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The Field of Blood (Paddy Meehan 1)

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Paddy Meehan is a junior journalist struggling to get her big break when a child's body is found and 2 boys are arrested for the murder. It echoes events of some years ago and when Paddy realises that one of the boys arrested is her boyfriend's wee cousin, then she knows she has to help him, help solve the case, link the cases, and possibly get her first good story. Meanwhile she struggles with her uber-religious mother, her boyfriend who wants the traditional marriage and wants her to remain a 'good girl'. On the back burner though, she also has a story she is working on about a miscarriage of justice many years ago involving a man by the same name as herself.

 

I really am enjoying Denise Mina's crime books. The trilogies feel like good, solid storytelling and they feature a lot of places in Glasgow that I recognise and know. The language used by her characters feels comfortable and homely, it's a world I know yet seen through different eyes. The trite cliches of crime books are refreshingly absent. And this book, the first of the Paddy Meehan trilogy, is no exception.

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