2016 was another bumper year for Irish crime fiction, from a wide range of newcomers to the latest offerings by the likes of Tana French and Adrian McKinty. It also saw the publication of Trouble Is Our Business, a terrific anthology of short stories edited by Declan Burke. Here are our picks of the year.
29 December 2016
Writer and musician Mikel Santiago drew on his experiences in Donegal for his debut novel The Last Night At Tremore Beach. Already a best-seller in his native Spain and with the translation rights sold in 12 countries, the book's English-language version will be published in March 2017.
20 December 2016
"Crime Fiction: Detection, Public and Private, Past and Present" is the theme of a major interdisciplinary academic conference in Bath next June. The fourth Captivating Criminality event takes place at Bath Spa University from 29 June to 1 July 2017.
15 December 2016
13 December 2016
30 November 2016
28 November 2016
Aberdeen is to host its first "Granite Noir" crime fiction festival from 24 to 28 February 2017. There will be talks, film screenings and workshops, and guests include leading writerrs Denise Mina, Christopher Brookmyre and Stuart MacBride and some Scandinavian authors.
24 November 2016
21 November 2016
The Coroner's Daughter is Andrew Hughes's follow-up to his debut novel, The Convictions of John Delahunt (2013). Due to be published in February 2017, it features a young female sleuth operating at the dawn of modern forensic science.
17 November 2016
#BGEIBA The Trespasser by @tanafrench takes home the @BGEIBAS @booksaremybag Crime Fiction Book of the Year @HachetteIre pic.twitter.com/ln7tAQO3Qj— Bord Gáis Energy (@BordGaisEnergy) 16 November 2016
The Trespasser by Tana French has won the crime category in the 2016 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards. Graham Norton's debut novel Holding was winner in the Popular Fiction Book of the Year category, and Liz Nugent's Lying in Wait took the "Ryan Tubridy Show Listener’s Choice" award.
15 November 2016
Tiger Aspect, the people behind BBC gangster saga Peaky Blinders, are planning a TV series based on the "Karen Perry" novel Girl Unknown, the psychological thriller by writing duo Paul Perry and Karen Gillece.
Meanwhile the Irish Times reports that the Dublin-based duo are also working with Irish film company Subotica on the adaptation of their first novel together, The Boy That Never Was.
8 November 2016
7 November 2016
Former Garda detective T.R. Croke's debut novel The Devil's Luck is published this morning. The police procedural and conspiracy thriller features
Detective Kate Bowen of Dublin’s Surveillance and Intelligence Unit.
5 November 2016
The Laois Leaves Literary Festival includes a crime fiction night at Dunamaise Arts Centre on Saturday, 12 November. Irish authors Louise Phillips, Niamh O’Connor and Andrea Carter will be joined by visiting writer Thomas Enger, the Norwegian author of the Henning Juul series.
4 November 2016
3 November 2016
Uhhh, 'Get Shorty' TV series on @EpixHD w/ @BigBoyler & #RayRomano ? We're in. #GetShorty https://t.co/EnoMyuaYA3— Actors Comedy Studio (@ActorsComedy) August 24, 2016
Irish actor and writer Chris O'Dowd has begun filming the "re-envisioned" remake of Elmore Leonard's dark comedy thriller Get Shorty in Los Angeles. Production will also take place in Albuquerque through to May 2017.
31 October 2016
28 October 2016
27 October 2016
Sam Blake, Catherine Ryan Howard and Liz Nugent will discuss "How to Slay a Literary Agent" at the Lexicon Library in Dun Laoghaire at 7 pm on 24 November 2016. All three authors have been shortlisted in the crime fiction category of this year's Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards. Tickets via Eventbrite.ie
24 October 2016
Award-winning Irish crime writer and journalist Declan Burke will present a one-day course on 3rd December at Ranfurly House in Dungannon, County Tyrone, about writing crime novels. Declan has published six novels and is editor of the recently published anthology of short stories Trouble is Our Business.
Book a place via event organisers the Irish Writers' Centre.
23 October 2016
Ian Rankin comes to Belfast this December to talk about and sign copies of his latest Rebus novel. The event organised by the No Alibis bookshop takes place at the Redeemer Central Church,101 Donegall Street, on 9th December 2016 at 7.30 pm as part of his UK tour to promote Rather Be the Devil.
18 October 2016
17 October 2016
14 October 2016
Christy Kenneally has written some 10 books, including three of his "Father Michael Flaherty" crime thrillers. The Flaherty character is more an action hero than a clerical detective, and the series begins with Second Son (2005).
12 October 2016
7 October 2016
First day!?? pic.twitter.com/8mUBeWGNOy— Denise gough (@gough_denise) October 3, 2016
Production has begun in Belfast on the BBC's new three-part revenge thriller Paula. It stars Denise Gough in the title role, with a cast including Tom Hughes and Owen McDonnell and a script by leading Irish playwright and director Conor McPherson.
28 September 2016
Award-winning English journalist John Sweeney became a YouTube sensation in 2007 after losing his temper with a senior member of the Church of Scientology.
His new crime thriller, Cold, has an Irish hero called Joe Tiplady who is swept up in a wave of violence and retribution.
27 September 2016
26 September 2016
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23 September 2016
16 September 2016
15 September 2016
Irish authors Liz Nugent, Arlene Hunt and Declan Hughes will take part in a live discussion about crime fiction on RTÉ Radio 1's Books Show on Culture Night this Friday, 16th September. They will also read a short story specially written for the night.
9 September 2016
8 September 2016
3 September 2016
The Guardian newspaper is celebrating the publication of John le Carré’s first memoir The Pigeon Tunnel by running extracts from the book, as well as short videos of actors reading from his novels. In many cases the actors were also in the film adaptations of the books.
1 September 2016
The Red Line Book Festival and New Island Books are hosting an evening of crime writing on October 12th in Tallaght, featuring four leading Irish crime authors.
Declan Burke will chair the event at the Civic Theatre at 8 pm with Alan Glynn, Declan Hughes and Alex Barclay. They will discuss the crime-writing process, gripping plots and characters, and Irish crime fiction past and present.
30 August 2016
29 August 2016
Graham Norton will be in Dublin on 17 October to promote his debut novel. The evening event at the Mansion House on Dawson Street will include an interview and an audience Q&A. The €25 tickets include a signed copy of his new book.
26 August 2016
Irish crime fiction is under the spotlight in several sessions at this year's Los Gatos Listowel writing festival in Silicon Valley. The Californian town of Los Gatos is twinned with Listowel in County Kerry, and the festival takes place from 6 to 9 October 2016.
24 August 2016
Jamie Dornan and Gillian Anderson are about to return as serial killer Paul Spector and police detective Stella Gibson in the third and probably final season of BBC crime drama The Fall. The latest series will be broadcast later this autumn, but the first public screening of its first episode will be to delegates at the Edinburgh International Television Festival tomorrow night (25 August).
16 August 2016
11 August 2016
8 August 2016
Writer/director Aidan Largey has been signed by talent agency Curtis Brown. The pilot for his 2015 TV crime drama Farr was filmed in Belfast as part of the RTÉ Player's "Storyland" platform, in four six-minute episodes.
30 July 2016
26 July 2016
25 July 2016
22 July 2016
21 July 2016
Scannain.com reports that leading Irish director John Crowley and The Departed screenwriter William Monahan have been lined up for a feature film version of The Black-Eyed Blonde, John Banville's 2014 novel written as Benjamin Black.
20 July 2016
Irish actors Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan head the cast in Anthropoid, based on the true story of a pair of Czech and Slovak-born soldiers in exile who were parachuted into their homeland to assassinate leading Nazi Reinhard Heydrich in World War II.
16 July 2016
15 July 2016
Award-winning American crime writer and journalist Craig McDonald will discuss his work on 3 August 2016 at 6 p.m. at Peruke & Periwig on Dawson Street in Dublin. There will be a book signing afterwards, all welcome.
Three Chords and the Truth, the final novel in his Hector Lassiter series, will be published next November.
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11 July 2016
Irish/US co-production I Am Not a Serial Killer features Max Records and Back to the Future star Christopher Lloyd. Directed by Billy O’Brien, the supernatural thriller is an adaptation of Dan Wells's novel of the same name and was shot in Minnesota.
6 July 2016
Published this week, Cat Hogan’s debut novel They All Fall Down is set in a fictional fishing village in County Wexford.
The psychological thriller has already received a ringing endorsement from her fellow Wexford writer Eoin Colfer: "If the Gone Girl met the Girl on the Train, they would have come up with They All Fall Down."
4 July 2016
30 June 2016
The University of Tampere in Finland is to host a one-day academic conference on “New Approaches to Studying Crime Narratives” on 14 October 2016.
There is no conference fee, but participants must cover all costs for their travel, accommodation and subsistence.
29 June 2016
28 June 2016
23 June 2016
There are no fewer than four crime writers taking part at the Dublin Writers' Conference this weekend, from 24 to 26 June 2016 - Louise Phillips, Michael Russell, Sheila Bugler and Laurence O'Bryan.
This is the second year of the conference, which takes place at the Irish Writers Centre and at the Gresham hotel nearby. It includes sessions for writers on digital marketing and writing craft.
22 June 2016
21 June 2016
Red Rock, TV3's award-winning drama serial set around a busy garda station, comes to BBC daytime television this summer. TV3 chief Pat Kiely has described it as "one of the biggest export deals in the history of Irish broadcasting". Amazon Prime has also snapped up the series for €1.5 million.
20 June 2016
16 June 2016
Belfast-based academic Andrew Pepper has penned five detective novels set in 19th-century Britain and Ireland. He is also Senior Lecturer in English and American literature at Queen's University, specialising "mainly in the areas of transnational crime fiction, spy/espionage fiction and contemporary fiction that examines security and policing issues".
His new study Unwilling Executioner: Crime Fiction and the State (Oxford University Press) describes itself as "the first book to explore the significance of crime fiction's relationship to the state".
15 June 2016
The Noir at the Bar crime fiction evening in the Belfast Book Festival has a stellar line-up: Gerard Brennan - who has curated the evening - Steve Cavanagh, Kelly Creighton, Brian McGilloway and Stuart Neville.
It takes place on Wednesday, 15 June 2016, at 8.30 pm in the Errigle Inn on the Ormeau Road (the pub is also showing the Euro 2016 matches). Tickets via the Crescent Arts Centre.
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13 June 2016
9 June 2016
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