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Resolution (Garnethill #3)

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  1,723 Ratings  ·  154 Reviews
Blending suspense, compassion, raw instinct, and grim wit, Denise Mina's Resolution completes her compelling Garnethill trilogy (which includes two New York Times Book Review Notable Books of the Year) that Val McDermid, author of A Place of Execution, calls "head and shoulders above much of contemporary crime fiction." In her gripping new crime novel, Mina returns once mo ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 7th 2003 by Carroll & Graf (first published November 1st 2001)
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An excellent conclusion to the Garnethill trilogy. Some of the best writing I have come across in crime fiction. The plots were believable, the characters almost too real, and the Glasgow setting endlessly fascinating.
Sep 08, 2007 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: crime/mystery readers
Shelves: recentlyread
Grim and gritty Glasgow--hard-drinking down-and-outers--kind of the opposite of Scott's Scotland. Denise Mina's books concern sexual abuse and gender politics, and avoid the usual formulas of the police procedural; instead, they're told from the point of view of women and victims. In this trilogy, the central character Maureen O'Donnell requires effort sometimes to like but is hard to resist: she's an alky, she makes crap decisions, and she's no romantic, yet she's brave, loyal, and pissed off a ...more
Nov 24, 2012 Leanna rated it liked it
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Sep 30, 2012 funkgoddess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a superb series. full of strong, believable women, all of whom are survivors and not victims.
Jan 08, 2016 Zelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recension: ZellysBokhylla
Jan 09, 2017 Vanessa rated it liked it
The struggle was real with this one.

I've been a fan girl of Scottish mystery writer Denise Mina for a while now. I've loved the other two books in the Garnethill trilogy (Garnethill and Exile, respectively) and what I've read of her Paddy Meehan trilogy. I've even read the Hellblazer comics she has authored. I liked this trilogy so much, I put off reading this entry because I didn't want it to end. So I was surprised when I found the conclusion of this story just OK.

( I haven't been as thrilled
James Carmichael
Nov 10, 2012 James Carmichael rated it liked it
Shelves: novel, mystery
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Jun 24, 2014 Fanficfan44 rated it liked it
Resolution is the third book in the Garnethill trilogy by Denise Mina. I would highly recommend reading this series in order…or you will be completely lost.

It is hard to discuss too much about this book without giving away spoilers to the first two in the series, because this plot wraps up events from those books. On the whole this is a dark, gritty, violent series. It covers a gamut of issues from childhood sexual abuse, alcoholism, family dysfunction, infidelity, drug abuse, rape and of course
Peter Weissman
Jan 15, 2016 Peter Weissman rated it liked it
I liked this book, though not as much as other Denise Mina books. For me, the problem, or maybe annoyance, is also that of most contemporary whodunit writers who know detectives through TV and the movies, and of course other books, often written a long while ago. In her first trilogy, Mina's mystery unraveler is a reporter--a good guise and rationale for uncovering moral or ethical shmutz, as well as murder. In the Garnethill trilogy, of which this book is #3, I don't know what the protagonist i ...more
Kate Pierson
Jan 31, 2010 Kate Pierson rated it really liked it
I love that Glasgow setting of these Maureen O'Donnell books. I've learned so much about Glasgow, and I really have a picture of the city in my head. The writing is wonderful, so vivid. It's just a tad too gritty for me, though, and I think I'll take a break from "hard-boiled" mysteries for a while.
May 15, 2012 Randal rated it it was amazing
Looking for the blueprint to Stieg Larsson's "Millennium" trilogy? Look no further than Denise Mina's "Garnethill" trilogy. These books could easily have been called "Men Who Hate Women." And, make Maureen O'Donnell a little younger and skinnier, give her some tattoos and body piercings, and make her a kick-ass computer hacker and what have you got? A Glaswegian Lisbeth Salander.
Oct 21, 2014 Monika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Tredje och sista delen i serien om Maureen O'Donnell var jag egentligen inte alls lockad att läsa, eftersom jag inte gillat de två första speciellt mycket. Läs mer på
Dec 27, 2007 Brian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novels
Finishing the trilogy in style, with the perfect mix of anger, class consciousness, feminism, scottishness, morbidity, and wit. Read all 3 now, and I mean that.
Oct 21, 2012 Mei-Lu rated it liked it
Gotta love a pun-y title, right? Resolution is the last book in Denise Mina's Garnethill trilogy and the title both refers to that and the heroine's desired state of mind.

Maureen O'Donnell's past is catching up with her. The murderer from the first book is on trial, and he's arranged for Maureen to receive regular packages of child pornography in order to throw her off balance. Her sister Una is pregnant and, to prove that she doesn't believe Maureen's story of childhood sexual abuse, Una has be
Linda Boa
Feb 22, 2017 Linda Boa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this whole trilogy. Denise Mina could write a shopping list and I'd probably read it, tbh. And give it 5 *s!
Nov 24, 2015 Geraldine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, series, 2016
Splendid finale to the Garnethill trilogy. Some extraordinary characters from the seedy side of Glasgow life - but not exclusively Glasgow, I'm sure they have their equivalents in every other major city.

Sometimes I found the characters frustrating - why are educated, reasonably intelligent people leading lives of such of utter dissolution and chaos? but you can't help but like them all - Leslie, Liam, Kilty and especially Maureen. Maureen, this very ordinary, dissolute, chaotic young woman who
Apr 01, 2012 Lynne rated it it was ok
Shelves: recommended, mystery
This is my review of the complete trilogy so if you haven't read the first two, don't read this review. I read the trilogy in the space of under a week, which is a testament to Mina's writing, the skillful way she builds suspense and dread, and how completely the characters draw you in. But that being said, I can't say that I loved them. Maureen is at turns endearing and feisty and then completely frustrating and idiotic, which I suppose is the mark of well-rounded characterization, but some plo ...more
Jun 05, 2013 Lorraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, kobo, 2013
This is the final book in the trilogy. It's a hot summer in Glasgow (six months following Exile) and Angus Farrell's trial for the murder of Douglas is about to start. The police are annoying Maureen, sure she'll try to duck out of testifying. Maureen owes a large amount of tax on the money which Douglas left her, and since she's spent it all, she's selling smuggled cigarettes at Paddy's market in the cool arches of the train tracks. She meets Ella, a strange older woman, who asks for her help i ...more
Apr 12, 2008 Michelle rated it it was amazing
ok, this is book #6 by Denise Mina that I've read and LOVED!! Can I meet her? Is she doing a reading anywhere near me??? :)

The 3rd in the garnet Hill trilogy, Maureen is struggling to make sense of her life and gather this pieces of it created by the tragedy she has both experienced and seen over the life. By now in book 3, main and support characters have become loved and play an important role in the whole of the story. The good and the bad, we feel we know them and totally emphathize with mau
The North Wall
Apr 30, 2012 The North Wall rated it really liked it
Of the three novels in the Garnethill trilogy, Resolution is probably the weakest link, but that still leaves it high and above many crime thrillers out there on the shelves. Strangely, given that this is the third in the series, Mina seems to spend an awful lot of time summarising past events and reintroducing characters, something she was less inclined to do in book two. This unnecessarily drags the pacing of the plot into the doldrums and sharper editing would have done the novel a big favour ...more
Dec 05, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, suspense
This is the third and final book in the Garnethill series. Maureen is trying to put her life back together, but is facing several huge challenges. She is going to have to testify against the man who murdered her boyfriend and is accused of other heinous crimes including rape of women in a psychiatric facility. Her father, the man who abused her as a child, is back in her family’s life, particularly that of her sister, who never believed her accusations and is now about to have a baby. Her mother ...more
Kirsty Darbyshire
I'm finding it hard to say very much about this book without giving the game away.

It's great to see an author writing a genuine trilogy, not a series that runs out of steam after three books, or a series that goes on and on after it ought to have run out of steam, but a real story that takes three books to tell and each book is a separate (and good) story in itself.

To talk very much about the plot in this book would require spoiling the first two books to a degree (and that's exactly what the bl
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Oct 24, 2013 Merrikay rated it it was amazing
BOOK 99 - [Resolution] by [[Denise Mina]]

Third in the [Garnethill] trilogy, a mystery that takes place in Glasgow.  First of all, it was the characters themselves who kept me reading, flawed, courageous (sometimes accidentally so), loving, angry, violent, realistic and, ultimately, inspiring.  Secondly, I know very little about Scotland and it was fun learning so much.  Every time I picked up one of these books I found myself looking up a meaning for something, from architecture to food to  pubs
Nov 23, 2016 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fourth in a trilogy which can be read individually but I suspect it helps to read in order and personally that is an enjoyable experience as the character of Maureen O'Donnell is such a well drawn individual it feels like a loss knowing that I won't encounter her again.
I'm not going to comment on the title which ,while it does what it says on the tin, may tell you more than you need to know about a book that has you guessing right to the end.
The story revisits the characters and th
Aug 21, 2010 Stella rated it liked it
After three books, I am very fond of these characters, and I do care about what happens to them, but I have to say, the events of the third novel in this series kind of bored me. Most of what happened (or failed to happen) involved Maureen failing to confront her various problems at great length, while traveling between the story's various locales and not doing much of anything, then leaving. Everything Maureen does seems extremely believable, which is commendable, but I am not sure that this pa ...more
Sep 16, 2010 Melissa rated it really liked it
Final volume of Garnethill trilogy and the title says it all. Great finish to a very fine, fun crime/punishment story with a slew of interesting characters and plot twists. Since many of the people in these books are from the lower-middle and lower classes of Glasgow, you might be offended by the constant use of the 'F..." word, but I have it on good authority that they really do talk that way. I won't tell any of the story except to say it involves a lot of abuse (of power, of the mentally ill, ...more
Ishmael Seaward
Apr 19, 2012 Ishmael Seaward rated it really liked it
The final chapter in the Garnethill trilogy puts Maureen in the middle of multiple threads. One is the trial of the psychologist who murdered her boy friend. The second is the return to Glasgow of the father who sexually abused her. The third is the death of another stall holder, brutally beaten after suing her son in small claims court. Obviously these threads will be interwoven, with a strong and surprizing end.

As I look back over this trilogy, I am struck by the consistency of Maureen O'Donne
Nov 21, 2010 Vicki rated it really liked it
I felt like the opening of this book was kind of clunky -- Mina spent more time than I expected rehashing the back story and carefully reintroducing major players from the previous books (in contrast to later in the book where she brings back people that I could barely recall with little to no explanation [Tonsa, Paulsa, etc.]). And Maureen as a character becomes almost too much to handle - her alcoholism starts to spin out of control, and her inability to make a good decision is grating.

But, t
Laura P.
Apr 19, 2012 Laura P. rated it really liked it
Mina’s Garnethill Trilogy comes to a close in the aptly titled Resolution. Maureen O’Donnell, still with plenty of problems of her own, adds another investigation to her resume. A flea market stall-mate is injured and then killed and her son is a scary, shifty character. With the help of pals Leslie and Kilty she investigates the supposed health center owner and finds him involved in trafficking. Determined to see him get his comeuppance she exposes him while also dealing with her own problems o ...more
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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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