Book cover for JJ Toner's Houdini's Handcuffs

Police Inspector or Private Eye

  The two novels in my Irish detective series both feature an Irish police detective, called DI Ben Jordan. Before I started writing the first book, Houdini’s Handcuffs, I had to choose whether my main character would be a private detective or a policeman. I decided on a police inspector. Looking back, I’ve tried to […]

Kerry Baby Grave

The Kerry Babies – How a Murder Squad Lost the Plot

In 1983 the body of a newborn baby boy was discovered on a beach in Cahersiveen, Co Kerry. The baby had been stabbed several times. A fertiliser bag was found nearby. The police began a search for the mother and quickly identified a potential suspect in Joanne Hayes, a young unmarried woman living on a […]