About C.S. O'Cinneide

C.S. O’Cinneide (oh-ki-nay-da) is a writer and a blogger on her website, She Kills Lit, where she features women writers of thriller and noir. Her debut novel, Petra’s Ghost, a thriller set on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain, was nominated for a Goodreads Choice award in 2019, and selected as an American Library Association Book Club Central pick in August of that same year. The author walked the 500-mile Camino pilgrimage in 2015, at a time when a woman was abducted there. This, and the stunning landscapes of Northern Spain, provided much of the inspiration for the book.

Her most recent novel, The Starr Sting Scale, is the first in a witty yet dark crime fiction series featuring hard-living, six-foot-three former hitwoman, Candace Starr. It was inspired by nothing more than a desire for a female avatar who could slam bad guys up against the side of a Slurpee machine if they got out of line.

C.S. O’Cinneide lives in Guelph, Ontario, Canada with her husband, an Irish ex-pat who remains her constant Celtic muse.

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From the publisher:

Candace Starr likes to think of herself as retired since she got out of prison — that is, until society maven Kristina Corrigan tries to hire Candace to permanently remove her daughter’s barnacle of a boyfriend, Tyler Brent, from their lives. The only catch? Tyler is seventeen years old. Even Candace draws the line at taking out a target who doesn’t even shave yet.

But when Tyler turns up dead at a river gorge with a broken neck, people start asking questions. Detective Chien-Shiung Malone, the ambitious homicide investigator assigned to the case, has more than a few of her own. Candace isn’t about to provide any answers, though — until Malone makes her a proposition she just can’t refuse. Candace finds herself signing on as Malone’s unofficial partner to help catch Tyler’s killer … despite the possibility she may have murdered the boy herself.

To learn about Petra’s Ghost, a Goodreads Choice Award 2019 Nominee, visit the author’s website.

Praise for The Starr Sting Scale

“(A) witty series…Candace’s appealingly amoral worldview coupled with her vast range of eccentric acquaintances and family is sure to provide more murderous fun as the series develops.”

Publishers Weekly


“Scalding, irreverent, endlessly surprising — Candace Starr will make you laugh out loud while knocking your morality just slightly askew. A dazzling newcomer to the crime fiction scene.”

R.M. Greenaway, author of the B.C. Blues Crime series

“A tough, deadly type who just might surprise you.”

Kirkus Reviews