Denise Mina (born 1966, Glasgow) is a Scottish crime writer. She has penned three novels in the Garnethill trilogy and another three featuring her character Patricia "Paddy" Meehan, a Glasgow journalist. She has been described as an author of Tartan Noir, and has also dabbled in comic book writing, having recently written 13 issues of Hellblazer. Since 2006, she has had two plays successfully performed.
Denise Mina was born in Glasgow in 1966. Her father worked as an engineer, and as a result of his job the family moved twenty one times in eighteen years from Paris to the Hague, London, Scotland and Bergen. Mina left school at sixteen and worked in a variety of low-skilled jobs, including: bar maid, kitchen porter and cook. She also worked for a time in a meat processing factory. Prior to attending university in her twenties, she worked in auxiliary nursing for geriatric and terminal care patients.
It was while researching a PhD thesis on the ascription of mental illness to female offenders, and teaching criminology and criminal law at Strathclyde University in the 1990s, that she decided to write her first novel Garnethill. The book was eventually published by Transworld in 1998 and went on to win the Crime Writers' Association John Creasy Dagger for Best First Crime Novel.