AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: A Field of Blood (Paddy Meehan # 1) by Denise Mina


Publication Date: February 6, 2006
Format: Audio
Genre:  Noir fiction 
Narrators: Heather O'Neill

Publisher: Highbridge     
6 hours 59 min
Buy: Kindle | Audio


Set in Glasgow in 1981, a time of hunger strikes, riots and unemployment that decimated the old industrial heartlands, The Field of Blood is the first in the tense Paddy Meehan series from Scotland's princess of crime, Denise Mina.

The vicious murder of a young child provides rookie journalist Paddy Meehan with her first big break when the suspect turns out to be her fiance's 11-year old cousin. Launching her own investigation into the horrific crime, Paddy uncovers lines of deception deep in Glasgow's past, with more horrific crimes in the future if she fails to solve the mystery.

Infused with Mina's unique blend of dark humor, personal insights and social injustice, the story grips the reader while challenging our perceptions of childhood innocence, crime and punishment, and right or wrong.


I found this book on Hoopla.  I have only read one book by Denise Mina before now and I loved it so when I found this I was excited.  It has apparently been turned into a tv show, which I haven't found yet.  I really enjoyed this book and found Paddy to be a great character.  As journalist she starts looking into the murder of young girl and finds that the evidence starts pointing to her fiancé's 11 year old cousin. 

When a story breaks her family thinks that she is the author and shuns her.  Determined to clear her name but also find justice for the young girl Paddy continues to dig into the case but what she finds may cause even more chaos in her hometown of Glasgow.

Great characters, really interesting story and I can't wait to read more in this series.  


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