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
It’s Glasgow, early 80s, and the goal of most girls Paddy knows is to get married and have babies as soon as they can snag a husband. Meanwhile, in the newsroom, it’s still very much a man’s world and Paddy wants in. While her fami ...more
The story follows Paddy Meehan, a young ambitious copy-girl at a Glasgow n ...more
Keep going. The story does gather steam and I lo ...more
But just so that this wouldn't be a "oh, look at that other person's words instead" sort of review ... this was, well, okay. I liked it.
It had a solid enough story - young protagonist, girl from a Catholic family in very early 1980s Glasgow, really wanting to follow her dream and be a journalist instead of doing what her family circle expects and demands of her, i.e. settle down young with a suitable man, get married and dedicate th ...more
There were so many fascinating layers to this story and not just connected to the horrific crime, the kidnap and murder of four-year-old ...more
Glasgow, 1981. The body of a four-year-old boy is found tortured and battered to death. The police find out that two eleven-year-old boys are the culprits.
Paddy (Patricia) Meehan has started work on the Scottish Daily News. She wants to be an independant investigative journalist. But all around her is the pressure to conform. Her colleagues and family want her to get married to her fiancé, Sean, and have ch ...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
To read a Denise Mina novel is to see the world reflected in a brutally objective, but always c ...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
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
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He left a space for her to respond, so she did.
"Can I believe that a man as important as you was ever a copyboy or that Lanarkshire has its own gazette?”