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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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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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Adrian McKinty wins Barry Award!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 19 October 2017.

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)

Something Wicked!!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 12 October 2017.

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!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 5 October 2017.

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….

Tana French’s Murder Squad set for T.V. Series!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 3 October 2017.

  Tana French Murder Squad set for T.V. series!! Tana French – Fans will see her characters on-screen next year… A new murder-mystery series, based on the books of bestselling crime author Tana French, is coming to BBC One and will begin filming in Dublin and Belfast in 2018. The Dublin Murders will see French’s first two books, In the Woods and The Likeness, brought to screens in adaptations by Sarah Phelps, who has recently reimagined Agatha Christie’s And Then...

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Time to curl up with a good crime novel….

Posted by Louise Phillips on 26 September 2017.

Now that the days have a hint of Autumn/Winter about them, it’s time to curl up with a good book, and what better place to start, than this host of recent Irish Crime Fiction releases and upcoming delights…. CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET? by Karen Perry (August) RAVENHILL by John Steele (August) THE RELUCTANT CONTACT by Stephen Burke (September)   SLEEPING BEAUTIES by Jo Spain (September) THERE WAS A CROOKED MAN by Cat Hogan (September)...

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