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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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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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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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