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.

Two black chairs on a stage with posters
©Paul Sherwood Photographer

 

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.

Three faces looking at the camera

‘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

 

A stage
©Paul Sherwood Photographer 

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“Literary festivals, writing festivals, readers’ festivals … however you wish to call an
event that brings readers and writers together … are magical spaces where magical things happen.
Being at Murder One has reminded me of that.” – Amy Gaffney

Karin Slaughter in Conversation with Edel Coffey

Tuesday 20th June 8pm LexIcon Level 4, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin

Tickets €15/€12  BOOK HERE

Murder One is thrilled to welcome International No 1 bestselling author Karin Slaughter back to Ireland in what will be a gripping event focused on her new book After That Night, which features the return of GBI investigator Will Trent and medical examiner Sara Linton in their 11th electrifying thriller.

Fifteen years ago, Sara Linton’s life changed forever when a celebratory night out ended in a violent attack that tore her world apart. Since then, Sara has remade her life. A successful doctor, engaged to a man she loves, she has finally managed to leave the past behind her.

Until one evening, on call in the ER, everything changes. Sara battles to save a broken young woman who’s been brutally attacked. But as the investigation progresses, led by GBI Special Agent Will Trent, it becomes clear that Dani Cooper’s assault is uncannily linked to Sara’s. And it seems the past isn’t going to stay buried forever …

Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 120 countries with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her 20 novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant Sunday Times bestselling novels Pretty Girls, Pieces of Her, and The Good Daughter. Pieces of Her is now a #1 Netflix original series starring Toni Collette, and the Will Trent adaptation recently aired in the US.

Karin is passionate, no-nonsense, provocative and one of crime fiction’s most articulate ambassadors. She will be chatting to journalist and crime writer Edel Coffey in an evening that you cannot miss.

Karin Slaughter in Conversation with Edel Coffey, Tuesday 20th June 8pm LexIcon Level 4, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin

Tickets €15/€12  BOOK HERE

Karin Slaughter at the LexIcon June 2023

We were treated to a fantastic evening at the LexIcon venue in Dun Laoghaire on June 20th!

Karin Slaughter

We had a  full house with an enthralled audience of absolute fans for international bestseller Karin Slaughter. Karin’s incredible drive and focus came through loud and clear, with charm, wit and a strong moral compass. She has huge empathy for victims and respect for their stories, and a real understanding of the human psyche in all its guises. Karin explained that her first book was turned down by publishers and her agent suggested she should write something different!

Thanks so much to Edel Coffey for all her excellent questions.

Edel Coffey, Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin, Karin Slaughter

It was fabulous to see such a massive signing queue for Karin Slaughter who was wonderfully gracious with every single person. 

Four photos of Karin Slaughter signing her books

And of course our thanks to Dubray Books for being so brilliant looking after the book sales on the night and to Ger Holland Photography for capturing the memories!

Two people at a book stand full of Karin Slaughter books

Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 120 countries with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her 20 novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant Sunday Times bestselling novels Pretty Girls, Pieces of Her, and The Good Daughter. Pieces of Her is now a #1 Netflix original series starring Toni Collette, and the Will Trent adaptation recently aired in the US.

Karin is passionate, no-nonsense, provocative and one of crime fiction’s most articulate ambassadors.

Karin Slaughter in black & white

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The Talent: Murder One 2023

We kicked off our 2023 festival events with international blockbuster Harlan Coben on 21st March at the Lexicon Library in Dun Laoghaire.

Watch out for more exciting 2023 events!

Harlan Coben and Breda Brown photo by Ger Holland Photography

HARLAN COBEN (March 2023)

Harlan Coben is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of the world’s leading storytellers. His suspense novels are published in forty-six languages and have been number one bestsellers in more than a dozen countries, with eighty million books in print worldwide. His Myron Bolitar series has earned the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony Awards, and several of his books have been developed into Netflix original series, including The Stranger, The Innocent, Gone for Good, The Woods, Stay Close, and Hold Tight, awell as the upcoming Amazon Prime series adaptation of Shelter.

I Will Find You is OUT NOW.

 

SINÉAD CROWLEY

Sinéad Crowley is Arts and Media Correspondent for RTÉ News and is a lecturer in journalism at Dublin City University. She has published four crime novels, standalone The Belladonna Maze (2022) plus One Bad Turn (2017), Can Anybody Help Me? (2014), and Are You Watching Me? (2015)  in the novel series DS Claire Boyle.

 

Liz Nugent

 

 

 

LIZ NUGENT (March 2023)

Before becoming a full-time writer, Liz Nugent worked in film, theatre and television. Her four novels – Unravelling OliverLying in WaitSkin 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. She lives in Dublin.    Strange Sally Diamond is OUT NOW

 

KARIN SLAUGHTER (June 2023)

Karin Slaughter in black & white
Karin Slaughter – Credit Ger Holland Photography

Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 120 countries with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her 20 novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant Sunday Times bestselling novels Pretty Girls, Pieces of Her, and The Good Daughter. Pieces of Her is now a #1 Netflix original series starring Toni Collette, and the Will Trent adaptation recently aired in the US.

 

 

 

EDEL COFFEY

Edel Coffey is an Irish journalist and broadcaster. She began work as an arts journalist and editor with the Sunday Tribune. She has since worked as a presenter and reporter with RTE radio, and as editor of the Irish Independent Weekend Magazine, and Books Editor of the Irish Independent. She lives in Galway with her husband and children. Breaking Point is her first novel.