C. S. O'Cinneide

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CAROLE KENNEDY writes under her Irish name, C. S. O’Cinneide (oh-ki-nay-da).  In virtually every fiction piece she writes somebody dies. Not surprisingly, she hosts a book blog titled She Kills Lit, featuring women writers of thriller and noir.

Her debut novel, Petra’s Ghost was published by Dundurn Press in July 2019. It is described as literary by her editor, but more than one person dies, so make your own assessment. Petra's Ghost was a semi-finalist in the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards. The same year, the Toronto Star selected it as one of the "summer's best horror books."

Her novels, The Starr Sting Scale and Starr Sign are part of a tongue-in-cheek crime series also published by Dundurn. Candace Starr, the main character is a six-foot-three, hard-drinking hitwoman who knows she’s not literary. Kirkus reviews calls her "a tough, deadly type who just might surprise you." Starr Sign was nominated for Best Paperback Original of 2021 as part of the Mystery Writers of America's 2022 Edgar Awards. It didn't win, but nobody died as a result.

Eve's Rib, a domestic thriller set in Southwestern Ontario, is the author's fourth novel in as many years. Released in 2022, it has been described as "creepy and atmospheric, with an ending that will haunt the reader far beyond the last page."

Carole lives in downtown Guelph with her Irish husband who remains her muse but who has not yet died or been haunted.

Carole's Blog – She Kills Lit

Petra’s Ghost (Dundurn, July 2019)

The Starr Sting Scale (Dundurn, February 2020)

Starr Sign (March 2021)

Eve's Rib (September 2022)