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The End of the Wasp Season (Alex Morrow 2) [Paperback]

Denise Mina
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1 Sep 2011 Alex Morrow 2

When wealthy Sarah Erroll dies a violent death at her home in a posh part of Glasgow, the local community is stunned by what appears to be a truly gratuitous act. Heavily pregnant with desperately wanted twins, DS Alex Morrow is called in to investigate and soon discovers that there is more to Sarah's murder than it first seems.

On the other side of town, Thomas Anderson is called into the headmaster's office at his boarding school to be told that his tyrannical father - a banker responsible for the loss of many livelihoods in the recession - has committed suicide by hanging himself from the old oak tree on the lawn of their home. Thomas returns to the family home to find his mother and sister in a state of numb shock. The head of the household is dead, yet their initial reaction is not that of grief, but relief.

As Alex Morrow slowly unravels the connections between the two cases, she faces her greatest challenge yet as her work and home lives collide with potentially disastrous consequences.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (1 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409138526
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409138525
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 594,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Denise Mina was born in Glasgow in 1966. Because of her father's job as an engineer, her family moved twenty-one times in eighteen years from Paris to the Hague, London, Scotland and Bergen. After leaving school at sixteen and a run of poorly paid jobs, she went on to study Law at Glasgow University and researched a PhD thesis at Strathclyde.

Misusing her grant, she stayed at home and wrote her first novel, Garnethill, which was published in 1998 and won the Crime Writers' Association John Creasy Dagger for best first crime novel.

Since 1998 she has written seven further novels, including most recently, Still Midnight. She also writes comics and in 2006 wrote her first play, 'Ida Tamson'. As well as all of this she writes short stories and is a regular contributor to TV and radio.

Author photo (c) Colin McPherson

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One of the most exciting writers to have emerged in Britain for years (Ian Rankin)

A literary West Lothian question: why do Scottish writers dominate British crime fiction? With Denise Mina at least, the answer is pure class (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

Confirms Mina's place in the premier division ... atmospheric, intense and full of the disturbing flavour of inner-city lowlife (GUARDIAN)

Powerful, passionate and compelling. Mina can chill your blood and break your heart in the same sentence (Mark Billingham)

The plot is unrolled artfully ... the writing is lucid, and the minor characters breathe with an almost Dickensian life (SUNDAY TIMES)

Splendidly written ... magnificently readable (THE TIMES)

Something special ... A tour de force (TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT)

Remember the name. This is a major talent heading for the top (LITERARY REVIEW)

One of Denise Mina's many attractions is her willingness to take risks with her characters. She delves deeper than most into emotions, whether of the police, victims or perpetrators; she eschews the usual formula of crime fiction....The financial and moral disintregration of families, the iniquities of the class system and prostitution all play a role. Mina's best (THE TIMES)

Thoughful attention to detail take the novel to another level...Scotland has produced some seriously good crime writers; The End of the Wasp Season places Denise Mina alongside Ian Rankin and Val McDermid (FINANCIAL TIMES)

Miss your bus stop....reading The End of the Wasp Season by Denise Mina, a gripping tale tracing the links between an elite private school, the suicide of a millionaire banker and the shocking murder of a wealthy young woman (GRAZIA)

Denise Mina is one of Scotland's most impressive crime writers. This dark, angry novel doesn't offer easy thrills or the intellectual diversion of a whodunnit. Instead it focusses on its deeply flawed characters, their motivations and the world they live in ... undeniably powerful (SPECTATOR) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A savage murder with no apparent motive - DS Morrow's most challenging case brings her work and home lives dangerously close...

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars too many cliches 17 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a competent police procedural, but there are too many shop-worn characters and plot devices to make it stand out. You've got the hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold, the cop-who-has-to-fight-the-system, the drunken-priest-who-takes-the-murderer's-confession....need I to go on? Reasonably well-written, it's ok if you can see past the the formulaic characters.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars off form 20 May 2011
By john H
Format:Hardcover
mina is a very talented writer , wonderful with characters and i thought at the beginning this book was going to be perfect and break the sterotyped mould again . But it just falls apart; she gives thanks at the beginning to friends "for sorting out the second half of this book which was , ahem , a bit messy". It is still a mess and the chief reason , i think , is her failure with the Catholic public school boy whose father has hanged himself . i am not giving anything away : the problem is there is nothing to give away . you might enjoy it more if you don't assume it is a crime story
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great writing 1 Aug 2013
By chipper
Format:Paperback
Don't understand some of the reviews for this book. I couldn't put it down personally. Terrific writing. It is not about who did it-the reader finds this out early on- but why. The novel is essentially a social commentary on society as a whole, the attitudes of police and the devastating affects a tragedy can have on the lives of everyone concerned. Cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor ending spoils whole book 10 Nov 2012
Format:Paperback
When I started reading this I wondered how I had missed discovering Mina earlier, as I am always on the lookout for intelligent crime novels. I won't go into great detail about the plot or standard of writing as others have done so, but I found it thoroughly compelling...up until the last few chapters when it fell apart. It becomes muddled, bitty & confused, leaving the impression that Mina did not know how to resolve & dovetail the various plotlines & attempts to hide this fact through various narrative tricks. The last minute twist is unconvincing & does not work at all. I was left feeling disappointed & quite indignant, to have followed the story so avidly & with such anticipation only to be let down at the end.
As someone else here has pointed out, Mina does thank people in the acknowledgements for 'sorting out the second half of this book, which was, ahem, a bit messy.' It is still messy, & the last chapters more than a bit, I'm afraid.
I shall try another of her books as it was so promising to begin with; but I'm not optimistic because surely one of the hardest part of writing, especially crime writing, is drawing everything together into a satisfactory conclusion, & a good writer has the ability to do that.
Well, I have tried another of her books & the same thing happened: it was very good but fizzled out towards the end. I couldn't be bothered to read the last few pages - such a disappointment. It puzzles me that she gets a lot of good reviews. But I won't be reading another.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars May not mean to, but they do... 13 May 2011
By D. Harris TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Mina's second book about her Glaswegian DS heroine Alex Morrow put me strongly in mind of Larkin's famous lines about what your Mum and Dad do.

Here we have Alex, very pregnant (twins) working her way through the investigation of a murder. A very nasty murder. Alex cares about getting an outcome, but struggles to bring her team on board (explaining why would spoil the story). We know fairly early on who committed the crime, but not why. Learning why takes us on a journey through family life, dwelling in turn on Alex's nephew, son of the gangster brother whose connection to her is still a secret, on Alex's old friend Kay, struggling to raise her family of four in a Council flat and on Thomas, whose wealthy financier father, having ruined thousands with his schemes, hangs himself, leaving a vicious note for his wife. We see the various ways in which parents can muck up their children's lives - or build them up.

Mina has a great talent for sketching the awkward corners of lives, here delineating the factions in Morrow's police station: the unconfident Bannerman, promoted above his ability, polarising the officers under him and pushing for results. Or describing the uneasy relationship between Alex and Kay. In Alex Morrow, she has created a fascinating, complex woman, with her own failings and with a burden of guilt about her nephew. And there is Thomas's truly grotesque family, illustrating the old saying that if you want to know what God thinks of money, you should look at the people he gives it to.

I had been waiting for this book since reading Still Midnight, Morrow's first outing, and wasn't disappointed - this is, if anything, even better than the earlier volume and I'm glad to see that another is on the way Untitled Mina 1 of 3.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Had a promising start then..... 28 Nov 2012
Format:Paperback
Okay, I try to only do feedback on books that I really enjoy as I believe if a writer has written a book it's a shame to be too critical. Unfortunately I have to make an exception in this case!
It had a promising start and I thought I would enjoy it but what is the point of a crime book when you know who has done it at the start? So many holes in the plot. Unbelievable characters.
Found the writing infantile. Tulliallan was not only spelt wrong once, but twice and in different ways!!
The descriptions looked like they were put in just for the sake of it. For instance, the lawyer went to shake her hand as if he wanted to be pulled up over the edge of a cliff (picture that in your head if you can), the handles of the carrier bag were sticking up like a toddler waiting to be lifted up and she looked 50 and divorced (how does anyone look divorced??).
Just found it very annoying and irritating, my fellow reading group members assured me that the authors other books are so much better. Well I'm not going to try, there are so many fantastic books and writers out there (both published and kindle self published)and life is too short! I just don't understand how this book managed to get published in the first place.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Really weak and boring
I regretted reading this boring book. The author pays too much detail to irrelevant descriptions, the story is naive and chaotic.
Published 8 months ago by Michal Slavik
4.0 out of 5 stars The series just gets better
A crooked financier hangs himself in Kent and a young woman is brutally murdered in Glasgow - there is no connection between the two, or is there? Read more
Published 8 months ago by Plucked Highbrow
4.0 out of 5 stars Sting in the tale
I loved the characters in this book - described and drawn so vividly. Good crime story that also deals with how the snap judgements we make, invariably come back to sting us.
Published 9 months ago by Jane Harkess
2.0 out of 5 stars in dis enema
Seduced by the hype, I succumbed.

The characterisation, at least of the lifestyles, if not of the people living those lifestyles, may well be well done, but... Read more
Published 11 months ago by JK
5.0 out of 5 stars 5th star for the twist at the end!
First of her books I have read and will certainly be reading more of them. Good characters, well drawn and a great twist at the end.
Published 11 months ago by V. Anfilogoff
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality prose, great protagonist
If you're looking for cliffhangers and jaw-dropping twists of plot, this may not be the book for you. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Eva Hudson
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
Tried this book an a recommendation - gave up half way through and skipped to e end. A very disjointed read, won't be trying another book from this author.
Published 12 months ago by Dr Paul Spiers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great detective novel
I took this on holiday and was completely gripped. I enjoyed the twists and turns and will definitely buy more books by Denise Mina.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good detective story
For ever wondering if the truth will be found. Only on the last page. Read this for an entertaining few hours
Published 12 months ago by Rod Boyce
5.0 out of 5 stars end of the wasp season
This book is enthralling well plotted. The opening is ambiguous but it develops into a cannot put down thriller. there are clues throughout with an ingenious final twist.
Published 13 months ago by eilsel
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