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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,432 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Denise Mina Narrator: Jane MacFarlane Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Alex Morrow Series Release Date:
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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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “There’s nothing like a Scots accent to give a sense of place, and Jane MacFarlane pulls listeners immediately into Glasgow’s murder squad…She allows the characters from different classes to unfold. Listeners also glimpse the author’s skill at eliciting sympathy for villains. The dialogue is smart, sharp, and clear despite the strong accents, and MacFarlane’s pace suits perfectly.”


  • “[A] stellar follow-up to Still Midnight.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Mina exhibits her usual thoughtful flair for tough female protagonists and morally complex suspects and victims.”

    Library Journal

  • “[Mina] takes you so deep inside her troubled characters that long after you turn the last page, you wonder if you’ll ever get out again.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 2011 CWA Gold Dagger Nominee
  • A 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Mystery/Thriller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michelle | 2/19/2014

    " I didn't know whether to give this book a three or a four; I couldn't put it down but then it was so anti-climactic. I think think the narrator put it best, to paraphrase: it's like you're on this great fox hunt and the fox just curls up at your feet and shoots itself (not that I advocate fox hunting at all). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Zella | 2/15/2014

    " Hard-boiled Scottish police procedural, but really gets into the characters' heads including the detective, the criminal, an accused bystander, etc. I've read others by this author and with the same detective, Alex Morrow, and this one is the best in the series so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Barb | 2/3/2014

    " 3 1/2 stars, steady police mystery set in scotland, loved the pregnant main female detective and her hunches, enjoyed how it all came together in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jennifer | 1/26/2014

    " Good mystery, even tho you know who did it from the beginning. "

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