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The Dead Hour (Paddy Meehan #2)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  1,497 ratings  ·  162 reviews
Paddy Meehan returns in Denise Mina's most powerful mystery yet, nominated for a 2007 Edgar Award

When journalist Paddy Meehan investigates a domestic dispute, the well-dressed man who answers the door assures her the blonde in the shadows behind him is fine, and slips her money before he closes the door. In fact, the woman was tortured and left to die later that night, and
Kindle Edition, 353 pages
Published (first published June 26th 2006)
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Tim "The Enchanter"
Paddy Keeps Rolling! - 4 Stars

Paddy Meehan is one of the most entertaining characters I have encountered in a long time. On one hand, she is a little overweight and is self conscious while on the other she is spunky, quick witted and quick tempered. She is the only unbeliever in a staunchly catholic home and she is convinced her unbelief will drag her whole family to hell with her. The entertainment provided by Paddy is worth the read.

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Paddy is faced with a moral dilemma. She at
I first heard about Denise Mina from a National Public Radio review while I was driving to work. Scotland has always been one of my favorite places -- even Mina's Glasgow, a gritty city that is the exact opposite of stately Edinburgh. Growing like a toadstool in the 19th century prosperity of its shipyards, it has become Britain's equivalent of Detroit once those shipyards shuttered their doors. Some years ago, I stayed at a pub called the Babbity Bowster within a few blocks of George's Square a ...more
This is the second book in Denise Mina's Paddy Meehan trilogy. The first one is Field of Blood. It's not essential that the books be read in order but they ideally should be if for no other reason than to appreciate the maturation of wee Paddy who is only 23 years old in this book.

Like all of Mina's books, the story is set in Glasgow, Scotland. This series is set in the 1980's--specifically 1984 here-and in the heart of Thatcher-era economic malaise and resentment. Paddy is a crime reporter for
This starts out a tad slow, but that fits perfectly with the heroine. It gets better and better also in line with her development. The sense of detail is good, with a near miss or 2, but not outside the genre or the characterization, and very close to the setting, the little I know of Glasgow (from others). A decent contrast to the Edinburgh mysteries, I'd say, a bit like comparing The Wire with CSI wherever. Definitely better and classier, despite the lower milieu.
Paddy is an interesting character. I look forward to reading more Mina. This one is the second - wish that I had read the first one first - but it didn't ruin it that I hadn't. Judging from the last sentence in this book - you definitely want to read this one before the third.

You learn a bit about Scotland and some about the cocaine world and more about failing newspapers.
The Dead Hour is sort of in between being a novel and being a mystery. Of course mysteries ARE novels, but they're novels where the reader is trying to figure out whodunnit. Mina is writing about a brutal murder and the reporter who is trying to solve it, but there's never really a ton of mystery about WHO dunnit, or why. Indeed, the why doesn't even get resolved at the end, at least not in the classic way, where the solver explains all of the stuff that the reader didn't know about that allowed ...more
The second book in the Paddy Meehan series has Paddy now in a junior reporter role in the early 1980's. A change in management at the paper causes turmoil, and Paddy knows she must perform or she may be out of a job. She has extra pressure on her, being the only member of her household that is currently employed. On one of her night shifts, she encounters a situation of possible domestic abuse where she is offered a bribe to go away and not report on the incident. The police also leave without m ...more
Laura C.
This book had great reviews but took me a while to get into. The prose is written as English is spoken in Scotland, so there is that to get used to. And the book is the second in a series, which might have explained a few things had I read the first one. But suddenly it was riveting. This is how it starts: Paddy Meehan is stuck on the night shift, trying to hang on to her job as a reporter. She catches a call at an elegant home, a domestic disturbance. The police seem to be accepting the explana ...more
Not being an experienced mystery reader, I don't have many points of comparison for rating this book. The strength of the book was in the development of the main character: 21-year-old Paddy Meehan - a non-believing Catholic girl in Protestant Scotland, her reporter's ambitions on hold while she's stuck with the nightly "car calls" to supply the Daily News with petty crime reports. She's sassy, overweight, and decked out in pixie boots and a thrift-shop coat to shield her against the Glasgow col ...more
Ishmael Seaward
Excellent novel about an investigative reporter who is on the crime beat, night shift, for the local Glasgow paper. It is told primarily from her point of view. The other POV is that of a cocaine addict, and her inevitable decline.

Paddy is witness to an apparent case of physical abuse, but the victim declines to take advantage of the appearance of cops and Paddy to extricate her from the situation. The next day she is found dead. Later, she witnesses the removal of an apparent suicide from the r
A follow up to Field of Blood featuring a great character, Paddy Meehan, an aspiring journalist facing some tough odds--a woman trying to succeed in the male dominated field in the 1980s, the sole support of her family due to the declining economy, her losing battle with food and some bad choices in her relationships with men. As Mina writes her, she’s full of self doubt but can be amusingly tough when needed. Paddy witnesses what’s probably a crime during her graveyard shift, following police c ...more
Catherine Woodman
Set in Glasgow in 1984, Mina's riveting second thriller to feature Patricia "Paddy" Meehan (after 2005's A Field of Blood) opens with the 21-year-old crime reporter for the Scottish Daily News following up a late-night disturbance complaint at a Victorian villa in the posh suburb of Bearsden. The tall, attractive man at the door assures Paddy, as he had the police, that the incident won't happen again. Behind him is a blond woman with a bloody face"Vhari Burnett, a well-respected political activ ...more
Kathleen Hagen
The Dead Hour, by Denise Mina. B-plus
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This is the second book in the new series, involving Paddy Meehan, who started out as a copy boy (girl) and then, based on the good work done in the first book, Field of Blood, she is promoted to reporter. In this book she is now on the crime beat and rides around following the police to calls at night writing up summaries of what happened for the next morning’s paper. So, she was with the police the night they were called for a dom
Gloria Feit
Paddy Meehan, 21 years old and on night shift [called the “calls car” shift, and encompassing the Dead Hour, 3 AM], at the Scottish Daily News in Glasgow, makes one of her usual nightly calls, following the police radio in the car and going to the address to which the police have been summoned. This time it appears to be a domestic disturbance, the victim a young, elegant-looking blond woman who, though obviously bloodied, refuses any assistance and, when Paddy catches her eye, seems to slightly ...more
This is an unusual book, and an unusual murder mystery, lent to me by a copy-editing friend who used to live in the UK. It takes place in 1980s Glasgow, Scotland, and the sleuth is a 21-year-old night cop reporter for a Glasgow newspaper who lives at home with her parents and supports her unemployed family. The characterization of the decidedly unheroic Paddy Meehan is excellent and the descriptions of crumbling Glasgow and the seedy parts of that city during the reign of Margaret Thatcher are ...more
Phyllis Sommers
An enjoyable mystery set in Scotland, with Paddy Meehan, young female journalist, as the main protagonist. Paddy is trying to work her way up the ladder of the "good-ol'-boys'" network of a local paper. In her early 20s and somewhat overweight, Paddy is the butt of many a newsroom joke. When she, herself, becomes an important witness to the murder of a prominent female attorney, however, Paddy sees the potential for writing a story that will gain her credibility in the eyes of her co-workers and ...more
I read the first book in this series 'The Field of Blood' which featured Paddy Meehan a young journalist on the crime beat – a character I really enjoyed for her realness, heart and insecurities and who I wanted to read more about.

In this story, aside from the crime story, I enjoyed the backdrop of the economic hard times in Scotland where Paddy lives with her family in cramped and impoverished conditions, a household in which she’s the only one working in her family and her mother makes soup to
Theresa Leone Davidson
A Paddy Meehan mystery, four and a half stars, in which she is still working as reporter, now on the night shift, for the newspaper The Scottish Daily News, and gets a police call at a posh suburban home, a woman who has obviously been beaten, and not only do the police leave the woman and her 'companion' there without arresting anyone, Paddy leaves as well, only to find out later that the woman has been killed. From there she follows where the leads take her, trying to find out who the good loo ...more
Denise Mina is just an amazing writer, let alone crime writer. This story sucks you in from the beginning which is the probably the only time things are on an even keel. The story barrages you from all sides, constantly complicating itself and unsettling you. Mina has created a world where truly anything can happen up to the last sentence--literally. The integrity and complexity of the main character--indeed all of the characters--keep the whole thing together and keep you thoroughly on board. I ...more
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Critics agree that Paddy Meehan may just be one of the most fascinating investigators in recent crime fiction__and that The Dead Hour is a gripping sequel to The Field of Blood. Purportedly about spousal abuse, the novel also features a secondary story about a woman on the run, ruminations on human nature and experience, and depictions of class and religious tensions during the Thatcher era. Paddy has evolved since the last novel; reviewers identified with her moral uncertainty and praised her h

Denise Mina is the sort of writer who puts lesser writers off from writing, since they know they can never compete with the casual brilliance of what she does. At least, that is the case with this writer, i.e. me.

I wasn't especially drawn to Paddy Meehan in the first book, in comparison with Maureen O'Donnell but this is the second and she has grown a lot more interesting in the meantime. The plot is well-worked and lucid, characters superb and Paddy herself combines an innate knowledge of how p
Fun reading the Scottish terms for things. Love the kick-ass girl making her way in a male dominant work forces. Unfortunately all of her decisions are not the best for her overall well-being, but I suppose that is realistic. Will be picking up Denise Mina's previous book, Field of Blood.
Maureen Hetzel
Wish we could award half points...wavered between 3 or 4. Wonderfully evocative of Glasgow and the Irish communities there when women were first choosing career vs early marriage, a challenge to family " tradition". Second book in a series with a complex young woman making her way as a reporter on the crime beat.
Well, first of all I didn't realize this was a second book. It only became clear to me at the end that this must be a series because this book has no ending. It just abruptly stops with no real conclusion for any of the characters. The crime was concluded and solved, but punishment was not meted out (nor was it clear that it would be). And even worse, the main character was left with a completely open storyline. If I had realized this was a second book, I may not have minded so much; either I wo ...more
Feb 09, 2009 Nikki marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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This poor book has been on my "currently-reading" shelf since June, when I read the first few pages. I started reading it again just recently, but had to put it aside as too depressing in January, while I was also reading The Working Poor: Invisible in America. The protagonist of The Dead Hour is the only one working in her family of Irish-background Glaswegians. It's set during the Thatcher era. I've heard good things about Denise Mina's work, so I will go back to this book in a sunnier time!
Kate Cone
My daughter recommended Denise Mina a few years ago, and I'd heard good things about her work. I liked this book, but not as much as the Kate Atkinson's I'd just plowed through over the summer. Not fair to compare, because they're styles are different. The protagonist, a chubby 23 year old named Paddy, is the sole support of her extended family and takes a bribe from a man who turns out to have killed his wife. Paddy is a reporter and is afraid of losing her job. She seems under-motivated, a tad ...more
I really liked this book. It has all the ingredients to entice me: a likable but flawed character who does things I can imagine someone doing. There's realistic descriptions of journalism. While there is some reliance on coincidences (standard in thrillers/mysteries), they aren't too far-fetched. There are several believable and interesting story lines. The ending didn't drag on forever. There were moments of real emotion that provided insight without being cliche.

As an added bonus, it takes pl
Gary Van Cott
This is an excellent book, free to a large extent of the polemics about abused women and dysfunctional families that mark her Garnethill and Alex Morrow series.
Book 2 of the Paddy Meehan, crime reporter, series.

I have to say, I LOVED it AGAIN! Paddy is a great character and the story lines are great with suspense, twists & turns. The support characters are just as good and Paddy in the way they shape and support her growth as a person and as a reporter. This storying was more grisley than the last, nore murders and blood, but not in a goorey way. Though a bit disappointing, you have to appreciate that not all loose ends were tied up into the perfec
To be blunt: I hated this. If I could give it 0 stars, I would.

Honestly, in my opinion it is not worthy of being called a "thriller". It gave me no emotion whatsoever. I disliked the main character, there was no suspense and the entire plot was extremely boring. The cover text made me think that it was going to be a decent read and as I like thrillers I picked it up. But I struggled to get through this and even started reading other books at the same time, which I never do.

If it weren't for th
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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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