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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 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.

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Killer Instincts – An Event Not to be Missed!!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 3 September 2018.

Killer Instincts As part of the RED LINE BOOK FESTIVAL October 2018, this is an event not to be missed! Hosted by Sam Blake, this panel discussion features some of the top British and Irish writers in the genre, including yours truly! Joining Sam will be acclaimed writer Sophie Hannah, whose books have achieved worldwide success, crime reporter turned author Cormac O’Keeffe (Black Water), best-selling writer of the Detective Lottie Parker series Patricia Gibney (The...

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Andrea Carter secures T.V. Crime Series for The Inishowen Mysteries!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 22 August 2018.

  Andrea Carter’s crime series The Inishowen Mysteries (Little, Brown) is to be adapted for television. Irish production comapny, Zanzibar Films, and German film company Hold The Page bought international TV rights to the Inishowen Mysteries trilogy at the Galway Film Fleadh, the annual festival in the West of Ireland, with international distributor Kew Media. The new crime drama series is to be shot in Donegal. Carter’s series features solicitor-turned-investigator, Benedicta O’Keeffe (known as Ben), includes...

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CWA 2018 Shortlists!!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 4 August 2018.

The Crime Writers’ Association has just announced the 2018 shortlists for the Daggers awards!! The Crime Writers Association was established in 1953 by crime writer John Creasey. Each year, the Daggers are awarded across 10 categories. With the exception of the Diamond Dagger, the Debut Dagger and the Dagger in the Library, all the books are nominated by publishers. The Diamond Dagger is awarded to an author who has made an outstanding contribution to crime fiction....

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Stav Sherez Scoops the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel Award!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 20 July 2018.

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2018 announced!! Stav Sherez last night scooped the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award for The Intrusions. Now in its fourteenth year, the Award is considered one of the most coveted crime writing prizes in the UK. The Intrusions by Stav Sherez was a 2017 Guardian and Sunday Times book of the year, dubbed ‘A Silence of the Lambs for the internet age’ by Ian Rankin....

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Fiction Extravaganza!!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 17 July 2018.

Event, Time & Date for the diary!! An evening of readings from ‘READING THE FUTURE’ Hodges Figgis 250 year anniversary anthology – Arlen House Date & Time: Thursday 26 July 2018 @ 6.30 Place: Hodges Figgis – Dawson Street FREE EVENT Readers: Sam Blake, Gavin Corbett, Tanya Farrelly,Patricia Gibney, Paul Lynch,Niamh McBrannan, Louise Phillips & Kevin Power…. It should be a cracker of a night!!! ALL WELCOME!!!

Murder & Mystery at Harrogate July 2018!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 6 July 2018.

  This year sees a dazzling list crime writing stars taking part in the world’s biggest celebration of the crime writing genre. Lee Child author of the global bestselling Jack Reacher series will be chairing the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival which takes place 19-22 July. Lee says: “I’ve been to all the festivals in the world and Harrogate is by far my favourite, so it’s a joy to be 2018’s chair.” Most importantly...

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The Dead Good Reader Awards 2018

Posted by Louise Phillips on 29 June 2018.

The Dead Good Reader Awards 2018 Two Irish writers Patricia Gibney and Liz Nugent have been nominated this year in the DEAD GOOD READERS AWARD…so if you’ve read either of them, you will know they’re fantastic, so get busy voting!! VOTING LINK HERE The Holmes and Watson Award for Best Detective Duo Conan Doyle’s archetypal pair paved the way for a slew of sleuthing twosomes. This award is for the detective duo who make the...

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Irish Crime Files!!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 18 June 2018.

IRISH CRIME FICTION by Brian Cliff was recently published by Palgrave MacMillan, and it will have it’s official launch in The Gutter Bookshop on the 25th July. It is not only a must for the diary, but the book is an essential read for writers and readers alike. This book represents the first in-depth study of Irish Crime Fiction and its progression from wider Irish literature into a unique genre of its own, and Brian...

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Belfast Book Festival – Irish Crime Fiction Panel

Posted by Louise Phillips on 13 June 2018.

Belfast Book Festival always has a lot to offer, and one of this year’s Crime Fiction delights will be a panel made up of five  Irish crime authors who will discuss how Crime Fiction reflects society, whilst examining how writing about traumatic events can be used to reflect and heal.   Crime Writers: Brian Mc Gilloway, Claire Allan, Andrea Carter, Anthony Quinn, and Sharon Dempsey. Brian McGilloway is the New York Times bestselling author of the...

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Shortlist Announced for Crime Novel of the Year 2018!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 28 May 2018.

THEAKSTON FESTIVAL ROUNDS UP SIX SUSPECTS ON CRIME NOVEL AWARD SHORTLIST The shortlist for crime writing’s most wanted accolade, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, has been announced. The shortlisted six were whittled down from a longlist of 18 titles. The prize, created to celebrate the very best in crime fiction, was open to UK and Irish crime authors whose novels were published in paperback from 1 May 2017 to 30 April 2018....

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