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Preview — Field Of Blood by Denise Mina
Field Of Blood (Paddy Meehan #1)
An Excellent Character novel with Format Issues 3.5 Stars
This novel is an exercise is what could have been. It is a great story with an incredibly engaging protagonist. Unfortunately, questionable story formatting and unnecessary side stories lead to confusion and frustration in the first half of the book. This had the potential to be a 5 star read but was ultimately weighed down by these issues.
Patricia "Paddy" Meehan is a 20/21 year old "copy ...more
Keep going. The story does gather steam and I lo ...more
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...more
I discovered Denise Mina early and read her Garnethill Trilogy. When I started Field of Blood, I was concerned that I ...more
I crave Mina's writing, her gritty Glaswegian world is like nothing else I have read. This book was delightful in that Paddy is so lovable. Maureen is pitiable and i want to take care of her, Alex Morrow is terrifying and a character I deeply respect, but Paddy has a sweetness I haven't seen in a Mina heroine before. It was refreshing. ...more
While the murder seems to be an open ...more
I will admit that the protagonist's constant self-loathing and her complete lack of confidence did wear on me a bit an ...more
But it was just two pages, and the rest of the book was a pretty standard amateur detective novel. I found the setting, 1981 Glasgow, really interesting. The culture, the way of life, the attitudes--all completely foreign, to me. Our heroine, Paddy, was frustrating, sad, sympathetic, but not likable. The mystery was interesting, but after a certain point, a lit ...more
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