Six Crime Fiction Books That Capture the Spirit of Ireland

Six Crime Fiction Books That Capture the Spirit of IrelandIreland holds a special place in the realm of fiction. Not only is it the birthplace of literary notables from Bram Stoker to Colm Tóibín, the country’s famous natural beauty and fascinating, sometimes violent history makes it the perfect backdrop for works of crime fiction. Authors of all stripes have been taking inspiration from Ireland’s physical and intellectual attributes for years, and there is still plenty of material left to cover!

The six Irish crime fiction books spotlighted here are sometimes haunting, sometimes violent, but always engrossing. Their characters are often unsavory yet strangely compelling in their quest for justice, peace, redemption, or all three. Some of the books are set at various points in Ireland’s past, while others tell tales of disturbing modern crimes. For books that combine unforgettable characters, incomparable scenery, incisive political commentary, and nail-biting suspense, these examples of Irish crime noir just can’t be beaten.



Eileen Gonzalez is a freelance writer from Connecticut. She has a Master’s degree in communications and years of experience writing about pop culture. She contributes to Book Riot and Foreword Reviews, and she occasionally tweets at @eileen2thestars.