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.
A Date for the Diary! Black Wood…How far would you go?
Author Derek Flynn will launch his new novel, a standalone thriller titled BLACK WOOD, in The Gutter Bookshop, Dublin, next Wednesday the 27th March at 6.30 and all are welcome!! ‘How far would you go to get out?’ This is the question three unlikely friends living in a dead-end town in America ask each other. The answer would come to haunt them. The narrator, a writer, now in his late 30s, lives alone in New...Read the full article >>
CWA Debut Dagger Submissions Tips!
CWA Debut Dagger submissions close on 28th February, and here are some great tips for this and future competitions…. Details of Debut Dagger Submissions HERE TIPS: Debut Dagger Tip from a Shortlistee and Published Author by Victoria Selman, author of Blood For Blood (shortlisted for the Debut Dagger as Broken in 2017 and now widely published to acclaim) You only have three thousand words to hook the judges’ interest. Make every one of those words count by ramping...Read the full article >>
Mystery Writers of America Announce the 2019 Edgar Nominations!!
Mystery Writers of America have announced the Nominees for the 2019 Edgar Awards, honouring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, and television, published, or produced, in 2018, and there is plenty for you to work your way through. See full list below…. It is absolutely terrific to see Irish crime writer Catherine Ryan Howard up for Best Novel of the year, for THE LIAR’S GIRL. Huge Congratulations to Catherine!! Crossing all fingers and toes for you...Read the full article >>
Delicious Reads 2018!
It is January and therefore the time of year to reflect on the highs and lows, and all things in between. I have to admit because of work on my current novel, I have had less time for the guilty pleasure of reading, but none the less, on review, there are certainly some tasty treats in my 2018 mix! I have a serious amount of Irish crime fiction books in my ‘To Be Read list’,...Read the full article >>
Irish Crime Writer Liz Nugent Wins Double at Irish Book Awards!
This year’s Irish Book Awards ceremony on the 27th November In the Clayton Hotel was the glitzy culmination of the first year of An Post as the award sponsors, and if the first year is anything to go by, the sponsorship will be a very positive one indeed. I was lucky to be there on the night, and it was one of the best awards nights I have ever attended. Also notable on the night,...Read the full article >>
Who gets your VOTE?? An Post Irish Book Awards Shortlist!!
It is that time of year again folks, when the shortlists for the Irish Book Awards are announced, and you have a whole lot more wonderful books to add to your ‘To Be Read List’!! There is a fantastic shortlist in all the categories this year, and the Irish Crime Book of the Year is no exception (listing below). Interestingly, four crime novels also feature in the RTE Radio One Ryan Tubridy Listeners Choice Award,...Read the full article >>
Patterson Heads to Harrogate
One of the best-known and biggest-selling authors of all time, James Patterson, has been announced as a headline act at the 2019 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. Patterson has sold more than 375 million books worldwide and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Timesbestsellers. He has been the most-borrowed author of adult fiction in UK libraries, for the past 11 years in a row. Mari Hannah, who has taken...Read the full article >>
Branching out into Crime!!
I’m really delighted to share this writing journey with you all. Nessa O’Mahony is a terrific writer and I am thrilled that her debut novel ‘The Branchman’ is now published. Put on the kettle and have a read about how it all came to be. Branching out into Crime – how The Branchman came to be by Nessa O’Mahony Most people know me as a poet. I’ve been writing poetry since the early 1990s...Read the full article >>
MURDER ONE – IRELAND’S INTERNATIONAL CRIME WRITING FESTIVAL 2-4 NOVEMBER 2018!!
MURDER ONE is described as a unique literary festival weekend: a fun, action packed weekend for lovers of crime and mystery in all its guises, and there is certainly lots to choose from! Huge excitement is already building up for MURDER ONE – IRELAND’S INTERNATIONAL CRIME WRITING FESTIVAL. This is a festival absolutely jam-packed with talent from both Ireland and the International scene. Two of the main International events not to be missed are the...Read the full article >>
MURDER ONE – Launch – Serial Thrillers & More!!
Join the MURDER ONE team for Serial Thrillers, an evening of criminal conversation and the MURDER ONE festival official launch at Hodges Figgis Bookshop, Dawson Street Thursday 20th September 2018 6.30pm Free event, all welcome (there may be wine!) In 2017, crime fiction overtook general and literary fiction to officially become the biggest selling genre in the book trade. What is it about serial killings, police investigations and tales of domestic suspense that keep us coming back...Read the full article >>