Saturday, October 22, 2016

How to Tantalise your Inner Detective!

So this cheered me up from my sick bed!
Great review of Trouble is our Business in the Irish Times today!
Completely chuffed that John Curran picked my short story, DOUBLE, alongside Colin Bateman's THE GAINING OF WISDOM, as his personal favourites!
Read full review HERE

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Are you in and around Belfast on the 19th November or willing to visit???
I will be leading a session on promoting your work – and yourself – in the competitive marketplace, hence scary photograph!
Starts: Sat 19 Nov Time: 11am – 4.00pm Duration: 1 Day - Cost: €10/£7
To wit:
The Irish Writers Centre are presenting Mindshift: The Connected Writer in association with The Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, kindly supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Words Ireland.
Lots of speakers! Click HERE for full details

A Crime Cafe!

I'm delighted to be a guest blogger today at Crime Cafe!!

Put on the kettle and read about my trip stateside! Plus there's a competition for a first edition copy of RED RIBBONS in the USA!!

For full details visit Here

The Chandler Chat!

The Chandler Chat at Imagine Arts Festival - FREE
Sunday 23 Oct -7pm | All welcome - St Patricks Gateway Centre, Waterford
Imagine Arts Festival, in partnership with the Irish Writers Centre, commemorates the memory of Raymond Chandler and his close connection with Waterford.
Irish crime writers Alan Glynn  and Declan Hughes read from their work and discuss the influence of Raymond Chandler on their writing and on contemporary crime fiction.
Are the detectives who go down today’s mean streets still in the great man’s debt? Or have we had enough of heroes?
Alan Glynn was born in Drumcondra, Dublin in 1960 and was educated at Trinity College in English Literature. He currently lives in Terenure, Dublin, with his wife and two sons. His first novel, The Dark Fields (renamed Limitless) was adapted by Neil Burger and starred Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, and Robert De Niro. He also received the 2011 Irish Book Award for Best Crime Novel for the second book in his loose “Land” trilogy (Winterland, Bloodland, and Graveland). His latest novel Paradime has just been published.
Declan Hughes co-founded Dublin’s Rough Magic Theatre Company. His plays include I Can’t Get StartedLove and a Bottle (adapted from Farquhar);Digging For FireNew MorningHalloween Night;Twenty GrandTartuffe (adapted from Moliere);Shiver and The Last Summer. Declan’s first novel, The Wrong Kind of Blood won the Shamus Award for Best First PI novel and the Le Point magazine prize for best European crime novel. Subsequent novels include The Colour of Blood;The Dying BreedAll The Dead Voices and City of Lost Girls. His books have been nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, Theakstons, CWA New Blood Dagger and Irish Book awards. His latest novel is All The Things You Are.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Win a Full Editorial and Agency Contract....

Four Freedom Publishing Services Ltd. announce their Editorial and Agency Contract Writing Contest!!Closing date 15th December 2016 Full details here -

Monday, October 17, 2016

Uniformly Excellent Selection - TROUBLE IS OUR BUSINESS!

Writing.ie Review of TROUBLE IS OUR BUSINESS - New Island Books - Edited by Declan Burke

"This anthology is a uniformly excellent selection of twenty-four crime stories written by two dozen Irish writers...." 

And I'm very delighted to be in the mix of Hubert O'Hearn's 5 favourite stories from the collection, with my story, DOUBLE, alongside Eoin Colfer​, John Connolly, Brian McGilloway​ and Stuart Neville​! 

The lone, but happy female.....

Read Full Review HERE

And the Winner is!!!

And the winner of a copy of Last Kiss and lipstick is Bonnie....prize package on the way! 

Why not join the thread on Goodreads HERE

More prizes on the way!

Hello New York!!!

I'm down with a really bad head cold, but something tells me I'll recover soon! As this time next week I'll be in New York!!!


Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Experience of Alcatraz

A highlight of my recent trip to San Francisco was a visit to Alcatraz.

One of these pics is of a solitary confinement cell. I stayed inside long enough to take a picture, but quickly got a really bad vibe. Call it an overactive imagination, or a presence, but something very dark sent me out of there fast.

Nevertheless an amazing place!

One of the essential literary fiction compendiums in Irish publishing this year!

TROUBLE IS OUR BUSINESS - is given a great write-up in today's Sunday Independent. Edited by the wonderful Declan Burke. It is described as one of the essential literary fiction compendiums in Irish publishing this year.
For my part, the familiar story of a wife taking a lover and plotting revenge on her husband, is described thus - Told in a few pages with flab-free focus, others would need a whole novel or screenplay to build characters and venomous motives as sturdily......
So folks, put this anthology on your Must Read List!!! 😎 And dare I say it this side of Halloween, a great Christmas present for the crime fiction fan in your life!

Saturday, October 15, 2016


THINK YOU HAVE A BOOK IN YOU? Great feature in YOU magazine of the Irish Daily Mail about writing with yours truly, Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin, Alana Kirk, Emily Hourican and Monica McInerney. Plus mention of US publication with Polis Books! 


PRETTY EXCITING..Audio book with audible.com available from November 15th in the US....Another pinch self moment!!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Giant Book Club Event!!!

Bookclubs and Libraries make a great combo...I am so looking forward to this event on Thursday October 6th at Maynooth Community Library  

Time: 11 a.m.

To sign up for this FREE event, please contact maynoothlib@kildarecoco.ie or phone 01 6285530

Monday, October 3, 2016

Murder in the Morning!

I'm so looking forward to this event with Niamh O Connor and Claire Mc Gowan as part of our visit to San Francisco!!

Sunday, October 2, 2016


Myself, John Connolly and Declan Burke chatting to the JOURNAL.IE about IRISH CRIME WRITING HAVING A KILLER MOMENT....

"We’ve definitely moved from this time where women writers felt they had to adopt a male name on the front of their books. I’m very happy I didn’t have to become Louis Phillips."

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