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A blog by Louise Phillips

LOUISE PHILLIPS is the bestselling author of five psychological crime thrillers. Her debut novel RED RIBBONS, and her subsequent Kate Pearson 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 was published on September 5th 2019. It was shortlisted in the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2019. Louise Phillips is the crime writing mastermind behind writing.ie's Crime Scene blog.

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CRIMEFEST and my Crime Tribe!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 27 May 2016.

If you were staying at the Bristol Marriott Hotel over the weekend, you could be forgiven for thinking you were a delegate at a Star Wars convention, such were the throngs of people bustling through the hotel, each armed with name badges and looking wildly enthusiastic. But it wasn’t Star Wars, it was Crimefest, the international crime fiction convention held in Bristol every May. With record numbers this year, the festival attracted writers, readers, editors,...

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Expect the Unexpected – The Guards

Posted by Louise Phillips on 19 May 2016.

THE GUARDS  (2 Part Series- RTE ) Produced by Barry O Kelly –  Zucca Films   The Guards opens with the sound of police sirens in Dublin city, quickly followed by the breaking down of a door by Garda officers who repeatedly roar, ‘Gardaí, open up,’ to no avail. The target is a flat in the inner city. Behind the door are suspected drug dealers. The gambit for the programme is the reality of policing in...

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Women Writers launch London Crime Festival!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 16 May 2016.

A collective of women crime writers in London and the South East are launching London’s first ever female-led crime festival. The Killer Women festival, sponsored by audiobook giant Audible, and accountancy firm HW Fisher, will be a celebration of women’s crime writing, held at the Council Room in Shoreditch Town Hall, home of the inquest into the murder of Jack the Ripper’s last victim, Mary Kelly, in 1888. It will take place on 15th October...

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CrimeFest Award Nominees & A Name You Will Recognise!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 27 April 2016.

CRIMEFEST is a convention which takes place in Bristol UK for people who like to read an occasional crime novel as well as for die-hard fanatics. Drawing top crime novelists, readers, editors, publishers and reviewers from around the world, it gives all delegates the opportunity to celebrate the genre in a friendly, informal and inclusive atmosphere. The CRIMEFEST programme consists of interviews with its featured and highlighted guest authors; over forty panels with more than...

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Another bumper couple of months for Irish Crime Fiction!!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 25 April 2016.

The great variety and number of Irish Crime Fiction novels published since the start of 2016 continues for April and May!! ALL THINGS NICE by Sheila Bugler (April 4th) Charlotte Gleeson is living the life she always dreamed of, but it’s nothing like she imagined. Her daughter hates her, her husband is having an affair, her drinking is out of control. And now she’s the prime suspect in a murder investigation …For DI Ellen Kelly,...

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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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