Author Peter Swanson“I do love a story that involves an ordinary person either deciding to commit a crime or a murder, or being tempted to do so.”

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If you want to commit the perfect murder, but don’t know where to start, you should look no further than Peter Swanson’s new book, Rules for Perfect Murders. It tells the story of a bookseller who puts together a list of books that contain – yes – perfect murders. But the list is then used by someone as, well, an …

Author Jane Casey“Writing about people who have no moral code is great fun.”

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Novelist Jane Casey shared a few secrets of the crime writer’s craft on Tuesday’s Ryan Tubridy Show. Jane’s latest thriller, The Cutting Place, covers murder, decadence and domestic violence among a ruthless London elite. Jane says writers have to create scenarios that they haven’t experienced themselves, but the fiction is always cultivated from a seed of truth: “All authors do …

Liz Nugent“I was very determined to write a book about men and from the point of view of men.”

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The disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding was the first American woman to complete a move called the triple-axle in competition. This feat was the unlikely inspiration for Liz Nugent’s latest book, Our Little Cruelties. “I tried to make this book like a triple-axle story. So it’s not just a whydunit or a whodunit. It’s a whydunit, a whodunit and a …

Author Lucy Foley“What I write are kind of closed-circle mysteries where all your suspects are kind of arrayed before you, so you know one of them did it.”

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A showbiz couple plan the ultimate Instagrammable wedding, set on a wildly beautiful and windswept island off the west coast of Ireland. They park their massive marquee right in the path of an Atlantic storm, deluding themselves that their golden couple status will bend the weather to their will. That’s the set-up for a new “closed circle” murder mystery by …

Author Alex Barclay“Is it difficult to write a killer? It’s effortless.”

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Crime writer Alex Barclay laughs about embracing her dark side. Chatting to Ryan Tubridy today, she admits to getting impatient waiting for baddies to appear in books and movies. Diving into her latest novel, I Confess, Ryan struggled a bit with the idea that such a lovely person could come up with such horrible characters. Alex told him for her, that’s the …

Jeffrey Deaver“Books are products too. We have to make sure they satisfy the needs of the audience.”

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Jeffrey Deaver has sold 50 million books in 150 countries. The crime fiction legend has done this, he told Ryan Tubridy this morning, by not caring about the lives of his faithful readers: “My job is to create the most emotionally engaging story I can. I want my readers to show up to work late. I want them to miss …