Carole Kennedy writes under her Irish name, C.S. O’Cinneide (oh-kin-ay-da). Her debut novel, Petra’s Ghost, a dark thriller set on the Camino de Santiago, was a nominee in the Goodreads Choice Awards 2019. The Starr Sting Scale, her first book in the witty noir Candace Starr Crime Series is due out February 2020.

On her blog at She Kills Lit, she seeks to spotlight and celebrate women writers of thriller and noir. See here for her manifesto as to why.


 Witty series…murderous fun – Publishers Weekly

Candace’s appealingly amoral worldview coupled with her vast range of eccentric acquaintances and family is sure to provide more murderous fun as the series develops – Publishers Weekly

The tense, first-person, present-tense narration—and the looming question of the narrator’s reliability—ratchets up the suspense, and soon enough we find ourselves all in with Candace, whatever she’s up to.  – Booklist

A tough, deadly type who just might surprise you. – Kirkus Reviews

Scalding, irreverent, endlessly surprising — Candace Starr will make you laugh out loud while knocking your morality just slightly askew. A dazzling newcomer to the crime fiction scene. – R.M. Greenaway, author of the B.C. Blues Crime series

Darkly hilarious and brilliantly plotted. – Elka Ray, author of Saigon Dark and Hanoi Jane

Goodreads Choice Awards 2019 Nominee

C.S. O’Cinneide uses the archaic rituals and settings of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in rural Spain, to tell a very modern ghost story. Toronto Star

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