30 September 2015

A Boston and Irish writing duo

Full Irish (2014) is an unusual transatlantic collaboration between authors Susanne O'Leary (based in Ireland) and Pete Morin (in Boston), about a murder investigation that spans their two countries.

29 September 2015

BOTM: 'Asking For It' by Louise O'Neill

Our September "Book of the Month": Asking For It.

The author: Louise O'Neill

The genre: a dark psychological tale about "sexual consent and betrayal, victim blaming and truth in the age of the smartphone".

28 September 2015

'Deutschland 83' for Channel 4

Channel 4 is to show the brilliant Cold War thriller Deutschland 83 to launch "Walter Presents", its new video streaming brand showcasing foreign-language drama.

26 September 2015

Stellan Skarsgård on playing John River

London-based police officer John River has a mental disorder. He doesn't just hear voices - he actually sees crime victims, who pop up and have conversations with him. But they’re not like ghosts - they are still his own creations.

Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård talks about his title role in River, BBC One's very unusual new six-part crime thriller which starts on 13 October.

24 September 2015

A Dublin evening with Louise O'Neill

Louise O'Neill's latest novel Asking For It is currently garnering rave reviews. The Irish Writers Centre in Dublin is hosting an evening in which she talks about the book with journalist Martin Doyle and members of the Irish Times Book Club.

Thursday 8 October, 7.30 pm
Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin
Tickets €5 / €3 via Eventbrite, or €7 on the door (includes a glass of wine).

23 September 2015

Luther and Sherlock are back

BBC One's new autumn schedule includes the returns (sort of) of Luther and Sherlock.

22 September 2015

Crime thriller about a Dublin undertaker

Dublin-born writer Jeremy Massey comes from a long family line of funeral directors.

He draws on this working knowledge for his debut novel, The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley (2015). It's a quirky crime thriller, a black comedy crossed with a love story set in Dublin.

21 September 2015

Frankie Gaffney's D7 thriller

Out this week, Frankie Gaffney's debut novel Dublin Seven (Liberties Press) is a coming-of-age gangster tale set at the end of the Celtic Tiger era.

18 September 2015

Michael Collins in Anthony Quinn's latest

Anthony Quinn takes another break from his Northern Ireland based "DI Celcius Daly" series for his latest book, due out next week. Blind Arrows is a historical crime novel set in Dublin in 1919 during the War of Independence.

17 September 2015

John Connolly on crime fiction

Best-selling author John Connolly will also be discussing crime fiction at the Hodges Figgis Book Festival this evening with authors Alex Barclay, Jane Casey, Sinéad Crowley, Liz Nugent, and writing duo Karen Gillece and Paul Perry.

Admission is free, but if you can't make it here's a recent clip of Connolly on Seán O'Rourke's radio show chatting about crime fiction, his Charlie Parker series and the strange case of the Dublin hydrangeas.

16 September 2015

Watch out for NI thriller 'A Patch Of Fog'

Currently making waves in the Toronto Film Festival, A Patch Of Fog is a dark, comic psychological thriller starring Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire) and Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones).

15 September 2015

Aidan Turner in Agatha Christie classic

Irish actor Aidan Turner has a busy schedule this month. Besides filming season two of Poldark, he is also in the BBC's forthcoming TV adaptation of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None.

14 September 2015

Film version of 'Spring Tide' by the Börjlinds

One of the next big Scandi noir series in the pipeline is the adaptation of Springfloden (Spring Tide), the debut novel of Cilla and Rolf Börjlind.

12 September 2015

Top Irish crime writers for Dawson Street

The Hodges Figgis Book Festival in Dublin includes a crime fiction discussion chaired by John Connolly in the Dawson Street bookshop this Thursday, 17 September at 6.30pm.

The stellar panel includes Alex Barclay, Jane CaseySinéad CrowleyLiz Nugent and "Karen Perry" writing duo Karen Gillece and Paul Perry. And the event is free - no booking required.

Twitter: @Hodges_Figgis, #HFBookFest

11 September 2015

Vaughan-Lawlor to star in 'The Secret Agent'

Love/Hate star Tom Vaughan-Lawlor plays an anarchist in the BBC's new adaptation of Joseph Conrad's novel The Secret Agent.

10 September 2015

Adrian McKinty pens fifth Sean Duffy novel

Adrian McKinty is to publish a fifth book in the award-winning Sean Duffy series, about a Catholic RUC detective inspector in 1980s Northern Ireland.

9 September 2015

'Pursuit' reworks Diarmuid and Gráinne

Update: since the original article, TV3 has announced that it will broadcast Pursuit on Sunday, 20 March 2016 at 9 p.m., after which it will be available on the 3Player.

Writer/director Paul Mercier's new road movie and crime thriller Pursuit premieres at IMC Tallaght tonight, with President Michael D. Higgins in attendance.

Jean Darling (Aunty Poppy) RIP

Jean Darling (August 23, 1922 – September 4, 2015) was one of the last surviving actors from Hollywood's silent movie era. She also became a highly prolific crime and mystery writer after moving to Dublin in the 1970s.

8 September 2015

Nikki Owen's 'Project' trilogy

Dublin-born writer Nikki Owen's first crime fiction novel, the psychological conspiracy thriller The Spider In The Corner Of The Room (2015), revolves around a plastic surgeon who has Asperger’s Syndrome.

7 September 2015

Crime comes to Bangor

This month's Aspects Irish Literature Festival in Bangor has several sessions featuring crime fiction writers, including Jason Johnson, Kelly Creighton and Colin Bateman.

2 September 2015

'Red Rock' back tonight

Red Rock, TV3's soap based around a police station in a fictional Dublin seaside town, begins a new run this week on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8.30pm.

It picks up on the hit-and-run story at the end of the first season, when Garda Adrijan Kosos (Boyko Krastanov) was struck by a passing car during a routine vehicle check.

Since its launch last January Red Rock has become the station's most popular show. It employs up to 130 people full-time, and all episodes up to Christmas and New Year have already been shot.

1 September 2015

RI Olufsen, alias Roisin McAuley

Broadcaster and author Roisin McAuley has taken the suitably Scandinavian-sounding pen name RI Olufsen for her new thriller Bogman (2015). It's the first in a series featuring Danish detective Tobias Lange.
When a mummified foot, a pile of bones and a split skull are discovered in a Danish bog in East Jutland, the remains turn out to be a young man beaten to death about two decades ago. 
Chief Inspector Tobias Lange finds himself on the trail of eco-warriors, Sami protesters safeguarding reindeer rights, and a disaffected young woman estranged from her family. 
Then another incomplete set of human bones turns up, then another...