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The End of the Wasp Season (Alex Morrow Book 2) by [Mina, Denise]
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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)

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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...
From the two-time winner of the prestigious Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1471 KB
  • Print Length: 412 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0752884050
  • Publisher: Orion (12 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409100952
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409100959
  • ASIN: B0050C86Y0
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,568 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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I read this book with some friends as part of a book club. I really enjoyed it as I love murder mysteries and this is a bit different as you know who was involved with the murder from the start and some of the characters are portrayed in enough detail to make them believable. The murder is really secondary to the exploration of the impact of family life on children - for the good and bad! When we discussed it at the book club we came to different conclusions about who had actually committed the murder. Several of us read parts of it again and still couldn't really tell who did it. This was a bit annoying and, for me, it moved the book from a 5* to a 4*. I wish the author had made it a bit clearer - or maybe I am missing the point and it is like this on purpose - still annoying though.
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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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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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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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Got this from the library as I was looking for new writers. What a stupid book, and what an irritating writer. I really don't care for writers who have so little in terms of 'plot' that they have to use 'literary' devices like suddenly switching topic in the middle of the crime scene. Who cares whether the baby in her stomach gave a twinge or six? I'm not reading a maternity manual. I want to read a fast moving detective thriller. Every single time she gets to a point where the book is getting interesting, she inserts her private s***ty life. If there was that much going for the plot, she wouldn't have to do that. In addition, what a load of pretentious rubbish. How on earth the end hung together with the beginning, I have no idea. It appears that she didn't either.
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