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, misusing 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.
Two of Denise’s novels have won the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award, in consecutive years.
- Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2013
- Nominated for a National Book Award, also known as a Nibbie
- Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2012
- Nominated for Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger
- Crimefest eDunnit Award, Best Crime eBook 2012
- The Golden Crow Bar (Swedish Best Crime Novel in Translation) 2011
- Finnish Certificate Of Honour for Foreign Mystery Writing 2013
- Nominated for an Anthony Award for Best Graphic Novel 2011
- Nominated for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best Novel 2007
- Crime Writers' Association John Creasy Dagger for Best First Crime Novel 1998
- Scotland on Sunday/Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award 1998