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Author: Denise Mina Narrator: Heather O’Neill, Heather O'Neill, Heather O’Neill Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Paddy Meehan Series Release Date: June 2006 ISBN: 9781598872453
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When a sensational child murder sets fledgling journalist Paddy Meehan in search of the scoop that could make her career, what she finds could implicate her fiancés family. As scandal looms, she finds she must connect this murder to an earlier crime in order to unravel the case. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Field of Blood] should earn her even more fans and cement her position as Glasgow’s retort to other Scottish luminaries like Val McDermid and Ian Rankin. A thoroughly engaging read.”

    Library Journal

  • “Mina’s writing, her sense of place and social fabric, and her keenly delineated characters surpass genre designation. This is more than crime fiction, and Heather O’Neill’s intelligent performance with its authentic Scot’s burr is a perfect match for it.”

    BookPage

  • “Mina…has helped make Scotland a leading exporter of world-class crime fiction.”

    Washington Post

  • “[Mina] is something more than a crime writer. Like Dennis Lehane with Mystic River, she describes a close-knit, secretive community in a substantial novel that happens to be centered on a crime.”

    New York Times

  • Winner of the 2006 Barry Award for Best British Novel
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi | 2/5/2014

    " Set in Glasgow in the early eighties. The book had great descriptions of of the city, the class and sectarian divides of the time, and how a daily newspaper runs. The characters were all very believable and Paddy was a compelling though young and flawed heroine. The only slight quibble I had was that the plot was fairly pedestrian and the entire subplot about the real life Paddy Meehan, while interesting, seemed a bit like page filler. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 1/22/2014

    " I finally got around to this first in a series of mysteries set in blue-collar Glasgow. I love the new Scottish noir, and this had an especially appealing heroine and a gripping, if gruesome, plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 1/20/2014

    " It took a little getting used to as the dialect was definately Irish, but this book was a great read. I'll pick up a few more of Mina's to see if I enjoy them as much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 1/16/2014

    " Good start to a Mina trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irmak | 1/9/2014

    " denise mina is a master in creating complex protagonists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 12/27/2013

    " Really more like 3.5 stars. A bit of a slog in spots, but a good enough read that I'd like to try this author again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melani | 12/17/2013

    " The fact that I find myself missing Paddy Meehan days after I've finished this book is a tribute to the complex and interesting character created by Denise Mina. Excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 12/6/2013

    " Reallly good, but not Mina's best work. It'll give you your crime novel fix, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anneb | 11/25/2013

    " brutal beginning. I read this after reading the 2nd Paddy Meehan but I don't think that was a problem it was helpful to have read it for the 3rd installment of the series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyn | 10/2/2013

    " This was tough to read, I actually had to skim the murder scene but I do love our heroine, Paddy Meehan. She's a well crafted and delightfully flawed and seems like someone I would like to know in real life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paulette | 8/16/2013

    " Very good read. Not overly intense with some good dry humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 5/13/2013

    " I'm so taken with this series. Wish there were more than three books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek | 7/19/2012

    " A satisfyingly complex character as heroine "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 3/29/2012

    " A really good crime novel here. This story combines an actual historic case with a very well written fictional one. The added sectarianism does lend veracity to the sense of time and place. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wyncia | 2/8/2012

    " Listened on tape to a recording with a lovely brogue. Working class Irish in Glasgow. What a treat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 9/30/2011

    " Chubby, ambitious, and hot-tempered--with a nose for sniffing out criminal motive-- aspiring journalist Paddy Meehan is a heroine you can really sink your teeth into. Set in the mean streets of the Glasgow housing projects, this mystery thriller is most successful as a coming-of-age story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 5/13/2011

    " After reading all the great reviews of this book, I feel like maybe I should give it a second shot. Didn't get past page 80, and really struggled to get that far. Couldn't "get into it" even though I really wanted to. I may revisit... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 5/9/2011

    " 3 1/2 stars, actually. Really evokes Glasgow of the 1980s (not that I ever lived there), but captures the feeling on a place/era very well. Other books in the series are worth reading too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 4/3/2011

    " Slow start, but got better about half way through.Would read another book about main character, Paddy Meehan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 3/30/2011

    " I love all Denise Mina's mysteries. I would highly recommend reading the Paddy series from the beginning, and this is the first. Her development as a character is fascinating throughout the next two, and the mystery aspect is just a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 12/15/2010

    " Main character, Paddy Meehan, works at the Scottish Daily News. Setting - Glasgow. Two stories in one - play on the name Paddy Meehan & two murders. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek | 12/11/2010

    " A satisfyingly complex character as heroine "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 10/14/2010

    " This is the first in a trilogy (I've already read the second and third books) with Paddy Meehan at their center. Unglamorous copygirl, looking to become a real reporter, she, and the books are gritty, tough, and quite compelling. Worth 3 1/2 stars! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyn | 9/27/2010

    " This was tough to read, I actually had to skim the murder scene but I do love our heroine, Paddy Meehan. She's a well crafted and delightfully flawed and seems like someone I would like to know in real life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 8/13/2010

    " After a slow start, the story and character grabbed me and reeled me in. I enjoyed watching Paddy grow in strength and confidence as the plot unfolded. "

About the Author

Denise Mina is the author of numerous novels, including The Long Drop, which won the 2017 Bloody Scotland McIlvanney Prize for Best Crime Book, and the Garnethill trilogy, the first installment of which won the John Creasey Memorial Award for best first crime novel. She also writes for the popular graphic novel series Hellblazer.

About the Narrators

Heather O’Neill is a novelist, short-story writer, and essayist. Her work, which includes Lullabies for Little Criminals, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, and Daydreams of Angels, has been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Orange Prize for Fiction, and the Scotiabank Giller Prize in two consecutive years, and has won CBC Canada Reads, the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, and the Danuta Gleed Award. Born and raised in Montreal, O’Neill lives there today with her daughter.

Heather O’Neill is a Canadian novelist, poet, short story writer, screenwriter, and essayist. Her prize-winning debut novel, Lullabies for Little Criminals, was published in 2006 to international critical acclaim. Her novel, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, and the short story collection, Daydreams of Angels, were shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in consecutive years. The collection was also shortlisted for the Paragraphe Hugh McLennan Prize for Fiction.

Heather O’Neill has appeared in numerous Off-Broadway plays. Her audio narration credits include Blessed Are the Cheesemakers, The Accidental, Field of Blood, and The Dead Hour.