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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Slip of the Knife - Win this book here!


Slip of the Knife
by Denise Mina


Paddy Meehan is no stranger to murder--as a reporter she lives at crime scenes--but nothing has prepared her for this visit from the police. Her former boyfriend and fellow journalist Terry Patterson has been found hooded and shot through the head. Paddy knows she will be of little help--she had not seen Terry in more than six months. So she is bewildered to learn that in his will he has left her his house and several suitcases full of notes. Drawn into a maze of secrets and lies, Paddy begins making connections to Terry's murder that no one else has seen, and soon finds herself trapped in the most important--and dangerous--story of her career.

Read an excerpt.


Here is the Reading Group Guide for Slip of the Knife -

1. Why do you think Denise Mina chooses to begin the novel from Terry’s point of view? Is his death so early in the novel a surprise?

2. Paddy’s family members play important roles in this novel. How have the Meehan family dynamics changed since the death of Paddy’s father? What is the importance of Mary Ann’s vocation to her mother? Discuss the alternative forms of “family” that the novel presents. How does Paddy’s own definition of family change in the course of the novel?

3. How does Paddy’s life as a single mother affect her relationship to her work? What does the novel suggest about the balance between personal and professional obligations for a character like Paddy?

4. Discuss the role Callum Ogilvy plays in the story. Does your opinion of him change from the novel’s beginning to end?

5. Discuss the ways in which religion limits different characters’ views of each other in the novel.

6. Much of Slip of the Knife is concerned with changes to the journalistic profession and the economic difficulties facing newspapers today. Describe some of these changes, and discuss the ways in which they affect the kinds of journalism that gets published.

7. Discuss the differences between Brian Donaldson and Martin McBree. Is either of them ever a sympathetic character? Why do you think Denise Mina chooses to narrate parts of the novel from Martin McBree’s perspective?

8. Explain why the Scottish police are protecting Martin McBree. How does this novel change your understanding of present day relations between Scotland and Ireland? Among Scotland, Ireland, and England?

9. What is Slip of the Knife saying about the usefulness of revenge? Does the novel carry a message about what makes a political cause just or unjust?

10. What do you think the future holds for Paddy and Dub as a couple?

Giveaway

I have five copies of this paperback book to giveaway courtesy of Hachette Books. For your first entry (MUST DO THIS ONE FOR ANY OTHER ENTRIES TO COUNT) give me a link to your blog - or if you don't have a blog - you're favorite blog! Oh - and leave your email address.

For additional entries you can sign up to follow (old followers let me know), Twitter or post it on your blog. Each entry must have it's own comment. (Four entries total.)

This giveaway if for U.S./Canada only - no PO boxes and will end Apr 9!

62 comments:

Simply Stacie said...

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Simply Stacie said...

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Marjorie said...

Well, my favourite blog of course is Books and Needlepoints and I
also like Northern Mama.
This book sounds terrific and I would love to win it.

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Marjorie said...

I subscribe by email.

I follow by google reader.

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Margie said...

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Margie said...

old follower (GFC and email)
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LuAnn said...

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LuAnn said...

I'm an "old" follower!

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Susan Helene Gottfried said...

No need to enter me, babe. I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book for you!

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Carol M said...

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misskallie2000 said...

Other than your blog I love Luxury Reading.

This books sounds like my type of book. Thanks for the review and love your questions.

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misskallie2000 said...

I am an old follower


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misskallie2000 said...

I am an old subscriber


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misskallie2000 said...

I follow via twitter(@misskallie2000)

Thanks again for the opportunity to enter.

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Vera said...

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rubynreba said...

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rubynreba said...

I am an old follower.
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Benita said...

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Benita said...

Old follower via GFC.

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ossmcalc said...

I don't have a blog myself but do enjoy reading the blogs Books and Needlepoint, Frugal Plus, and Bookin with Bingo.

Thank you,

Christine
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ossmcalc said...

I am one of your old followers.

Thank you,

Christine
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Colleen Turner said...

I love Bookin with Bingo and Luxury Reading.
Thanks!
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cherylbaryl said...

I would like to enter
my e-mail is cherylbaryl@hotmail.com and my blog is
http://www.cherylbaryl.blogspot.com/

cherylbaryl said...

I left a comment already and I am a follower.
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Tabathia said...

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Mama Bookworm said...

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skkorman said...

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Linda Kish said...

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Barb said...

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Barb said...

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Barb said...

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Sophia said...

I love murder books! They're so intense and the suspense kind of eats me alive!

I don't have a blog but my favorite blog is the Story Siren: http://www.thestorysiren.com/

Thanks for the opportunity and I hope I win!

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Colleen Turner said...

Hi,
I am a follower.
Thanks,
Colleen
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Karin said...

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ossmcalc said...

I like your blog, of course, Bookin' with Bingo, Frugal Plus, and A Woman After God's Own Heart.

Thank you,

Christine
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ossmcalc said...

I follow your blog.

Thank you,

Christine
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