The Killing of Celine Cawley

Abigail Rieley
Death on the Hill

The case that had everything: lies, betrayal, sex. The full story of the murder of Celine Cawley and her husband's increasingly erratic attempts to hide his guilt.

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312 pages
196x130 mm
Category True Crime

The case that had everything: lies, betrayal, sex. The story that fascinated the nation.

On 15 December 2008, two screams shattered the peace of the affluent Windgate Road in Howth, Co Dublin. Celine Cawley, founder of the hugely successful Toytown Films, former model and ‘Bond girl’, lay dying on the patio of her home. A major garda search got underway for the balaclava-wearing burglar that Celine’s husband, Eamonn Lillis, had described so vividly as his wife’s attacker. But it quickly became clear that there was no burglar, and the finger of suspicion pointed squarely at Lillis himself.

Journalist Abigail Rieley, who covered the trial for the Irish Independent, gives a step-by-step account of the day of the killing, the garda investigations, explores the relationship between Lillis and Cawley and between Lillis and his mistress, and gives a day-by-day account of the sensational trial and its impact on the families.

Abigail Rieley is a writer and journalist based in Dublin, where she mainly works as a freelance court reporter covering murder trials for the Irish media. Her first book, The Devil in the Red Dress, about the trial of Sharon Collins and Essam Eid, was published by Maverick House.

a masterful retelling of the whole sad, sometimes slightly sordid, business

Irish Independent

Death on the Hill has everything - sex, lies, a former Bond girl in Celine Cawley, and money.

Evening Echo
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