Ruth Mary McIver is a Dublin-born, Melbourne-based crime writer who grew up in Perth, WA and the US. She is represented by The Story Factory.


Ruth received her PhD in 2019 from Curtin University, where she wrote I Shot the Devil, which was the winner of the Richell Prize (2018) and Affirm Press Mentorship Prize (2019). Her PhD was commended for excellence in research by the Vice-Chancellor.


ISTD is being released simultaneously in Australia and the UK in July 2020. Billed to be the crime thriller of 2020, it can be pre-ordered. 

Ruth is a researcher, writer and workshop facilitator. Her first novel, Nothing Gold, was runner up in the inaugural Banjo Awards, with Harper Collins (2018) and was selected to be pitched at the Bloody Scotland Crime Festival  (2014). Ruth’s novel-in-verse, The Sunset Club (2014), is a DIY publication that was adapted for the stage and highly commended in the Anne Elder category by the Fellowship of Australian writers.


Ruth has written reviews, articles and interviews for The Sunday Age, The Big Issue and Cordite, and numerous other online and print forums. She lives in Melbourne and is a podcaster and musician. She loves coffee, animals, and 48 Hours Mystery.