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Denise Mina

Author of Garnethill

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About the Author

Denise Mina was born in Glasgow in 1966. She initially left school at the age of 16 and worked a variety of low skilled jobs like bar maid and kitchen porter. She later returned to school and earned a law degree from Glasgow University. She has since become a crime writer and playwright. She has show more authored the Garnethill trilogy and three novels featuring the character Patricia Meehan, a Glasgow journalist. She has also done some comic book writing with 13 issues of Hellblazer. She won the John Creasy Dagger for Best First Crime Novel for her book, Garnethill, in 1998. She also won the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award with her title,The End of Wasp Season, in 2012. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by Denise Mina

Garnethill (1998) 1,047 copies
Field of Blood (2005) 782 copies
Conviction (2018) 776 copies
Still Midnight (2009) 771 copies
The End of the Wasp Season (2011) 713 copies
The Dead Hour (2006) 684 copies
Sanctum (2002) 595 copies
Exile (2000) 585 copies
The Last Breath (2008) 571 copies
Resolution (2001) 481 copies
Gods and Beasts (2012) 402 copies
The Red Road (2013) 344 copies
The Long Drop (2016) 323 copies
Blood, Salt, Water (2015) 289 copies
The Less Dead (2020) 187 copies
John Constantine, Hellblazer: Empathy is the Enemy (2006) — Author — 172 copies
Rizzio (2021) 145 copies
A Sickness in the Family (2010) 99 copies
Confidence (2022) 96 copies
The Second Murderer (2023) 66 copies
Three Fires: A Novel (2023) 54 copies
Every Seven Years (2015) 27 copies
IDP: 2043 (2014) 18 copies
The Garnethill Trilogy (1999) 15 copies
Hellblazer (2009) 3 copies
De mindre döda (2021) 3 copies
Hellblazer #216 (2006) 3 copies
Hellblazer #221 (2006) 3 copies
Hellblazer #222 (2006) 2 copies
Hellblazer #217 (2006) 2 copies
Hellblazer #218 (2006) 2 copies
Hellblazer #219 (2006) 2 copies
Hellblazer #220 (2006) 2 copies
Hellblazer #226 2 copies
Hellblazer #228 2 copies
Hellblazer #223 (2006) 2 copies
Hellblazer #224 (2006) 2 copies
Hellblazer #225 (2006) 2 copies
Hellblazer #227 2 copies
Relik (2023) 1 copy
Den sista utvgen (2016) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Tremor of Forgery (1969) — Introduction, some editions — 564 copies
The Blunderer (1954) — Introduction, some editions — 468 copies
Like a Charm: A Novel in Voices (2004) — Contributor — 318 copies
Tart Noir (2002) — Contributor — 110 copies
Deadly Housewives (2006) — Contributor — 84 copies
The Best British Mysteries (2003) — Contributor — 77 copies
OxCrimes (2014) — Contributor — 73 copies
Bloody Scotland (2018) — Contributor — 67 copies
Crimespotting (1656) — Contributor — 45 copies
The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 8 (2011) — Contributor — 28 copies
Damn Near Dead 2: Live Noir or Die Trying (2010) — Contributor — 14 copies


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Common Knowledge

Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Places of residence
Glasgow, Scotland, UK (birth)
Paris, France
The Hague, Netherlands
England, UK
University of Glasgow
University of Strathclyde
crime writer
comic book writer
HEnry Dina
Short biography
Denise Mina was born in Glasgow, Scotland to an oil engineer whose work caused the family to move 20 times as she grew up, from Paris to The Hague, to England, Scotland, and Norway. She left school at age 16 and worked in a variety of low-skilled jobs, including barmaid, kitchen porter, cook, and hospice nurse. At age 21, she returned to school and earning a law degree from Glasgow University.
It was while researching her PhD thesis in criminal justice at Strathclyde University in the 1990s that she decided to write her first novel, Garnethill. It was published in 1998 and won the John Creasy Award for best first crime novel. She turned to writing fiction full-time and her work has been described as Tartan Noir. Her 2005 novel The Field of Blood, the first in a trilogy featuring the young Glaswegian journalist and amateur sleuth Patricia "Paddy" Meehan, was adapted into a television film by the BBC in 2011. The Dead Hour was filmed and broadcast in 2013. She lives in Glasgow with her partner Stephen Evans and their son.



This novella has left me needing to dive into a Mary Queen of Scots rabbit hole. Mina quickly hooked me into the brutal world of politics and royal life in 16th century Scotland; not a surprise really, considering I have enjoyed her other crime novels set in contemporary Scotland. Recommended.
Mercef | 7 other reviews | Mar 30, 2024 |
Really liked it. The story was interesting, I kept routing for the poor old man to get away. At the same time, the author created sympathy for some of the "bad" guys and what seemed a realistic humanity in her cops.A kidnapping occurs, we know who has done it, but it is the why that is revealed over time throughout the book
cspiwak | 45 other reviews | Mar 6, 2024 |
This was a really well done mystery. It was a bit like Columbo, in that you are there when it happens, you basically know who did it, but you watch the investigation unfold. The character development is incredible, the honest and painful family dynamics, every relationship, even those at the police station, delineated in the complex way of real human relationships.In the end you find out which boy really participated and which watched and it is a bit devastating. will definitely read more in the series… (more)
cspiwak | 48 other reviews | Mar 6, 2024 |
This is an easy to read Police Procedural set in Glasgow.
The main character is DI Alex Morrow mother of twin babies, bit skint, half sister to a local villian.
The book jumps from 1997 when Princess Diana was killed to present day (2014)
A few bodies were found in 1997 but not linked, there is an issue with finger print samples. DI Morrow smells a rat and keeps digging, she knows of a man in custody whose finger prints have shown up at a new murder scene. She wont let it drop, she visits people who were involved in original case, while investigating recent crimes. A lawyer she likes dies in hospital and then so does another one. Both linked and this brings Rose Wilson to the attention of Morrow. Rose has had such a troubled life you kind of feel sorry for her.

Good book.
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Daftboy1 | 24 other reviews | Jan 11, 2024 |



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