Granite Noir 2024: Marie Cassidy in Conversation
Chaired by Alex Gray
Hailing from Scotland, Marie Cassidy was Ireland’s first female state pathologist. Following a remarkable career and insightful memoir, Marie has now turned her hand to fiction – and what a debut! Body of Truth is a page-turning thriller, a gripping story of the secrets of the mortuary that is uncovered with scalpel-like precision. Join Alex Gray as she chats with Marie about her career, her work with writers and now as one in her own right.
About the Speakers
During her 15-year career as Ireland’s State Pathologist, Marie Cassidy became known to the Irish public as a trusted figure whose expertise helped to solve murders and clarify unexplained deaths. In over thirty years of practice, she performed thousands of postmortems and dealt with hundreds of murders. She has witnessed the burgeoning role of forensic science and the impact that has had on death investigation and the expectations of the general public, while embracing new technology and welcoming the input of experts in the other sciences. She retired at the end of 2018 to spend more time on the other passions in her life, her family and writing. Marie’s number one bestselling memoir Beyond the Tape was published in 2020. Body of Truth is her first novel.
Alex Gray is the Sunday Times bestselling author of the Detective William Lorimer series. Born and raised in Glasgow, she has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers’ Constable and Pitlochry trophies for her crime writing and is the co-founder of the international Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival. To find exclusive articles, reviews and the latest news about Alex Gray and the DSI Lorimer series, visit www.alex-gray.com.
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