Scream queen: women dominate crime award shortlist

Call them Killer Queens, Scream Queens, Femmes Fatale – whichever way you put them, the fact that female authors won the 2022 An Post Irish Crime Fiction Book of the Year award, sponsored by the Irish Independent , still continue. We haven’t had a male winner since 2011, and only two in total since the award was first presented in 2009. And this year’s shortlist sees Steve Cavanagh – running running for the third year – be the only man to keep an eye on the prize.

e isn’t the only hope of a comeback: Andrea Mara and Sam Blake also made it to the finals last year – while Catherine Ryan Howard, of course, won outright. Shortlisted newcomers Gill Perdue and Edel Coffey join them in 2022, with a mix of veteran authors and first-time mystery authors.

We’ve got our eyes on this year’s nominated books and authors. From shocking U.S. attorneys to family tragedy to spooky developments on the set of West Cork, they’re a riot of twists, tears and hurt…and a little bit of it. mischievous humor on the go.

Run Time by Catherine Ryan Howard, Corvus

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Run Time by Catherine Ryan Howard

Howard declares himself a major sci-fi crime talent from the jump, with Signal of suffering in 2016. The Cork Native quickly became an international bestseller: her last but only book, 56 daysNamed one of the best horror movies of 2021 by New York Times and Washington Post – and take home the prize we’re discussing here.

Indeed she has received numerous industry honors – a three-time nominee for this award and was previously shortlisted for the prestigious Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best Novel, John Creasey New Blood and Ian Fleming Steel of Crime Writers Association (UK) Dagger Award. The Guardians to name her second book, Lying girl, is one of the 50 great horror films written by women since 1945; her third, Rewind, was selected for television.

This year, Running time, is an eerie clever mystery set in the wilds of West Cork. Former child star Adele Rafferty returns home from LA to make a micro-thriller. An isolated place, a creepy crew, and her past mental problems soon lead Adele to envision some gruesome thoughts – and that’s before we get to what seems to be a scripted movie. come true in real life.

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Hide and Seek by Andrea Mara, Bantam Press

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Author Andrea Mara. Meabh Fitzpatrick’s photo

Since her debut in 2017, The other side of the wall, Andrea Mara has produced four other horror films, which have been nominated for multiple awards.

Her latest, Hide and seek, saw a young girl missing in a game of hide and seek in the woods. Years later, Joanna moves into that girl’s old house, and a feeling of fear seems to cover everything like a dark cloud. What secret lies at the dark heart of this suburban Dublin community… and in her own past?

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Hide and Seek by Andrea Mara

A one-time freelance journalist and blogger – she still runs the award-winning parenting and lifestyle blog, officemum.ie – Mara has been focusing on books for the past six years. And it pays off: her previous work, last year All her fault, has been named Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month and became a Kindle Top 5 bestseller.

This year is her third tilt in the title of Crime Novel, with One click also nominated in 2018. Her print media credits include Image Magazine, Ireland’s Independence and Woman’s pathand she contributed to RTÉ’s Today recital.

Remember my name by Sam Blake, Corvus

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Author Sam Blake. Steve Humphreys’s photo

“A mixed cocktail of wealth, adultery, murder, bribery and corporate espionage, with a liar, greedy and jealous pursuer” – turns us into a bartender double wine.

Remember my name, the latest Number 1 show from Sam Blake, discovers that suspicious wife Cressida is hiring a security expert to obtain evidence of her husband’s fraud. What they discovered was far worse than the possible infidelity, and put everyone’s life in jeopardy, in this
story of high roller and low life.

Sam Blake is – as her creator says – something of a character in her own right. It’s the pseudonym of Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin, author of the indie horror films and Detective Connolly Cat trilogy.

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Remember my name by Sam Blake

In real life, Fox O’Loughlin is so much more: for starters, she runs the author’s resource website writing.ie, publishing consultancy Inkwell Group and the annual crime writing festival Murder One, recently welcomed a host of Irish and international talent to Dublin. She also spent time serving as a board member of the Society of Authors and a member of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Arts, Production and Commerce.

Steve Cavanagh’s Companion, onion

Steve Cavanagh has been lighting it up for several years with stand-alone mysteries and especially his Eddie Flynn series, which is about a reformed con man who uses that “specific skill set” to his success. a lawyer. This time, Eddie and his team are protecting a young woman, accused of murder conspiracy, with her monstrous serial killer husband.

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Steve Cavanagh works as a lawyer specializing in civil rights cases. Photo by Michael Cooper / Getty

To complicate matters further, the serial killer claims to be on the run, truly in love with his wife – and determined to prevent her conviction, by any means necessary. So Eddie and his colleagues must not only face the loss of this difficult case, but potentially their lives.

The books are set in the United States, although Cavanagh was born and raised in Northern Ireland, and still lives there. He himself is an extremely successful lawyer in his day job, specializing in civil rights cases; author Cavanagh has sold countless books and won numerous awards, including the Crime Writers Association’s coveted Golden Dagger.

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Steve Cavanagh’s Companion

He previously co-hosted the chart-topping podcast Two crime writers and a microphone. Partner This is the third year in a row that Steve has run for Crime Fiction Book of the Year.

Interview by Gill Perdue, Sandycove

An elementary school teacher for 15 years, Gill Perdue remains an educator; she teaches dance (ballet and jazz), as well as runs drama workshops. And now she’s also a crime novelist.

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Author Gill Perdue. Taryn Barling’s photo

Not a first-time author, though: Perdue has published four children’s books – “informed and inspired” by the time she spends in classrooms – including her debut book. she, Adam’s Starling, has won the prestigious Eilis Dillon Memorial Award. Followed by three books for young readers, the Conor series.

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Interview with Gill Perdue

Interview was her first foray into the worlds of adult books and crime fiction. This “powerful blend of police procedural, fantasy, and familial status” follows Detective Laura Shaw, an interviewer gifted with persuading victims to open up. Then she meets a teenage assault victim and suddenly Laura is unsure of her own skills and her confidence in getting the job done.

In the end, she is faced with a conundrum of morality: are all lives worth saving?

Edel Coffey’s Breakthrough, Globe

Susannah living in New York seems to have it all: two beautiful children, a wonderful husband, a high-flying pediatrician career, wealth and privilege: the perfect life in short. Then, on the hottest day of the year, she made a catastrophic, terrible mistake, leaving her baby in the grill, which resulted in her death.

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Author Edel Coffey. Andrew Downes’s photo, xposure

Edel Coffey’s first novel explores what happens next, when Susannah is tried for negligence. Is she the villain, as the media paints her, or is this deceased woman also a victim? It’s a thoughtful, complex approach that blends the suspense of a horror movie with the powerful emotion of a drama.

The author knows the literary world inside and out: a former book editor of this newspaper, she also covers the subject, and others on art and entertainment, on RTÉ radio. Breaking pointHer first novel, sold for six figures after a multi-publisher auction, and went straight to #1 when it was published earlier this year.

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Edel Coffey’s Breakthrough

For more details on the An Post Irish Book Awards, visit irishbookawards.ie. Winner announced on November 23

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