About Catherine

Picture: Bríd O’Donovan

Catherine Ryan Howard is an award-winning, internationally bestselling crime writer from Cork, Ireland.

Her debut thriller, Distress Signals (2016) was an Irish Times and USA Today bestseller, and was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey/New Blood Dagger and Irish Crime Novel of the Year. The Irish Times hailed it ‘a highly confident and accomplished debut novel, impeccably sustained, with not a false note.’

The Liar’s Girl (2018) was a finalist for the prestigious Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best Novel, an accolade previously won by Stephen King, Ian Rankin and Raymond Chandler. It was named a Best Book of 2018 by the Irish Independent and Crime Time (UK), a Best Audiobook of 2018 by Library Journal (USA) and was included in a list of 50 great thrillers written by women since 1945 compiled by the Guardian.

Rewind (2019) debuted at No. 2 in the Irish bestseller chart and was shortlisted for Irish Crime Novel of the Year. Just before its publication, Catherine signed a major 6-book deal with her American publisher, Blackstone.

The Nothing Man (2020) debuted at no. 1 in the Irish bestsellers chart and later became a no. 1 UK Kindle bestseller. It was shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger alongside novels by Michael Robotham, Ruth Ware and Chris Whitaker.

Catherine’s new novel, 56 Days, a thriller about a couple locked down together in Dublin that Catherine wrote while she was locked down in Dublin, was published in August 2021. The New York Times called it ‘a bloody good’ thriller and the Washington Post named it one of their 10 Best Thriller & Mystery Books of 2021. It spent two weeks at no. 1 in the Irish bestseller charts won the An Post Irish Book Awards Crime Fiction Book of the Year 2021. Find out more about it here.

Catherine’s novels have been translated into 15 languages and counting. They have been published in or will soon be published in the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, China, South Korea, Japan, Turkey, Poland, Czech Republic, Estonia, Serbia and Romania.

Prior to writing full-time, Catherine worked as an administrator for a travel company in the Netherlands and a front desk agent in a hotel in Walt Disney World, Florida. She was once obsessed with the idea of becoming a BSL4 virologist and she still hopes to be a NASA astronaut when she grows up. (She’s 39.) She studied English Literature at Trinity College Dublin as a mature student – taking the first of her second-year exams the day before the launch of Distress Signals – and alongside internationally bestselling authors Carmel Harrington and Hazel Gaynor, is a founding member of The Inspiration Project. She is currently based in Dublin where she is binge-watching Netflix, drinking copious amounts of coffee and working on her next novel.

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