12 March 2019

Deaver, Ellroy, Slaughter at Murder One in Dublin


The Murder One crime fiction festival is back in Dublin from 1-3 November 2019 in the Smock Alley Theatre. As a curtain-raiser, Midsummer Murder One is a series of evenings with three top American writers at the City Hall:

  • Jeffery Deaver in conversation with Declan Burke  (24 May)
  • James Ellroy in conversation with Eoin McNamee (30 May)
  • Karin Slaughter (13 June)

Capacity is limited to 200 so booking is advised. More details on the festival website at MurderOne.ie.

30 November 2018

Sports publisher Hayes pens own thriller


Sports biography publisher Liam Hayes has branched out with his first thriller, You Haven't Got All the Time in the World... Heidi Wells (2018).

What if you were told the date of your own death and how you will die? When young London chef Heidi Wells learns the date on which either she or twin sister Gracie will die, depending on who is the oldest, she decides not to tell Gracie but to find out who was born first.

The book is published under the pen name William Hayes through his Umbrella Publishing company.

6 November 2018

'Taken Down' police drama starts on RTÉ




RTÉ's latest police procedural Taken Down began this week. The six-part series is set in Dublin and involves asylum seekers and a murky underworld of trafficking and prostitution.

6 September 2018

Dervla McTiernan's Galway police procedurals



Dervla McTiernan's debut novel The Rúin (2018) is the first in a series of police procedurals set mainly around Galway.

30 July 2018

New academic study of Irish crime fiction


Irish Crime Fiction (2018) by Brian Cliff includes chapters on Northern Irish crime fiction, novels set in the Republic, women protagonists, and transnational themes. A preview is available on Palgrave Macmillan's website, where it currently costs €96.29 in hardback or €74.96 for the ebook.

The author is Assistant Professor in the School of English at Trinity College Dublin, and co-organised the Irish Crime Fiction festival in 2013.  His other recent publications include essays on John Connolly and Tana French.