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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 is currently working on her latest novel, which is set in the US. Louise Phillips is the crime writing mastermind behind writing.ie's Crime Scene blog.

You can follow Louise online, on Twitter and on Facebook.

Silence May be GOLDEN but!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 19 October 2012.

My online presence has all but disappeared for the last couple of weeks – why you might ask (or not)! Well, I haven’t gone on a wild adventure around the world, unless you include fictional worlds. Yes, I’m back writing, hibernating in my attic bedroom, just me, my keyboard, and the unfolding world of my next novel THE DOLL’S HOUSE, another psychological crime thriller, which many of you, (not a word of a lie) are...

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When COLD HANDS by John J Niven goes all Critical!!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 10 October 2012.

In the first of many great reviews from the New Crime Scene Book Reviewer Panel, Mick Halpin AKA Critical Mick, takes us on a thrilling ride with this terrifying but evocative thriller – COLD HANDS by John J Niven!! Does a crime thriller with an unreliable narrator deserve an unreliable reviewer? One of the following five facts about John J. Niven’s Cold Hands is a bald-faced lie: The tale is told in retrospect by Donnie Miller, a...

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Writing Turned Criminal – down at the Courts!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 29 September 2012.

Writing turned criminal, down at the old Green Street Courthouse, with authors, Conor Brady, Alex Barclay, Declan Burke, and Jane Casey. Originated and organised by writing.ie’s Vanessa O’Loughlin the Great Writing, Great Places series for Dublin UNESCO City of Literature brings fabulous authors to some of the incredible historic locations in Dublin city. The wonderfully witty, Conor Brady, author of A JUNE OF ORDINARY MURDERS, chaired a conversation called ‘Writing Turns Criminal’, with Alex Barclay, Declan Burke...

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Crime & Desire

Posted by Louise Phillips on 26 September 2012.

David Butler’s latest novel The Judas Kiss will be launched by New Island next week, and he talks to writing.ie about why Crime and Desire are so inextricably linked…. First things first – what a fantastic title for a novel – 3 words The Judas Kiss and I’m already hooked! Secondly, this novel comes with a health warning from the opening page- “… be warned, this is no pretty story. It leads to murder. And I don’t mean the Rev Green in...

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Debut Irish Crime Writer D C Gogan – Author of Critical Value shares his writing journey!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 19 September 2012.

D C Gogan, author of Critical Value, tells us how writing stories on computer paper, aged five, led to asking the ‘what if’ question, and as they say, the rest is history!!! The first thing I ever wrote on was that old, thin A3 computer paper that came accordioned in cardboard boxes. A detachable strip at each edge for antique dot-matrix printers. Blank on one side, alternating dark and light green strips on the other....

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What an AMAZING week!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 12 September 2012.

Launch of RED RIBBONS Hughes & Hughes St Stephen’s Green (Image by Peadar O Donoghue) It’s hard to believe a whole week has passed since the launch of RED RIBBONS in Hughes & Hughes St Stephen’s Green SC, and what an amazing week it has been!! After the biggest and most successful launch in the 26 years of Hughes & Hughes Booksellers, I’m thrilled to tell everyone that RED RIBBONS has hit the TOP TEN...

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Red Ribbons Launched

Posted by Louise Phillips on 5 September 2012.

So it was all happening for Louise Phillips this evening in Hughes and Hughes, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin, and as she is now having a well earned glass of wine, the rest of the writing.ie team are covering her launch… In one of the biggest launches Dublin has seen for a long time, debut Hachette Ireland author Louise Phillips had invited bestselling author and Sunday Times True Crime Editor Niamh O’Connor to do the honours....

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Crime Scene Reviewer Panel……

Posted by Louise Phillips on 29 August 2012.

We’ve all heard about the X Factor panel!!!  4 discerning voices keen to share their views on who has the X FACTOR and why!!!! Well now we have the Crime Scene Book Reviewer Panel – and these guys are going to be just as discerning, and possibly even more dangerous.  Seriously though folks, these guys are the real thing! If there was a Mastermind programme solely on books, each one of them would choose ‘Crime...

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RED RIBBONS – The Book Trailer and more…

Posted by Louise Phillips on 14 August 2012.

Well it’s nearly here folks – the long awaited publication of Red Ribbons by Louise Phillips – A chilling voice in psychological crime fiction …… So first the cover…. Publication Date 3rd September 2012 Preview Book Trailer by clicking link below →http://youtu.be/bskXRgST9zIa Join the launch night on Wednesday 5th September 2012, 6.30 pm @ Hughes & Hughes, St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre,Dublin. Facebook – Book Launch Red Ribbons About RED RIBBONS THE SERIAL KILLER A missing schoolgirl is found buried in the Dublin Mountains, hand clasped together...

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Claire Mc Gowan, debut Irish crime author of The Fall, tells us why sometimes you have to take a chance…

Posted by Louise Phillips on 24 July 2012.

I am delighted this week to introduce Claire Mc Gowan, debut Irish crime writer and director of the Crime Writers Association, to talk about her writing journey, the creation of her wonderful debut novel The Fall, and how publication success is seldom a straight line – sometimes, you have to take a chance… Although I’m Irish born and bred (from Newry, a town that looks both ways across the border), my first book, The Fall, is set entirely in London...

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