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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.

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Murder comes to Malahide

Posted by Louise Phillips on 13 October 2016.

Murder comes to Malahide on the October bank holiday weekend in the form of the Something Wicked Crime Writing Festival, which runs from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th. Over the course of the three days, there will be something for all ages interested in crime, crime fiction and children’s books. On Friday October 28th a panel of bestselling authors will discuss how they write about murder and violent crime. The panelists are Alex Barclay (Darkhouse,...

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Echoland by Joe Joyce is the One City One Book Choice for 2017!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 3 October 2016.

Great news this week! Dublin City Council’s Public Library Service have announced Echoland by Joe Joyce, published by Liberties Press, as the Dublin: One City One Book choice for 2017. ECHOLAND is a spy thriller featuring young intelligence officer Paul Duggan, and the first in a series that includes ECHOBEAT (2014) and ECHOWAVE (2015). Lord Mayor Brendan Carr said “I am pleased that Echoland by Joe Joyce has been chosen for ‘Dublin: One City One...

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Trouble is our Business at the Red Line Festival!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 25 September 2016.

  An evening of discussion on Irish Crime Writing with author, editor and journalist, Declan Burke, who will lead the conversation on the crime-writing process, the development of gripping plots and characters, and explore the evolution of Irish crime writing. Date:  Wednesday, 12 October 2016 Time:  8pm  Venue:  The Civic Theatre, Loose End Admission:  €8/€6 concession Perfect for crime fiction fans and aspiring authors. Warning:  As there will be a discussion of crime novels etc. and their content,...

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Irish Crime Authors hit California in October!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 30 August 2016.

Irish crime fiction will be getting a lot of attention at this year’s Los Gatos Listowel Writing Festival in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Californian town of Los Gatos is a sister city with Listowel Writing Festival. The festival dates are 6th to the 9th October 2016. Firstly –Women in Irish Crime Fiction – is on the 8th October, in which myself and Irish crime writer Niamh O’Connor will read from our contributions to the new...

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LOS GATOS – LISTOWEL WRITERS’ FESTIVAL 2016

Posted by Louise Phillips on 25 August 2016.

TWO MAJOR CRIME EVENTS FORM PART OF THE LOS GATOS- LISTOWEL WRITERS’ FESTIVAL IN SAN FRANCISCO this year…. To wit…. Saturday, October 8th 2016 NEW WAVE OF WOMEN IN IRISH CRIME FICTION More and more young Irish women are joining the ranks of established crime fiction greats. What’s that all about? Award-winning Irish crime writers Louise Phillips and Niamh O’Connor will read from their contributions to the new anthology of Irish crime writing, Trouble Is...

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Trouble is our Business – New Crime Anthology New Island

Posted by Louise Phillips on 4 August 2016.

The diversity and quality of Irish Crime Fiction writing is in no doubt and this new anthology TROUBLE IS OUR BUSINESS from NEW ISLAND, edited by award-winning crime writer DECLAN BURKE, will be a MUST READ! I am really delighted to have a story within the collection. It is dark, it is dangerous and it is poignant and I can’t wait to read these new stories by Irish crime writers! Roll on September publication!!! Loving the...

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CWA Dagger Awards 2016 Shortlists Announced….

Posted by Louise Phillips on 28 July 2016.

Congrats to all on the various shortlists, but special congrats to Irish Authors John Connolly, Jax Miller and Adrian Mc Kinty!!                  

The Writing Process and the Murky Middle!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 26 July 2016.

I’ve talked a lot in the past about the murky middle of a novel. It’s where you’ve managed to get the essentials of the story down by introducing the fictional novel world to the reader, one with an array of characters, insights and a sense (albeit full of questions) of where the story is going – AKA Act 1.   Act 3, is the final segment of the story when I have a reasonably good...

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What’s happening at Theakston Old Peculier Crime Festival!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 20 July 2016.

The world class, award winning Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, now in its 14th year, celebrates the very best in crime fiction at the magnificent Old Swan Hotel each July. The Festival is a firm date in the literary calendar and has achieved international acclaim for the programming, organisation and atmosphere. “The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Festival is the best in the world – and I know, because I’ve done all of them” –...

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A Feast of Irish Crime Novels for June & July

Posted by Louise Phillips on 8 July 2016.

PARADIME by Alan Glynn – June 2016 After a stint as a private contractor in Afghanistan, Danny Lynch is back in New York. But nothing’s easy. Work is hard to find and his girlfriend owes more than $30,000 in student loans. Danny is also haunted by something he witnessed at the base – a fact that could ultimately destroy him. Then he spots Teddy Trager, tech visionary and billionaire. These two men couldn’t be more...

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