Irish mystery writers, plus an excellent website

February 7, 2020 | By Jim Stovall | Filed in: books, fiction, journalism, writers.

In thinking about putting together a March display on Irish mystery writers for the local library, I asked my good friend and reference librarian/researcher extraordinaire Brennan L. — also proud Irish descendant — for a starter list. Here’s what she provided:

Here is a handful of Irish/Northern Irish crime writers I have read.  Sorry, but Tana French is the only woman.
– Brian McGilloway – Inspector Benedict Devlin series, on border of Ireland/Northern Ireland
– Ken Bruen – hard-boiled & noir crime fiction
– Declan Hughes – noir crime fiction
– Adrian McKinty – Sean Duffy Series, NI
– Benjamin Black – Quirke series, a 1950s Dublin pathologist (he has written other fiction under his real name, John Banville)
– Tana French – Dublin murder squad
– Peter Tremayne – Sister Fidelma series. A 7th century nun,under the Brehon code, was authorized to practice law.  Lots of historic detail.
– Stuart Neville – NI crime thrillers.  
The Neville book I read was way too gruesome for me (torture, Nazis, ripping off fingernails, etc) but I was delighted that it mentioned a relative.  My dad’s first cousin, Noel Browne, was a controversial political figure in Ireland and he pops up in the book Ratlines. 
Any additions to the list?
The aforementioned Brennan also suggested this:
Look over this link. 
If you (and your newsletter readers) don’t know about, it is an amazing place to search for mysteries by location, sub-genre, main character, award winners, etc.
This really is an excellent website that all mystery readers should be aware of.

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