This is the middle book in a trilogy that essentially is about the miscarriage of justice. The "whodunit" aspect of the book is good but Mina's ability to portray a culture, which I believe, is Scotland in the eighties or early nineties is outstanding. Mina never mentions the year in which the action takes place so the reader picks the era up from the politics and social behaviors she portrays. Since I’ve never been to Scotland I don’t know how faithful she is to the time and place, but if this book is accurate I would say that Scotland is about 30 years behind the U.S. when it comes to women’s status. This is one of the reason I love the main character, Paddy Meehan, who is a pushy, opinionated, witty and totally lovable female trying to make it in the solidly male field of journalism.
I thought the narrator did an excellent job – the dialogues were easy to follow which I guess must be an indication that the voices are varied. The narration never detracts from the story, which for me is the bottom line.
One criticism I have is that I don’t think there’s ever a good reason to abridge a 350-page book; it always negatively affects the storyline. I had already read all three books of this trilogy so it didn’t impact my enjoyment so much but I really don’t understand any benefits derived from abridgement. Invariably details are left out that help tie things up, especially in the mystery genre.
I do recommend reading or listening to all three books in the order they were written to avoid unnecessary confusion but I don’t think the sequence is mandatory for enjoyment of the stories. I actually read “The Dead Hour” first instead of “Field of Blood”.
I recommend this and all of Denise Mina’s books. I wish audible offered all her novels in the unabridged form.
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