The Field Of Blood (Paddy Meehan, #1)
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The Field Of Blood (Paddy Meehan #1)

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The first in a new series by Scotland’s princess of crime, Denise Mina.

When the body of a four-year-old boy is found tortured and battered to death, it is assumed the child has been the victim of a vicious sexual predator. Instead the police are led, not to the house of an adult killer, but to the doors of two eleven-year-old boys.

Fresh from school, Paddy Meehan has just s...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published April 4th 2006 by Bantam (first published 2005)
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Mark
Denise Mina is a hot new Scottish mystery writer. I was drawn to this book partly because the protagonist works in a seedy newsroom at a second-rate newspaper, where she is regularly abused by the dyspeptic employees, partly because she's new and mostly because she's a woman, and partly because this puts the murder mystery genre in a newly fascinating place, the roughest sections of Glasgow. It also vividly works in the Protestant-Catholic tensions of that city, which mirrors Belfast in many res...more
Vanessa
The first book in Denise Mina's trilogy about 80's era Glasgow newspaper reporter Paddy Meehan is a little slow to get started and the heroine is so young (18ish) and subservient to her coldly Catholic family that the beginning is just a bit of a slog. There are also some flashbacks inserted that detail the story of real-life petty criminal Paddy Meehan, whom the heroine is obsessed with as they share a namesake, that seem to break up the momentum.

Keep going. The story does gather steam and I lo...more
Brian
Great fun - as Mina always is. I can't wait to read the second one when it's out in a cheap edition. This goes swiftly - in reading and in narrative. And Mina writes plucky, loveable, less-than-perfect female leads that seem somehow familiar and interesting, damaged but smart.
Katie
How did this book make it past an editor? I love Denise Mina, but this book is terrible. The randomly-placed chapters that cut away from the narrative to tell the story of a real-life criminal from the 60s who happens to have the same name as the protagonist slow the momentum of the book and add little to the story. This book is also full of tiny continuity errors -- Paddy lights a cigarette, then immediately stuffs both hands into her pockets and starts talking or crying. . . so, what happened...more
Rhona
This is the first of a series with Paddy Meehan, a fledgling reporter in Glasgow. It came highly recommended as part of the "Tartan Noir" genre (Scottish detective books). I almost thought I couldn't read it with the horrifying first chapter, but Paddy really grew on me and I had to continue with the series.
Chris Witkowski
Denise Mina is one heck of a writer. She not only gives us taut, suspenseful mysteries, but she fills them with expertly drawn characters, real people who feel pain, hurt,shame and eventually, triumph. Set in gritty Glasgow in 1981, with a back story set in the 60's, this novel gives us the inside scoop on newsrooms, with a myriad of colorful, drunken newsmen, and at the same time sheds light on the poverty stricken inhabitants of that failing city, giving insight into how horrendous crimes can...more
Dorie
Paddy is an 18-year old working as a copyboy at the newspaper office with dreams of being a reporter. Although she considers herself fat, she has a fiancé named Sean whose family is close to hers. A 3-year old is murdered and two 10-year old boys are arrested for the crime -- one of them is Sean’s cousin. Paddy finds herself torn between her ambitions and the beliefs of her Catholic family and fiancé. The chasm gets wider when a confidence to a friend at the paper leads to a newspaper article on...more
Bookmarks Magazine

From the author of the acclaimed Garnethill trilogy comes the much-praised debut of a projected five-part series starring Paddy Meehan. In this hardboiled Scottish crime thriller, Mina takes on journalistic ethics, newsroom culture, sexism, and coming-of-age dilemmas. Critics agree that her well-rounded characters, including the nuanced Paddy, fit seamlessly into her compelling descriptions of a tight working-class community in the early 1980s. But it's not all dark; Mina peppers her frightening

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Ann
It's a bad habit, but I keeping acquiring more books even though I have given myself a fairly specific goal for 2011 Reading. Several months ago, I picked up Field of Blood by Denise Mina at Schuler's Bookstore in Lansing in the used book section. Partly I was surprised by the large used section, which had some tempting titles. It took great fortitude to limit myself to one book.

I discovered Denise Mina early and read her Garnethill Trilogy. When I started Field of Blood, I was concerned that I...more
Marcia
This is the first book in Mina's series starring Paddy Meehan. Paddy is a great, if not always likable character, and her struggles to balance her ambitions as a reporter with her family's demands and Catholic morals are fascinating. The prose is dark and lush. The mystery itself is okay, although I guessed the murderer long before Paddy did. The scene that opens the novel is stomach-churning, and I would warn readers that it features not only a crime against a very small child, but a graphic de...more
Susan
I just found this author, and I am really glad I did. Paddy Meehan is a young woman who works in a newspaper office as a copyboy. An murder in the community draws her into the role of detective, which she does exceedingly well. This is the first book, which I actually read second because it wasn't available. It is not necessary to read them in order, although the second does refer to the initial work. The setting in and around Glasgow is unique as well. Paddy is a strong female character that is...more
Sandi
Set in Glasgow in the early eighties. The book had great descriptions of of the city, the class and sectarian divides of the time, and how a daily newspaper runs. The characters were all very believable and Paddy was a compelling though young and flawed heroine. The only slight quibble I had was that the plot was fairly pedestrian and the entire subplot about the real life Paddy Meehan, while interesting, seemed a bit like page filler.
Lynn
I saw this book recommended by Anna Quindlen on the Daily Beast and checked it out. It was great. It is a very tender subject--the murder by children of a toddler but was told so well from the point of view of a young woman who is working for a newspaper and trying to find her way in journalism and also within her traditional Glaswegian family. I loved it.
Emily
Chubby, ambitious, and hot-tempered--with a nose for sniffing out criminal motive-- aspiring journalist Paddy Meehan is a heroine you can really sink your teeth into. Set in the mean streets of the Glasgow housing projects, this mystery thriller is most successful as a coming-of-age story.
Gary Van Cott
This is the best book I have read so far by Denise Mina. Unfortunately her Alex Morrow and Garnethill series are mostly about dysfunctional families, violence against women and other social ills. This book may have originally been intended to be about criminal behavior in children. However, that concept has taken a back seat to what is now a coming of age story mostly set in 1981 Glasgow. The main character is Paddy Meehan, a young woman (despite the nickname) of 18 working at a large daily news...more
Michelle
The first book in the Paddy Meehan series takes Paddy, a young woman in a "runner" position at a newspaper in Glasgow on an unusual journey. Paddy's namesake was a criminal who was falsely imprisoned for a murder and his tale is interspersed with hers. While Paddy has ambitions, her Irish family is very traditional, as is her fiance, Sean. When a gruesome murder of a young boy is thought to have been committed by two older boys, Paddy realizes that she has a connection to one of the boy's throug...more
Rascar Capac
THE FIELD OF BLOOD by Denise Mina is the first of the three book series featuring Paddy Meehan, an overweight female working in the city of Glasgow as a copyboy in a newspaper. The book is set in the 1980s, when a toddler called Brian Wilcox gets kidnapped and is found brutally murdered a few days hence. The police swiftly latches on to two 10 year old school students as the prime suspects. But, Paddy egged on by the sense of duty (as one of the suspects in a distant relative), and more importan...more
Lillian
Denise Mina proved exceptional talent with her first works - the Garnethill series. In Field of Blood, she cements her stature as one of the best writers to come out of the UK in decades. Mina's vivid descriptions and unerringly accurate dialogue are a pure pleasure to read and to savor. Instead of telling you how something is, she shows you. You know EXACTLY what she's getting at instantly without her spelling it out for you. She is brilliant at connecting the reader to the world in her story.
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Ian Mapp
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Lynn
The Field of Blood had a rough start for me as it begins with the murder of a child. Children being hurt kills me so if it hadn't been a Denise Mina book, I may have set it aside. I'm glad I stuck with it. Mina doesn't dwell on the details of the crime after the first chapter. Instead it becomes a walk through the class structure of Glasgow, the antagonism between Catholics and Protestants, and the introduction of a feisty lead character, Paddy Meehan. This Paddy is not to be confused with the r...more
Jessica
It was fine. I'm not a big mystery/thriller whodunit reader, but when I read a good one, I appreciate it. I went looking for a good one... but this wasn't really it.
For the first third I wasn't all that engaged, and didn't rush to pick it back up. Then I got more engrossed in the story and was interested in finding out exactly what happened... but I was still frustrated by some of the writing, and some of the actions taken by the characters. (Does every crime story involve characters going to c...more
stephanie
interesting book - i think i liked it most for being clearly written by a non-American author in a foreign country. also i know little about scotland, so it was kind of awesome to read a thriller set there.

the book is sloooow at first though, like the first 275 pages. of course, then it jumps into hyper-drive, but i was starting to get annoyed with paddy and her obsessive thoughts about how she was fat. i didn't get the historical tie of the book - i don't quite get how the paddy meehan of the...more
LJ
THE FIELD OF BLOOD (Amateur Sleuth-Scotland-1960s/1980s) – G
Mina, Denise – Standalone
Bantam Press, 2005- Hardcover
"Paddy" Meehan is 18 and growing up in a strict Catholic family but knew she way lying when she took her first communion. She's working as a copyboy, but wants to be a reporter. A young child is brutally murdered and the cousin of her fiancé is one of the accused. But Paddy doesn't believe it and decides to find out the truth. Interspersed with present Paddy's story, is that of the r...more
Amanda Patterson
This is the first in a new series by Scotland’s top new female crime writer, Denise Mina.

Glasgow, 1981. The body of a four-year-old boy is found tortured and battered to death. The police find out that two eleven-year-old boys are the culprits.
Paddy (Patricia) Meehan has started work on the Scottish Daily News. She wants to be an independant investigative journalist. But all around her is the pressure to conform. Her colleagues and family want her to get married to her fiancé, Sean, and have ch...more
Victoria Brown
I enjoyed Field of Blood, especially the main character. What I didn’t appreciate was the secondary plot. Apparently at the author actually met a real man named Paddy Meehan (1960s) who was convicted of a crime and later pardoned. But trying to connect him to the plot about her female protagonist Paddy (Patricia) Meehan (early 1980s) was not at all successful. In fact, it was like a big non sequitur stuck in at points throughout the book. The fact that they shared a name was contrived and made t...more
Shannon
This story focuses on a young woman (18 years old) who is trying to break into journalism by being a 'copyboy' for the local paper. It's cool seeing how papers used to be run (calls cars following up on crimes heard about over the police scanners and the like). I see how Paddy could have been a bit obsessed about her weight at that age but was definitely a contrast in her personality - being so confident in her decisions about her passions to work and not be 'just' a wife to the first guy that p...more
Hanna
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Andrew Lone
Set in Glasgow in the eighties we meet paddy Meehan a Catholic girl who works in a male orientated Glasgow newspaper as a copyboy but has ambitions to be a journalist, a boy is cruelly murdered and two boy's have arrested for the murder and paddy has a link through a family connection to one of the boys so she chase's the story putting herself in danger and uncovers corruption about the case with the tension between the prods and Catholics in the city
Kirsty Darbyshire
When I read the Garnethill trilogy (and loved it) I hoped Mina would become an absolute must read author, I can't get enough of those! However I've found her next books a little so-so. Not bad, just could do better.

This is the first in a new series. It's set in 1981 and features Glaswegian Paddy Meehan, an 18 year old eager to get into the investigative journalism business. I'm guessing from the 25 year old setting that the plan is to age Paddy throughout the books and follow her career progress...more
Obisbooks
Great story! It is a bit of a mystery, did the young boys really kill Baby Brian and did they act alone or was there an adult involved? Only Paddy Meehan is asking. The story is also a story of place and time. Paddy is a young woman hoping to become a journalist but working as a “copyboy” in 1981 Glasgow. She’s from a poor working class Catholic family who just want her to get married and they don’t understand her desire to work and because of this she can’t share most of what goes on. The newsp...more
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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...more
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