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The End Of The Wasp Season (Alex Morrow #2)

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When a notorious millionaire banker hangs himself, his death attracts no sympathy. But the legacy of a lifetime of selfishness is widespread, and the carnage most acute among those he ought to be protecting: his family.
Meanwhile, in a wealthy suburb of Glasgow, a young woman is found savagely murdered. The community is stunned by what appears to be a vicious, random attac
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2011)
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Nigel Bird
A young woman is awoken in the home of her recently departed mother by a couple of teenage boys who seem to have a bone to pick with her. Though it soon becomes clear that they are picking the wrong bone, the woman finds herself in grave danger and makes her bid for freedom. Sadly for her, she doesn’t make it and the boys lose control as they stamp out all of her facial features.

DS Alex Morrow is sent along to investigate. What the reader picks up from the early encounters with Morrow is that sh
Denise Mina gives a blow-by-blow analysis of who the victims of the UK's financial crisis are, from the perspective of a pregnant detective in Glasgow who grew up in difficult circumstances. The difference between Mina's excellent book and say OR THE BULL KILLS YOU is that Mina includes relevant psychological details rather than writing a relatively superficial film treatment. Here DI Morrow has a hard time getting her staff to take seriously the grisly murder of a call girl; as she doggedly pur ...more

We never doubted that she would catch him. She being DS Alex Morrow of the Glasgow polis and him being Thomas, one of two culprits known to us from the beginning of the novel. In fact, we meet Thomas first, see him and his friend Squeak as they kill and follow Thomas and his thoughts in the days after.

Two stories: that of the Scottish woman detective and that of the young son of a wealthy and powerful man, Thomas who is also the killer. The book begins with the funeral of DS Morr
I was grumpy about the first book in this series (see my review) and probably only picked this one up at the library because Jenny Davidson mentioned it in her blog. How delightful, then, to read this dark but never dour, complex work. The book uses the financial crisis to good effect. (I suspect we will get a lot of good crime fiction out of that mess, at least.) It's got a much better plot than the previous text. But what really makes it so terrific is the presentation, via the protagonist, no ...more
Sarah Erroll is brutally murderd by gawky teenage boys after recognizing one of them. Her life comes under a microscope: her questionable lifestyle, and care for her deceased mother, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease. DS Alex Morrow os celed to sort things out, and there are many suspects, including a school friend of hers, who was the mother's primary caretaker. One of the boys, Thomas Anderson, is told that his father Lars has hung himself, to avoid responsibiilty for his sleazy business d ...more
Every other book which I have previously read and rated 5* ought to be forthwith down-graded to a 3* in order to put this amazing novel into a class of its own!
This novel is extremely impressive and powerful on many levels.... Graphically (wasps), symbolically, as a psychological study, as a comment on social behaviour, on relationships both professinal and familial. Interest is compounded by the contrasts and comparisons highlighted in the characters from different geographical regions where ev
This book is what I would call an intelligent police procedural. It is not a "who done it," rather, a "why done it," as the criminals' identities are known to the reader from the start. They are portrayed as three dimensional characters, not slavering, psychopathic rabid dogs, but people with past, present, and future lives. And while the author does not seek sympathy for them from the reader, her humanizing them makes it difficult not to empathize with them, though never as a reason to excuse t ...more
In Glasgow, a young woman, still grieving the death of her mother only a few short months previously, is brutally murdered, seemingly at random. DS Alex Morrow who is five months pregnant with twins, is called in to investigate the murder, and even the hardened cops have trouble coping with the horror of Sarah’s last few minutes.

With the investigation bringing up more questions than answers, Alex is discovering a tangled web of lies that are becoming harder to untangle! Her own past is threateni
The reader is present at the extremely suspenseful opening scene of this book which culminates in a brutal murder. We know who “did it” and watch while Scottish Detective Alex Morrow, female and pregnant with twins, patiently reconstructs the crime. The disturbing “why” of the crime is at the crux of this novel and Mina reveals this by developing strong, complex characters and exposing the psychological motivations behind their actions. (Fathers do not come off particularly well in this book).

With great quotes on the cover from Ian Rankin and The Guardian promising an exciting read, I was looking forward to reading The End of the Wasp Season. However, I came away disappointed.

The book starts off with the thrill of moments leading up to the kill. The first chapter is tense and gripping, but I thought the story lost it’s grip from there. I couldn’t make up my mind… There were times when I thought the story was going slow and I didn’t find it engaging, but then at other times I found my

I'm an admirer of Denise Mina's writing, and I wish I could have given this larger praise, but I felt the ending was a bit anticlimactic and not quite as shocking as I think she meant it to be.

In this novel, Glasgow detective Alex Morrow is pregnant and faced with the brutal slaying of a young woman in her recently deceased mother's house. Her face has been obliterated by someone stomping on her, and bloody tennis shoe footprints abound. In the home's kitchen, police discovered several hundred t
Mary Gramlich
09/11 - Little, Brown & Company - Hardcover, 400 pages

By burying your past, do we resolve present issues and our future relationships?

Detective Inspector Alex Morrow has a suicide, murder, and pregnant with twins to contend with, which is all in a day’s work for this woman. She is a sharp and articulate member of the police force that never lets any detail, regardless of how small get past her even when they involve old haunts and ghosts from her own
In the Garnethill series, Denise Mina was able to conduct a tight suspense story and sew a raw, down-to-earth sensibility into the seams and cracks. This is a newer series and, though it got off to a slightly bumpy start in the previous book it wasn't fatal, and really only because it needed to set the stage for the characters, the procedure, the tone.

In this installment, the author has got her groove back. Here we have a rotating-point-of-view story that has its criminal element and its persona
What could be bad: a police procedural about rich kids gone bad, a secret prostitute and an evil rich man. Brilliant.
I bought this book on a whim whilst I was leaving Waterstones. It was only 2.99 because it was part of their 'Waterstones loves' collection.

Having read so many crime thrillers I was pretty skeptical about the book's ability to be original. My skeptical thoughts were furthered once I had read the back as the first line read 'A young woman is savagely murdered in her home in a wealthy Glasgow suburb.'I thought it would just be another 'whodunnit.'

I praise Mina for her character development. The w
I'm not a mystery person. It's just really not what I look for in a book.
This book came into the library where I work, and I vaguely remembered a customer telling me it was a good read. It was a very slow day, so I decided to read the first chapter, to see what I thought.
My god, was it gripping.

The End of the Wasp Season opens with Sarah Errol asleep in her bed. She wakes when she hears someone in her house - two teenage boys. At first she thinks they have broken into a house they thought was em
In an upscale suburb of Glasgow, a young woman named Sarah Erroll has returned from a trip. She is asleep when she hears a noise. And then two young men enter her room, and from that moment on, everything about her life spins out of control.

In another part of the city, a woman named Kay is admiring a lovely bowl and thinking of its history. She is a house cleaner, so the loveliness of it is not a regular part of her life. A single mother of four kids, she struggles to make ends meet.

Pregnant wit
Tartan noir fans rejoice! Denise Mina (Still Midnight) returns to gritty Glasgow with the second installment in her Alex Morrow series.

A young woman wakes up in the middle of the night to find two strange teen boys in her bedroom; she tries to escape but, in a case of mistaken identity, the boys brutally murder her. Det. Sgt. Alex Morrow arrives to investigate, but the crime baffles her, as does the large amount of cash found under the victim's dining room table. Meanwhile, the lead perpetrator
Eva Hudson
If you're looking for cliffhangers and jaw-dropping twists of plot, this may not be the book for you. If, however, you enjoy discovering the whydunnit rather than the who, and appreciate being guided on that journey by a skilled and talented writer, then you won't be disappointed by Denise Mina's The End of the Wasp Season.

The novel opens with the brutal murder of a young woman in an old-money suburb of Glasgow. So brutal that DI Alex Morrow's usually hardened team of cops can't even bear to loo
The second in the Alex Morrow series, THE END OF THE WASP SEASON is a book that it would be possible to read before the earlier. The opening chapters of the book introduces the reader to the three women at the centre of this story - DS Alex Morrow, Kay Murray who worked for Sarah Erroll and Sarah herself, 24 years old, murdered in a house that she rarely used.

Somehow, however, the focus of the book seems to be Lars Anderson, millionaire banker, disgraced financier, suicide hanging himself from a
Randi Reisfeld
This takes place in Glasgow and various points around. Our protag, Alex(Alexandra) Morrow is a detetive, pregnant with twins, yet of course, the smartest person on the team and most vigorous. Her boss is blowhard who makes life tough for her, but Alex forges forward anyway. She's not unflawed, in some cases she's quite harsh to her team. The case: There are two dead people to deal with -- a suicide and a murder -- both invole the same seriously fucked up family, whose secrets unravel in a very s ...more
Pokud tato kniha získala ocenění "Nejlepší britská detektivka roku 2012" tak musím mít silné pochybnosti o stavu detektivek na ostrovech. Masivní hype, se kterým jsem knihu kupoval, se při samotném čtení nedostavil.

O co vlastně jde? Snad o to, že vrahy znáte od prvních stran. To by nebylo na škodu, kdyby následovalo spletité vyšetřování plné zvratů, kdy se pachatelé snaží důvtipně unikat spravedlnosti. Ale to se nekoná. Místo toho znáte vrahy, zanedlouho se dozvíte i motiv a pak už jen znuděně s
Daphne Atkeson
WOW...that's all I can say. A reviewer wrote that if you never read crime fiction, Denise Mina will change your mind. They're correct. I've read her first book--GARNET HILL--and now this current one. Still the same powerful writing, deep characterization, taut pace, etc. No signs of her dialing it in which happens, IMHO, to a large number of successful crime/mystery/thriller writers.

Straight through to the ending it was solid, dense, compelling, with an unexpected twist. She made me care about a
Stacey Franklin
3.5 I've read worse and I've read better. Decent writing and characters but few I cared much about. Interesting plot twist at the end that made me think, but other plot developments I saw a mile away. And seriously, couldn't stand one more description of the bloody woman's twins moving around inside her - GROSS!!! If her gender is not supposed to be an issue why is this included?
Erica Harmon
This is my favorite of Denise Mina's post-Garnethill-trilogy mystery novels. More than any other mystery writer I've read she makes me interested in the villain. Going between characters isn't an exercise in patience, but actually a pleasure. I would recommend this novel, though it would make sense to read its predecessor, Still Midnight.

I read that critic's only major complaint with this series is that, "this focus on inner motives and personal tragedies overwhelms the plot." This is probably w
When Denise Mina’s Gods and Beasts won the 2013 Theakstons Old Peculier crime novel, I have to admit, I had never heard of her. I had fallen in love, that year, with Peter May’s Lewis Man, and was somewhat peeved he didn’t win. And though I’d watched BBC Scotland’s excellent dramatisation of Field of Blood, I hadn’t made the connection with Mina.

So once I discovered that her previous novel, The End of the Wasp Season, had also won the award in 2012, I thought it was high time I found out what th
Denise Mina has another great mystery series on her hands with the Alex Morrow series. Alex is a police detective with the Strathclyde Police in Glasgow, Scotland. Four months pregnant with twins, she tries to sidestep the internal politics of her department although she, along with everyone else, loathes her boss.

A woman is found beaten to death in her mother's house and the repercussions spread out to the suicide of a prominent financier in London. The suspects turn out to be two teenage boys
I love it when I try an author I've never read before and find my efforts amply rewarded. I struggled a bit with the first few chapters, finding the viewpoint characters rather unsympathetic, but I warmed to them and found myself increasingly absorbed in their struggles. The relationships--and the office politics--are painfully believable. And the final twist, in the last couple chapters, is subtle dig to the heart. I'll be reading more of Mina's mysteries.
Carly Thompson
3.5 Stars. Strong police procedural set in contemporary Glasgow. Alex Morrow, pregnant with twins, investigates the brutal murder of a young woman in a wealthy suburb. The criminals are known from the first chapter and Mina's narrative moves back and forth between Morrow's investigation, the life of Thomas Anderson, a teenage boy at an exclusive Scottish boarding school, whose disgraced financier father has just hanged himself, and the life of Kay, a working class cleaner who cared for the victi ...more
Feb 07, 2015 Dan added it  ·  review of another edition
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My most exciting recent discovery.

Pretty much everything I like about crime novels is on display here. There's a low-key feminism that calls to mind the original run of the BBC's "Prime Suspect." All the characters - major and minor - are rendered with insight and complexity. I came out of it with an equally complex image of Glasgow - its neighborhoods, its speech patterns, and especially its class politics. Mina shifts voices with great nuance, inhabiting an array of people ranging from working
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Favorite Mystery/Thrillers of 2011? 1 27 Jan 04, 2012 09:55AM  
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  • Blue Lightning (Shetland, #4)
  • Shatter The Bones (Logan McRae, #7)
  • I Hear the Sirens in the Street (Detective Sean Duffy, #2)
  • Deadly Virtues
  • Ghost Hero (Lydia Chin & Bill Smith #11)
  • The Chessmen (Lewis Trilogy, #3)
  • A Question of Identity (Simon Serrailler, #7)
  • A Darker Domain
  • The Taken (Hazel Micallef Mystery #2)
  • Like This, For Ever (Lacey Flint, #3)
  • Let The Dead Lie (Detective Emmanuel Cooper, #2)
  • Darkside
  • The Hand That Trembles (Ann Lindell, #8)
  • Necessary as Blood(Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #13)
Denise Mina was born in Glasgow in 1966. Because of her father's job as an Engineer, the family followed the north sea oil boom of the seventies around Europe
She left school at sixteen and did a number of poorly paid jobs, including working in a meat factory, as a bar maid, kitchen porter and cook.
Eventually she settled in auxiliary nursing for geriatric and terminal care patients.
At twenty one sh
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Other Books in the Series

Alex Morrow (5 books)
  • Still Midnight (Alex Morrow #1)
  • Gods and Beasts (Alex Morrow, #3)
  • The Red Road (Alex Morrow #4)
  • Blood, Salt, Water (Alex Morrow #5)
Garnethill (Garnethill #1) Still Midnight (Alex Morrow #1) The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium: The Graphic Novels, #1.1) Field of Blood (Paddy Meehan, #1) Hellblazer: Empathy is the Enemy

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