Quite Ugly One Morning
- By: Alisdair McNeill
Christopher Brookmyre is one of Scotlands foremost young authors, his acerbic literary career beginning with Quite Ugly One Morning, an irreverent tale of murder and money grabbing within the Edinburgh medical establishment.
Quite Ugly One Morning opens with hungover journalist Jack Parlabane locking himself out of his flat and attempting to get back in by lowering himself through an open window from the flat above. But, when he slips into his neighbours flat he stumbles into a murder scene—complete with police officers and the corpse of Dr Jeremy Ponsonby, son of an esteemed Edinburgh medical family. Parlabane becomes fascinated by the killing—Ponsonby is grotesquely mutilated and vomit, urine, and blood litter the room he is found in—and is further drawn in to the investigation when he meets Ponsonbys ex-wife.
As the story unfolds it becomes clear the late Dr Ponsonby was a man in trouble, having massive gambling debts and