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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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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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Posted by Louise Phillips on 15 September 2017.

Bray Literary Festival, the brainchild of author Tanya Farrelly and David Butler will take place between the 22nd – 24th September. It promises to be a festival with a difference, with both established and emerging artists – ‘One for the many, not for the few…’ In an interview with the Irish Times, Tanya said,  ‘we are both natural organisers who are passionate about literature and offering support to fellow writers. I noticed the same names...

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Want to know where to hide a fictional body???

Posted by Louise Phillips on 14 September 2017.

Calling all emerging Crime Fiction Writers…. A unique opportunity to take part in a 10 Week Crime Fiction Course at a MASSIVE 50% DISCOUNT  (Limited period only)….So grab the last few places….or phone the Irish Writers Centre at (01) 8721302 if you don’t want to miss out. DISCOUNT ENDS AT 5 P.M. THURSDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER!!! Course starts with myself next Wednesday the 19th September 6.30 – 8.30 at the Irish Writers Centre Dublin. Irish Writers...

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Sunday Times Bestselling Author, Angela Clarke, meets Ian Rankin with a twist!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 12 September 2017.

Sunday Times bestselling author of the Social Media Murder Series, Angela Clarke, carries out an author interview with a twist in this video. Challenging Rebus author Ian Rankin in a fun, fast, and hilarious timed interview, filmed in the back of Clare Mackintosh’s Mystery Van:

NOIRELAND International Crime Festival Belfast!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 6 September 2017.

 NOIRELAND International Crime Fiction Festival will take place in Belfast from October 27th to 29th, featuring “the best in local talent, guest appearances by international crime-writing stars, and in-depth conversations with some of the greatest screenwriters to put crime dramas on the screen. NOIRELAND is the brainchild of David Torrans who established the No Alibis Book Store twenty years ago and has been at the forefront promoting Irish crime fiction and bringing the greatest international...

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Dan Browne to Make Exclusive Appearance at Harrogate!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 23 August 2017.

Dan Brown to Make Exclusive UK Appearance in Harrogate Tickets are now on sale for Harrogate International Festivals’ exclusive UK launch of Dan Brown’s, new thriller, Origin in partnership with WHSmith. The American thriller writer who shot to global fame with the international hit, The Da Vinci Code featuring the Harvard professor, Robert Langdon, will appear in Harrogate to launch his new book and discuss his life’s work. Hosted at the Royal Hall on October 9, it will be...

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Why Writing Life doesn’t have to be lonely..

Posted by Louise Phillips on 31 July 2017.

I am delighted to have a special visitor to the Crime Scene blog today. Debut crime fiction author, Sharon Dempsey! Her novel, Little Bird is published this week, and I know Sharon and her novel very well at this point.   I started mentoring Sharon last year, and it was a pleasure every step of the way. Little Bird is a terrific novel, and with a description from the great Brian Mc Gilloway of ‘a dark...

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Tana French Wins Strand Critics Award!!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 24 July 2017.

At an invitation-only cocktail party in Manhattan, Tana French won the Strand Critics Award for Best Novel for The Trespasser (Viking Penguin). After being nominated a record five times for Best Novel, Tana French took home the top prize for The Trespasser which received rave reviews for blurring the lines between genre and literary fiction. In a statement read by her publicist Ben Petrone, French said: “I am honored and I really wish I were...

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Boyle Arts Festival – Crime Writers Panel!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 3 July 2017.

Join myself, Declan Burke, Andrea Carter & Arlene Hunt on the 22nd July for 2 hours of all things crime fiction – part of this year’s Boyle Arts Festival…..Time 5 p.m. – 7 p.m You can book the event on this link....HERE Louise Phillips is an author of four bestselling psychological crime thrillers, each shortlisted for Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year. Her second novel, “The Doll’s House”, won the award. She teaches creative writing at...

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The Dead Good Readers Awards 2017

Posted by Louise Phillips on 13 June 2017.

The Dead Good Reader Awards 2017 Shortlist….. The shortlists are compiled of those authors who received the most nominations in each category. Now the power is back in your hands – it’s time to pick your winners. Does Helen Grace or Ruth Galloway get your vote for favourite fearless female? Is Ian Rankin or James Oswald your go-to for a cracking police procedural? And which book would you recommend above all others? Great to see so...

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