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3.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 5 3.72 (29 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: September 2011 ISBN: 9781611136258
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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!

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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.”

    AudioFile

  • “[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 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 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 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 Jennifer | 1/26/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kak164 | 1/23/2014

    " The novel starts as an enticing read with an unplanned murder that leans toward a psychological thriller. But the enticement didn't last. After the first few chapters the novel falls flat with little plot development and uninteresting characters. I found myself asking many questions as I read, and the questions were never answered. However, Denise Mina has very favorable reviews for her Garnethill trilogy, so I haven't given up on her entirely. Unfortunately, The End of th Wasp Season is not worth the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joann | 1/20/2014

    " Denise Mina, a Scottish writer, has a real hit with this murder mystery. Again, we see DI Alex Morrow work her wiles to solve a well written tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 1/20/2014

    " I liked this sequel but didn't feel like it went as in depth with character development as the first one did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/10/2014

    " Overly convoluted and dragged out. I thought I would like it because I enjoyed one of her other books. Oh well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda at MyShelf | 12/31/2013

    " Audio version from Hachette Audio. Good mystery. Impressive Narrator... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alfred Nobile | 12/1/2013

    " Anouther tour de force from Ms Mina. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharron | 10/12/2013

    " Her books are like a bag of potato chips. You won't stop with just one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 5/23/2013

    " Denise Mina is a wonderful writer who many people in this country may not be aware of. I love her fluid style, her Glasgow setting, and her great female characters. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jocelyn | 3/17/2013

    " Couldn't put this one down but the ending was a bit disappointing for some reason I can't quite put my finger on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 8/22/2012

    " Never gripped me dont know how it won the Theakstons old peculiar crime writers festival award "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Holly | 8/4/2012

    " Thought I'd try out a new author, but I didn't care for this mystery. I didn't think the character development was particularly good, and the plot, which wasn't all that interesting to begin with, completely fell apart in the last third of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Roberts | 7/1/2012

    " Well plotted with strong female characters.Grabs your attention right from the get-go. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim Mcmanus | 6/9/2012

    " Starts well but just fades away towards the end. Not her best "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaclyn | 4/5/2012

    " Loved the book but not the ending, it needed about 4 more chapters! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaci | 3/28/2012

    " This was brilliantly read and tremendously engaging despite the violence. Damaged children and whether or not they can ever be healed is a miserable question to ask; Mina asks in a memorable way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nan | 1/17/2012

    " Interesting Scottish crime story. Great character study. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 10/30/2011

    " A cut above, with characters I had tremendous sympathy for, and timely themes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 10/12/2011

    " Great novel. Even though they are thrillers, Mina's books are at the very top of the genre as far as quality goes. No mere airplane read here!

    I'd rate this as 4.5 stars, if only because it hit a pacing snag about 75% of the way through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 10/8/2011

    " I thought Mina did a great job telling this story. I was very familiar with the Scottish setting and look forward to reading her other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 10/8/2011

    " Loved the characters, considerations of the challenges of family connections, the crucial nature of mothering, strange quirks of fate that lead to injustice; couldn't stop reading once I started. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pmcdnld2 | 10/7/2011

    " This is the 2nd in a series about a female detective in Scotland-I haven't read the 1st one yet. Good murder mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marjorie | 9/28/2011

    " Another good Denise Mina book. This is the second book about Glasgow Detective Alex Morrow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 9/24/2011

    " Audio version from Hachette Audio. Good mystery. Impressive Narrator... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 9/22/2011

    " A griping thriller, a little on the grim side though, as hers tend to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 9/15/2011

    " Love Denise Mina's Glasgow novels. Whether it's crime reporter Paddy Meehan or, in this case, police Inspector Alex Morrow, she tells great, gritty stories with strong female protagonists, sprinkled with that cheeky Glaswegian humor. "

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About the Author
Author Denise Mina

Denise Mina is the author of Gods and Beasts, The End of the Wasp Season, Still Midnight, Slip of the Knife, The Dead Hour, Field of Blood, Deception, and the Garnethill trilogy, the first installment of which won her the John Creasey Memorial Award for best first crime novel. She also writes for the popular graphic novel series Hellblazer. She lives in Glasgow.

About the Narrator

Jane MacFarlane was born and grew up in the West End of Glasgow. She studied the cello at RSAMD and RNCM and worked as a freelance cellist with orchestras and bands all over Britain. As well as playing and acting in theater, she has also been a composer and musical director, writer, and photographer. She spent three years at the Royal Shakespeare Company as an actress and musician, and she now lives in Central London.