Irish and Celtic

Revised 10/7/2007

Irish and Scottish authors; authors writing about Irish or Scottish characters, or novels set in Ireland or Scotland; authors using Celtic themes



Fantasy

General fiction

Historical fiction

Mysteries & thrillers



Fantasy

James Hetley Fantasy based on Celtic myth & legend

Juliet Marillier NZ fantasy writer–Fantasies based on Irish & Scottish folktales & lore--series: Sevenwaters; Children of the Light Isles; Bridei Chronicles

Juliet McKenna Fantasy--series: Tales of Einarinn; Aldabreshin Compass

Julienne Osborne-McKnight Irish historical fantasy

Jules Watson Historical fantasy set in Celtic Scotland during the Roman invasions--series: Dalriada Trilogy


General fiction

Maeve Binchy Irish fiction writer

Roddy Doyle Irish novelist–series: Barrytown; Last roundup

Randy Eickhoff Novels based on classical Irish literature--Ulster Cycle mostly

Marian Keyes Irish novelist–series: Walsh Family

Edna O'Brien Irish writer–series: Country girls trilogy

Brendan O'Carroll Irish writer

Sharon Owens Irish romance novelist, writing about life in Belfast

Nora Roberts Romance–series: Irish; Lindsay Dunne; MacGregor; Night; Cordina; Sacred sins; Hornblower; Stanislaski/Those Wild Ukrainians; Calhoun women; O'Hurley; Donovan legacy; Irish born; MacKade; Dream; Quinn brothers; Stars of Mithra; Gallagher's Pub; Three Sisters Island; Key; In the garden; Circle. Under the pseudonym of J D Robb, mysteries featuring Eve Dallas, homicide lieutenant in 21st Century New York, New York


Historical fiction

Elizabeth Cunningham Historical fiction about Maeve/Mary Magdalene and Esus/Jesus

Manda Scott Mysteries & historical fantasy. Mysteries feature Kellen Stewart, a therapist and a lesbian in Great Britain; Detective Inspector Orla Maccleod, undercover in Glasgow, Scotland. Historical fantasy features Boudica, Celtic female opponent of the Romans in 1st Century Britain

Sir Walter Scott Classic adventures in Scotland

Jules Watson Historical fantasy set in Celtic Scotland during the Roman invasions--series: Dalriada Trilogy


Mysteries & thrillers

Vincent Banville Mysteries featuring John Blaine, private investigator in Dublin, Ireland

M C Beaton. Mysteries–series featuring: Hamish Macbeth, Scottish police constable; Agatha Raisin, ex-London advertising exec now living in the Cotswolds. Under her real name of Marion Chesney, historical romance (mostly Edwardian & Regency)–series: 6 sisters; School for Manners; Travelling Matchmaker; Poor Relation; Daughters of Mannerling; Edwardian murder mysteries featuring Capt Harry Cartwright, survivor of the Boer War.

Ingrid Black Mysteries featuring Saxon, a former US FBI agent turned true-crime writer, and Grace Fitzgerald, Detective Chief Superintendent with the murder squad, in Dublin, Ireland

Rhys Bowen Mysteries featuring: Evan Evans, a village constable in Llanfair, Wales; Molly Murphy, a Irish immigrant in 19th-century New York, New York

John Brady Mysteries featuring Matt Minogue, an Irish police detective sergeant in Dublin

Ken Bruen Mysteries: series feature: Detective Sergeant Tom Brant and Chief Inspector James Roberts in London's southeast precinct; Irishman Jack Taylor who's luck at finding things keeps him in beer money

Paul Carson Dublin MD & non-series thriller writer: none at BCL

Dicey Deere Mysteries featuring Torrey Tunet, a 28 year old translator from Boston, Massachusetts, stuck in Ballynagh, Ireland

Peter Berresford Ellis–Celtic studies. Pseudonym Peter Tremayne–Fantasies, mysteries–series features: Sister Fidelma, Celtic sister and legal advocate in 7th Century Kildare, Ireland.

Ann Fallon Mysteries featuring James Fleming, a solicitor in Dublin, Ireland

Bartholomew Gill: the pseudonym of Mark McGarrity. Irish author: mysteries, many featuring Peter McGarr, police officer in Dublin, Ireland

Andrew M Greeley Mysteries only, featuring: Father John Blackwood "Blackie" Ryan, Catholic priest in Chicago, Illinois; Nuala Anne McGrail, young Irish immigrant psychic and singer in Chicago, Illinois

Jonathan Harrington Mysteries featuring Danny O'Flaherty, an American teacher researching his family's roots in Ireland

Erin Hart Mysteries featuring Cormac Maguire, an Irish archaeologist and Nora Gavin, an American pathologist, in Ireland

Michael Kenyon Mysteries–series feature: Superintendent O'Malley, of the Irish Garda; Henry Peckover, police inspector and the Scotland Yard Cockney poet, in London, England

Alanna Knight Mysteries featuring: Inspector Jeremy Faro, a detective in Victorian Edinburgh, Scotland; Rose McQuinn, Faro's daughter, returned to Edinburgh, Scotland from the American Wild West

Stuart MacBride Mysteries featuring Logan McRae, a Detective Sergeant in Aberdeen, Scotland

Val McDermid Mysteries featuring: Lindsay Gordon, lesbian journalist & socialist in Glasgow, Scotland; Dr. Tony Hill, a criminal profilers. Under the pseudonym of V L McDermid, mysteries featuring Kate Brannigan, private eye in Manchester, England.

Mark McGarrity. Irish author. Under the pseudonym of Bartholomew Gill: mysteries, many featuring Peter McGarr, police officer in Dublin, Ireland

Adrian McKinty Thrillers featuring Irish mercenary Michael Forsythe

Larry Millett Mysteries featuring Sherlock Holmes and Shadwell Rafferty, an Irish saloonkeeper in Minnesota

Denise Mina Mysteries featuring: Maureen O'Donnell, disheveled, mumbling to herself, and drunk by noon, an unlikely crime solver, in Glasgow, Scotland; Patricia "Paddy" Meehan, 21 year-old crime reporter in 1980s Glasgow

Andrew Nugent Police procedurals set in Dublin, Ireland

Victor O'Reilly Mysteries featuring Hugo Fitzduane, a photographer and current occupant of his family's ancient Irish castle

Harry Patterson Thrillers & mysteries, featuring: Sean Dillon, IRA enforcer turned British special agent in Ireland; Liam Devlin, 1940s IRA hero in Ireland; Dougal Munro, brigadier and Jack Carter, captain in 1940s Ireland. Written as Harry Patterson, later released as Jack Higgins, featuring: Nick Miller, Sgt. Central Division detective in London, England. Written as Martin Fallon, featuring Paul Chavasse, a globe-trotting spy for Britain in the 1960's. Other pseudonyms: Hugh Marlowe, James Graham

David Pirie Mysteries featuring Arthur Doyle, a young doctor and Joseph Bell, a doctor and Doyle's mentor, in Edinburgh, Scotland

Ian Rankin Mysteries. Series features John Rebus, detective sergeant in Edinburgh

**Candace Robb Medieval mysteries featuring: Owen Archer, Welsh spy for the Archbishop; Dame Margaret Kerr in 13th century Scotland

Manda Scott Mysteries & historical fantasy. Mysteries feature Kellen Stewart, a therapist and a lesbian in Great Britain; Detective Inspector Orla Maccleod, undercover in Glasgow, Scotland. Historical fantasy features Boudica, Celtic female opponent of the Romans in 1st Century Britain

Peter Tremayne–Fantasies, mysteries–series features: Sister Fidelma, Celtic sister and legal advocate in 7th Century Kildare, Ireland. (Pseudoynm of Peter Berresford Ellis–Celtic studies)

Peter Turnbull Mysteries featuring: The "P" Division of Glasgow, Scotland; George Hennessey, chief inspector with the North Yorkshire Police in England