Books: Lady killers queens of the Irish crime scene

QUEENS OF IRISH CRIME WRITING: From left: Jane Casey, Tana French and Louise Phillips

Anne Marie Scanlon

A decade ago, when Ireland was still riding the Tiger, Irish women were the leading writers in the 'chick lit' genre. Fittingly, in the current period of austerity, Ireland's newest female writers have turned their talents to the darker world of crime. One of the first Irish women to start examining the sinister side of society, with In the Woods in 2007, Tana French, is now the undisputed queen of Irish crime fiction.