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. Each day for the next week I will add a new installment until you have the whole story, unedited from the…

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

Last Request by Liz Mistry

Liz Mistry has a new fan. I was already a hard-core devotee of Tartan Noir via Denise Mina (interviewed here at She Kills Lit), but after reading Liz Mistry’s Last Request set in West Yorkshire, I have a whole new geographic subgenre to savour. I’m going to call it Tweed Noir, crime fiction guaranteed to…

By C.S. O'Cinneide December 16, 2019 4

Darlington by Tripsy South

“Sometimes it was just best to shut the f*** up and let the wisdom flow over you.” – (p. 217) Such was the approach I attempted to take while reading Darlington. This novel is a sort of Kerouac-like stream of consciousness that follows a few months in the life of Tommy Darlington – a part-time…

By C.S. O'Cinneide November 17, 2019 4

Bunny by Mona Awad

It is tough to nail down the genre of Bunny, A Novel by Mona Awad. Is it noir? Horror? Crime fiction?  Is it an acid flashback from that tab you dropped stupidly in college? Or maybe we will just call it Literary, the great catch-all for all exceptionally well-written works that often defy description. Whatever…

By C.S. O'Cinneide November 5, 2019 0