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A blog by Louise Phillips

LOUISE PHILLIPS is the bestselling author of five psychological crime thrillers. Her debut novel RED RIBBONS, and her subsequent Kate Pearson 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 was published on September 5th 2019. It was shortlisted in the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2019. Louise Phillips is the crime writing mastermind behind writing.ie's Crime Scene blog.

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Branching out into Crime!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 18 October 2018.

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...

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Posted by Louise Phillips on 11 October 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...

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MURDER ONE – Launch – Serial Thrillers & More!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 20 September 2018.

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...

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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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