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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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Crime’s Best Writers at Free-to-Watch Live Online Workshop

Posted by Louise Phillips on 22 October 2013.

Best-selling crime authors Ken Bruen, Jane Casey, Declan Hughes and Niamh O’Connor will be joining WritersWebTV on October 30th, ready to arm aspiring authors with all the best writing tips, tricks and methods at the upcoming workshop, Crime Pays: Writing Crime Fiction. Multi-award-winning Ken Bruen – the author of the Jack Taylor series which has become a TV hit starring Iain Glen – will talk through writing great hook-lines and how to develop characters across...

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Posted by Louise Phillips on 3 October 2013.

If you’re interested in Irish Crime Fiction, don’t miss out on this FREE Festival Event on Friday 22 November and Saturday 23 November at Trinity College Dublin. Trinity College Dublin and New York University are holding this festival which is devoted to Irish crime fiction, featuring more than a dozen of the most exciting Irish crime novelists. This will be a memorable weekend, devoted to a key genre of contemporary Irish writing, so don’t miss...

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Lady Killers!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 19 August 2013.

LADY KILLERS – An Event Not To Be Missed!   Main Auditorium – Civic Theatre Tallaght – 18th October 8 p.m. Crime Writing by Leading Female Authors: Alex Barclay, Arlene Hunt, Louise Phillips and special guest former Boulder Coroner Joanne Richardson in conversation with Susan Condon A RED LINE BOOK FESTIVAL EVENT REMIND ME ABOUT THIS SHOW A killer evening not to be missed! Some of Ireland’s most popular female crime writers share insights into...

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Want to Win FREE Copies of THE DOLL’S HOUSE

Posted by Louise Phillips on 9 August 2013.

  For everyone that made the launch on Wednesday, a HUGH thank you, and for anyone who wanted to be there but for whatever reason couldn’t, including potential bus strike, LUAS not working with massive delays, not to mention the 3 hour tail back on the M50, I appreciate your support too! It was a great week, despite some of the challenges above. Having heard last Friday that many shops didn’t get deliveries due to a...

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Floating bodies, scary dolls & hypnotic stares…it’s The Doll’s House Trailer!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 23 July 2013.

Well PUBLICATION DAY day is nearly here, only a little over a week to wait! Niamh O’ Connor says, ‘It’s chilling, mesmerising, gets under your skin and stays with you….’ Want a quick glimpse of what’s in store? Click to view this 60 second Trailer – IF YOU DARE!

Dazzling Debut Dagger – CWA Nominee Aine O Domhnaill & A Night to Remember

Posted by Louise Phillips on 18 July 2013.

It was hard to whine about the bobby pins jabbing my skull and the blisters forming from the stiletto heels when surrounded by the company of those who attended the 2013 Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Dagger Awards ceremony in London. And the prosecco that decorated King’s place with flickers of gold upon arrival helped… In the weeks prior to this night, my heart wanted to beat its way out of my sternum at the thought...

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‘Chilling, mesmerising. Gets under your skin and stays with you’ Niamh O’Connor

Posted by Louise Phillips on 25 June 2013.

YOU’VE BEEN WAITING A LITTLE WHILE, BUT HERE’S THE COVER & BLURB OF THE DOLL’S HOUSE RELEASE DATE  –  AUGUST 1st!!! PEOPLE SAY THAT THE TRUTH CAN SET YOU FREE. BUT WHAT IF THE TRUTH IS NOT SOMETHING YOU WANT TO HEAR? Thirty-five years ago Adrian Hamilton drowned. At the time his death was reported as a tragic accident but the exact circumstances remained a mystery.   Now his daughter Clodagh, trying to come to...

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CWA – Debut Dagger Shortlist is Out!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 9 June 2013.

Big Congrats to Aine O Domhnaill, a member of Inkwell and www.writing.ie  who has been shortlisted on the CWA Debut Dagger.  Aine O Domhnaill Shortlisted entries for the 2013 Debut Dagger Competition.  The Assassin’s Keeper by Aine O Domhnaill (Ireland) Call Time by Finn Clarke (UK) Born in a Burial Gown by Mike Craven (UK) The Journeyman by Emma Melville (UK) A Cure for All Evils by Joanna Dodd (UK) TAG by Sue Dawes (UK) Working in Unison by Alex Sweeney (UK)...

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From Cowboy Books to Crime Novelist – John Mc Allister

Posted by Louise Phillips on 8 May 2013.

One of my favourite parts of the Crime Scene blog at writing.ie is getting to know authors, especially Debut Irish Crime Authors – a writing breed thankfully on the increase! So I’m delighted to introduce JOHN MC ALLISTER, whose novel THE STATION SERGEANT was published last week by Portnoy Publishing. John will tell us about his writing journey from cowboy books to crime writing – and I hope you agree, it’s a very interesting one!  ...

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Book Store Stroller – Does a picture paint a thousand words?

Posted by Louise Phillips on 3 May 2013.

  I never used to think too deeply about novel covers, or so I thought. Before sitting down to write a novel, I would stroll into a bookstore and browse the shelves looking for my next great read. If I recognized an author and enjoyed their material before, that was a definite plus for me. But you don’t realize  or at least I didn’t, how influenced you are by a cover. The cover is the first thing you...

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