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.
Rarely has a book captured my interest so much – An Absolute 5 Stars!!
“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...Read the full article >>
My Top Crime Picks of 2017!!!
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...Read the full article >>
Winslow to Wow at World’s Biggest Celebration of Crime Writing!
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...Read the full article >>
Julie Parsons Wins Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year !!
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...Read the full article >>
Lee Child Takes Helm of Theakston Crime Writing Festival
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,...Read the full article >>
Irish Crime Fiction Book of the Year Shortlist
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 ...Read the full article >>
Winner of the C.A.P. Novel of the Year 2017 is…..
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...Read the full article >>
Adrian McKinty wins Barry Award!!
At Bouchercon, the winners of the 2017 Barry Awards have been announced. Congratulations to everyone involved, but special congrats to our very own Adrian Mc Kinty, who won Best Paperback Original for Rain Dogs! Best Novel: A Great Reckoning, by Louise Penny (Minotaur) Best First Novel: The Drifter, by Nicholas Petrie (Putnam) Best Paperback Original: Rain Dogs, by Adrian McKinty (Seventh Street) Best Thriller: Guilty Minds, by Joseph Finder (Dutton)
As we are all getting ready for Halloween, Something Wicked is brewing…A bunch of my all time favorite Irish crime fiction writers are digging into the Mystery of Historical Crime Fiction!! One not to be missed!!
Angela Clarke, challenges C.L. Taylor in the Mouth Guard Challenge!!
Social Media Murder Series writer Angela Clarke, challenges Sunday Times Bestselling C.L. Taylor to do the Mouth Guard Challenge, in the latest edition of Angela’s hilarious author interviews with a twist….