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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 is currently working on her latest novel, which is set in the US. Louise Phillips is the crime writing mastermind behind writing.ie's Crime Scene blog.

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New Blood 2016 announced for Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

Posted by Louise Phillips on 14 April 2016.

Val McDermid’s 2016 New Blood authors have been announced as Martin Holmen for Clinch, JS Law for Tenacity, Beth Lewis for The Wolf Road and Abir Mukherjee, author of A Rising Man.   Gemma Rowland, Literature Festivals Manager at Harrogate International Festivals – the arts charity that delivers the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival – said: “As well as celebrating the best crime writers around, the Festival is also about introducing new writers to crime fans.” Last week, Theakstons...

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Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival – Tickets!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 4 April 2016.

  Known as the friendliest festival with its feet firmly on Yorkshire ground, the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival guarantees thrills, and a few spills at the hotel bar, as thousands descend for one long summer weekend. Heading to Harrogate for the 14th festival are Jeffery Deaver, Martina Cole, Neil Cross, Linwood Barclay, Tess Gerritsen, Val McDermid and Gerald Seymour, and over 80 more fantastic authors. Readers and authors alike meet their heroes, as well as the Next Big...

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Talking to Ireland Today about Making a Murderer…

Posted by Louise Phillips on 24 March 2016.

Louise Phillips talks Making A Murderer with Ireland Today By Laura Lynott Queen of Irish crime fiction Louise Phillips said Steven Avery from Making A Murderer’s guilt is “questionable” – as she reveals her latest book has similarities to the hit Netflix show. Phillips – who is offering three Ireland Today readers her latest book The Game Changer – spoke about Avery, imprisoned for the murder of Teresa Halbach in 2007, as his legal team claimed he will be...

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A taste of Irish Crime Fiction 2016…..

Posted by Louise Phillips on 10 March 2016.

There was a terrific Book Event with Penguin Ireland at 37 Dawson Street this month. The idea behind the evening was for authors with novels coming out this year, to connect with book bloggers. I saw many familiar faces there, and it was terrific to be in a room with writers and book lovers. I caught up with three Irish Crime Writers, all female, and two of which are debut novelists. The first, was Vanessa...

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All things Crime Fiction at Mountains to the Sea Festival 2016

Posted by Louise Phillips on 2 March 2016.

Sophie Hannah in conversation with Declan Hughes Date: Thursday March 10th Venue: Pavilion Theatre Time: 8.30 pm Cost: €12 / €10 Concession Age: Adults BOOK NOW Sophie Hannah is an unstoppable force in psychological crime writing and a stalwart defender of the genre. Of its detractors, she has said ‘There are people who think a crime novel can’t be proper literature, mainly because they are prejudiced against genre fiction. Personally, I’ve always thought crime fiction...

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Mystery Writers of America Announces the 2016 Edgar Award Nominations

Posted by Louise Phillips on 21 February 2016.

Mystery Writers of America Announces the 2016 Edgar Award Nominations Congrats to Irish Author Adrian McKinty and everyone else who made the nominations!!   Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce, as we celebrate the 207th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, the Nominees for the 2016 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2015. The Edgar® Awards will be presented to...

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Irish Crime Fiction Publications March 2016!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 14 February 2016.

Well March is another busy month for Irish Crime Fiction…..here are some of the publications….   A SAVAGE HUNGER by Claire McGowan The fourth in the crime series featuring forensic psychologist Paula Maguire by Claire McGowan acclaimed as ‘Ireland’s answer to Ruth Rendell’ by Ken Bruen. Alice Morgan’s disappearance raises immediate questions for forensic psychologist Paula Maguire. Alice, the daughter of a life peer in the Home Office, has vanished along with a holy relic –...

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If you DARE!!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 13 February 2016.

Have you a daring flash fiction piece?? Daring, very daring! BogmansCannon.com are looking for really devilish, vitriol pieces….you know the kind….. Here are the details… Shame The Divil will be the short form e-magazine of BogmansCannon.com We welcome submissions of Flash fiction, flash memoir, anecdote, aphorism, mini-rant, performance text, short audio or video, graphic, poster, gif etc All submissions must be previously unpublished/unshared. We are fond of work which is daring, provocative, inventive, unusual, experimental,...

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A picture paints a thousand words…..

Posted by Louise Phillips on 12 February 2016.

Sharing this with you all today…..so EXCITED to reveal the US cover of RED RIBBONS (publication November 2016) with Polis Books!! Forgive this small piece of self promotion ….. Hope you like it!    

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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