw... READ MORE
AnneJar55
The Cracked Mirror
When two worlds collide
How is it possible that two detective's, from very different backgrounds, end up meeting? That possibly, their separate cases, are strangely entwined? ... READ MORE
Nicole Mitchell
The Cracked Mirror
Very clever
This is my first read by this author, so I wasn't sure what to expect, being drawn in by the sideways reference to Agatha Christie in the title. I felt ... READ MORE
Lynn
The Cracked Mirror
Miss Marple meets LAPD!
Delighted to share the Cracked Mirror by Chris Brookmyre. This story revolves around Penny Coyne and Johnny Hawke. Penny, an elderly librarian in a quiet v... READ MORE
Catherine Looper
The Cracked Mirror
something a bit different...
What an amazing book! It starts off like a cosy mystery but don't be fooled - this is no Miss Marple adventure. Before long an LA police detective is throw... READ MORE
Barbara Scott Emmett
The Cracked Mirror
Forgot what you think you know!
I was expecting this to be Miss Marple meets Die Hard, and I feel we all lulled into this thinking….I was wondering how on Earth this was going to work, ho... READ MORE
Elaine Nicholson
The Cracked Mirror
Superb!
I enjoyed this novel very much. I found the book impossible to put down, and I was very antisocial while I was engrossed in it. For the first few chapte... READ MORE
AliceMaudMary
The Cracked Mirror
two worlds collide
Penny Coyne is a sweet old lady who lives in a Scottish village and has a history of solving a series of murders that have puzzled the local police. She's ... READ MORE
Jenny Dunne
The Cracked Mirror
Highly original
have read most of CB’s books though recently it was the Ambrose Parry collaborations , so when I started reading this novel and met the spritely 82 year ol... READ MORE
david roy
The Cracked Mirror
An unique entertaining mashup of genres.
‘The Cracked Mirror’ by Chris Brookmyre,is certainly a bit different from your run of the mill police police procedure or amateur sleuth stories. The... READ MORE
JG MacL
The Cracked Mirror
two worlds collide