Denise Mina

Denise Mina
Born 1966 (age 4950)
Glasgow, Scotland
Nationality Scottish
Genre Crime fiction

Denise Mina (born 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 recently written 13 issues of Hellblazer.[1] Since 2006, she has had two plays performed with successful reception.

Mina's first Paddy Mehan novel, The Field of Blood, was filmed by the BBC for broadcast in 2011, and stars 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 Glasgow 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. Mina left school at sixteen and worked in a variety of low-skilled jobs, including: bar maid, 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.[4]

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 honors


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, 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 2010-12-14
  3. "Field of Blood: The Dead Hour, BBC One", The Arts Desk, 9 August 2013.
  4. page 178, Great Women Mystery Writers, 2nd Ed. by Elizabeth Blakesley Lindsay, 2007, publ. Greenwood Press, ISBN 0-313-33428-5
  5. Svenska Deckarakademin: Bästa översatta (In swedish, list of winners of best foreign crime novels translated into swedish, awarded by Swedish Crime Writers' Academy)
  6. Alison Flood (20 July 2012). "Denise Mina wins crime novel of the year award". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 July 2012.

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Preceded by
Mike Carey
Hellblazer writer
Succeeded by
Mike Carey
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