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Killer a la Carte by Gerry Galvin
Posted by Vanessa O'Loughlin in , .

Killer á la Carte throws up a few surprises.  It is definitely leaning more toward Thriller than Crime (although plenty of crimes are committed). It follows the story of (in)famous...

The Chosen by Arlene Hunt
Posted by Vanessa O'Loughlin in , .

On a hot summer’s day in the sleepy American town of Rockville, Jessie Conway, a teacher at the local high school, notices a car driving slowly around the school grounds. Twenty...

The Cold, Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty
Posted by Review by Rob Kitchin who blogs at The View from The Blue House in , .

Detective Sergeant Sean Duffy is a Catholic cop in Northern Ireland in 1981 in a force dominated by protestants and targeted by paramilitary republicans. A few weeks after being posted...

The Point by Gerard Brennan (Kindle edition and Pulp Print Edition)
Posted by Rob Kitchin (The View from The Blue House) in , .

Paul Morgan is a young criminal always on the hunt for any easy score and a party. He’s brash, cocky and ballsy, and he drags his reluctant brother, Brian, in...

The Imitation of Patsy Burke by John J Gaynard (Createspace, 2011)
Posted by Review by Rob Kitchin who blogs at The View from The Blue House in , .

Patsy Burke, a famous Irish sculptor in Paris, wakes in a small apartment hungover, battered and bruised and with a broken arm. He’s somewhat confused and has little recollection of...

Ghost Town by Michael Clifford (Hachette 2012)
Posted by Rob Kitchin in , .

Joshua ‘The Dancer’ Molloy could have been a professional footballer. Instead, he turned to drink and became a member of a drug’s gang. Having just got out of prison for...

Tana French, Broken Harbour
Posted by Christine Mills (blogs at : Tales from the Landing Book Shelves), Hughes and Hughes, Dundrum in , .

I am rather belatedly getting around to reading crime writer Tana French (this is her fourth book) after listening to several colleagues raving about her work for the last few years. In...

Headstone – Ken Bruen
Posted by Martin Edwards; Hughes and Hughes, Stephen's Green in , .

A depressing setting is a prerequisite in crime fiction, yet there are few Irish crime writers that portray Ireland in such bleak light as Ken Bruen. Bruen’s portrayal of Ireland...

The Big Book of Hope Authors: Various· Poolbeg 2010
Posted by Elizabeth Rose Murray in , .

Through an assortment of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, the Big Book of Hope delivers exactly what you want from an anthology; quality writing, inspiring characters and the chance to raise...

Our Man in Hibernia by Charlie Connelly, Little Brown
Posted by Elizabeth Rose Murray in , .

Charlie Connelly may have had to dig a little deeper than he originally anticipated in order to unearth his Irish roots but it is us lucky readers who benefit from...