Denise Mina

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Denise Mina
Born (1966-08-21) 21 August 1966 (age 54)
East Kilbride, Scotland
Genre Crime fiction
Notable worksGarnethill, The Long Drop

Denise Mina (born 21 August 1966) is a Scottish crime writer and playwright. She has written the Garnethill trilogy and another three novels featuring the character Patricia "Paddy" Meehan, a Glasgow journalist. Described as an author of Tartan Noir, she has also dabbled in comic book writing, having written 13 issues of Hellblazer . [1]


Mina's first Paddy Meehan novel, The Field of Blood (2005), was filmed for broadcast in 2011 by the BBC, starring Jayd Johnson, Peter Capaldi and David Morrissey. [2] The second, The Dead Hour, was filmed and broadcast in 2013. [3]


Denise Mina was born in East Kilbride in 1966. Her father worked as an engineer. Because of his work, the family moved 21 times in 18 years: from Paris to The Hague, London, Scotland and Bergen; she has also professed an affection for Rutherglen, her mother's home town. [4] Mina left school at 16 and worked in a variety of low-skilled jobs, including as a barmaid, kitchen porter and cook. She also worked for a time in a meat-processing factory. In her twenties she worked in auxiliary nursing for geriatric and terminal care patients, before returning to education and earning a law degree from Glasgow University. [5]

It was while researching a PhD thesis on the ascription of mental illness to female offenders, and teaching criminology and criminal law at Strathclyde University in the 1990s, that she decided to write her first novel Garnethill, published in 1998 by Transworld.

Mina lives in Glasgow.

Awards and honours


Denise Mina signing books at the Edinburgh International Book Festival DeniseMina booksigning.jpg
Denise Mina signing books at the Edinburgh International Book Festival


Garnethill trilogy
Patricia "Paddy" Meehan novels
Alex Morrow novels
Other novels



Radio plays

Comic collections and graphic novels


  1. Irvine, Alex (2008), "John Constantine Hellblazer", in Dougall, Alastair (ed.), The Vertigo Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, pp. 102–111, ISBN   0-7566-4122-5, OCLC   213309015
  2. Ellis, Maureen (13 December 2010). "Face to Face: Denise Mina". The Herald. Glasgow. Retrieved 14 December 2010.
  3. "Field of Blood: The Dead Hour, BBC One", The Arts Desk, 9 August 2013.
  4. Crime author Denise Mina discusses Rutherglen roots, Jonathan Geddes, Daily Record, 23 May 2012
  5. Lindsay, Elizabeth Blakesley (2007), Great Women Mystery Writers, Greenwood Press, 2nd edn, p. 178 ( ISBN   0-313-33428-5).
  6. Svenska Deckarakademin: Bästa översatta Archived 28 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine (In Swedish, list of winners of best foreign crime novels translated into Swedish, awarded by Swedish Crime Writers' Academy)
  7. Flood, Alison (20 July 2012). "Denise Mina wins crime novel of the year award". The Guardian . Retrieved 20 July 2012.
  8. Bury, Liz (19 July 2013). "Denise Mina steals Theakstons Old Peculier crime novel award". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  9. McDonald, Alan (12 October 2017). "The winner of the Gordon Burn Prize 2017 is announced". New Writing North. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  10. "McIlvanney Prize 2017 Winner". Bloody Scotland. 8 September 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  11. "Deutscher Krimipreis vergeben". 28 December 2020. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
Preceded by
Mike Carey
Hellblazer writer
Succeeded by
Mike Carey

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