Gods and Beasts

Book three in the Alex Morrow series

Winner of the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award 2013

A grandfather brutally murdered in a post office raid.

A corrupt politician fighting for his future.

A police force up for sale.

Three crimes leading to one question - who really runs Glasgow?

Recently returned to work after the birth of her twins, DS Alex Morrow is called in to head the murder enquiry.

The grandfather had helped the gunmen before being shot - was it a moment of madness, a noble act of self-sacrifice, or did the old man and his killer share a dark past?

One city, three crimes and the powerful connections between Glasgow's criminals to the international spheres of the super rich.


“Gods and Beasts confirms Mina's place at the front of the crime-writing pack.”

Doug Johnstone in The Independent

“Gods and Beasts is a pure pleasure to read…”

Crime Fiction Lover blog

"...literate writing, a strong sense of setting, nuanced characters, layered plotting that threads its way through the characters’ personal and professional lives, and a theme that resonates with readers.... This is a fine, flawless novel."

Jim Napier in The January Magazine blog

...impressed with the sharp focus of her prose style. It is more descriptive than Hemmingway’s journalistic standard or Andrew Vacch’s super hard boiled staccato, yet there is never the feeling of it being too verbose or florid. It’s the literary equivalent of high definition television.
— Neil McCrea, GoodReads

More about the book

Denise introduces Gods and Beasts in this short trailer for the launch of the book

Awards and nominations

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Published by Orion Books in July 2013