About Catherine

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

Her debut thriller, Distress Signals, was published on both sides of the Atlantic in 2016. It was an Irish Times and USA Today bestseller, and was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards Crime Fiction Book of the Year and the CWA John Creasey/New Blood Dagger. Her subsequent work has been shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger and the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best Novel. She has had two No. 1 Irish bestsellers, her novels have been translated into 15 languages and a number have been optioned for screen. Find out more about Catherine’s books here.

Catherine’s latest 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. 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 and was named by the New York Times as one of its Best Thrillers of 2021. Find out more about 56 Days here.

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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