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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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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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50 Shades of Crime!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 22 April 2013.

  Last Saturday on a beautiful sunny morning in the Dublin Mountains, I met an amazing bunch of crime writers at Carousel Creates workshop. Having a secret ambition to be a teacher from when I was a child, I apologise if  I slipped from being a facilitator to a bossy teacher at times!! We had a jam-packed day, starting out with the essential elements of crime writing, followed by crime scene/forensic evaluation, and the ‘why and how’...

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Beating the Odds of Getting Published – Crimefest 2013

Posted by Louise Phillips on 4 April 2013.

  With a host of events organised for Crimefest 2013 in Bristol – it sounds like an event not to be missed!! Sadly Yours Truly is away on hols at that time, so I can’t make it, but fingers crossed, NEXT YEAR!!! A couple of links you might find interesting are PITCH AN AGENT & Crime Writing Workshop with the amazing Jeffrey Deaver!  Here’s what Crimefest has to say about both events…. These days it...

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Ever thought about trying your hand at Crime Writing?

Posted by Louise Phillips on 24 March 2013.

Ever thought about trying your hand at Crime Writing? If the answer is YES, you might like to join me on the 20th April at Carousel Creates Writing Retreat in the Dublin Mountains for an Intensive Full Day Workshop on getting to grips with Crime Writing. Below are some of the areas to be covered. Booking can be done via Carousel Creates HERE Essential Elements of Crime Writing Plot, Character, Tension and Pace Crime Scene...

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The Jerusalem Puzzle – archaic manuscripts and secrets – the heart stopping pace continues……..

Posted by Louise Phillips on 25 February 2013.

  Laurence O’Bryan’s debut novel The Istanbul Puzzle, was published to much acclaim in 2012, and it seems the heart stopping pace continues in his second novel, The Jerusalem Puzzle. Described as an action packed thriller set in the Middle East, it once again conveys O’Bryan’s meticulous research of an ancient city. I first met Laurence last year, when the idea of setting up monthly meetings for crime writers in Dublin came to be. The...

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THE TRAP – Kimberley Chambers (Harper Collins) – A Page Turner

Posted by Louise Phillips on 19 February 2013.

The Trap by Kimberley Chambers, is the first book in a hard-hitting series about murder, treachery and the kings of East London underworld, the Butlers. The Butlers play dirty and are a family highly feared within their own community. No one it seems can bring them down, until things start to unravel when one bloody night leads to a path of desperate vengeance. Vinnie and Roy Butler are the apple of their mum’s eye. Queenie knows...

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BOOKS To DIE FOR – Edgar Nomination

Posted by Louise Phillips on 3 February 2013.

On the website for Books to Die For  – This is what John Connolly and Declan Burke had to say about the most ambitious anthology of its kind yet attempted. The world’s leading mystery writers coming together to champion the greatest mystery novels ever written. “What we sought from each of the contributors to this volume was passionate advocacy: we wanted them to pick one novel, just one, that they would place in the canon. If you...

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The CWA Debut Dagger Competition

Posted by Louise Phillips on 13 January 2013.

Fancy a stab at Crime Writing? The 2013 CWA Debut Dagger Competition opened on 1 November and runs for three months with a closing date of Saturday 2 February 2013. The shortlisted entries will be announced at Crimefest in May. The overall winner will be announced at the CWA Awards ceremony in July. Winning the Debut Dagger doesn’t guarantee you’ll get published. But it does mean your work will be seen by leading agents and top editors, who have...

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In The Darkness – Karin Fossum

Posted by Louise Phillips on 18 December 2012.

Review of ‘In the Darkness’ About The Book Eva is walking by the river one afternoon when a body floats to the surface of the icy water.  She tells her daughter to wait patiently while she calls the police, but when she reaches the phone box Eva dials another number altogether. The dead man, Egil, has been missing for months, and it doesn’t take long for Inspector Sejer and his team to establish that he...

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Paul Anthony Shortt – Debut Irish Crime Writer of ‘Locked Within’ tells us about his writing journey.

Posted by Louise Phillips on 10 December 2012.

  I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was 12 years old. My first book idea came from visiting the Celtworld attraction down in Tramore. My second was for a book about a vampire hunter, a character which evolved in my imagination over the years, finally becoming the hero of Locked Within, Nathan Shepherd. I admit I never thought the process would take me as long as it did. At the age of 14,...

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