Denise Mina studied Law at Glasgow University.
Misusing her PhD grant she wrote her first novel, Garnethill, which won the CWA Dagger for Best First Novel. The Garnethill trilogy was followed by ten more novels, among which The End of the Wasp Season and Gods and Beasts won the Theakstons Old Peculiar Award, making her the first writer to win the prize in two consecutive years. The Long Drop was winner of both the Gordon Burn Prize and the McIllvanny Crime Novel of the Year 2017. Her latest novel Conviction is about a woman who becomes obsessed with a true crime podcast.
As well as writing novels, she has had three staged in Glasgow and Edinburgh, makes documentaries and films and writes for DC Comics.