Scene of the crime. Photograph: iStock

A familiar stereotype about crime novels is that they rely on a conservative sense of closure that restores order to the narrative but distorts images(...)

Megan Abbott: expertly evokes teenage girls’ lives. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty

Megan Abbott’s early novels, such as Die a Little and Queenpin, were critically acclaimed historical noirs with a feminist twist that put the genre’s (...)

Jane Casey: “I’d love to write something about London during the second World War. That sense of constant threat, the backdrop of the blackout and broken buildings, the breakdown of social barriers, the now-or-never frantic feel to human relations, the casual heroism – all potent stuff for a novelist”

Born and brought up in Dublin, Jane Casey has been twice shortlisted for the Irish Crime Novel of the Year Award. The Kill, the fifth novel featuri(...)

Michael Connelly. Photograph: David Livingston/Getty Images

Once upon a time, crime writers in Ireland were few and far between. These days it’s not so much a case of “whodunnit”, or even “who’s doing it”, as “(...)