Author: C.S. O'Cinneide

Carole Kennedy publishes under her Irish name, C.S. O'Cinneide (oh-kin-ay-da). Her debut novel, Petra's Ghost, was a semi-finalist in the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards. The Starr Sting Scale, first in her Candace Starr crime fiction series, was published by Dundurn Press in February 2020.

The Less Dead by Denise Mina

My mother used to work as a social worker, reuniting adult adoptive children with their natural parents. She’d be the first to tell you that those reunions can be wonderfully rewarding. They can also be a complete flippin’ disaster. That’s the thing with birth families, just like Forest Gump’s iconic box of chocolates, “you never…

By C.S. O'Cinneide October 1, 2020 0

Interview with Erin Ruddy

BIO ERIN RUDDY is a writer, editor, and award-winning journalist. She is currently the executive editor at MediaEdge Communications. She lives in Toronto. Q&A Your debut novel, Tell Me My Name, is a nail-biting, domestic noir set in cottage country. What inspired you to write a story in this genre and this setting? The idea…

By C.S. O'Cinneide August 31, 2020 4

Interview with Nicole Lundrigan

BIO NICOLE LUNDRIGAN is the author of six critically acclaimed novels, including The Substitute and Glass Boys. Her work has appeared on best of the year selections of The Globe and Mail, Amazon.ca, and Now magazine. Her most recent novel, Hideaway, is currently on the shortlist for a 2020 Arthur Ellis Award. She grew up…

By C.S. O'Cinneide May 12, 2020 0

Darling Rose Gold By Stephanie Wrobel

Rose Gold and her mother, Patty, have a complicated relationship in the dark domestic thriller, Darling Rose Gold. This is in part due to Patty being in prison for the last five years. Incarceration tends to put a damper on most family get-togethers, particularly birthdays when everybody expects cakes with a file in them. But…

By C.S. O'Cinneide April 15, 2020 0

Diary of a SARS Quarantine

In 2003, I was quarantined for SARS, and wrote a funny story about it.  I’m thinking we could all use a laugh right now, so I am publishing my short memoir on this blog, raw and unedited. Day 1 The Phone Call Have had hectic day. With four children between the ages of 2 and…

By C.S. O'Cinneide March 23, 2020 0

The Starr Sting Scale – Book Launch

What a great party last Thursday launching my new novel, The Starr Sting Scale, first in the Candace Starr crime series. Guest readers, Killer Cupcakes and an awesome crowd at the eBar in Guelph. Thanks to all for coming out on a cold winter night for a hot new read. A tough, deadly type who…

By C.S. O'Cinneide February 22, 2020 0

Searching for a Hitwoman

When I set out to write an article about famous hitwomen from history, I didn’t think I’d have such a hard time finding any. When I googled it, I ended up with a lot of grainy black and white photos of dour women who poisoned people they didn’t like.  Legend has it that Lucrezia of…

By C.S. O'Cinneide February 10, 2020 0

I Choose You by Gayle Curtis

“Mental illness is sickness of the mind caused by the constant overwhelming battle one has with one’s essence, beliefs and purpose.” (I Choose You, p. 235) If this is the definition of mental illness, then the only sane person in the novel, I Choose You, is the serial killer (ironically the one responsible for this…

By C.S. O'Cinneide January 13, 2020 0