End of the wasp season

I have just finished this book but it is not in my A-Z Book Challenge.  I had listened to a review on the ABC Book show and it sounded as though it would make a good read so I have given it a go.  This was a great read.  It is crime fiction and the blurb on the back of the book reads:

A young woman is savagely murdered in her home in a wealthy Glasgow suburb.

A notorious millionaire hangs himself from an oak tree at his Kent mansion, leaving behind two deeply damaged children and a broken wife.

DS Alex Morrow is assigned to the Glasgow murder, which appears to be a random attack.  But as she investigates, she soon discovers that behind the murder lurks a tangled web of lies – a web that will spiral through the local community, and ultimately right back to a swinging rope hundreds of miles away . . . .

Even though you know at the outset who  has committed the  crime the book keeps you on edge wondering whether the perpetrators will get away with it.  The book shows the vast difference between those in society who have wealth and those who do not and it also highlights gender and family.

I hadn’t read any Denise Mina books previously but I can assure you I will be buying more.  I have to say that having Ian Rankin comment on the front cover certainly doesn’t do a disservice to the book.

“The most exciting crime writer to have emerged in Britain for years” Ian Rankin.

There is a great review of the book here at Book Reporter.

3 thoughts on “End of the wasp season

  1. I’ve never been fond of whodunnits – can’t be bothered to find out who the murderer is. Instead I prefer psychological crime novels where the burden of guilt is fluid or you know from the start. How they get there is more interesting.

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