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The End of the Wasp Season: A Novel | [Denise Mina]

The End of the Wasp Season: A Novel

When a notorious millionaire banker hangs himself, his death attracts no sympathy. But the legacy of a lifetime of selfishness is widespread, and the carnage most acute among those he ought to be protecting: his family. Meanwhile, in a wealthy suburb of Glasgow, a young woman is found savagely murdered. The community is stunned by what appears to be a vicious, random attack.
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When a notorious millionaire banker hangs himself, his death attracts no sympathy. But the legacy of a lifetime of selfishness is widespread, and the carnage most acute among those he ought to be protecting: his family.

Meanwhile, in a wealthy suburb of Glasgow, a young woman is found savagely murdered. The community is stunned by what appears to be a vicious, random attack. When Detective Inspector Alex Morrow, heavily pregnant with twins, is called in to investigate, she soon discovers that a tangled web of lies lurks behind the murder. It's a web that will spiral through Alex's own home, the local community, and ultimately right back to a swinging rope, hundreds of miles away.

The End of the Wasp Season is an accomplished, compelling and multi-layered novel about family's power of damage-and redemption.

©2011 Denise Mina (P)2011 Hachette Audio

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    Kathy FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, United States 12-04-11
    Kathy FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, United States 12-04-11 Member Since 2009

    I love books!

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    "misled by a review but I still liked it"

    I got "The end of Wasp season" because NPR books recommended it as one of the best "Sherlockian Mysteries" . I then listened to the sample on Audible and I had no choice ...I had to get this book. My problem is I do not think the book is as much a mystery as it is a character study. You know who "did it" in the first 5 minutes. You actually know just by listening to the sample. After finding that out I think Denise Mina is a very talented author The investigator in this book is now going to be one of my favorite detectives to follow .I am looking forward to reading more of her books The book may be a little dry so for some this book may be one that is better to read then to hear.
    I very much enjoyed this narrator. I think Jane McFarlan did a spectacular job with the End of Wasp Season.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Cambridge, MA, United States 01-10-12
    Jean Cambridge, MA, United States 01-10-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A good find for me!"

    I liked this story a lot and I'm glad to have found this author. The story moves along with good psychological study. Altho the beginning was a bit gory for me, it serves the plot well and doesn't go on and on. I ended up feeling the characters had been fully realized, for a mystery book, and I felt sympathy for even the "perp". It was a struggle between wanting him to get caught and dreading him being found out. The spectre of a false solution to the case added tension.

    The reader was terrific. I found her Scottish accent to be understandable and it added a bit of color. The setting was well described and I enjoyed learning some about Scottish life - not the kilt-clad highland type.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Millersville, MD, United States 12-09-11
    Carol Millersville, MD, United States 12-09-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Kept me listening"

    I loved this book! It kept me interested throughout. The narrator is magnificent. I was never disappointed. The story is fresh, the plot moves along at a good pace, the characters are well defined and realistic, and the ending is adeptly written. Suspenseful until the very last page!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jami E. Nettles Columbus, MS USA 08-10-12
    Jami E. Nettles Columbus, MS USA 08-10-12 Member Since 2002
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    "I recommend this book and author"

    Intelligent story, realistic plot, well written. It was everything I am looking for in a mystery listen, and I highly recommend this and other Denise Mina books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bonny West Brattleboro, VT, United States 07-06-13
    Bonny West Brattleboro, VT, United States 07-06-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Compelling"

    This is the second book in the Alex Morrow series. I read the third first and then listened to the first and second. I love the narrator; she was a great choice to read this author. The writing is far, far better than your average mystery. Great characters, some humor, a lot of suspense, and Alex, who is a believable, fallible and driven detective. The author delves into her personal life and past from time to time, and deals with Alex's issues with a lot of depth and compassion. But it's not a Hallmark-After-School-Special type of thing; it is literature, which I feel is often not the case with mysteries. This book felt like a cross between Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie mysteries and Mystic River by Dennis Lehane. Very compelling and very hard to stop listening to.

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    Karen United States 11-12-12
    Karen United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Narrator is stellar"

    I stumbled upon this novel while browsing new releases on my audiobook source (audible). I double checked the ratings against Amazon and was good to go!

    I'm glad I chose this novel! It was full of suspense and hard to predict and had great stories for each character.

    This is the story that begins with the murder of a young woman. We hear/read the murder take place along with being given enough detail about the murdered woman to wish that she somehow survived (you find out in a chapter or so that she did not). The story switches to the boys who killed her and provides their story, more of the life of Thomas, who simultaneously deals with the murder and his father's suicide. The story next switches to the (pregnant with twins) woman investigating the murder and her force of police officers in Scotland that she works alongside with. As Alex investigates the story, we meet a final character, Kay and her children who looks as if they will be unjustly tried for the murder.

    I loved this novel because it was unpredictable and I found myself caring for each character (even Thomas). The stories of each were SO interesting. This is a great mystery. The language is a little bit harsh, so if you are suggesting it to high school students, it should only go to more mature students. Not only will this story linger with me, but I will also miss the voice of the Scottish narrator! Great selection!!!!!!

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    niki Borgerhout, Belgium 07-15-12
    niki Borgerhout, Belgium 07-15-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Wonderfully subtle"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I already recommended it to about three women. It is written very feminine, soft and subtle. The story is like those Columbo tv serie-movies. You know who did it but the thrilling part lays in the finding out how they will be discovered.
    The characters are deep and gradually you get to know them better. You understand why the murder happened.
    The detective Alex Morrow is a very smart lady, so as a female reader I could relate to her.


    What other book might you compare The End of the Wasp Season to and why?

    I've never read anything quite like this. It was so subtle I rewinded some parts to really grasp the story and the characters. Wonderful.


    What does Jane McFarlan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her genuine Scottish accent makes it very real to listen to. Besides she narrated it very good and pulled me right into the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire atmosphere of the book pulled me in. I wanted to keep listening, I felt everything, I saw it before me. But mostly I enjoyed the fact that Denise Mina thinks her readers are smart people and that she doesn't explain everything. We as readers have to work two, to really read between the lines. Without making it too hard.


    Any additional comments?

    More audible books by Denise Mina

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    colleen United States 07-25-12
    colleen United States 07-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Narration is exceptional"

    Denise Mina is Scottish and her books take place mostly in Scotland. The narrator is melodic. The story is beautiful, compelling. I hated to hear it end.

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    Connie Shawnee, KS, United States 07-29-13
    Connie Shawnee, KS, United States 07-29-13 Member Since 2007
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    "What a surprise!"

    I had purchased this on my Kindle and decided to get the audible version as well. I had not heard of this author and truly enjoyed the story. I look forward to reading more of her novels.

    The narration was a little difficult to understand at times and I was glad I had the book to verify the words. I would have preferred the dialect not be as strong so I could understand it better.

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    Patricia B 10-29-12
    Patricia B 10-29-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great!"
    Would you listen to The End of the Wasp Season again? Why?

    Good and involved story. Not at all boring. First I've read by this author, and I'll read more.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, good characters and plot you could not figure out.


    What about Jane McFarlan’s performance did you like?

    Great!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, too long, but I did listen for 2 hours at least each time.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent author.

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