Murder One 2024: Save the Date!

With support from the Arts Council and DLR Libraries, Murder One is delighted to be back in 2024 running from 18th-20th October, with a dedicated day for schools on 17th October.

We look forward to welcoming you again to Dun Laoghaire’s stunning LexIcon venue – sign up to our mailing list to be notified of our 2024 programme and ticket details – and scroll down to take a look at last year’s festival!


Murder One ‘It would have been criminal to miss it!’

‘I always love being part of Murder One – it has rapidly become an important fixture in the literary calendar for anyone connected to the  crime and thriller genre. I also enjoy the fact it takes place in a library – it is impossible NOT to quietly look for a body, a dagger and a rapidly disappearing Colonel Mustard’
SIMON TREWIN – Literary Agent

We were thrilled with the success this year of Murder One Fest 2023, which was brought to you with the invaluable support of DLR Libraries. Back in it’s weekend format, October 6th-8th, we welcomed a host of Irish and international authors. We were delighted to have the wonderful Bob Johnston of The Gutter Bookshop on hand supplying everyone with books from both new, and already favourite, authors. Also a big thank you to Paul Sherwood Photography for all the fantastic photos which really capture the spirit of the festival.

Crime is one of the biggest-selling genres in the book business and Ireland boasts some of the world’s top crime writers. The festival showcased the cream of Irish crime writing talent with Tana FrenchJane Casey, Colin Walsh, Catherine Ryan Howard, Steve Cavanagh, Andrea Mara, Sam Blake, and Catherine Kirwan among those appearing on a range of solo events and hot-topic panels.

UK visitors included the hugely popular, Sophie Hannah, 2023 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, Tom Benn, Alice Feeney, author of the phenomenally successful Daisy Darker, plus cosy crime specialist, British Book Awards winner Janice Hallett, and highly praised debutante, Alice Bell.

Once a name synonymous with breaking news of high-profile crime cases, Dr Marie Cassidy has turned her hand to crime fiction and she discussed her debut novel, Body of Truth, in conversation with bestselling crime writer, Liz Nugent. 

True crime fans were entertained by award-winning political journalist, Harry McGee whose book, The Murderer and the Taoiseach, retraces the extraordinary happenings in Dublin’s notorious Malcolm Macarthur murder case.

Wherever your tastes in the crime genre lie, we hope you were gripped by the plot of Murder One this year.

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Murder One is run by crime author Sam Blake and festival director Bert Wright.

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Earlier in the year we kicked off 2023 with international blockbuster Harlan Coben on 21st March at the Lexicon Library in Dun Laoghaire which was an amazing event.

On March 26th we had an exciting evening at The Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire  with Liz Nugent giving us all a wonderful opportunity to get right inside the  head of Strange Sally Diamond!

And on 20th June we were back at the Lexicon Library for a fantastic evening of crime with international bestseller Karin Slaughter.

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‘MURDER ONE has established a huge following among Irish crime fans in a short space of time and in a country that boasts so many successful crime writers, it’s a joy to get fans and writers together on an annual basis in an ideal location like Dun Laoghaire.’ – Bert Wright


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Being at Murder One has reminded me of that.” – Amy Gaffney

Murder One 2023 – The Talent

We have some fantastic guests for you for our 2023 festival, listed here in alphabetical order


Alice BellAlice Bell grew up in South West England. She has previously worked in retail but since 2016 she has worked full time as a video games journalist. In 2018 she became the deputy editor of Rock Paper Shotgun, a popular and respected PC gaming website. In 2019 she was named one of the 100 most influential women in the UK games industry.

After spending several years in London, Alice now lives in Brighton, where she reads a lot of books and plays video games where you can set things on fire and make elves kiss. She has probably read more detective fiction and watched more episodes of Midsomer Murders than you. Grave Expectations is Alice’s debut crime novel.


Tom Benn
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Tom Benn’s first novel The Doll Princess was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Portico Prize, and longlisted for the CWA’s John Creasey Dagger. Benn’s creative nonfiction has appeared in the Paris Review and he won the BFI’s iWrite scheme for emerging screenwriters. His first film Real Gods Require Blood premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for Best Short Film at the BFI London Film Festival. Oxblood was awarded the 2022 Sunday Times Charlotte Aitken Young Writer of the Year Award and longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize and the CWA’s Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year. Originally from Stockport, he teaches on the UEA Crime Fiction Creative Writing MA and lives in Norwich. 


Sam Blake
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Sam Blake a multiple No 1 bestselling crime writer, who has been shortlisted for Irish Crime Novel of the Year three times.  Her 7th bestseller, The Mystery of Four, and her recently published YA debut, Something Terrible Happened Last Night, are both in shops now. Follow her on social @samblakebooks and find out more at, where you can join her Reader’s Club and get a free book. Sam is the founder of Ireland’s International Crime Writing Festival, Murder One, and is the co-ordinator for National Crime Reading Month in the UK and Ireland (June 2023). She is a board member of the Society of Authors and the Crime Writers Association.


Disha Bose
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Disha Bose was born and raised in India, and has been living in Ireland for close to a decade. She worked in the Tech startup industry before pursuing a Masters in Creative Writing at UCD. Dirty Laundry, a domestic noir set in West Cork, is her debut novel. An Irish Times Bestseller, Dirty Laundry was selected as a Good Morning America Bookclub pick, and as An Post’s Booktok Bookclub’s inaugural selection.





Breda Brown

Breda Brown is the chairperson of the Irish Writers Centre, the home for writers in Ireland. She presents the ‘Inside Books’ podcast and reviews crime novels for the Sunday Independent. A former journalist, she is a regular contributor to radio and television programmes and is also the co-founder of Unique Media, a strategic communications firm.




Andrea Carter
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Andrea Carter is the author of The Inishowen Mysteries. She grew up in Ballyfin, Co. Laois, and graduated in law from Trinity College, Dublin, before qualifying as a solicitor and moving to the Inishowen peninsula. Having practised law for nearly twenty years, more recently as a barrister, she now writes full time. Her books are in development for television and her short story The Lamb was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards in 2019. Death Writes is her sixth novel.

The Sunday Times said ‘Carter excels in re-creating the cloistered, gossipy confines of a small Irish village…the Inishowen peninsula community where everybody knows everybody else’s business is a fine stand-in for the mannered drawing-room society of a Christie mystery.’


Jane Casey
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Jane Casey was born and brought up in Dublin. A former editor, she has written eleven crime novels for adults and three for teenagers. Her books have been international bestsellers, critically acclaimed for their realism and accuracy. The Maeve Kerrigan series has been nominated for many awards: in 2015 Jane won the Mary Higgins Clark Award for The Stranger You Know and Irish Crime Novel of the Year for After the Fire. In 2019, Cruel Acts won Irish Crime Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards. The Killing Kind was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick and is being adapted for television. Jane lives in southwest London with her husband and their two children.


Amanda CassidyAmanda Cassidy is a freelance journalist, commissioning editor and former Sky News and Newstalk reporter. Shortlisted for the Irish Journalist of the Year Awards, and more recently the Headline media writing awards, Amanda holds a BA in European Studies from Trinity College Dublin. Amanda’s debut novel Breaking has been described as ‘a rich gut-punch of a thriller that delivers a confronting examination of maternal love” by New York Times bestselling author, Ashley Audrain. Amanda lives in Dublin with her husband and three young children.



Dr Marie CassidyMarie Cassidy worked as a Consultant Forensic Pathologist in Glasgow for thirteen years Marie Cassidy became a forensic pathologist in 1985 following her training as a histopathologist. She worked as a Consultant Forensic Pathologist in the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology in Glasgow for the next thirteen years investigating unnatural deaths and homicides, from gangland shootings and stabbings, to drugs deaths, road traffic accidents and suicides. In 1998 she returned to her family’s homeland of Ireland as deputy state pathologist, working alongside Professor Jack Harbison. When he retired, she was appointed State Pathologist and, like her predecessor, her name became synonymous with murder and tragedy. In over thirty years of practice she has performed thousands of postmortems and dealt with hundreds of murders. She has witnessed the burgeoning role of forensic science and the impact that has had on death investigation and the expectations of the general public, while embracing new technology and welcoming the input of experts in the other sciences. She retired at the end of 2018 to spend more time on the other passion in her life, her family. She lives in London. Her number one bestselling memoir Beyond the Tape was published in 2020. Body of Truth is her first novel.


Steve Cavanagh

Steve Cavanagh is a critically acclaimed, Sunday Times best-selling author of the Eddie Flynn series which has sold a million copies in the UK. His third novel, The Liar, won the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the year 2018. Thirteen won the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime novel of the year 2019. FIFTY FIFTY was a Richard and Judy Book club choice, and the BBC Between The Covers book club choice. All of his novels have been nominated for major awards. His last four novels have all been Sunday Times Bestsellers


Woman in grey top smiling at the cameraClaire Coughlan worked as a journalist for many years. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from UCD, and has previously been the recipient of Arts Council funding, as well as a literature bursary from Dublin City Council. Claire’s debut crime novel, Where They Lie, will be published by Simon & Schuster UK and Harper US in February 2024. She lives in Co Kildare with her husband and daughter.

Preorder – Where They Lie


Ciara DoorleyCiara Doorley is Publishing Director at Hachette Books Ireland. She commissions and edits a broad range of non-fiction, from memoir and self-help to spiritual and social history, and fiction, including bestselling novels by Roisin Meaney, Sophie White, Louise Phillips, Emily Hourican and Catherine Kirwan.


Martin DoyleMartin Doyle has worked for three decades as a journalist in Ireland and Britain. He was Editor of The Irish Post in London before spending five years with The Times in London. He joined The Irish Times in 2007 and has been Books Editor there since 2018.




Alice Feeney

Alice Feeney is a New York Times million-copy bestselling author. Her books have been translated into over thirty languages, and have been optioned for major screen adaptations. Including her novel Rock Paper Scissors, which is being made into a TV series by the producer of The Crown. Alice was a BBC journalist for fifteen years, and now lives in Devon with her family. Good Bad Girl is her sixth novel.


Tana French
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Tana French is the Sunday Times and New York Times-bestselling author of In the WoodsThe LikenessFaithful PlaceBroken HarbourThe Secret Place, The Trespasser and The Wych Elm. Her books have won awards including the Edgar, Anthony, Barry and Macavity awards, the LA Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller and the Irish Book Award for Best Crime Fiction. She grew up in Ireland, Italy, the US and Malawi, and trained as an actor at Trinity College Dublin. She lives in Dublin with her family.





Janice Hallet

Janice Hallett studied English at UCL, and spent several years as a magazine editor, winning two awards for journalism. Her debut novel, The Appeal, was the Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month and a Waterstones Thriller of the Month. Her second novel, The Twyford Code, was published in 2022 and the Nibbie for Best Crime and Thriller book at the British Book Awards. When not indulging her passion for global adventure travel, she is based in West London.




Sophie Hannah

Sophie Hannah is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling writer of crime fiction. Her books have sold millions of copies worldwide. She is the founder and coach at Dream Author Coaching, a programme that has helped more than a thousand writers to create more success and happiness in their writing lives.

Sophie’s murder mystery musical, The Mystery of Mr E will be released as a movie on 1 December 2023. In 2013, Sophie’s novel The Carrier won the Crime Thriller of the Year Award at the Specsavers National Book Awards. She has also published two short story collections and five collections of poetry – the fifth of which, Pessimism for Beginners, was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Award. Her poetry is studied at GCSE, A Level and degree level across the UK. Sophie is a Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College in Cambridge.


Joe JoyceJoe Joyce is the author of seven historical crime novels, mostly set during the Second World War. His Echoland series is set in Dublin during the Emergency and his latest book, No Second Take, is set on the Riviera during the filming of a classic French film in the 1940s. He is also the author of three non-fiction books including, with Peter Murtagh, the classic account of Charles Haughey in government, The Boss.


Casey KingCasey King is a crime writer from Co. Cork, Ireland. Her debut novel, DECEIT, the first in a series of female-led gritty gangland thrillers featuring crime boss, Danielle Lewis, will be published by Joffe Books September 21st, 2023. Casey has a Diploma in Policing Studies and over twenty years’ experience in the Irish police force. She has a H Dip in Coaching/Coaching Psychology as well as a Post Grad in Mindfulness Based Wellbeing. She facilitates courses on mindfulness, wellbeing along with creative writing. She is also on the panel of Arts Facilitators for Cork County libraries. Casey is represented by London agent, Kate Nash, of Kate Nash Literary Agency. She can be found on Twitter @letstalkcrime


Catherine KirwanCatherine Kirwan grew up on a farm in the parish of Fews, County Waterford. She studied law at UCC and lives in Cork where she works as a solicitor. Her first novel, Darkest Truth, was chosen as Cork’s One City One Book in 2019. Her second book, Cruel Deeds, is out now in paperback, published by Hachette Ireland, and her third, ‘A Lesson in Malice’, was published in June 2023, also by Hachette Ireland.




Winnie M Li is an author and activist. Her latest novel Complicit draws from her earlier career in the film industry. It was a New York Times’ Editors’ Choice, listed among the Best Crime Novels of 2022 by The Irish Times, CrimeReads, and Glamour, and shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s Encore Prize for outstanding second novel.  A Harvard graduate and George Mitchell Scholar, Winnie studied at University College Cork and later worked as a film producer before her life was disrupted by a violent stranger rape in Belfast in 2008. Inspired by that experience, her debut novel Dark Chapter was translated into ten languages, won The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize and was nominated for the Edgar Award. Winnie also co-founded Clear Lines, the UK’s first-ever festival addressing sexual assault and consent through the arts and discussion. She was profiled in the TV3 Ireland documentary Unbreakable: True Lives, nominated for Irish Tatler’s Woman of the Year Awards, and holds an honorary doctorate of law from the National University of Ireland in recognition of her writing and activism. American by birth, Winnie currently lives in the English countryside.


Sarah Liddy
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Sarah Liddy has been working in Irish publishing for the last 20 years, mostly in commissioning roles. In that time, she has worked with many best-selling authors such as Luke O’Neill, Trisha Lewis, Niall Breslin and Dermot Whelan. Other chart-topping books she has commissioned include Richie Sadlier’s acclaimed memoir Recovering and Daniella Moyles’ Jump. She has acquired books across all genres including wellness, cookery, children’s and memoir.




Gaye MaguireGaye Maguire enjoyed a long and award-winning career as a TV Producer/Director before giving up work to focus solely on her passion for writing. Her debut novel BLOOD MOTHERS (2023) explores the fallout decades later from Ireland’s cruel treatment of unmarried mothers and their babies. It introduced DS Kate Hamilton and her colleagues in the Serious Crimes Squad, and quickly hit the Amazon Top 100 gaining five star reviews. Her second novel DARK WATERS (2023) also gets 5 star reviews on NetGalley, and delves into the murky world of online predators and the dangers they present to young people on social media.


Andrea Mara

Andrea Mara is a Number One Irish Times, Top Ten Sunday Times, and Number One Kindle bestselling author, who has been shortlisted for a number of awards, including Irish Crime Novel of the Year at the An Post Book Awards in 2022, 2021 and 2018.

Her novel All Her Fault was Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month, a top ten bestseller in the UK and in Ireland, and a Kindle Top 5 bestseller. It has sold over 170,000 copies and has been optioned for TV.

Hide And Seek, published in 2022, charted in the Irish Times bestseller list for five weeks. Her newest book, No One Saw A Thing,was published by Transworld/ Penguin Random House in May 2023. It was a Number One bestseller in Ireland and Number One bestseller on Kindle. She lives in Dublin, with her husband and three children.


Michelle McDonagh

Michelle McDonagh’s debut novel There’s Something I Have To Tell You became an Irish bestseller when it was published in April of this year by Hachette Ireland. Michelle has been writing stories since she was a child in primary school, and it had always been her dream to write a novel. After far too many years of intense procrastination, she enrolled in the an online novel writing course in 2019 and decided to step back from journalism for a while to focus on finishing her first novel. A native of Galway, she has over 25 years experience as a journalist. She was a staff reporter with The Connacht Tribune in Galway for twelve years before going freelance. She worked for all of the Irish national and tabloid papers covering news and courts, before switching solely to features and health, mainly for The Irish Times. She now lives in Blarney where she is married with three children, and a very cute cavapoo.


Harry McGee
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Harry McGee is a political correspondent with The Irish Times and previously worked for the Irish Examiner, the Sunday Tribune, RTÉ and the current affairs magazine Magill, which he edited. He has written and presented TV documentaries in English and Irish for RTÉ and TG4, and he produced the podcast series, GUBU, for The Irish Times. A native of Salthill, Galway, he is a graduate of the University of Galway and the King’s Inns. The Murderer and the Taoiseach is his first book.




Paul McNeivePaul McNeive writes a weekly opinion column for the Irish Independent and works as a motivational speaker. His first book, Small Steps, an autobiographical business book, was a bestseller in Ireland. Paul’s first thriller, The Manhattan Project, was also a bestseller in Ireland, and was published internationally. Paul’s latest thriller Poison Sky, has recently been published and he has another thriller due for release in 2023.


Ivan Mulcahy

Originally from Dublin, Ivan Mulcahy set up his London-based literary agency in 2002. Ivan helps public figures make their autobiographies or memoirs into bestsellers. He has a strong list of experts, across many different fields, whose books have become bestsellers. He also enjoys working on subject-led non- fiction books with successful people who bring a deep knowledge, an original perspective and a strong public reputation.

His authors have written major bestsellers on, for example, economics, food, history, fashion, human relationships and have been sold in dozens of countries. He has a great love of literature and is proud to help some exceptional writers build their literary careers and win prizes.


Kitty Murphy

Kitty Murphy lives on the very westerly edge of Co. Clare, Ireland. Death in Heels, and Death in the Dark, murder mysteries set in a fictional Dublin drag scene, are out now, published by Thomas & Mercer.






Deirdre NolanDeirdre Nolan is publishing director of Eriu, the Irish imprint of Bonnier Books, publishing adult and children’s fiction and non-fiction. She previously worked for Gill Books and New Island, and completed a stint as a journalist that made her realise books are more fun. She is currently commissioning stories that are of interest to Irish readers and have international potential, and has a particular interest in discovering the next great Irish crime writer.



Polly Nolan

Polly Nolan – After almost twenty years’ commissioning and editing children’s books at some of the UK’s top publishing houses, Polly moved to agenting in 2013 and quickly built a talented and successful list of clients.  In 2020, she started her own agency and consultancy, PaperCuts
Ltd, which represents authors writing for adults and children (5 to Young Adult), as well as
offering advice to anyone needing help with their work. Always on the lookout for a good story, arrestingly told, Polly has a particular love of Middle Grade – especially MG that makes people laugh – and, in adult fiction, stories with unforgettable characters.


Liz Nugent

Liz Nugent was born in Dublin in 1967. She first began to write for broadcast in 2003. Between 2003 and 2013, she worked as a Story Associate on the popular television soap opera Fair City. She has also written several pieces for Sunday Miscellany, a popular RTE Radio series. In 2006, her first short story for adults, Alice, was shortlisted for the Francis McManus Short Story Prize. Her first four novels – Unravelling Oliver, Lying in Wait, Skin Deep, and Our Little Cruelties have each been Number One bestsellers and she has won four Irish Book Awards, as well as the James Joyce Medal for Literature. Her “wickedly dark, twisted and brilliantly observed” fifth novel, Strange Sally Diamond, was published in the UK & Ireland by Penguin Sandycove in March 2023, and went straight to number one.


Gill PerdueGill Perdue is the author of bestselling crime novel If I Tell (previously published as The Interview) and nominated for Crime Novel of the Year in the An Post Book Awards 2022. If I Tell is the first in the Shaw and Darmody series of crime thrillers published by Penguin, set in the fictional Dublin suburb of Clonchapel.

In June 2023, When They See Me, the second in the series was published and received excellent reviews – described as ‘a thrilling read,’ (The Independent) and ‘an impressive follow up,’ (Belfast Telegraph.) She also writes for children. Her first children’s novel, Adam’s Starling, won a Bisto Award (the Eilís Dillon Memorial) for that year.

Gill lives in Rathfarnham with Kevin and Angus (one of these is a dog).


Karen GilleceKaren Perry is the Sunday Times bestselling author of Your Closest FriendCan You Keep A SecretGirl UnknownOnly We KnowCome A Little CloserStranger, and The Boy That Never Was, which was selected for the Simon Mayo Radio 2 Book Club. She has published four novels writing as Karen Gillece and was a recipient of the European Union Prize for Literature in 2009. She lives in Dublin with her family.


Remie Michelle Clarke is an internationally acclaimed voice actor, an author, and a podcast host for Film Network Ireland. In 2017, Clarke edited and wrote for The Broken Spiral, a Dublin UNESCO City of Literature anthology of short stories by Irish authors in aid of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, where she volunteered as a crisis counsellor. One of its stories, ‘How to Build a Space Rocket’ by Roisín O’Donnell, won the Short Story of the Year award at the Irish Book Awards 2018. Clarke’s award-winning debut novel, The Glass Door, was published by Dalzell Press in 2018.  Her short stories have been widely published. She was part of the 2018 XBorders:Accord writing project in association with the Irish Writers Centre and Arts Council Northern Ireland. She holds a BA and the Gold Medal in English from Trinity College Dublin. She is represented by Paul Feldstein of the Feldstein Agency.


Catherine Ryan Howard

Catherine Ryan Howard is the award-winning, no. 1 bestselling author of seven thrillers including the lockdown thriller 56 Days which was named a best thriller of 2021 by the New York Times and the Washington Post, and won An Post Irish Crime Novel of the Year. It is currently being developed for television by Amazon Studios/Atomic Monster. She is published in 19 languages and her work has been shortlisted for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best Novel and the CWA John Creasey and Ian Fleming Daggers, and longlisted for the Dublin Literary Award 2023. Her latest thriller is The Trap.


Simon Trewin

Simon Trewin has spent thirty years working as a literary agent and his authors have been published in over 54 languages and sold many millions of copies. In 2019 he launched his own agency to represent authors, brands and entrepreneurs in the areas of art, culture, digital, literature, and live events. He is also the founder of vintage letterpress studio The Garage Press.

Instagram:  @simontrewin @thegaragepress @trewinagency




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Colin Walsh’s short stories have won several awards including the RTE Francis MacManus Short Story Prize and the Hennessy Literary Award. In 2019 he was named Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year. His writing has been published in the Stinging Fly, the Irish Times and broadcast on RTE Radio 1 and BBC Radio 4. KALA is his first novel. He is from Galway and lives in Belgium.


Murder One 2021 The Talent

We have a fabulous line up of authors and editors for you this year – scroll down to find out more about them and their books (alphabetial order)

Following a lifelong love for everything British, over twenty-three years ago Stefanie Bierwerth moved  from Germany to London. During her final year at university she became the ‘press cuttings girl’ at Pan Macmillan, a role which taught her everything about photocopiers, publishing parties (which still existed at the time) and the kind of things that make an editor tick. She ended up staying for ten years at Macmillan, where she started building her own list with a strong focus on crime and thriller fiction, including the launch of the bestselling Roy Grace series by Peter James.

In 2009 Stefanie moved to Penguin as Editorial Director for crime &thrillers at Michael Joseph where she worked with authors like P. D. James and Tim Weaver. Stefanie has been with Quercus since late 2013 and her current suspense list includes JP Delaney, Jo Spain, Romy Hausmann, Olivia Kiernan and Lucy Atkins. Most of Stefanie’s books tend to have a darker edge. She’s always on the hunt for novels with unique characters, a twist that she didn’t see coming and new international writers that haven’t yet been discovered in the UK. Follow Stefanie on Twitter @stef_bier


Sam Blake has been writing fiction since her husband set sail across the Atlantic for eight weeks and she had an idea for a book. Her debut novel Little Bones (Bonnier 2016) was a runaway bestseller, staying at No 1 in Ireland for four weeks, and remaining in the top 10 for another four. Little Bones was nominated for Irish Crime Novel of the Year and launched the bestselling Cat Connolly trilogy.

Sam loves strong female characters, and after the Cat series, began writing psychological thrillers for Corvus Books. Keep Your Eyes On Me went straight to No 1 in January 2020 and The Dark Room was an Eason Ireland No 1 for three weeks in January 2021. A spiderweb thriller that links the Cat Connolly trilogy with Sam’s standalones, High Pressure, was released as a worldwide digital exclusive in September 2021 and her next standalone Remember My Name is out in January 2022. She is the founder of the Murder One festival and of

Sam is originally from St. Albans in Hertfordshire but has lived at the foot of the Wicklow mountains for more years that she lived in the UK. She has two teenagers, three cats and lives in a 200-year-old cottage with an occasional poltergeist who moves things at the most inconvenient moments.

Follow Sam on all social @samblakebooks Visit for news and events and get a bonus free short story in audio & text when you subscribe to her newsletter.


Declan Burke is an award-winning author and editor. His novel Absolute Zero Cool won the Goldsboro Award in 2012. Books to Die For (2013), co-edited with John Connolly, won the Anthony Award for Best Non-Fiction Crime. The Lammisters, a comic novel, is published by No Alibis Press.

Find out more and follow Declan’s Crime Always Pays blog here.




Crime is a family affair for Jane Casey. Married to a criminal barrister, she has a unique insight into the brutal underbelly of urban life, from the smell of a police cell to the darkest motives of a serial killer. This gritty realism has made her books international bestsellers and critical successes; while Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan has quickly become one of the most popular characters in crime fiction.

Winner of the Mary Higgins Clark Award for The Stranger You Know, Jane has been shortlisted four times for the Irish Crime Novel of the Year Award and longlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award. She is a top ten Sunday Times bestselling author. Her No 1 bestseller, standalone thriller The Killing Kind is out now. Follow Jane on Facebook here and on Twitter @JaneCaseyAuthor


Dr. Marie Cassidy was Ireland’s State Pathologist from 2004 until 2018. During that time, she was involved in many high-profile cases, including the Stardust exhumation and the deaths of Siobhan Kearney, Rachel O’Reilly, Robert Holohan and Tom O’Gorman. In her memoir, Beyond the Tape, she invites us into the world of forensic pathology, and shares her remarkable personal journey, from working-class Glasgow to becoming Ireland’s head pathologist.




Professor Jim Fraser is a forensic investigator who has been involved in hundreds of murder investigations as an expert witness and cold case reviewer. He has given evidence many times as an expert witness. A Research Professor in Forensic Science at the University of Strathclyde and a Commissioner on the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission, he has advised many public agencies including police organisations in the UK and abroad, the Home Office, the Scottish Parliament and the UK Parliament. He is the author of Murder under the Microscope. Find out more at



Sophie Hannah is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling writer of crime fiction, published in 49 languages and 51 countries. Her books have sold millions of copies worldwide. In 2014, with the blessing of Agatha Christie’s family and estate, Sophie published a new Poirot novel, The Monogram Murders, which was a bestseller in more than fifteen countries. She has since published three more nationally and internationally bestselling Poirot novels: Closed Casket, The Mystery of Three Quarters and The Killings at Kingfisher Hill.

In 2013, Sophie’s novel The Carrier won the Crime Thriller of the Year Award at the Specsavers National Book Awards.  She has also published two short story collections and five collections of poetry – the fifth of which, Pessimism for Beginners, was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Award. Her poetry is studied at GCSE, A Level and degree level across the UK. Most recently, she has published a self-help book called How to Hold a Grudge: From Resentment to Contentment – The Power of Grudges to Transform Your Life and launched the How To Hold a Grudge Podcast. Sophie is co-creator and course director of the University of Cambridge’s new  Masters programme in Crime and Thriller Writing, and founder and CEO of the DREAM AUTHOR coaching programme for writers. She lives with her husband, children and dog in Cambridge, where she is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College.


Joanne Harris is an Anglo-French writer, whose books include fourteen novels, two cookbooks and many short stories. Her work is extremely diverse, covering aspects of magic realism, suspense, historical fiction, mythology and fantasy. In 2000, her 1999 novel CHOCOLAT was adapted to the screen, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp.
CHOCOLAT has sold over a million copies in the UK alone and was a global bestseller. She is an Honorary Fellow of St Catherine’s College, Cambridge, and in 2013 was awarded an MBE by the Queen.

Joanne is a judge for the Whitbread Prize, the Orange Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize, the Betty Trask Award, the Prima Donna Prize and the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science, as well as for the Fragrance Foundation awards for perfume and perfume journalism (for which she also received an award in 2017).

She is a passionate advocate for authors’ rights, and is currently the Chair of the Society of Authors (SOA), and member of the Board of the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS). Find out more here, and follow Joanne on Twitter @Joannechocolat


Sarah Hodgson is the Publishing Director of Corvus, the commercial fiction imprint of independent publisher Atlantic. She has over twenty years’ experience as an editor, previously with Harper Collins, and has worked with many bestselling authors, including Stuart MacBride, Elizabeth Buchan, Catherine Ryan Howard, Eithne Shortall and Sam Blake. Follow Sarah on Twitter @SarahHeditor




Femi Kayode has spent the last two decades in advertising. In fits and starts. In between, he was a Packard Gates Fellow in Film at the University of Southern California and a Gates Fellow in International Health at the University of Washington. He also managed to build an impressive resume on prime-time television by creating, writing and developing several award-winning TV dramas.

He recently completed an MA in Crime Fiction at the University of East Anglia, where his novel Lightseekers won the Little, Brown / UEA Crime Fiction Award. Lightseekers is his first novel and the beginning of a series of books based on the investigations of Dr Philip K. Talwo. He lives in Namibia with his wife, two sons and two overly friendly dogs. Follow Femi on Twitter @FemiKay_Author


Awais Khan is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and Durham University, and studied creative writing with Faber Academy. His debut novel, In the Company of Strangers, was published to much critical acclaim, and he now regularly appears on TV and radio. Awais also teaches a popular online creative writing course to aspiring writers around the world. He lives in Lahore and is currently working on his third novel. Follow Awais on Twitter @AwaisKhanAuthor


Vaseem Khan is the author of two crime series set in India, the Baby Ganesh Agency series set in modern Mumbai, and the Malabar House historical crime novels set in 1950s Bombay. His first book, The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra, was a Times bestseller, now translated into 15 languages. The second in the series won the Shamus Award in the US. In 2018, he was awarded the Eastern Eye Arts, Culture and Theatre Award for Literature. Vaseem was born in England, but spent a decade working in India. In 2021, Midnight at Malabar House won the Crime Writers Association Historical Dagger. His latest book is The Dying Day about the theft of one of the world’s great treasures, a 600-year-old copy of Dante’s The Divine Comedy, stored at Bombay’s Asiatic Society. Find out more at


Olivia Kiernan is an Irish writer of crime thrillers and suspense fiction. Kiernan’s fourth novel, The Murder Box, was released in 2021 and sees Detective Frankie Sheehan receive a murder mystery game only to discover that the fictional victim at the game’s centre bears a striking resemblance to a missing woman. On release, the Irish Independent said of The Murder Box: “A clever, original story is augmented by Kiernan’s masterful writing, credible characters, and a smashing finale”. The Daily Mail said, “The plot crackles from first page to last, and the tension never lifts until the darkest of twists brings it to a superb conclusion.” Olivia grew up just outside the town of Kells in County Meath, Ireland and currently lives in Oxford with her partner and daughter. Find out more at


Andrea Mara is an Irish Times Top Ten bestselling author, who has been shortlisted for a number of awards, including Irish Crime Novel of the Year at the An Post Book Awards. Her most recent novel, All Her Fault, was Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month, and a Kindle Top 5 bestseller.

She lives in Dublin, Ireland, with her husband and three young children, and also runs multi-award-winning parent and lifestyle blog,



Val McDermid’s novels have been translated into forty languages, and have sold over seventeen million copies. A remarkably versatile writer, as well as novels, Val has written radio plays, short stories, non-fiction and even a children’s book and has won many awards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award. She was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame in 2009, was the recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger in 2010 and received the Lambda Literary Foundation Pioneer Award in 2011. In 2016, Val received the Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival and in 2017 received the DIVA Literary Prize for Crime. Find out more here


Nadine Matheson has always been passionate about writing and storytelling. She was born and lives in London and is a Criminal Solicitor. In 2016, she won the City University Crime Writing Competition and completed the Creative Writing (Crime/Thriller Novels) MA at City University of London with Distinction in 2018.

Her crime novel, The Jigsaw Man is out now. Find out more at



Before becoming a full-time writer, Liz Nugent worked in Irish film, theatre and television. Her novels – Unravelling Oliver, Lying in Wait and Skin Deep and Our Little Cruelties have been Number One bestsellers in Ireland and she has won four Irish Book Awards (two for Skin Deep). She lives in Dublin with her husband.

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Adele Parks was born in North Yorkshire. Selling over 4 million books in the UK and translated into 31 languages, she is the author of twenty bestselling novels including the recent Sunday Times Number One hits Lies Lies Lies and Just My Luck. Both optioned for development for TV in conjunction with Netflix producers. She’s an ambassador for The National Literacy Trust and a judge for the Costa. Adele has lived in Botswana, Italy and London, and is now settled in Guildford, Surrey, with her husband, son and cat. Both of You is Adele’s 21st book in 21 years.

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William Ryan is the author of six novels, including the Captain Korolev series set in 1930s Moscow and The Constant Soldier. They have been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Irish Fiction Award, the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year and the Crime Writer Association’s Steel, Historical and New Blood Daggers. A House of Ghosts (2018), set in 1917, was described as ‘an atmospheric, hugely entertaining mystery that offers all the pleasures of a classic ghost story – with an appealing dash of romance’. His next novel, The Winter Guest is set in the Irish War of Independence and will be published in January 2021.

William is also the author, with Matthew Hall, of Writing Crime Fiction for Guardian Masterclasses (2015) and Writers & Artists Guide to How to Write: How to plan, structure and write your novel (2021). He has taught creative writing at the University of East Anglia and City, University of London as well as regular courses for Writers & Artists and  The Irish Writers Centre. Find out more at


Icelandic crime-writer Lilja Sigurðardóttir was born in the town of Akranes in 1972 and raised in Mexico, Sweden, Spain and Iceland. An award-winning playwright, Lilja has written four crime novels, with Snare, her English debut shortlisting for the CWA International Dagger and hitting bestseller lists worldwide. Trap soon followed suit, with the third in the trilogy Cage winning the Best Icelandic Crime Novel of the Year, and was a Guardian Book of the Year. Lilja’s standalone Betrayal, was shortlisted for the Glass Key Award for Best Nordic Crime Novel. The film rights have been bought by Palomar Pictures in California. Lilja is also an award-winning screenwriter in her native Iceland. She lives in Reykjavík with her partner. Find out more at


Vanda Symon is a crime writer, TV presenter and radio host from Dunedin, New Zealand, and the chair of the Otago Southland branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors. The Sam Shephard series has climbed to number one on the New Zealand bestseller list, and has also been shortlisted for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel and for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger. She currently lives in Dunedin, with her husband and two sons.

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Look Back Murder One 2020 with Dublin Book Festival

In a year when live performances have had to be rethought, we were delighted to work with the Dublin Book Fesitval to bring you The Murder One Festival  2020 in a series of boutique online events. All events were presented digitally for audiences to enjoy at home.

Murder One with Dublin Book Festival 2020 headline with an event in association with Eason:

Dr. Marie Cassidy, Beyond the Tape: The Life and Many Deaths of a State Pathologist

on 11th October 2020

Former State Pathologist Dr. Marie Cassidy will release her memoirs Beyond the Tape: The Life and Many Deaths of a State Pathologist this October and to mark this Dr. Cassidy will be in conversation to discuss translating her experiences into her memoirs.

“For over thirty years, bodies have been my business. The lucky ones have died peacefully in their own bed, surrounded by loved ones. But, life, or should I say death, is not always like that. This is your opportunity to duck under the police tape with me. Walk carefully in my footprints and follow me into the scene but don’t touch anything, just look. Remember Locard’s principle, every contact leaves a trace . . .”

The ticket price of €20 includes access to this exclusive event via a custom url link and a signed copy of Beyond the Tape. Ticketholders will receive their signed copy of the novel in the post as quickly as possible after its release date on 1st October 2020. Instructions on how to view the event via your custom url will be sent to all ticket holders in advance of the event.

Dr. Marie Cassidy was Ireland’s State Pathologist from 2004 until 2018. During that time, she was involved in many high-profile cases, including the Stardust exhumation and the deaths of Siobhan Kearney, Rachel O’Reilly, Robert Holohan and Tom O’Gorman. In Beyond the Tape, she invites us into the world of forensic pathology, and shares her remarkable personal journey, from working-class Glasgow to becoming Ireland’s head pathologist. A fascinating, behind-the-scenes account of real-life forensics, the intricate processes central to solving modern crime, and the stories from behind the crime tape.

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The Dublin Book Festival

Since 2006 the Dublin Book Festival has been a mainstay of the Irish writing and publishing scene and a highlight of the literary year. With its special focus on Irish-published authors, the 2020 Festival continues that tradition of promoting and supporting Irish literary voices, both established and emerging. This year the festival will be presenting its programme online from 27th November to 6th December, due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

The festival will be running events every week throughout the Autumn in the run-up to the festival, many in collaboration with publishers, arts organisations and other literary festivals, for families, schools and book lovers of all ages to enjoy from the comfort and safety of their own homes.

The programme will showcase the wealth of talented authors published in Ireland, supporting our home-grown talent and publishers. Events will be presented from many of our usual attractive and intimate venues throughout Dublin city, even if audiences cannot attend in person, authors will bring the unique character of these Dublin locations to their virtual events.

The Dublin Book Festival has always been one of collaboration, and in 2020 the range of these partnerships has grown. The festival will host events in collaboration with literary festivals including Listowel Writers’ Week, IMRAM, Belfast Book Festival, Cuirt International Literature Festival and Murder One, literary organisations such as Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin City Libraries, Children’s Books Ireland, Poetry Ireland and many more. In a time when the arts are struggling Dublin Book Festival will bring together as many as possible, to work together to showcase the breadth of talent in Ireland today.

Other events include:

Dublin UNESCO City of Literature in association with Dublin Book Festival: Dublin One City One Book: Christine Dywer Hickey in conversation with Niall MacMonagle and musical performances (Thursday 24th September)

Dublin Book Festival and Eason present: Graham Norton in conversation with Rick OShea (Sunday, 4th October)

Dublin One City One Book: Christine Dywer Hickey in conversation with Niall MacMonagle and musical performances  Join us for a special evening with Christine Dwyer Hickey, author of this year’s Dublin One City One Book choice Tatty. Christine will be in conversation with literary critic Niall MacMonagle in the beautiful setting of Kevin Street Library, Dublin. She will discuss Tatty, her varied writing career, and in particular how music influences her writing.

Musical interludes will be contributed by pianist Leonora Carney, trumpeter Colm Byrne and piper Donnacha Dwyer.

Tatty was originally published in 2004 and earlier this year a special Dublin One City One Book edition, with a new introduction by Dermot Bolger, was published by New Island Books. Christine recently won the 2020 Dalkey Literary Award and the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for her most recent novel The Narrow Land. This event is in association with Dublin UNESCO City of Literature.

This event will be available to watch online via and Please note that you will need to register in advance to watch the event.

Graham Norton, Home Stretch, (4th October)   To celebrate the October release of his new novel Home Stretch, Graham Norton will join RTÉ broadcaster Rick O’Shea in conversation, to discuss his new novel, his writing process, and his love of literature.

This exclusive event will take place with a link sent to all ticket holders in advance of its airing on 4th October 2020. Price of admission includes a signed copy of Home Stretch, which ticket holders will receive by post as quickly as possible after its release date on 1st October. Instructions on how to view the event via your custom url will also be sent to all ticket holders in advance.

Graham Norton’s novels Holding and A Keeper were an Irish bestsellers and loved by readers everywhere. His new novel, Home Stretch begins in 1987 where a small Irish community is preparing for the wedding of two of its young inhabitants. They’re barely adults, not so long out of school and still part of the same set of friends they’ve grown up with. As the friends head home from the beach that last night before the wedding, there is a car accident. Three survive the crash but three are killed. And the reverberations are felt throughout the small town.

Connor, the young driver of the car, lives. But staying among the angry and the mourning is almost as hard as living with the shame, and so he leaves the only place he knows for another life. Travelling first to Liverpool, then London, by the noughties he has made a home – of sorts – for himself in New York. The city provides shelter and possibility for the displaced, somewhere Connor can forget his past and forge a new life.

But the secrets, the unspoken longings and regrets that have come to haunt those left behind will not be silenced. And before long, Connor will have to meet his past.

This event is co-presented with Eason.

The Dublin Book Festival is supported by Arts Council of Ireland, Irish Copyright Licensing Agency, Dublin City Council, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature.

All events will be presented digitally for audiences to enjoy at home.

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