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Overstuffed with subplots and extraneous characters, this story has a confusing ending. Mostly for fans of the first book.

The Less Dead

Mina’s (Conviction; The Long Drop) concern with the effects of class on individual lives is evident, as Margo learns about sex workers, coming to admire Susan as she ferrets out the reason for her death. As the plot gains speed to a startling and abrupt end, readers will be left agasp and wanting more. [See Prepub Alert, 11/25/19.]


With a gutsy, endearing heroine and a wondrously surprising ending, this is highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 12/3/18.]

The Long Drop

Award-winning Scottish author Mina's (Blood, Salt, Water) stand-alone is a disappointment. Unfortunately, there is no sympathetic main character and little fulfillment at the end. Readers will be left wondering at the stylistic devices and wishing for a better resolution. [See Prepub Alert, 11/21/16.]

Blood, Salt, Water: An Alex Morrow Novel

Supplementing procedural elements with doses of psychological suspense and wry social commentary (the vote for Scottish independence, class tension, and even the foibles of those following gluten-free diets all come under her gimlet eye), Mina delivers another atmospheric, well-crafted mystery. [See Prepub Alert, 6/21/15.]

The Red Road

Mina's fourth novel featuring Alex Morrow (after Gods and Beasts) may be her best yet. She surrounds her fiercely independent detective with indelible supporting characters and explores the long-term damage of violence and abuse, demonstrating sensitivity toward society's outcasts without minimizing their sins—not to mention evocative prose and a whisper of pitch-black humor, too. Mina's growing body of fans won't be able to put this one down. [See Prepub Alert, 8/19/13.]

Gods and Beasts

In this third Alex Morrow procedural (after The End of the Wasp Season) Mina again plumbs the depths of the grungy Scottish metropolis, capturing political posturing, class differences, and familial dynamics with equal aplomb. At its center is the cranky, sympathetic Morrow, fast becoming one of the most intriguing cops in crime fiction. Fans of smart, character-driven procedurals will want to snatch this one up. [See Prepub Alert, 8/3/12.]

The End of the Wasp Season

Mina exhibits her usual thoughtful flair for tough female protagonists and morally complex suspects and victims. Fans of Scottish crime fiction are probably hooked already, but introduce this author to readers of George Pelecanos and Henning Mankell. [Five-city tour.]

Still Midnight

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