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Bloody Good Reads: The Best of Irish Crime Fiction




With Hallowe’en approaching, what better way to get into spooky spirits than by settling down with a gripping crime novel. Ahead of the An Post Irish Book Awards on November 25th at 7:30pm on RTE.ie/Culture, here are the six excellent Crime Fiction finalists. 

Steve Cavanagh: Fifty Fifty

Sisters Alexandra and Sofia are both about to go on trial for the murder of their father, but one of them is lying. Each accuses the other of the heinous crime, and it’s up to this jury to figure out who the real killer is. 

Louise O’Neill: After the Silence

After the Silence is set ten years after the mysterious death of local girl, Nessa Crowley, on the fictional island of InisrĂșin. As a documentary crew investigates what happened that fateful night, the truth might finally be revealed.

Catherine Ryan Howard: The Nothing Man

The ‘Nothing Man’ killed Eve Black’s family nearly two decades ago, and she’s just written a memoir detailing her obsessive quest to find him. But little does she know, he’s read it, and has decided he needs to stop her before she gets too close.  

Liz Nugent: Our Little Cruelties

Brothers Will, Brian and Luke were always competitive; as children, they vied for their mother’s attention. Now grown, they continue to betray each other – until one of them ends up dead. But which brother committed the murder? 

Jane Casey: The Cutting Place

The Cutting Place is the ninth in Jane Casey’s gripping Maeve Kerrigan series. In this outing, DS Kerrigan investigates the murder of a young journalist who was working on a story about one of London’s elite gentlemen’s clubs. 

Lucy Foley: The Guest List

Guests gather on a rugged Irish island for the wedding of Jules and Will. But hidden secrets and unresolved jealousies lead to the murder of one of the guests. With the wedding party stranded on the island as a storm rages, will the killer come forward? 

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