Carole Kennedy is an Edgar nominated author and writes under her Irish name, C.S. O’Cinneide (oh-kin-ay-da). Her debut novel, Petra’s Ghost, a dark thriller set on the Camino de Santiago, was a semi-finalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards 2019.  She is also the author of a tongue-in-cheek noir crime series featuring hard-living hitwoman, Candace Starr. Starr Sign, the second novel in that series has been nominated for the Mystery Writers of America’s coveted Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original.

On her blog at She Kills Lit, she seeks to spotlight and celebrate women writers of thriller and noir. See here for her manifesto as to why.



Edgar Award Nominee 2022

A cold and gripping crime novel – The Globe and Mail

Candace’s appealingly amoral worldview coupled with her vast range of eccentric acquaintances and family is sure to provide more murderous fun as the series develops. – Publishers Weekly, The Starr Sting Scale

The tense, first-person, present-tense narration—and the looming question of the narrator’s reliability—ratchets up the suspense, and soon enough we find ourselves all in with Candace, whatever she’s up to.  – Booklist

Candace’s wryly amusing take on events is perfectly balanced with scenes of chilling action. – Publishers Weekly, Starr Sign

A tough, deadly type who just might surprise you. – Kirkus Reviews


Goodreads Choice Awards for Horror 2019 Nominee

C.S. O’Cinneide uses the archaic rituals and settings of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in rural Spain, to tell a very modern ghost story. Toronto Star

Brilliantly and engagingly written, I didn’t want the journey to end Sarah Lotz, author of The Three

In prose as clean as bone, O’Cinneide tells an unsettlingly elegant tale. By turns horrifying and beautiful – Angela Slatter, author of Vigil & Corpselight

A searching exploration of the weight of the past as well as an increasingly tense supernatural thriller, Petra’s Ghost dives deep into tragedy and loss and comes up clutching gold – John Langan, author of The Fisherman


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