The End of The Wasp Season

The End of The Wasp Season (published by McArthur & Company) is the first book I’ve read by Denise Mina but it won’t be my last. I’ve been meaning to try one of her books for ages, and when I saw the title I thought the timing was perfect. It’s a great mystery, set in Scotland, with DS Alex Morrow, who is heavily pregnant with twins, leading the investigation into the murder of Sarah Erroll. Sarah, recently returned from New York, and is found bludgeoned to death at the bottom of a staircase in her mother’s home. With her mother having recently died of alzheimers, it means a host of “carers” (a word I hadn’t heard before) have been trouping in and out of the house for ages, providing ample suspects for Alex & her gang of officers to investigate. Add to this the suicide of millionaire banker Lars Anderson, which may or may not be linked to Sarah’s death, and you’ve got a multi-level mystery, full of intrigue, that never lets you down. Her characters are well written, and the internal troubles at police headquarters certainly add background to the tension already in the air. Ditto Alex’s personal life. My only complaint is that her description of the victim was a bit too graphic, but I just ploughed through and kept going. It’s a really good book, right to the very last page. And of course, with a title like this, it’s the perfect summer read. Check it out.

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