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Denise Mina

Biography

Denise Mina

After a peripatetic childhood in Glasgow, Paris, London, Invergordon, Bergen and Perth, Denise Mina left school early. Working in a number of dead end jobs, all of them badly, before studying at night school to get into Glasgow University Law School. 

Denise went on to study for a PhD at Strathclyde and misused her student grant to write her first novel. This was GARNETHILL, published in 1998, which won the Crime Writers Association John Creasy Dagger for Best First Crime Novel.

She has now published 12 novels and also writes short stories, plays and graphic novels.

In 2014 she was inducted into the Crime Writers’ Association Hall of Fame.

Denise presents TV and radio programmes as well as regularly appearing in the media, and has made a film about her own family.

She regularly appears at literary festivals in the UK and abroad, leads masterclasses on writing and was a judge for the Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction 2014.

Denise Mina

Books by Denise Mina

by Denise Mina - Fiction, Mystery

A wealthy businesswoman disappears from her Glasgow home without a trace, leaving her husband and children panicked but strangely resistant to questioning. Tracing the woman's cell phone, police detective Alex Morrow discovers a call made from an unlikely location. A sleepy seaside community, Helensburgh is the last place you'd go looking for violence. But Morrow's investigation uncovers disturbing clues and a dead body in a nearby lake. When a connection to someone close to her surfaces, the case gets more personal than she could have imagined.

by Denise Mina - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Police detective Alex Morrow is serving as a witness in arms dealer Michael Brown's trial, where the case hinges on his fingerprints found on the guns he sells. When the investigation leads to a privileged Scottish lawyer who's expecting to be assassinated after a money laundering scheme goes bad, and a woman who's spying on the people who put her in jail, Morrow has her hands full. And that's before she even gets to her family issues.

by Denise Mina - Fiction, Mystery, Police Procedural

A lone robber bursts into a busy Glasgow post office carrying an AK-47. An elderly man helps the gunman fill bags with cash and is then murdered. DS Alex Morrow arrives on the scene. None of the employees can be linked to the gunman, and the grandfather is above reproach. As Morrow searches for the killer, it becomes chillingly clear that her involvement will go deeper than she ever could have imagined.

by Denise Mina - Fiction, Mystery

When Detective Inspector Alex Morrow is called in to investigate the savage killing of a young woman, she soon discovers that a tangled web of lies lurks behind the murder.