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 18 other languages and a number have been optioned for screen. Find out more about Catherine’s books here.

Catherine’s fifth 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 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, the Washington Post and the Irish Times as a best thriller of 2021. Amazon Studios/Atomic Monster are currently developing it as a TV series.

Her seventh thriller, The Trap, will be published on August 3 UK/Ireland and August 1 USA (UK hardback publishes August 17) and is available to pre-order now.

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 40.) She is currently based in Dublin where she is almost certainly binge-watching Netflix, drinking copious amounts of coffee and procrastinating.