Catherine Ryan Howard “56 Days” Book Discussion

Join internationally bestselling author, Catherine Ryan Howard for discussion on “56 DAYS,” as part of B&N Midday Mystery Virtual Event series.


Wednesday, August 17 at 3 PM ET
Barnes & Noble
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About the Author:

Catherine Ryan Howard is an internationally bestselling crime writer from Cork, Ireland. Her most recent novel, 56 Days, was named a best thriller of 2021 by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Irish Times; was an Irish number one bestseller; and won Crime Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards. Her previous work has been shortlisted for the Edgar Award for Best Novel and CWA’s John Creasey New Blood and Ian Fleming Steel Daggers, and she’s been shortlisted for the Irish Crime Novel of the Year multiple times. She lives in Dublin.

About the Book:

How long does it take to get to know someone? Catherine Ryan Howard’s /56 Days throws this question into disarray when two people meet in line at a grocery store. At first blush, this seems to be a meet-cute. However, the moment you sit down to read this thriller you will not get back up until you understand just what’s at stake. You’ll hold your breath the whole way.

New York Times Best Thriller of 2021A Washington Post Best Thriller of 2021

A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year

An Amazon Editors’ Pick

”Bloody good.” —The New York Times

”Timely, surprising, emotionally alive, this is about as good as suspense fiction gets.” —Washington Post

No one even knew they were together. Now one of them is dead.


Ciara and Oliver meet in a supermarket queue in Dublin and start dating the same week COVID-19 reaches Irish shores.


When lockdown threatens to keep them apart, Oliver suggests they move in together. Ciara sees a unique opportunity for a relationship to flourish without the scrutiny of family and friends. Oliver sees a chance to hide who—and what—he really is.


Detectives arrive at Oliver’s apartment to discover a decomposing body inside.

Can they determine what really happened, or has lockdown created an opportunity for someone to commit the perfect crime?

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