Bad Sweet Things by Maria Hoey / #Interview #BlogTour #StPatricksDayFestival @zooloosBT @MariaHoey @SpellBoundBks 


Keep your enemies close But keep your friends closer…

Six women: Each receive a copy of an old school group photo, in which their own face has been savagely scratched out. Within a week, two of the women are dead. Detective Sergeant Tina Bassett: Known to colleagues as the Hound, she believes both women were murdered by the same person and that someone is intent on killing off the class of 98,

one by one ..

As the death toll rises , DS Bassett finds herself in a desperate race against time, as she delves deeper into the past to help uncover the catalyst to the unfolding rampage in the present.

Will she succeed in stopping a killer hell bent on having their revenge ? Or will the class of 98 finally pay their price ..




When and where do you prefer to write?

I don’t have a preferred time. As long as it’s not early mornings, I can write anytime the mood takes me. I can write almost anywhere, as long as I’m sitting comfortably. I quite like writing on my bed with my laptop on a special laptop tray.

Do you need peace and quiet when you are writing?

Ideally, but I can zone out voices etc. I have written in offices when I was supposed to be working

If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

Hilary Mantel

Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?

Definitely the ‘bad one’.

Who would you like/have liked to interview?

Agatha Christie

Where can I find you when you are reading?

Usually in bed! But, if the soon is shining, I will be out there soaking up the rays.

Where can I find you wen you are not writing/reading?

Watching TV, it’s my next favourite activity.

What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?

An enormous sense of pride and delight, and a sense that I have just done something I was born to do. And then comes the fear – are people going to buy it/like it…

How do you come up with a title for your book?

Titles quite often come to me before the plot. I really struggled with my debut novel, as I had the title in my head for five years, but my then publisher insisted I change it.

How do you pick a cover for your book?

I have never picked my own cover, but I had a very clear idea in mind for my second book, On Bone Bridge and my then publisher took it on board, so that was great. With Bad Sweet Things, Spellbound read my mind and used the idea of a torn photograph, so that was great.

Thank you,Maria Hoey and Zooloo’s Book Tours


About the author

Maria is an author and poet from Dublin, Ireland. Her poetry has appeared in Ireland’s foremost poetry publication, Poetry Ireland. Her short stories have featured in various publications and been shortlisted for a number of awards.

In 2017, Maria’s debut novel, The Last Lost Girl was published by Poolbeg Press, and went on to be shortlisted for the Kate O’Brien Debut Award 2018.

Maria’s second novel, On Bone Bridge was published by Poolbeg in 2018. She has also had a book for children published by Poolbeg in 2019, The Little Book of Irish Saints.

Bad Sweet Things was published in 2021 and listed in the Amazon Kindle Bestseller chart (Irish Crime).

Maria has one daughter, Rebecca, and lives in Portmarnock, Co Dublin, with her husband, Garrett, and their moustachioed cat, Midge.


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