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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.

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A feast of delights…Irish Crime Novels January & February 2016!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 29 January 2016.

DEAD SECRET by Ava McCarthy (14th January 2016)    Two quick shots. One for him. One for you. After the death of her three-year-old daughter, Jodie has nothing left to live for – or almost nothing. She has one task to fulfil before she takes her own life. And that’s to kill the man she holds responsible for her daughter’s death – her seemingly perfect husband, Ethan. But Ethan is hiding more than just his true...

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Margery Allingham & CWA Debut Dagger Competition Deadlines!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 7 January 2016.

MARGERY ALLINGHAM Short Story Competition – Deadline 1st March 2016 Online entry is a two-stage process. First you fill out the entry form and submit it below. On the thank you page you will then pay the online entry fee of £15.00 via our payment service, which is provided by PayPal. If you do not make a payment your entry will not be included in the competition even if it has been submitted. Your privacy:...

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Crime Fiction Festivals 2016

Posted by Louise Phillips on 16 December 2015.

See below some of the Crime Fiction Festivals to tempt you in 2016….more to follow….      

Is there a crime writer in you?

Posted by Louise Phillips on 24 November 2015.

Is there a crime writer in you. If the answer is yes, you may like to think about doing a crime writing course. I’ll be doing one at the Irish Writers Centre in the Spring. Places book up fast and the last three courses were overbooked, so take the plunge if interested….Details below. Crime Fiction with Louise Phillips – Irish Writers’ Centre: During this ten-week course participants will learn the ‘how to’ of creating a...

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2015 Shortlist for the Ireland AM Crime Fiction Novel of the Year!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 22 November 2015.

  The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards brings together the entire literary community – readers, authors, booksellers, publishers and librarians – to recognise and celebrate the very best of Irish literary talent. The Awards dinner has become the major event in the literary calendar with some of Ireland’s, and indeed the world’s, most recognised authors gathering together in a spirit of camaraderie and friendly competition to celebrate the success of the past year. The...

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Deadlight ‘ One to Watch’ Lee Child

Posted by Louise Phillips on 12 November 2015.

  Publishers Guildhall Press will launch Desmond Doherty’s third Valberg novel, ‘Deadlight,’ on Friday the 20th November at 7 p.m. at the location of the book’s dramatic opening scene in Ebrington in Derry. The Valberg titles have been praised for their visual and cinematic style, and have recently been optioned by Revolution Films in London. They will be adapted for screen by award-winning writing duo, Glenn Patterson and Colin Carberry. Patterson and Carberry will be...

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Dublin Book Festival….The Dark Side….

Posted by Louise Phillips on 2 November 2015.

There is an amazing listing of events for the DUBLIN BOOK FESTIVAL this year. Check it out at www.dublinbookfestival.com               For a roundup of all things crime fiction…see below…..   November 12th 2015 6.00 – 6.45 pm – Hodges Figgis, Dawson Street Launch of Barlow by the Book, by John Mc Allister –Free Entry                 November 13th 2015 12.10 – 12.55 pm...

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Crimefest 2016….

Posted by Louise Phillips on 1 October 2015.

NEWS from the THE CRIMEFEST TEAM… Now Autumn has arrived, the CRIMEFEST £155 Summer special only continues until 31 October when the registration for a full weekend pass goes up to £175. (The cost will incrementally go up to £195.) Check out the participating authors on the AUTHORS & DELEGATES page and register now on the TICKETS page to beat the price increases. CRIME WRITING WORKSHOP The successful CRIMEFEST Crime Writing Day returns with its...

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What an amazing two weeks….THE GAME CHANGER

Posted by Louise Phillips on 24 September 2015.

      The last two weeks have been tremendous. Huge thanks to everyone who reviewed THE GAME CHANGER… “Phillips spins the multi-layered mystery of The Game Changer with considerable fluidity. As the narrative shifts from Dublin to New York, from one character to the next, from minor players to major figures in the plot, she never loses sight of the central ruse that draws the reader in…..It’s a thrilling page-turner that will keep you...

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Irish Crime Novels September 2015

Posted by Louise Phillips on 21 August 2015.

Irish Crime Novel Publications September 2015 Great choices for this September #justsaying With Our Blessing – by Jo Spain September 3rd Death At Whitewater Church – by Andrea Carter September 3rd The Game Changer – by Louise Phillips September 8th