Slip of the Knife (Paddy Meehan #3)
Paddy Meehan is no stranger to murder--as a reporter she lives at crime scenes--but nothing has prepared her for this visit from the police. Her former boyfriend and fellow journalist Terry Pat...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
“Slit of the Knife” is novel by Scottish crime fiction writer, Denise Mina. It is one in the Paddy Meehan series, Paddy’s Irish Catholic family lives in Glascow, and she has a wonderful job as a newspaper columnist, her own apartment, and a sweet 5 year old son. Then her life takes a frightening turn of events, friends and colleagues’ are murdered, and even her family is targeted. Paddy uses her investigative news instincts and starts digging for the truth about what and who is behind...more
I know, because I have heard Mina herself say so, that ths series is full of gaps, years when things happen that are unex...more
This is the third mystery featuring Padd...more
A murder mystery requires murders, of course, but in this case, I could never quite see the point of the killings. I can't say any more without spoiling the plot, but I'd be curious to know what another reader thinks.
What saved the novel were the relationships among the characters, the subplot involving the release of a man who had been in prison since he was a child, the glimps...more
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...more
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...more
paddy's evolved into a mum... the family's changed, she's a bit better off than before, her baby daddy's a shit, the newspaper business is still in an irreversible decline, and oh yeah, her best mate's been murdered because he saw something he shouldn't. callum ogilvy is back - 10 years older but emotionally an adolescent.
the end is unexpected and troublesome. it felt 'right', but it's unjustifiable.
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