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A blog by Louise Phillips

LOUISE PHILLIPS is the author of four bestselling psychological crime thrillers. Her debut novel RED RIBBONS, and her subsequent novels, THE DOLL’S HOUSE, LAST KISS and THE GAME CHANGER, were each nominated for Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year. She won the award in 2013. Louise’s work has formed part of many literary anthologies, and she has won both the Jonathan Swift Award and the Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice platform, along with being shortlisted for the Molly Keane Memorial Award, Bridport UK, and many others. In 2015, she was awarded a writing residency at Cill Rialaig Artist retreat in Kerry and she was also a judge on the Irish panel for the EU Literary Award. Her current novel, THE GAME CHANGER, is available nationwide. In 2016, she was longlisted for the prestigious CWA Dagger in the Library Award, and her first novel, RED RIBBONS was published in the US. She was also awarded an Arts Bursary for Literature from the Arts Council of Ireland. In August, THE DOLL'S HOUSE, is due for publication in the US with Polis Books. Louise Phillips is the crime writing mastermind behind writing.ie's Crime Scene blog.

You can follow Louise online, on Twitter and on Facebook.

Murder & Mystery at Harrogate July 2018!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 6 July 2018.

  This year sees a dazzling list crime writing stars taking part in the world’s biggest celebration of the crime writing genre. Lee Child author of the global bestselling Jack Reacher series will be chairing the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival which takes place 19-22 July. Lee says: “I’ve been to all the festivals in the world and Harrogate is by far my favourite, so it’s a joy to be 2018’s chair.” Most importantly...

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The Dead Good Reader Awards 2018

Posted by Louise Phillips on 29 June 2018.

The Dead Good Reader Awards 2018 Two Irish writers Patricia Gibney and Liz Nugent have been nominated this year in the DEAD GOOD READERS AWARD…so if you’ve read either of them, you will know they’re fantastic, so get busy voting!! VOTING LINK HERE The Holmes and Watson Award for Best Detective Duo Conan Doyle’s archetypal pair paved the way for a slew of sleuthing twosomes. This award is for the detective duo who make the...

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Irish Crime Files!!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 18 June 2018.

IRISH CRIME FICTION by Brian Cliff was recently published by Palgrave MacMillan, and it will have it’s official launch in The Gutter Bookshop on the 25th July. It is not only a must for the diary, but the book is an essential read for writers and readers alike. This book represents the first in-depth study of Irish Crime Fiction and its progression from wider Irish literature into a unique genre of its own, and Brian...

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Belfast Book Festival – Irish Crime Fiction Panel

Posted by Louise Phillips on 13 June 2018.

Belfast Book Festival always has a lot to offer, and one of this year’s Crime Fiction delights will be a panel made up of five  Irish crime authors who will discuss how Crime Fiction reflects society, whilst examining how writing about traumatic events can be used to reflect and heal.   Crime Writers: Brian Mc Gilloway, Claire Allan, Andrea Carter, Anthony Quinn, and Sharon Dempsey. Brian McGilloway is the New York Times bestselling author of the...

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Shortlist Announced for Crime Novel of the Year 2018!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 28 May 2018.

THEAKSTON FESTIVAL ROUNDS UP SIX SUSPECTS ON CRIME NOVEL AWARD SHORTLIST The shortlist for crime writing’s most wanted accolade, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, has been announced. The shortlisted six were whittled down from a longlist of 18 titles. The prize, created to celebrate the very best in crime fiction, was open to UK and Irish crime authors whose novels were published in paperback from 1 May 2017 to 30 April 2018....

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Killer Line Up for 2018 Harrogate Crime Festival!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 20 April 2018.

The full line-up of the world’s biggest celebration of the crime genre has been unveiled at an exclusive London launch party. Lee Child, Programming Chair of the 2018 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, flew in from New York to host the party with arts charity, Harrogate International Festivals, which delivers the annual festival hosted annually at the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate. Alongside authors, editors, publishers and agents attending The Hospital Club in Covent...

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Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel Longlist Revealed!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 16 April 2018.

  2018 THEAKSTON OLD PECULIER CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR LONGLIST REVEALED Big hitters including Lee Child, Ian Rankin and Val McDermid, feature on this longlist. The prize was created to celebrate the very best in crime fiction and is open to UK and Irish crime authors whose novels were published in paperback from 1 May 2017 to 30 April 2018. 2018 marks the 14th year of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award....

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Crime Fiction is becoming increasingly popular!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 12 April 2018.

Perhaps the latest figures from the London Book Fair shouldn’t come as a surprise, but it turns out that Crime fiction has become the most popular fiction genre in the UK. I’m assuming, we in Ireland, may be reasonably similar. Apparently, this is the first time it has happened in the UK, according to figures revealed at The London Book Fair. Crime and Thriller novels have substantially increased since 2015, with a whopping 19% more...

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Don’t miss ‘Writing Crime Fiction’ this coming May!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 2 April 2018.

I’m so excited to be starting this in May at the Irish Writers Centre For full booking details, visit HERE or Contact the Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1 Phone: (+353) 1 872 1302 info@writerscentre.ie Crime Fiction with Louise Phillips Starts: Thurs 17 May 2018 Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm Duration: 8 Weeks Cost: €220/€200 Members Learn the secrets of successful crime-fiction writing with bestselling and award-winning crime author Louise Phillips. During the course, participants...

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International Women’s Day – Crime Fiction Style!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 8 March 2018.

It seems like a very good day to talk about Irish women writers in the crime fiction genre, and you are certainly in for lots of treats this year if the start of the year is anything to go by. So, for a list of books you may want to dabble into, here you go, and you’re certainly spoiled for choice!! And it’s only March!!   Patricia Gibney – The Missing Ones Dervla McTiernan –...

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