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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.

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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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Review of The First Cut by Ali Knight

Posted by Louise Phillips on 30 November 2012.

  A best friend murdered.  A marriage going nowhere. A deadly obsession.    About the Author Ali Knight is the author of psychological crime novels WINK MURDER and THE FIRST CUT. She has worked as a journalist and sub-editor at the BBC, Guardian and Observer and helped to launch some of the Daily Mail and Evening Standard‘s most successful websites. She lives with her family in London. You can visit Ali’s website, www.aliknight.co.uk, and follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aliknightauthor.   Review...

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Dublin Book Festival – Inspiring Crime Writers with Susan Condon

Posted by Louise Phillips on 22 November 2012.

I headed to Smock Alley Theatre last Thursday, for Inspiring Crime Writers (part of the 5th Dublin Book Festival which showcases a host of Ireland’s emerging and established authors), to hear some of Ireland’s top crime writers discuss their work. Inspiring Crime Writers was chaired by Louise Phillips, author of Red Ribbons, and her guests on the night were Niamh O’Connor and Conor Brady. Niamh is the author of three crime novels; her latest, Too...

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The Television Experience

Posted by Louise Phillips on 12 November 2012.

This writing business is a constant learning curve, and I’m not talking about character development, plot, setting, editing, or even writing motivation, I’m talking about all the skills you need to acquire along the way. And one of them for me last week, was being interviewed on television. As Red Ribbons has been nominated for the Ireland AM Best Crime Novel of the Year 2012, last Wednesday, I was asked onto the set of Ireland...

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Review of Snakes & Ladders (Sean Slater) – By Joe McCoubrey

Posted by Louise Phillips on 8 November 2012.

Another discerning review from the Crime Scene Book Review Panel    When Homicide Detective Jacob Striker discovers that a string of recent suicides might actually be covered-up murders, his investigation quickly leads him to the Riverglen Mental Health Facility. The victims were all patients from the support group overseen by psychologist Dr Erich Ostermann. And when Striker discovers Larisa Logan – a dear friend of his, and a patient of Ostermann – has gone missing,...

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CRIMEFEST 2013 – A FEAST of ACTIVITES 30th May – 2nd June 2013

Posted by Louise Phillips on 1 November 2012.

The International Crime Fiction Convention 30 May – 2 June 2013, Bristol, UK www.crimefest.com CRIMEFEST sold out pretty early last year, so book now if you want to avoid being disappointed!!! BUY TICKETS  Lots of Interesting stuff below – check it out!!! PARTICIPATING CRIMEFEST AUTHORS To see which authors have signed up to date, please visit the AUTHORS & DELEGATES page. So far, participants include two CWA Dagger winners, Aly Monroe and Steve Mosby, as well as two CRIMEFEST2012 Award Winners,...

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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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