Number One Bestselling Author

Who is Sam Blake?

Sam Blake is the No 1 bestselling author of the Cat Connolly Garda police trilogy: the runaway bestseller Little Bones, In Deep Water and No Turning Back (Bonnier 2016 – 2018)

Plus thriller standalones (Corvus Atlantic):

  • Keep Your Eyes on Me (2020)
  • The Dark Room (2021)
  • High Pressure (2022) ebook and audio only – download for free when you join Sam’s Readers’ Club
  • Remember My Name (2022)
  • The Mystery of Four (2023)
  • Three Little Birds (2024)

And YA thrillers (Gill Books):

  • Something Terrible Happened Last Night (2023)
  • Something’s About to Blow Up (2024)


Across all her books she has been a multiple Irish Times No 1, a multiple Eason No 1 bestseller, a top ten Sunday Times bestseller, and in the Irish Times top ten for over 40 weeks. She has outsold Graham Norton (briefly!) and The Mystery of Four made the TV news when it was knocked off the Eason No 1 slot by Prince Harry’s Spare, something she really didn’t see coming when she started writing all those years ago!

Little Bones, The Dark Room and Remember My Name were shortlisted for Irish Crime Novel of the Year and Something Terrible Happened Last Night was shortlisted for YA and Teen Novel of the Year and the Great Reads Awards. 

Rights enquiries to Simon Trewin 🙂  

Sam Blake*  is originally from St. Albans in Hertfordshire but has lived at the foot of the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland for more years than she lived in the UK. Married to a retired member of An Garda Siochana she has two children, two cats and had sole responsibility for an ant farm while her eldest studied rocket science to become a Space Master. The youngest is studying PPE but definitely doesn’t want to be a politician.

Sam Blake herself is a character from the imagination of Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin who is the founder of the multi award winning writing resources website, The Inkwell Group publishing consultancy and the fabulously successful online writing group Writers Ink. As Sam, she is the founder of Murder One, Ireland’s International Crime Writing Festival. 

Vanessa was recently appointed Chair of the Board of the Society of Authors, the UK trade union for all types of writers, illustrators and translators. With over 12,400 members, the Society was established in 1884 and continues a long tradition of campaigning for author rights. She is also a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) – notable past fellows include Charles Dickens, Benjamin Franklin, Stephen Hawking, Karl Marx, Adam Smith, Nelson Mandela, David Attenborough, William Hogarth and Tim Berners-Lee. A past chair of Irish PEN, she is also on the board of the Crime Writers Association.

Sam’s ‘Behind the Bestseller’ podcast via is available on all platforms.

She has to hide to get any writing done, but it’s her passion.

Sam has been writing fiction since her husband set sail across the Atlantic for eight weeks and she had an idea for a book. Many hundreds of thousands of words later (and five draft manuscripts of varying quality) her debut  Little Bones hit the bestseller list in Ireland in May 2016. 


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