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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 and she was also a judge on the Irish panel for the EU Literary Award. In 2016, she was longlisted for the prestigious CWA Dagger in the Library Award, and her first two novels, RED RIBBONS and THE DOLL'S HOUSE, were published in the US. She has recently been awarded an Arts Bursary for Literature from the Arts Council of Ireland, and her latest novel, THE HIDING GAME, will be published on September 5th 2019. Louise Phillips is the crime writing mastermind behind writing.ie's Crime Scene blog.

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

Shortlist for the An Post Irish Book Award – a fantastic crime fiction line up!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 26 October 2019.

Shortlist unveiled for the An Post Irish Book Awards 2019, Ireland’s major literary event celebrating Irish writing across 16 categories, and I am super delighted that THE HIDING GAME is one of the shortlisted titles!!! The shortlist features a diverse mix of exceptional writing from new and established writers across sixteen categories, including Novel of the Year, Children’s, Cookery, Crime Fiction, Popular Fiction, Nonfiction, Sports, Short Story, Poetry, Teen and Young Adult and Irish Language....

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3 Must Reads Before You Die!!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 14 October 2019.

An Event not to be missed… CRIMEHAWKS at MURDER ONE FESTIVAL Date: November 3rd This will be a cracker of an event, so do BOOK EARLY 3 MUST READS before you DIE…with myself, and the almightly forces of Catherine Ryan Howard, Liz Nugent and Rick O’Shea! You can book tickets below! And do check out all the other great events happening as part of Murder One! https://ticketsource.co.uk/…/crimehawks-three-must…/e-bmqrop

Countdown to the Daggers!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 25 September 2019.

The oldest awards in the genre, created in 1955, the CWA Daggers have been synonymous with crime writing for over half a century. The night is compered by Barry Forshaw, one of the UK’s leading experts on crime fiction. Barry Forshaw said: “It’s a starry evening showcasing the most prestigious prizes in the crime fiction world – the Oscars of the genre – and I’m always pleased and privileged to emcee it. Not least for...

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Ryan Tubridy, Launch Night & Roe River Books!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 29 August 2019.

SUPER SUPER EXCITED to let you know, if you tune into the RYAN TUBRIDY Show on RTÉ RADIO 1 from 9 a.m. on Thursday the 5th September, I’ll be chatting with the man himself about THE HIDING GAME….Let the nail biting begin!   Also, don’t forget launch night September 10th – ALL WELCOME   And in case you’re in the Dundalk area on September 20th…. I would love to see you at this event!  ...

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Colin Farrell’s Screen Adaptation of THE RUIN by Dervla McTiernan!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 28 August 2019.

Colin Farrell is teaming up with Lee Magiday and Hopscotch Features on a screen adaptation of Irish crime novel THE RUIN by Dervla McTiernan. This will be the first project for Farrell’s new production company Chapel Place Productions. Irish writer Dervla McTiernan’s well-received thriller, set in Galway, follows detective Cormac Reilly as he is thrown back into a case from 20 years before involving two children whose mother died of an overdose. Through the eyes of...

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My Summer Holiday Reads 2019!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 5 August 2019.

Packing for the summer holidays is always fun, thinking about that great escape ahead, but deciding which books to share your time with while away, requires careful thought! So here are my list of delights to join me on holidays, some in book form and some as audio books while I soak in the rays!! Health Warning: The odd break from reading to chat with hubby may also be required!! The Lost Man – Jane...

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A Crime Date for the Diary!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 31 July 2019.

I am over the moon that my 5th Novel, THE HIDING GAME, will be published in September, and I wanted to share with you all the details of the launch! It is  happening SEPTEMBER 10th!! It will be launched by the fabulous Colm Hayes of Radio Nova!! Time: 6.30 p.m. Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, Dublin 8 (close to Dublin Castle) I would be absolutely delighted if you could attend. ALL ARE WELCOME! There...

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Book Bloggers & Reviewers!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 27 July 2019.

I was thrilled to see the boxes of THE HIDING GAME arrive at the publishers yesterday, and to finally get to hold the actual book in my hands!!   I will do a wee video shortly, but for now, especially for bloggers and reviewers who use Netgalley – THE HIDING GAME is available for another couple of weeks for free download!! So please have a look and see what you think!! You can download it from...

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CWA Unveil 2019 Dagger Shortlist!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 26 July 2019.

The author behind one of the biggest shows on TV, a world renowned forensic anthropologist and the son of ‘the godfather of tartan noir’ have been shortlisted for the prestigious CWA Dagger awards. The ten Daggers awarded annually by the CWA are regarded by the publishing world as the foremost British awards for crime-writing. Luke Jennings is shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Killing Eve: No Tomorrow, a Sunday Times thriller of the month...

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Steve Cavanagh wins the 2019 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 22 July 2019.

Steve Cavanagh has been announced as the winner of The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award for 2019. Now in its fifteenth year, the Award is considered the most coveted crime writing prizes in the country, and one that receives substantial interest from authors, publishers, book sellers and fans of the genre in equal measures. Thirteen is the Lisburn author’s fifth book in the Eddie Flynn series of crime thrillers, serving up a delicious...

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