Denise Mina reads from Gods and Beasts in Edinburgh
- Brian Donaldson
- 18 July 2012
This article is from 2012.
The Scottish crime maestro will read from new Glasgow-based thriller
When Denise Mina arrived on the literary scene back in 1998, she already had a pretty varied CV behind her. Having worked in a meat factory, as a barmaid and in auxiliary nursing for terminally ill patients, she eventually studied law and taught criminology. A pursuit that started as her spare-time hobby finally consumed her and the Garnethill trilogy, which set Mina off onto a glittering career in crime fiction.
But given her background (she moved 21 times across Europe in her first 18 years of life), it’s no real surprise that she refused to rest on one cultural activity. She has dabbled in the graphic novel field with the John Constantine series, Hellblazer, and has penned for the stage with Ida Tamson — a welcome addition to Oran Mor’s ‘A Play, a Pie and a Pint’ — and A Drunk Woman Looks at the Thistle, her response to MacDiarmid’s modernist poem of almost the same name. Away from her writerly chores, Mina frequently crops up on the telly perched on a sofa in Friday night’s title-changing BBC Two review show and fronted her own documentary about Edgar Allan Poe’s relationships with women.
Her new novel, Gods and Beasts, is the latest DS Morrow tale, kicking off with a cruel slaying in a post office and leading to the door of a politician fighting to save both his career and marriage. A bag of untraceable money and the dark dealings of Glasgow’s underworld are chucked into an irresistible mix. Now that this book is out of the way, chances are Mina will be doing something a bit different next.
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