The Paddy Meehan series
Paddy Meehan is an aspiring reporter on the Scottish Daily News, a fictional newspaper in Glasgow in the 1980s and 1990s. As she digs for stories, the crimes she uncovers shock her family, the city and herself.
The books in order
In the first book in the series, a child goes missing in the city. But unlike everyone else Paddy Meehan doesn't believe the young boys who are blamed acted on their own.
But her investigation leads her into conflict with her family, her community, and puts her own life in danger.
More about Glasgow in the 1980s
The books are set in the 1980s and 1990s, when industrial cities like Glasgow saw traditional sources of work such as shipyards and factories close down, leaving thousands of people unemployed and unable to get another a job.
The books also reflect the decline of the newspaper industry and the impact on journalism from commercial pressure and reduced sales.
The Field of Blood and The Dead Hour were both adapted for BBC television. In this BBC clip Denise talks about her character Paddy Meehan.