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The Dead Hour (Paddy Meehan #2)

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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
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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
Thomas Strömquist
Paddy Meehan #2 and by the time of this it was joyfully obvious that no-one had to long for/moan about/miss Garnethill. Denise does not know how it feels to write a less than great book. Paddy has made reporter, but are doing her dog introduction time during the Dead Hour of night.
Feb 22, 2016 Isidora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: svenska
Ännu bättre än första boken i serien, Blodsarv. Det är huvudpersonen Paddy som gör att jag tycker så mycket om de här böckerna. En passionerad och lite annorlunda karaktär! Intressant att läsa om liv i Glasgow var det också.
Feb 04, 2011 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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
Feb 25, 2012 Vanessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
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
Dec 26, 2008 Joje rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 17, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary mysteries
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
Investigative journalist Patricia 'Paddy' Meehan had always thought that she would be further along on her career path after spending three years in her chosen field. Yet, even three years after breaking a big story, Paddy is still working the perpetual night shift with her newspaper - The Scottish Daily News. She's still chasing police calls for that one story which will finally promote her out of the solitary, twilight existence that makes mountains of candy bars and multiple cups of coffee pr ...more
Nick Davies
Jan 24, 2016 Nick Davies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As impressed as I am by Denise Mina's writing - this was beautifully crafted and a pleasure to read because of that, but also a damned gripping story too - there were a few slightly off-putting aspects of this novel which meant I didn't feel it would be an absolute favourite of mine.

The story concerns young journalist Paddy Meehan, and her involvement in story where a woman has been murdered, yet there is a cover-up involving the police. It's grimy and seedy, and makes the underbelly and hidden
Nov 18, 2014 Nicholas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Set during Glasgow, Scotland in the 1980s, this atmospheric mystery has the backdrop of the disastrous economic policies of Margaret Thatcher. Many of the city's inhabitants struggle to survive. Paddy Meehan is a cub reporter working the graveyard shift. She is the sole support for her family, her parents and siblings. Chasing after calls from a police radio she arrives at a large home where a domestic dispute is taking place. When she and the police are reassured that everything they leave, onl ...more
Kate Cronin
Set in the early eighties in Glasgow Scotland, the novel follows Paddy Meehan - a cub reporter for the Scottish Daily News as she investigates what appears to be a domestic abuse turned murder. Paddy is young, still living at home and is the sole support for her entire family. Her insecurity about how to do her job and run her life endear you to her - I would compare her to Brigit Jones, except smarter and Scottish. This is the second book in a series that follows Paddy and will keep you guessin ...more
Jun 10, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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.
Jul 04, 2010 Laura C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Dec 30, 2008 Tony rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 18, 2012 Ishmael Seaward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 04, 2011 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 29, 2011 Catherine Woodman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 01, 2012 Gloria Feit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 02, 2010 Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 14, 2012 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
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
Dec 27, 2015 Sally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up at goodwill for 99 cents. I was not expecting much, and was pleasantly surprised. I could not put it down. Since it is a mystery/crime type book, there is violence, but it is not gratuitious, and it is refreshing to have a woman as a protagonist. I feel like, since the book is written by a Scottish author, it avoids the tropes common to American authors. I will be reading more of her books.
Feb 24, 2010 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 27, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second audiobook in the Paddy Meehan series I have listened to. And I think this is better than the first! Excellent cast of well developed characters: obviously Patty, but also her mother, and former fiance Sean. I'm sorry to see that there is only one more book with Patty Meehan. I wonder if Mina is done with this character, or may bring her back at a later date?
Bookmarks Magazine

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

Gene Knauer
Denise Mina is an excellent writer who focuses on the underside of Scots living around Glasgow. I became a big fan but then started reading her other books and they're pretty much the same sort of thing. This one is part of a two-part book series. It's great but I'd stop there. Definitely shows the dark side of life.
Oct 12, 2015 Monika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Det här är alltså andra delen om tjejen som drömmer om att bli journalist och den utspelar sig 1984 i ett mörkt, kallt och fattigt Glasgow. Jag vet inte jag, men Denise Minas serie om Paddy Meehan verkar inte alls passa mig. Läs mer på
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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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