• West Cork Literary Festival 8-15 July 2022

Crime Scene Reviewer Panel……

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Louise Phillips

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We’ve all heard about the X Factor panel!!!  4 discerning voices keen to share their views on who has the X FACTOR and why!!!! Well now we have the Crime Scene Book Reviewer Panel – and these guys are going to be just as discerning, and possibly even more dangerous. Cool

Seriously though folks, these guys are the real thing!

If there was a Mastermind programme solely on books, each one of them would choose ‘Crime Fiction’ as their specialist subject.

More than willing to share their expertise, I for one can’t wait to read their reviews over the coming few months, and there are plenty of fantastic crime novels hitting the shops at the moment!

So, here it goes, the Fantastic 4…….

JOE McCOUBREY is a former Irish newspaper editor who is now a full-time action thriller writer. In the early seventies he was working in the Civil Service based at Stormont, the seat of the Northern Ireland Government, and was watching behind the scenes as some of the country’s most momentous events unfolded. These were the early dark days of the ‘troubles’ – events that reverberated around the world, and somehow served to push him towards his real passion of writing. He became a newspaperman, started his own media business, and took a front row seat as history was played out in Ireland.

His short action story Death By Licence has just been published by Master Koda Select Publishing. His debut full-length thriller Someone Has To Pay is being released on September 3rd 2012. A second full-length actioner is at the editing stages, and work has started on an Irish crime thriller.

Joe McCoubrey has lived all his life in the beautiful Irish town of Downpatrick, made famous by its association with the national Patron Saint, St. Patrick.

You can visit him at: http://joemccoubrey.com/

MICK HALPIN was born in the United States, and now lives in Dublin.

Mick is a former fiction editor at NFG magazine, guest host at writingshow.com, and webmaster of Critical Mick, “Reviews Free of Rules.”

He is a long-time fan of mystery, mischief and mayhem and an admin of the Irish Crime Fiction group on Facebook.


SUSAN CONDON, a native of Dublin, has always been a lover of mysteries. Enid Blyton whet her appetite, at a young age, with stories from the Secret Seven and Famous Five. But she probably never imagined it would eventually lead her to become a huge fan of the blood and gore-riddled crime fiction and psychological thrillers she currently devours.

In 2008, Susan began writing seriously.  She has recently been long-listed in the RTÉ Guide/Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition 2012 and a number of her short stories have been awarded first prize in various competitions.  Publications include a short story in South of the County: New Myths and Tales.

The crime reader has now become a crime writer and is currently completing her first novel – not surprisingly – a crime fiction thriller set in New York!

Blog Link:      http://susancondon.wordpress.com

Facebook:     https://www.facebook.com/susan.m.condon

Twitter:          @SusanCondo

TRIONA WALSH has been obsessed with crime fiction for as long as she can remember. Unable to resist any longer she recently began writing her own crime novel which is twisting and turning along nicely. Other than being Ireland’s best undiscovered crime author her other writing credit include appearing in a number of journals and anthologies  –  Poetry Bus 1 & 3, Petals on a Bough anthology, Caught in Amber anthology, Kay’s Book anthology, Flavours of Home, Petals on a Bough, South of the County – New Myths and Tales.

She has been lucky enough to have had some success in competition too, in particular – Winner in the NWA Awards 2008, Winner of the Jonathan Swift Award 2008, Short listed Jonathan Swift 2009 Shortlisted Kay McDonnell Short Story competition 2009, Shortlisted Malahide Library Centenary Short Story competition 2010.

Blog Link:        http://trionawalsh.blogspot.ie

Twitter Link       @DomesticOub

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