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The Last Breath (Paddy Meehan #3)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  1,545 ratings  ·  201 reviews
Glasgow, 1990.

Paddy Meehan is home alone when there's a knock at the door. It's the police and they have bad news. Former boyfriend Terry Patterson's naked body has been found in a ditch. He's been tortured, hooded, then shot through the head: all hallmarks of an IRA assassination.
Paddy is devastated: Terry was her first lover; the sort of journalist she's always aspired t
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Bantam Press
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These are more than just crime stories. They are multi-leveled stories of Scotland and its politics, the class divisions, religion, the decline of journalism, sex and relationships and a plot that involves all of the above. Paddy is tough, family-driven, lusty and a hard nosed journalist after truth of a personal nature. Yes, sure, you have to think and stay on your toes when you read Denise Mina - but who wants to read flat-footed?
Really enjoyed this book. Reading Denise Mina, for we Glaswegians, has some of the same fascination as watching Taggart on TV. We’re always looking to notice the places we know – look, the victim lived in Lawrence St! But thankfully, Denise Mina’s writing is a lot better than the Taggart team’s acting. This is the third Paddy Meehan (a Glasgow journalist) story – though I hardly remember the others, they seem so long ago – and she has moved to Lansdowne Crescent in the West End. Ah the memories… ...more
I thought this was going to be a fast paced mystery/thriller, a fun summer read - but I was wrong. It was boring. Apparently this is the third installment of a series about this Scottish journalist character, so maybe folks who have read the first two might be more into it. Not much happened, and it wasn't intriguing or exciting. I can't believe I finished it. Don't waste your time.
I'm a big fan of Ian Rankin and I find Mina's gritty Glasgow a good book-end to Rankin's Edinburgh. The central character, Paddy, is back from the Garnethill trilogy. It's a great character but the story and character in this book aren't as compelling as the trilogy. Still, it's a decent read, certainly a cut above the average mystery.
Rod Zemke
I must be getting too picky as I get old. Would not recommend.
Riveting. I don't usually read a bunch of one author at one time but I made an exception for this one. Couldn't get enough. I was reading it and loving it early on but wondering in the back of my mind if I'd be digging this as much as I was if I hadn't read the first 2 and gotten so thoroughly invested in the characters and their world. Then the three or more story lines Mina had been picking at from this book and the other two completely surrounded me and was swept away for the ride. The wonder ...more
Jan 29, 2012 Jennifer rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who like character-driven mysteries
Recommended to Jennifer by: earlier Mina novels
Shelves: read-2012
One of the things I really enjoy about Denise Mina's novels is they feel incredibly real. The mystery is not really the point; it's the complex web of relationships surrounding the plot that make this story interesting. I did come late to the party. According to Goodreads, this is the 3rd novel featuring Paddy Meehan and I'm curious about what elements of her backstory the earlier two books explore. In this installment, Paddy gets the news that an old friend and journalist, Terry, has been murde ...more
This book was really entertaining, but it often got confusing as to how long this relationship between Terry & Paddy had lasted, how long ago, and when it ended. I also had a hard time getting used to the nickname Paddy for a woman. Paddy seemed to have such ambivalent feelings for Terry that it was hard to understand why his death bothered her so much. Why he left her his house. Why she lived and had sex with Dub, but they were "just friends." Why she didn't marry her son's father, another ...more
Denise Mina. This was a good book but it kinda lumbered along. Not the kind of flow I loved in the Garnet Hill Trilogy. Still love her graphic descriptions of death and love and how life really feels and looks. She always nails it.

I liked Paddy. Great character but I kept thinking there should be more to the story. Perhaps the book was edited too much? Her Garnet Hill books were meatier. More depth in the story, characters. Every.

I would recommend the book. It was, overall, a quick read, but n
Novel Destination
I just happened upon this novel and I was NOT disappointed. I now realize that there are other titles with Paddy Meehan--think gritty impassioned journalist who finds herself in moral and spiritual dilemmas-trying to work her way through a mystery. Family and relationships are very important in all Paddy chooses to do. Yes, it is full of Scottish and Irish dialect or nods to history of IRA fights but that is where the story is taking place (love the use of "wee man" for her son).
There is also a
Always in the market for a good new crime novel, so I was looking forward to giving Denise Mina a try. The plot set-up sounded quite interesting. But I just didn't mesh with her writing style -- maybe it's language differences (she's Scottish), but the book struck me as overly dense and overwritten. I only made it 40 pages, and it's back to library for this one.

This is my third Denise Mina novel and so far, it's a very mixed bag! The first I read was Still Midnight. I couldn't get through it. The second was the latest of Mina's work, The End Of Wasp Season, and I was wowed. With A Slip Of The Knife, I'm a bit in the middle. Mina is a very good writer in many ways and I liked the characters in the book though I did find it a bit hard to identify with Paddy Meehan. But I enjoyed the story and finished it in jig time. My complaint: the ending left me fee
A mystery that is set in Scotland that involves a complicated cast of characters, the IRA, and Irish political history. It was a good novel, but I was definitely feeling like I didn't know enough Irish political history to fully appreciate the book.
Another great read from Denise Mina. The end was a wee bit too nicely tied up for me, but the quality of the writing throughout redeemed it all. That, and my adoration of the Glasgow setting, which Mina evokes grippingly.
This is the first Paddy Meehan book I have read. I think I will have to read the first books, then I might give the book more stars. Patty is notified that her former friend and lover, Terry is dead. Although she hasn't seen him in years, he has left her his house and papers. Terry with his friend was writing a book. He was a newspaper man and delved deeply into politics around the world. When Terry's friend is also killed, Meehan realizes that they must have something that got them killed. As s ...more
Laura D.
This book was a bit to slow for me, makes me feel sleepy just thinking of it actually, but it did speed up eventually. I just needed a break from it.
Christine Martin
I was introduced to this series of books through the TV show. They had adapted the first two Paddy Meehan books with Jayd Johnson playing Paddy. She was really good, and I was sucked into her story. Unfortunately they didn't adapt the third book to series. I wanted to know what happened next to Paddy. I decided to read/listen to the third book. The third book picks up with Paddy about eight or so years after the second book. I really liked how she pulled all of Paddy's family, co-workers and fri ...more
Crime fiction: is the IRA in Scotland? And are the police at the highest level involved in a cover-up? It's a tangled web.
Candace was okay. Too much swearing.
Oh this ridiculous, wonderful book.

A lot of times with series, you get invested, as a reader, only to have a weak fart of a payoff in later books with these characters you so love and cherish and THIS IS NOT WHAT'S HAPPENED HERE AT ALL.

So not just is this a delicious, chocolate-covered nougat bar of an entry in a series, but it's a good book on its own merits, a good mystery with lovely characterization. I could've used more Glasgow place-porn but that's always going to be the case, so much so t
The third book in the series moves forward in time to the early 1990's. Paddy is now living in a place of her own with her friend Dub. Her life is complicated by her son who is the product of an affair with a married man and by her father's death. Paddy's mother helps to care for her son, Pete, while her sister has started the path to become a nun. She is shocked to be brought in to identify the body of a former boyfriend, Terry, who was an investigative reporter. His death appears to be an IRA ...more
Minty McBunny
I didn't like the first Denise Mina book I read, but due to reviews and recommendations I gave her another try and then another and with each successive book I liked her more and more until now I find myself craving her writing like a drug and have to find another Mina book at my library to read, even if it's out of sequence like this one. Didn't matter, I loved it anyhow. Paddy Meehan is a very likable woman and I am planning to seek out the prior two books as soon as I can.

Mina is a real tale
I had trouble with the 3rd installment of Paddy Meehan. With book #1 I raced through the story in a day or so. So, so, wonderfully good. Poignant, funny, tense. Paddy was/is such a great character.

But this installment is considerably weaker than the first. Paddy is not quite as lovable, not quite as funny, not quite as believable. And the villains are flimsy and unconvincing. Even the opening scenes of Terry's death lack the power of, say, the opening crime (a murder, too) in Mina's more recent
I started this book in March and only just finished it. What should have been a fun, gripping read turned into a long, tedious slog. I'm not sure why. I'm a big fan of Denise Mina's books--I've read all them now, except the last on in the Garnet Hill trilogy. I have a mixed relationship with her flawed heroines, who are stubborn and do dangerous and stupid things. But Mina is good with suspense and Glasgow comes alive on the page. She makes no allowances for readers who are unfamiliar with the i ...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
This is the third of Denise Mina’s novels to feature Paddy Meehan, the feisty reporter first introduced in ‘The Field of Blood’. We rejoin Paddy in 1990 where she is now a leading newspaper columnist with a flash car and a flat. Just as Paddy settles down on a Saturday night, intent on relaxing in front of the television in a comfortable pair of pyjamas, a knock on the door changes everything. Terry Patterson, her first lover and journalistic hero, has been found naked and executed in a ditch.
At first I was slightly disappointed with The Last Breath. Not because of the main storyline, but because young Patty Meehan was now an adult! I loved he was that late teens, early twenties character. Her scarcasm was that of youth challenging accepted, traditional societal ideas. In the early part of this book, I felt Paddy was now just deeply cynical. My feelings were those slightly selfish ones of a mother who doesn't was her kid to grow up :) But as the book continued, I because less concern ...more
Really 2 1/2 stars. But regardless, quite the disappointment, given how interesting the first two incarnations of the series have been.

I like the way Mina sets the books many years apart; works against that static, timeless quality of some crime series. But other problems exist, especially the difficulty of finding plausible reasons for a non-police inspector, non-PI to keep having to investigate crimes.

A still-bigger problem seems to be that Mina has lost her way in depicting contemporary Glasg
Amber Jones
You ever listen to a book or read a book and ask yourself, do I really want to continue?

I felt this way about the 3rd installment of the Paddy Meehan series. I had not read nor listened to the first two installments. Not sure if I would have enjoyed it more if I had started at the beginning or not. It was just that confusing and convaluted.

The Irish brogue and terms were also a bit challenging for me. Sometimes I didn't understand what she said, nor was I familiar with the slang. That can be fru
Bookmarks Magazine

In their reviews of Slip of the Knife (released as The Last Breath in the UK), critics agreed that Paddy Meehan is one rising star. Comparisons to Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus abound, but these more aptly note the Scottish settings and each protagonist's esteemed place in the genre rather than their personalities (a grumpy, alienated man versus a spunky woman, close to her working-class, Catholic family). Most critics cited compelling idiomatic dialogue, riveting scenes, and full-blooded charact

Ishmael Seaward
This is the third book in a trilogy featuring Paddy Meehan. She used to be a reporter for a declining newspaper, but is now a columnist and a fire-breathing mother of a young boy. When a former lover is murdered, she pushes for an investigation but is mostly stone-walled by the local police. She continues to push and begins to uncover a conspiracy that spreads its tentacles to Ireland, the IRA, and British Intelligence. In the meantime, she wrestles with her disfunctional family and a young man ...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
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Paddy Meehan (3 books)
  • Field of Blood (Paddy Meehan, #1)
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