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Derek Flynn’s Lockdown Lit Picks: Catherine Ryan Howard

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A lot of people around the country are finding they have a bit more time on their hands at the moment. And many are using that time to catch up on their reading. But what to read? Not to worry – Writing.ie has you covered!

Today, we’re starting a new feature called Lockdown Lit Picks, where we’ll ask some of the country’s favourite authors what books they’re reading at the moment. First up is Edgar Award-nominated crime author, Catherine Ryan Howard.

 

CATHERINE: I think everyone should read three new books whose launches I was very much looking forward to going to, but which are now sadly cancelled: My Pear-Shaped Life by Carmel Harrington, The Body Falls by Andrea Carter and A Talented Man by Henrietta McKervey.

 

My Pear-Shaped Life by Carmel Harrington

This is a joyful, uplifting book for those of us who sometimes wake up and feel we’re not good enough. Spoiler alert: we are!

Meet Greta. She’s funny. She’s flawed. She’s hiding so much behind her big smile she’s forgotten who she is. But Greta is about to discover that the key to being happy is…being you. Greta Gale has played the part of the funny fat one her entire life, hiding her insecurities behind a big smile. But size doesn’t matter when you can laugh at yourself, right? Until Greta realises she’s the only one not laughing. And deep down, she’s not sure if she’ll ever laugh again. But with her world feeling like it’s falling down around her, Greta is about to discover she’s stronger than she feels. And that sometimes the best moments in life come when it’s all gone a bit pear-shaped …

Order your copy online here.

 

The Body Falls by Andrea Carter

April in Florida and Ben O’Keeffe is enjoying balmy temperatures, working the last few days of a six-month stint with her old law firm. A week later she returns to Glendara, Inishowen where a charity cycle race is taking place. But it starts to rain, causing the cyclists to postpone the start of their event and stay overnight in the town. But the rain doesn’t stop; it increases to become relentless, torrential.

In the middle of the night Sergeant Tom Molloy is called out to Mamore Gap, where a body, dislodged from a high bank by the heavy rain, has fallen onto the vet’s jeep. It is identified as Bob Jameson, a well-known local charities boss, and the organiser of the cycling event. Stunned, the GP confirms that the man has suffered a snakebite.

Terrible weather persists and soon bridges are down and roads are impassable. Glendara is completely cut off, with a killer at the heart of the community. Who is responsible for Bob Jameson’s death? One of the strangers in town or someone closer to home? It’s left to Molloy, with Ben’s assistance, to find out what is going on.

Order your copy online here.

 

A Talented Man – Henrietta McKervey

In the vein of Patricia Highsmith, a master forger discovers the lost sequel to Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Ellis Spender, only son of a once-esteemed society family, believes money, success and the high life are his birthright — only prevented by a cruel trick of fate.

Struggling to stay ahead of his creditors, the dejected writer decides to forge a sequel to one of the most famous novels of all time, Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Its remarkable ‘discovery’ will create the lifestyle he believes is his due. But as his scheme begins to bear fruit, others who stand to gain become obstacles. And Ellis will stop at nothing to achieve his desires…

A Talented Man is a page-turning literary thriller of deception, forgery … and murder.

Order your copy online here.

 

Catherine Ryan Howard is the author of three bestselling crime novels: Distress Signals, The Liar’s Girl, and Rewind. Her fourth novel, The Nothing Man, will be published in August 2020. Catherine is based in Dublin, where she is currently binge-watching Netflix, drinking copious amounts of coffee and working on her next novel.

 

About Rewind by Catherine Ryan Howard:

PLAY
Andrew, the manager of Shanamore Holiday Cottages, watches his only guest via a hidden camera in her room. One night the unthinkable happens: a shadowy figure emerges onscreen, kills her and destroys the camera. But who is the murderer? How did they know about the camera? And how will Andrew live with himself?

PAUSE
Natalie wishes she’d stayed at home as soon as she arrives in the wintry isolation of Shanamore. There’s something creepy about the manager. She wants to leave, but she can’t – not until she’s found what she’s looking for…

REWIND
This is an explosive story about a murder caught on camera. You’ve already missed the start. To get the full picture you must rewind the tape and play it through to the end, no matter how shocking…

‘Catherine Ryan Howard is a gift to crime writing. Her characters are credible, her stories are original and her plotting is ingenious. Every book is a treat to look forward to.’ Liz Nugent, author of Unravelling Oliver

Order your copy online here.

About the author

Derek Flynn runs Writing.ie’s SongBook blog, and is an Irish writer and musician. He has a Masters in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin. He’s been published in a number of publications, including The Irish Times, and his fiction was featured in ‘Surge’, an anthology of new Irish writing published by O’ Brien Press with the aim of showcasing “the very best of the next generation of Irish authors”. Online he can be found at his writing/music blog – ‘Rant, with Occasional Music’ – and on Twitter as @derekf03

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