Tuesday, October 11, 2005

I tried some library books last week and still couldn't settle on anything, so I pulled out Field of Blood by Denise Mina, which I've been saving for the right time. Apparently the right time was Sunday because I worked through it quickly. It's a mystery novel about a woman in the early 1980s in Glasgow trying to become a newspaper reporter. A young cousin of her fiance is arrested for murder and she becomes convinced that he and the other boy were not acting alone. Along the way we get a picture of her working class family life, her growing rebellion against their expectations for her and against her religion, and the looming specter of the harsh economic times to come as Scotland enters a recession. It's an unusual choice for the time period, but one that could yield interesting storylines as the people and the region sink further into economic depression. The mystery itself wasn't terribly hard to figure out and several times I nearly yelled at the character for not picking up things quicker. I forgave her though because of the richness of the setting and the interesting characters and the moral dilemmas they face.

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