Category Archives: Denise Mina

Review: THE LONG DROP by Denise Mina

All I knew of THE LONG DROP before bringing it home from the library was that it is a standalone work by a writer I admire, not least because she takes risks with her storytelling techniques rather than sticking to … Continue reading

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2016: The Favourites as Reading Bingo

One of my favourite bloggers is once again challenging people to play Reading Bingo and another blogging pal has already played the game. Feeling a little left out I thought I would see how many of the 25 squares I could … Continue reading

Posted in Agatha Christie, Amanda Ortlepp (Aus), books of the year, David Owen (Aus), Denise Mina, Doug Johnstone, E.M. Channon, Elly Griffiths, Emily Arsenault, Emily Maguire (Aus), Emma Viskic (Aus), Hans Olav Lahlum, Helen Garner (Aus), Hideo Yokoyama, Jane Harper (Aus), Jock Serong (Aus), Karin Fossum, Larry D. Sweazy, Lou Berney, Melina Marchetta (Aus), Mickey Spillane, Olga Lorenzo (Aus), Ruth Rendell, Shamini Flint, Sulari Gentill (Aus) | 13 Comments

Books of the month: October 2016

Pick of the month It is truly difficult to pick my favourite read for October as I felt blessed with so many wonderful books but I’m going to highlight Melina Marchetta’s TELL THE TRUTH, SHAME THE DEVIL which is this … Continue reading

Posted in Anna Snoekstra (Aus), Anya Lipska, books of the month, Denise Mina, Ellery Adams, Emily Arsenault, Hans Olav Lahlum, Jane Jago (Aus), Karin Fossum, Larry D. Sweazy, Mark Douglas--Home, Melina Marchetta (Aus), Michael Wood, R. Austin Freeman, Tania Chandler (Aus) | 6 Comments

Review: SANCTUM by Denise Mina

I’ve been trying to whittle down my TBR shelves and plucked this one because I’ve owned it for over seven years without reading it. How preposterous. Especially as I love Mina’s writing. Written after the Garnethill trilogy, which features a … Continue reading

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Book vs Adaptation: The Field of Blood

The book Published in 2005 and set in 1981 Denise Mina’s THE FIELD OF BLOOD introduces 18-year old Paddy Meehan; gopher at a Glasgow newspaper with a yearning to be a journalist. This stems from her lifelong interest in the … Continue reading

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Books of the Month – October 2011

I didn’t manage a lot of reviewing in October but was lucky enough to have a couple of 5-star reads which means Book of the month is a difficult choice so I’m not going to make it. Tom Franklin‘s Crooked Letter, Crooked … Continue reading

Posted in Alice LaPlante, Arnaldur Indriðason, Barry Maitland (Aus), books of the month, Camilla Lackberg, Carolyn Morwood (Aus), Dan Waddell, Daphne Du Maurier, Denise Mina, John Lawton, Jussi Adler-Olsen, list, Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, Nicole Watson (Aus), Ruth Rendell, S J Bolton, Tom Franklin, Yrsa Sigurdardottir | 9 Comments

Review: The End of the Wasp Season by Denise Mina

In Glasgow a young woman is murdered in her home, her face so badly damaged that even hardened police struggle with viewing the body. Almost immediately readers meet the two teenage boys who are responsible for the hideous crime (though … Continue reading

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The half-way point

As of the end of June I had finished 84 books (and abandoned another eight) which is a pretty good start to the year. I consider anything I rate 3 stars or above to be reading time well spent and … Continue reading

Posted in Alan Glynn, Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström, books of the year, Catherine O'Flynn, Denise Mina, Domingo Villar, Katherine Howell (Aus), Kathryn Fox (Aus), Ken Bruen, Leighton Gage, list, Reginald Hill | 11 Comments

Review: Exile by Denise Mina

The second book of a trilogy, Exile continues the story of Maureen O’Donnell, abuse survivor, ex-mental patient, reluctant volunteer shelter-worker and genuine heroine for the age. Having survived the dramatic events depicted in Garnethill Maureen is spending her days trying … Continue reading

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Celebrating the women of crime fiction

March 8 is International Women’s Day and 2011 marks the 100th annual celebration of “a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future”. Interestingly only 4 countries (Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland) celebrated … Continue reading

Posted in Agatha Christie, Asa Larsson, Denise Mina, Leah Giarratano (Aus), musings, Sara Paretsky | 14 Comments