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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 in Kerry and she was also a judge on the Irish panel for the EU Literary Award. Her current novel, THE GAME CHANGER, is available nationwide. In 2016, she was longlisted for the prestigious CWA Dagger in the Library Award, and her first novel, RED RIBBONS was published in the US. She was also awarded an Arts Bursary for Literature from the Arts Council of Ireland. In August, THE DOLL'S HOUSE, is due for publication in the US with Polis Books. Louise Phillips is the crime writing mastermind behind writing.ie's Crime Scene blog.

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International Women’s Day – Crime Fiction Style!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 8 March 2018.

It seems like a very good day to talk about Irish women writers in the crime fiction genre, and you are certainly in for lots of treats this year if the start of the year is anything to go by. So, for a list of books you may want to dabble into, here you go, and you’re certainly spoiled for choice!! And it’s only March!!   Patricia Gibney – The Missing Ones Dervla McTiernan –...

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John Grisham to Feature at Theakston Crime Writing Festival!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 19 February 2018.

John Grisham to Feature at Theakston Crime Writing Festival The biggest celebration of the crime genre in the world has announced blockbuster author, John Grisham, will be one of its headline authors this July. John Grisham will be interviewed on stage by Lee Child, author of the bestselling Jack Reacher series. Child is Programming Chair of the 2018 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, which takes place 19-22 July in Harrogate. Established in 2003 by...

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Get Ready for MURDER ONE!!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 1 February 2018.

In a UNESCO City of Literature that boasts innumerable festivals all year round, you might think that no stone would have been left unturned in literary Dublin but you would be wrong.  Crime writers have regularly appeared at the major Dublin literary festivals but in the era of dedicated generic festivals, crime writing has so far been under-served.  All this is about to change with the advent of Murder One, a new three-day long weekend crime...

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Rarely has a book captured my interest so much – An Absolute 5 Stars!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 23 January 2018.

“Girls wear their hair coloured, curled, laid, and slayed. Got me feeling basic as hell with my ponytail. Guys in their freshest kicks and sagging pants grind so close to girls they just about need condoms …” This is part of the opening chapter of THE HATE U GIVE. The story begins at a party before gunshots shatter the music. Fleeing, 16-year-old Starr is led to safety by her friend Khalil. Shortly after that, the...

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My Top Crime Picks of 2017!!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 4 January 2018.

It is always a joy to look back over the books you’ve read in any given year and reflect on the wonders of those special ones which stay with you long after you finish the final page. If there is a sadness, it surrounds all the books you wanted to read, but time and commitments got in the way. So, apologies in advance to all the writers I didn’t manage to read this year, and...

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Winslow to Wow at World’s Biggest Celebration of Crime Writing!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 31 December 2017.

Crime author Don Winslow has been announced as the first headliner in Harrogate!!! The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival has announced the New York King of Crime, Don Winslow, will be a Special Guest. In the first announcement from the festival’s 2018 Programming Chair – the fellow blockbusting author Lee Child – Winslow will join the line-up of up to 90 authors at the festival, which takes place 19-22 July in Harrogate. Winslow has...

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Julie Parsons Wins Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year !!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 29 November 2017.

Bestselling author, Julie Parsons (Mary, Mary, I Saw You, The Hourglass), Wins Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2017.   “A powerful, compelling, and darkly chilling novel of violence, shame and deceit.” ABOUT THE NOVEL On Sundays peace was restored. He would lie down, dream and remember. He would enjoy. And later on the bell would ring. He would get up and walk downstairs. He would open the front door. And his life...

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Lee Child Takes Helm of Theakston Crime Writing Festival

Posted by Louise Phillips on 13 November 2017.

The biggest celebration of the crime genre in the world has announced one of the biggest crime writers in the world will take the helm of its 2018 Festival. Lee Child, author of the global bestselling Jack Reacher series, is Programming Chair of the 2018 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, which takes place 19-22 July in Harrogate. Established in 2003 by crime author Val McDermid, agent Jane Gregory and arts charity Harrogate International Festivals,...

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Irish Crime Fiction Book of the Year Shortlist

Posted by Louise Phillips on 2 November 2017.

It’s that time of the year again, when the shortlists of books in the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards are announced. As always in the Irish Crime Fiction Section, the competition is fierce, but sending huge congratulations to all these fantastic writers who made the shortlist!! You can view the full list of shortlisted books HERE  And you can VOTE for your favourites HERE     Irish Independent Crime Fiction Book of the Year ...

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Winner of the C.A.P. Novel of the Year 2017 is…..

Posted by Louise Phillips on 26 October 2017.

There were terrific celebrations at this year’s C.A.P. Awards. Congrats again to all the winners, but especially Caroline E Farrell, who won the C.A.P. Novel of the Year Award 2017, for her crime novel, LADY BETH! Congrats also to each of the shortlisted authors in this category, Simon Burke, for his novel AND THE BIRDS KEPT ON SINGING, Catherine Kullmann, for her novel THE MURMUR OF MASKS, and finally, Caimh McDonnell for his novel A MAN...

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