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Granite Noir 2024: Taking the Law Into Their Own Hands

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Granite Noir 2024: Taking the Law Into Their Own Hands

Chaired by Tim Baker

Catherine Kirwan’s Cork solicitor Finn is determined to find the conference killer at her alma mater. But, as she starts to look into her fellow dinner guests, she unearths a slew of dark secrets, bitter rivalries and hidden agendas. Will Finn let sleeping dogs lie, in A Lesson in Malice, or risk it all to uncover the truth?

Ruth Mancini’s Tate Kinsella is a single, out of work actor working as a temp at a London bank when the police arrest her for murder. A woman falls to her death from the bank’s twenty-fifth floor roof terrace. It soon becomes clear Tate knows a lot more than she is letting on so how can her lawyer help her prove her innocence in The Woman on the Ledge!



About the Speakers

Catherine Kirwan

Catherine Kirwan grew up on a farm in the parish of Fews, County Waterford. She studied law at UCC and lives in Cork where she works as a solicitor.  A Lesson in Malice is her third crime novel.

You can follow Catherine on Twitter @catherinekirwan

Ruth Mancini

Ruth Mancini was born in south-west London, and has worked as a lawyer for the past twenty-five years in and out of courts and police stations, representing those accused of crimes. She has worked as police station’s ‘duty solicitor’ – aka the person you ask for when you are first arrested.

Ruth still practises as a lawyer for a large criminal law firm with offices in London, conducting advocacy in the courts and defending people arrested at the police station. She also reviews trial files across the firm and juggles her legal work with writing crime and psychological fiction. She can be found on Twitter @RuthMancini1 and Facebook at

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