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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 Line Up for 2018 Harrogate Crime Festival!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 20 April 2018.

The full line-up of the world’s biggest celebration of the crime genre has been unveiled at an exclusive London launch party. Lee Child, Programming Chair of the 2018 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, flew in from New York to host the party with arts charity, Harrogate International Festivals, which delivers the annual festival hosted annually at the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate. Alongside authors, editors, publishers and agents attending The Hospital Club in Covent...

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Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel Longlist Revealed!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 16 April 2018.

  2018 THEAKSTON OLD PECULIER CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR LONGLIST REVEALED Big hitters including Lee Child, Ian Rankin and Val McDermid, feature on this longlist. The prize was created to celebrate the very best in crime fiction and is open to UK and Irish crime authors whose novels were published in paperback from 1 May 2017 to 30 April 2018. 2018 marks the 14th year of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award....

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Crime Fiction is becoming increasingly popular!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 12 April 2018.

Perhaps the latest figures from the London Book Fair shouldn’t come as a surprise, but it turns out that Crime fiction has become the most popular fiction genre in the UK. I’m assuming, we in Ireland, may be reasonably similar. Apparently, this is the first time it has happened in the UK, according to figures revealed at The London Book Fair. Crime and Thriller novels have substantially increased since 2015, with a whopping 19% more...

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Don’t miss ‘Writing Crime Fiction’ this coming May!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 2 April 2018.

I’m so excited to be starting this in May at the Irish Writers Centre For full booking details, visit HERE or Contact the Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1 Phone: (+353) 1 872 1302 info@writerscentre.ie Crime Fiction with Louise Phillips Starts: Thurs 17 May 2018 Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm Duration: 8 Weeks Cost: €220/€200 Members Learn the secrets of successful crime-fiction writing with bestselling and award-winning crime author Louise Phillips. During the course, participants...

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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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