When bookish American friends ask me if I can recommend any good Irish crime novels -- often after they've read Tana French for the first time -- I have to warn them that they may get a bit more, recommendation-wise, than they bargained for. Showing off the part of my bookshelf where I have lovingly collected and precariously piled crime fiction set in Ireland or written by Irish authors makes me feel a bit like this lady.
I love hearing about people's summer reading. President Barack Obama's annual list always causes a stir, as does crime-fiction-aficionado-President Bill Clinton's. Celebrities and book people of allkinds have been releasing their lists and I've made some good discoveries recently, though my husband is concerned about the towering TBR pile on my bedside table.
My family and I just returned from a week completely offline (no cell service, no wifi,...
I'm so happy to announce that I will have a new crime novel out from Minotaur Books next year. This book is very special to me as it's set on Long Island, where I was born and spent the first eighteen years of my life, and in Ireland, where I went to graduate school and spent some really happy and fruitful years that have led to my continuing interest in (really, obsession with!) Irish literature, Irish culture, and the Irish language.
. . . where you discover a new mystery series and you love the first one so much and you can't do anything else because all you want to do is read and every time you remember there are eight (!) of them, you get excited?