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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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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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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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