Niamh O’Connor’s Seven rules for writing captivating Crime Fiction


Bestselling author and former Sunday World  crime reporter Niamh O’Connor gave today a fascinating invited reading as part of the University of Limerick Consuming Crime conference, organised  by Dr Marieke Krajenbrink and Dr Kate Quinn.

She has written a number of True Crime books, amongst them, I’m sorry Sir, a recent investigation on “Ireland’s BDSM killer”.


Here are the seven rules, which she gave as advice on how to write Irish Crime fiction stories with traction.


1/ No drugs addicts, no psychos as main characters

2/ A protagonist with a large ego

3/ Middle Ireland : a story with which everybody can identify

4/ The sense of  gap between law and justice

5/ A killer with a dual personality, an average Mister Hyde

6/ A criminal who revels in his crime and brags about them

7/ Killings denying dignity to the dead

To read more about Niamh’s writing, see:

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