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Blending suspense compassion raw instinct and grim wit Denise Mina's Resolution completes her compelling Garnethill trilogy which includes two New York Times Book Review Notable Books of the Year that Val McDermid author of A Place of Execution calls head and shoulders above much of contemporary crime fiction In her gripping new crime novel Mina returns once t A fitting and satisfying ending to the Garnethill TrilogyIf you like your mysteries realistic and gritty you will love the Garnethill Trilogy Maureen is a mess She tries to do the right thing but ends up mucking everything up again and again Her life is especially messy right now as her rapist father is back in town the trial of her murderous doctor is imminent and her reliance on booze is taking over her life Just when you think things can t get any worse they do Maureen does have two things going for her though her own sense of right and her family and friends They will stick by her no matter what comes

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O the seamier precincts of Glasgow and the untidy world of the hapless but resolute Maureen O'Donnell Maureen's abusive father has shown up again in Glasgow; and Angus Farrell the psychologist who so gruesomely murdered her therapist boyfriend is going on trial with Maureen as the star witness Meanwhile she's embroiled in another hard bitten family's feud when The struggle was real with this oneI ve been a fan girl of Scottish mystery writer Denise Mina for a while now I ve loved the other two books in the Garnethill trilogy Garnethill and Exile respectively and what I ve read of her Paddy Meehan trilogy I ve even read the Hellblazer comics she has authored I liked this trilogy so much I put off reading this entry because I didn t want it to end So I was surprised when I found the conclusion of this story just OK I haven t been as thrilled with her Alex Morrow books but I ve only read the first oneAdmittedly part of the problem is I probably waited too long between the second and third books I forgot some plot details I forgot some characters And Mina does a spotty job catching the reader up sometimes she backtracks and explains sometimes she does not This book is aptly named as it is the resolution of the Maureen O Donnell storyline Maureen the child of alcoholics and a sexual abuse survivor is dealing with the trial of the man who murdered her therapist boyfriend Douglas in the first book Additionally her abusive father Michael has resurfaced in Glasgow and her very pregnant sister is eager to ignore the stories about abuse and encourage a relationship between him and her imminent baby There s also a sexual trafficking subplot And it s pretty clear Maureen is teetering over the boundary of alcoholism There s a lot going on Maybe too much Despite this the narrative has a very meandering watery uality The book is for starters around 100 pages too long Maureen and her friends spend too many pages just dithering about what they re going to do about everything Maureen s drinking Michael s return Leslie s shite boyfriend whether the trafficking story is true or Maureen is just chasing whiskey tinted vapors to avoid her real problems The story really got to be a grind around the midpoint It does pick up in the last 100 pages or so and yet without giving anything away I didn t find the resolution of Resolution particularly satisfying Maureen and her friends know a lot of people When you read a mystery novel you have to accept a certain amount of serendipity this is why at least one person I know can t read mystery novels but the delicate balance just tipped over the edge for me Whether she needs to plot a murder plant incriminating evidence or investigate an international sex ring Maureen s got a guy so to speak I d be willing to let this go if everything fit together perfectly but it didn t Character motivations don t make any sense Bad guys are inexplicably patient and chatty in their conversations with Maureen and company Maureen provides an alibi to her suspicious brother late in the story it makes no sense at all he accepts it and the subject is dropped It s the failure of these pivotal wrap up scenes in general that sunk the book a bit for me Good ideas got lost or indistinct in the haze As to what I did like I continue to love the plucky foul mouthed Maureen and Mina s descriptions of Glasgow Where Mina shines the most however is when she writes about the allure of alcohol Her description of the stinging rush of whiskey as it greets your gums made me want to pour out a shot and I think whiskey is vile I d almost go so far as to say someone with a drinking problem shouldn t read this book That s probably true of mystery novels in general though The genre not only is loaded with serendipity there s plenty of dirty shot glasses and cigarettes too Kind of disappointed overall but I m glad I finished the trilogy

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Ella McGee an elderly stallholder at the flea market where Maureen sells illegally imported cigarettes decides to take her son to small claims court over unpaid wages and then turns up beaten brutally in Albert Hospital Violence hovers in the most familiar precincts of Maureen's Garnethill and Denise Mina once again proves herself to be an award winning write Okay Farewell Maureen I ll miss youAll the things that are good about this trilogy are good about this book Namely good writing like in the basic stuff of what people say and how feelings and sensory stuff is described great evocation of setting Glasgow again thankfully engaging characters satisfying overarching journey for the protagonist that natch resolves in this oneSpoiler alerts Here s what I felt was a little less good overly tidy plotting the emotional lives are suitably messy but how it all cleans up felt too clean relatedly in one very crucial plot twist a character not particularly defined by her physical strengh never mind her athletic murderousness athletically murders someone who is himself a professional and athletic murderer and psychopath thus helping to assure that tidy ending It s too much relatedly Mina does that annoying thing where she keeps us in suspense about what s happened for pages and pages and pushes us in the wrong direction but it s of course transparent and I don t know why she does this As in the last book the thriller plot that is OUTSIDE Maureen s life the case that she stumbles into feels necessitated by genre and form rather than organically connected to the main plotI m critiuing a lot because I enjoyed sitting in these books Mina is a terrific writer and they have a ton to recommend them for pleasant lived in settingcharacter novel ness But I think the plotting isn t as ambiguous and interesting for me as the other elements Still recommended A rewarding and engaging read


10 thoughts on “Resolution

  1. says:

    A fitting and satisfying ending to the Garnethill TrilogyIf you like your mysteries realistic and gritty you will love the Garnethill Trilogy Maureen is a mess She tries to do the right thing but ends up mucking everything up again

  2. says:

    An excellent conclusion to the Garnethill trilogy Some of the best writing I have come across in crime fiction The plots were believable the characters almost too real and the Glasgow setting endlessly fascinating

  3. says:

    Upon finishing Garnethill I wasn’t overly crazy about continuing this trilogy I was interested in seeing where things went but it wasn’t an intense desire In fact if I had not brought the trilogy as a collec

  4. says:

    Whether reading this novel was enhanced by being in Glasgow at the time or whether being better able to picture p

  5. says:

    The struggle was real with this oneI've been a fan girl of Scottish mystery writer Denise Mina for a while now I've loved the other two books in the Garnethill trilogy Garnethill and Exile respectively and what I've read of her Paddy Meehan trilogy I've even read the Hellblazer comics she has authored I liked this trilogy so much I put off reading this entry because I didn't want it to end So I was surprised when I found

  6. says:

    Grim and gritty Glasgow hard drinking down and outers kind of the opposite of Scott's Scotland Denise Mina's books concern sexual abuse and gender politics and avoid the usual formulas of the police procedural; instead they're told from the point of view of women and victims In this trilogy the central character Maureen O'

  7. says:

    Okay Farewell Maureen I'll miss youAll the things that are good about this trilogy are good about this book Namely

  8. says:

    Mina was not joking around when she entitled this one Resolution Want Mauri to address and resolve her personal issues Done Want her to take on an only tangentially related murder mystery and thereby aid all sorts of anonymous but oppressed women No problem Think her family needs to get its act together Sure thing Been worrying about justic

  9. says:

    Resolution completes the trilogy featuring Maureen O'Donnell of Glasgow Scotland She's emotionally fragile having survived childhood incest pepetrated by her father Michael and the recent murder of her married lover Dougla

  10. says:

    a superb series full of strong believable women all of whom are survivors and not victims