July’s Book of the Month – The End of the Wasp Season

When wealthy Sarah Erroll dies a violent death at her home in a posh part of Glasgow, the local community is stunned by what appears to be a truly gratuitous act. Heavily pregnant with desperately wanted twins, DS Alex Morrow is called in to investigate and soon discovers that there is more to Sarah’s murder than it first seems. On the other side of town, Thomas Anderson is called into the headmaster’s office at his boarding school to be told that his tyrannical father – a banker responsible for the loss of many livelihoods in the recession – has committed suicide by hanging himself from the old oak tree on the lawn of their home. Thomas returns to the family home to find his mother and sister in a state of numb shock. The head of the household is dead, yet their initial reaction is not that of grief, but relief. As Alex Morrow slowly unravels the connections between the two cases, she faces her greatest challenge yet as her work and home lives collide with potentially disastrous consequences.

Denise Mina scooped the 2012 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award with The End of the Wasp Season, her ninth book. One of the most prestigious crime writing prizes in the country, the Glaswegian writer was presented with the award at the opening night party of the 2012 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate.

Born in Glasgow in 1966, Mina grew up in various locations in Europe thanks to her father’s work as an engineer. Having left school at sixteen she tried her hand at a number of jobs including meat factory worker, kitchen porter and cook, before returning to education to study Law at Glasgow University followed by a PhD at Strathclyde University. She wrote her debut novel, Garnethill when she was supposed to be studying! In addition to writing crime fiction novels, Mina also writes comics, short stories, stage plays and even a graphic novel. Her latest book is Gods and Beasts.

To find out more, visit Denise Mina’s website at www.denisemina.co.uk where you can also read the first chapter of  July’s Book of the Month pick