Denise Mina

One of Elif Shafak’s selected writers for the International Literature Showcase


“Compassionate, outspoken, witty, taking crime to places it hasn’t been before, Denise Mina is a tour de force.”

Elif Shafak

Feminist, internationalist, crime fiction, narrative champion, contemporary fiction, politics, giggler

Denise Mina is a novelist, playwright and comic book writer. She has won the CWA John Creasey Award, the Short Story Dagger (twice), the Golden Crowbar (Sweden), the Finnish Crime Novel of The Year, the Theakston Award (twice), the McIlvanny and the Gordon Burn Prize. Her work is largely feminist crime fiction but she has also written SciFi, a performance poem about nationalism which had a four week run in Edinburgh, and true crime. She lives and works in Glasgow.

The Long Drop on Book at Bedtime Start the Week on the theme of time BBC Radio

‘The most exciting crime writer to have emerged in Britain for years.’ Ian Rankin

‘This book is so, so good. Forensic, beautiful and gripping’ Graham Norton on The Long Drop

‘Mina can chill your blood and break your heart in the same sentence’
Mark Billingham

‘may be Britain’s finest living crime novelist’ (Daily Telegraph)

“Until further notice, just assume you should buy everything Denise Mina publishes.”–Entertainment Weekly

I’m delighted to be included in the auspicious company of these extraordinary writers



  • ‘Conviction’, 2019, Harvill Secker
  • ‘Nemo Me Impune Lacessit’ in Bloody Scotland anthology 2017
  • The Long Drop, 2017, Harvill Secker
  • Blood Salt Water, 2015, Orion
  • The Red Road, 2013, Orion
  • The Girl who Played with Fire, 2013, Vertigo/DC Comics
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, 2012, Vertigo/DC Comics
  • Gods and Beasts, 2012, Orion
  • The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, 2011, Vertigo/DC Comics
  • The End of the Wasp Season, 2011, Orion
  • A Sickness in The Family, Vertigo/DC Comics
  • Still Midnight, 2009, Orion
  • The Last Breath, 2006, Transworld
  • The Red Right Hand, Vertigo/DC Comics
  • Empathy is the Enemy, Vertigo/DC Comics
  • The Dead Hour, 2005, Transworld
  • The Field of Blood, 2004, Transworld
  • Sanctum, 2002, Transworld
  • Resolution, 2001, Transworld
  • Exile, 2000, Transworld
  • Garnethill, 1998, Transworld

Contact Denise



Twitter: @dameDeniseMina


Peter Robinson c/o RCW


Bethan Jones at Harvill Secker