30 June 2016

Finland conference on crime narratives

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

BOTM: 'The Secret' by Deric Henderson

Our June Book of the Month: The Secret (2016).

Originally published as Let This Be Our Secret (2011), it has just been republished as a media tie-in to the ITV drama starring James Nesbitt and Genevieve O'Reilly.

28 June 2016

More drama from Iceland: season 2 of 'Fortitude'

Iceland is increasingly the setting of psychological thrillers and crime dramas on the small screen, and more are in the pipeline.

23 June 2016

Crime at the Dublin Writers' Conference

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

Frankie Gaffney live in the Gingerman pub

Frankie Gaffney reading from his debut novel Dublin Seven in Dublin earlier this month, filmed by Dave Lordan of Bog TV.

21 June 2016

TV3's Red Rock comes to daytime BBC

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

'Dead Along the Way' is on the way

Dead Along The Way is a new Irish crime comedy about a pair of wedding videographers who are trying to hide the corpse of their loan shark before a wedding.

16 June 2016

Major new study on crime fiction and the state

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

Noir at the Bar, Belfast

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.

13 June 2016

Crime novelists at Edinburgh book festival

The 2016 Edinburgh International Book Festival, which runs from 13 to 29 August, features over 800 writers, poets, illustrators, politicians, journalists, historians, scientists, philosophers and playwrights from 55 countries.

9 June 2016

Martin Compston to play serial killer on ITV

(C) World Productions – Photographer: Mark Bourdillon
Scottish actor and former professional footballer Martin Compston is to play a serial killer for ITV. Compton, who plays DS Steve Arnott in the BBC's Line Of Duty, will take on the role of American-born Scottish serial killer Peter Manuel.

1 June 2016

Tara Moore makes the switch to crime fiction

Tara Moore writes in other genres and under other names, but has recently switched to a series of crime thrillers beginning with Fade to Dead (May 2016).