This is the third crime novel for adults by Anna Heussaff. Two murders have taken place in the same cell in Kilmainham Gaol, one in the present day and the other in the 19th century. But what’s the real connection between these crimes?
Anna Heussaff first started creative writing in 2002 and has had five previous novels published in Irish: two crime novels for adults, Bás Tobann (Cois Life, 2004) and Buille Marfach (Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2010), both set in Beara on the southwest coast; two mystery novels for young readers aged 10 – 14, Vortex (Cois Life, 2006) and Hóng (Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2012), in which computer games are at the centre of the stories; and a contemporary love story for adult learners of Irish, Cúpla Focal (Cois Life, 2007).
All of her novels have won Oireachtas na Gaeilge Awards and in 2013 her book Hóng won the Judges Special Award in the Children’s Books Ireland Awards, or the Bistos as they were previously known. Scáil an Phríosúin received the major award for a new novel at Féile an Oireachtais 2015.