Trouble is our Business Launch

The launch of the new Irish Crime Fiction Anthology 'TROUBLE IS OUR BUSINESS' from New Island Books, will be on Wednesday the 21st September at THE GUTTER BOOK SHOP at

Described as showcasing the absolute best in Irish Crime Writing, it's an anthology that many are looking forward to get their hands on. So not join the authors and fab editor, Declan Burke, on the 21st, and pick up your copy with a glass of vino and author signatures.

Trouble is Our Business Launch

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Selected and edited by award-winning crime writer Declan Burke, TROUBLE IS OUR BUSINESS showcases the absolute best in Irish crime writing today. From originators like Patrick McGinley and Ruth Dudley Edwards to global crime megastars like John Connolly and Eoin Colfer, there can be no doubt as to the serious quality of Irish crime writing in the twenty-first century. An absolute must-have for crime lovers! Featuring stories by: Patrick McGinley, Ruth Dudley EdwardsColin Bateman, Eoin McNamee, Ken Bruen, Paul Charles, Julie Parsons, John Connolly, Alan Glynn, Adrian McKinty, Arlene Hunt, Alex Barclay, Gene Kerrigan, Eoin Colfer, Declan Hughes, Cora Harrison, Brian McGillowayStuart Neville,Jane Casey, Niamh O'Connor, William RyanLouise PhillipsSinead Crowley, and Liz Nugent.



Saturday, October 8th 2016 - LOS GATOS, SAN FRANCISCO

So looking forward to this......

From the programme....

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More and more young Irish women are joining the ranks of established crime fiction greats. What’s that all about? Award-winning Irish crime writers Louise Phillips and Niamh O’Connor will read from their contributions to the new anthology of Irish crime writing, Trouble Is Our Business (New Island Press, September 2016). The stories in the collection have a distinctive Irish flavor but show Irish crime writing in the 21st Century is now playing in international leagues.

Louise Phillips is author of four psychological crime thrillers. Her debut novel Red Ribbons was nominated for the Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year 2012, and her second novel, The Doll’s House, won the award in 2013. Last Kiss, her third novel was also shortlisted. In 2015, she was a judge on the Irish panel for the EU Literary Award. The Game Changer is her fourth novel. “This is not just an Irish Crime thriller writer – she’s among the best crime writers in the world.” – BBC Radio Ulster

Niamh O’Connor is a best-selling crime novelist, true crime writer and journalist for more than 20 years. She is former True Crime editor with the Sunday World. O’Connor has also produced several best selling books of high profile crimes as well as detective fiction with the central character of DI Jo Birmingham.

Louise and Niamh will be joined by Claire McGowan, author of the Paula Maguire crime series, which was optioned by the BBC. McGowan, who also writes women’s fiction as Eva Woods, was born in Northern Ireland and now lives in London. Claire runs the UK’s first MA in Crime Writing, at City University London.

I'm off to Phoenix Arizona!!



It looks like I'll be off to Phoenix Arizona in late October for the Phoenix Sister Cities Ennis Book Festival!!

Looking forward to being a key note speaker with Adrienne Leavy of Reading Ireland and Joyce and Yeats scholars Brian Caraher and Gregory Castle.....


I'll post more information nearer the date!!


Quick Fire at The Slaughter House

Thanks to Richard Godwin of The Slaughter House for this interview..

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"I guess it’s no accident that the main protagonist in my novels is a mother with a young son, nor is it surprising that I write about family a lot, good ones and dysfunctional ones. I’ve experienced both."


Great News....CWA DAGGER AWARDS 2016!!

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I am home from Crimefest Bristol and I'm thrilled to have made the longlist for the CWA DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY AWARD 2016! 


The award is for a body of work, which makes it extra extra special! Also congrats to fellow Irish Authors Adrian McKinty, Jax Miller and John Connolly, longlisted in other categories.....


See full longlist here...…/cwa-dagger-long-lists.…