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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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Crime Scene Readers – Book Club Reviews

Posted by Louise Phillips on 10 July 2012.

This week’s discerning bunch of Crime Scene readers give us some great reviews on Kind of Cruel by Sophie Hannah, Taken by Niamh O’Connor, and Absolute Zero Cool by Declan Burke!!! If you want to send in your reviews for any books featured on the Crime Scene site, email me at crimescenewriter@gmail.com orphillips.louisem0@gmail.com Valerie Healy Twitter @valhealy Kind of Cruel – Sophie Hannah This is my first encounter with Sophie Hannah’s unique style of writing and Kind of Cruel didn’t disappoint me at...

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Paul O’Brien Debut Crime Author of Blood Red Turns Dollar Green

Posted by Louise Phillips on 2 July 2012.

In the first of a series of features for 2012 on Irish Crime Debut Novelists, I talk to successful playwright, Paul O’Brien, Author of Blood Runs Dollar Green about his new novel, and why he decided to take the plunge into this deadly game. Paul O’Brien is a writer from Wexford, Ireland. In the last fifteen years he has written sixteen plays and two screenplays. He has been commissioned and/or produced by The Abbey, Druid, Red Kettle Theatre...

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Crime Scene Reader Reviews of Bad Moon Rising by Frances de Plino

Posted by Louise Phillips on 12 June 2012.

Check out this week’s Crime Scene Readers Reviews of Bad Moon Rising by Frances di Plino If you want to send in a review for any book/books from the current Crime Scene Book Club listing -email me @phillips.louisem0@gmail.com , along with your Twitter and/or Blog links if you wish them featured in the post. Bad Moon Rising is published by Crooked {Cat} Publishing.and available to UK readers here and to Irish and US readers here. Frances di Plino is the pseudonym of columnist, editor, non-fiction author and writing tutor, Lorraine Mace....

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Irish Success at 2012 Crimefest

Posted by Louise Phillips on 29 May 2012.

Since CRIMEFEST began in June 2008, it has quickly become one of the most popular dates in the crime fiction calendar. The annual convention draws top crime novelists, readers, editors, publishers and reviewers from around the world and gives delegates the opportunity to celebrate the genre in an informal atmosphere. At the annual Crime Fest Gala Dinner , the winners in the various categories are announced. This year’s Gala Dinner took place on the 25th May in Bristol, and the fab...

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The Chosen – By Arlene Hunt – Crime Scene Book Club Review

Posted by Louise Phillips on 1 May 2012.

1st Round of Crime Scene Reader’s Book Club Reviews Are In – !!!!!! THE CHOSEN by ARLENE HUNT gets the thumbs up! Well we are certainly off to a great beginning with these reviews: – Sounds like The Chosen was a Number 1 Hit with Crime Scene Readers! If you’ve read this book, or if you pick it up over the next while, post your own review Via Comments Fancy a read – Check the Current Crime Scene Book Club Listing Below – http://writing.ie/guest-blogs/crime-scene/entry/guest-blogs/the-explosion-of-irish-crime-fiction-.html Lots more reviews on the...

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Another road by Louise Phillips – County Lines Anthology from New Island

Posted by Louise Phillips on 8 April 2012.

Short story by Louise Phillips.  ‘Another Road’ – One young man’s crime against another, done within the perceived protections of middle-class suburban Dublin. Sometimes in life a place gets changed, not because of new design or the onslaught of age, but because something happens and in the happening a hitherto ordinary space gets cast to someplace else.  We are all haunted and intrigued by things in life we cannot either categorise or understand, elements which don’t slot easily...

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The Boy in the Attic – Crimes against our Children

Posted by Louise Phillips on 4 April 2012.

Writing about crime, fictional or real-life, carries with it a responsibility. A responsibility which is inherent in all good writing, the search to write a truth. Violent crimes are emotive and disturbing, especially when the innocent victim is a young adult, or a child. We ask ourselves why and how this can happen? But the questions multiply again, when the person, or persons, who committed the crime, are little more than children themselves. During the...

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There is more than one way to publishing success – Mel Sherat, Author of ‘Taunting the Dead’, tells us how!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 19 March 2012.

In a world where it gets harder and harder to get that elusive publishing deal, Mel Sherratt, shows how guts, determination, and talent, can win out in the end, encompassing the words of the wonderful Irish playwright, Samuel Beckett, “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” Mel Sherratt – Author of ‘Taunting The Dead’ If anyone had told me that I would have self published an ebook, I would have laughed...

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New Crime Scene Book Club & The Explosion of Irish Crime Fiction…

Posted by Louise Phillips on 8 March 2012.

There has been an explosion in Irish Crime fiction recently, and it’s a phenomenon which is still gaining pace. I attended a talk at NUI Maynooth last week discussing this very topic, and it would seem that not only has there been an upsurge in successful Irish Crime Writers/Writing, but the variety of prose within the genre has also been remarkable. With Irish Crime Writing featuring so highly on the international scene, I got an idea...

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Getting Inside the Killer’s Head

Posted by Louise Phillips on 5 March 2012.

Bad Moon Rising by Lorriane Mace writing as Frances de Plino is out this week. In my first guest post she reveals just how she gets inside the head of a killer. When I’d completed the first draft of Bad Moon Rising I knew it needed quite a bit more work before submitting it anywhere, so I went through my usual routine of rewrite, leave for a few weeks, rewrite again, leave for another few weeks, and so...

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