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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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BritCrime 2015

Posted by Louise Phillips on 10 June 2015.

  A free online crime festival will run for the first time in July 2015, as a result of a grassroots initiative instigated by author Helen Smith. The festival boasts more than forty crime authors, including Eva Dolan, Mark Edwards, C L Taylor, Sarah Hilary and Mason Cross. ‘We became friends after meeting at various literary events,’ Helen explains, ‘and although we love attending festivals and enjoy meeting readers, it’s important to balance time spent...

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Crimefest 2015- The Winners!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 27 May 2015.

Winners of CRIMEFEST Awards AUDIBLE SOUNDS OF CRIME AWARD for the best crime audiobook published in both print and audio in 2014: Robert Galbraith for The Silkworm, read by Robert Glenister (Little, Brown Book Group) GOLDSBORO LAST LAUGH AWARD for the best humorous crime novel first published in the British Isles in 2014: L. C. Tyler for Crooked Herring (Allison & Busby) eDUNNIT AWARD for the best crime fiction ebook first published in both hardcopy...

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Twenty7 buys Irish scout’s debut

Posted by Louise Phillips on 19 May 2015.

New Bonnier fiction imprint Twenty7 Books has acquired a Dublin-based crime series by Irish literary scout Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin. Fox O’Loughlin is a literary scout and current chair of Irish PEN, as well as being the creator of popular writers’ resource www.writing.ie. She will write the series under the pen name Sam Blake. The three-book deal for UK and Commonwealth rights was agreed between publisher Joel Richardson and WME London’s Simon Trewin. The first title...

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London Book Fair and all that jazz!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 23 April 2015.

NEWS & PICS from the LONDON BOOK FAIR I had an absolutely amazing time last week at the LONDON BOOK FAIR – it was such a buzz, and I learned lots of stuff, had some wonderful conversations, and I totally enjoyed the Opening Ceremony within which Donal Ryan was announced as the Irish Winner of the European Prize for Literature. I’ll add some more pics below. Lots of bookish announcements too, including Irish crime writer Jane Casey...

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Is it sometimes better not to know the truth? Declan Burke – The Lost And The Blind…

Posted by Louise Phillips on 1 April 2015.

  THE LOST AND THE BLIND by Declan Burke (Severn House) gets its official US release April 1st , and early reviews sound great. Described as an intriguing new departure for this comic noir writer, here it what it’s all about….   ABOUT THE BOOK:   “A dying man, if he is any kind of man, will live beyond the law.” The elderly German, Karl Uxkull, was senile or desperate for attention. Why else would...

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Crimefest 2015 – Programme of events revealed!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 27 March 2015.

  CRIMEFEST reveal draft PROGRAMME of Events!!   THURSDAY, 14 MAY: Track 1 Track 2 13:30 – 14:20 Debut Authors: An Infusion Of Fresh Blood Tom Callaghan Jason Hewitt S.J.I. Holliday Cal Moriarty M.P. Wright Moderator: Jake Kerridge 14:40 – 15:30 A Woman In A Man’s World? Ray Celestin Helen Giltrow M.J. McGrath William Shaw Participating moderator: M.R. Hall 14:40 – 15:30 Odd Jobs Britta Bolt (Rodney Bolt) Kate Griffin K.T. Medina Robert Wilson Participating...

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SJ Watson and Paula Watkins in conversation with Sinead Crowley – Mountains to the Sea

Posted by Louise Phillips on 18 March 2015.

How well do we know our family, our closest friends? How well do we really know ourselves? S.J. Watson’s new novel, Second Life, explores identity, lies and secrets in a nail-biting new psychological thriller. Watson’s debut novel, Before I Go To Sleep, became a phenomenal international success. It has now sold over 4 million copies around the world and has been made into a hit Hollywood film starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. Paula Hawkins’...

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Golden can be dark, very dark indeed…..

Posted by Louise Phillips on 12 March 2015.

I was at the Ennis Bookclub Festival last weekend and there were some terrific events, not least of which was the ‘Ones to Watch’ segment with Nuala Ni Chonchuir, Colin Barrett and Sara Baume, facilitated by the lovely Evelyn O’Rourke. Three very distinctive voices and certainly all three books are ones to add to your reading list if you haven’t done so already. There was plenty for the avid CRIME READER too, with Val McDermid...

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Killer Crime Festival 2015!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 3 March 2015.

  WATERSTONES AND HARPERCOLLINS JOIN FORCES FOR A LITERARY FESTIVAL FIRST   HarperCollins Publishers and Waterstones launch the Killer Crime Festival 2015; the only combined virtual and traditional literary festival in the UK.   This innovative new festival will take place on the 13th and 14th of March incorporating live events in Waterstones around the country and an online festival programme. The festival will reach an estimated 26 million crime fans across the globe.  ...

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CRIMEFEST 2015 Round up!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 19 February 2015.

CRIMEFEST is delighted to announce that Catherine Aird, this year’s recipient of the Crime Writers’ Association’s prestigious Diamond Dagger, will be a Featured Guest at the convention. Following in the footsteps of luminaries such as Simon Brett, Lee Child, P.D James, and Ian Rankin, the honour is awarded for sustained excellence and a significant contribution to crime fiction. For almost forty years Catherine has been entertaining readers with her cosy novels featuring Inspector Sloan, and...

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