The End of the Wasp Season by Denise Mina. Little, Brown and Company 2011.
The Track of Sand by Andrea Camilleri. Penguin 2010.
I started the 2012 reading season off on a high note with Denise Mina’s The End of the Wasp Season. This is the second outing for Detective Inspector Alex Morrow. As with Mina’s previous series featuring reporter Patricia “Paddy” Meehan, the Morrow books are set in Glasgow. I have found the Morrow series to be a little less gritty and edgy, a little more conventional than the Paddy Meehan books, but still great reading. Mina is one of my favorite mystery/thriller authors, and a new book is always a treat.
In The End of the Wasp Season, DI Morrow, heavily pregnant with twins, investigates the murder of a young woman, found dead on the staircase of her comfortable home, apparently kicked to death. The young woman was clearly well-off, but the source of her money isn’t at first clear. How did she make her living? Meanwhile, the hanging suicide of a notorious millionaire leaves his damaged family looking for healing. How are the two deaths connected?
I followed Wasp Season up with the next entry in the Inspector Montalbano series by Andrea Camilleri, moving from the gloom of Glasgow to the sun of Sicily. In The Track of Sand, Montalbano solves a different sort of murder mystery, the brutal killing of a horse. Meanwhile, his life with Livia is falling apart. The previous Montalbano book, The Wings of the Sphinx, is reviewed here.