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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 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.

You can follow Louise online, on Twitter and on Facebook.

Crime Delights for the Final Quarter of 2016!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 29 November 2016.

THE CITY IN DARKNESS by Michael Russell – October 2016 HOLDING by Graham Norton – October 2016 A HUNT IN WINTER by Conor Brady – October  2016 PURSUIT by John McAllister – November 2016 TRESPASS by Anthony J Quinn – November 2016 THE GIRL BEHIND THE LENS by Tanya Farrelly –  December 2016

Launch of Trouble is our Business – No Alibis

Posted by Louise Phillips on 22 November 2016.

The Northern Ireland launch of TROUBLE IS OUR BUSINESS (New Island Books) is happening this Friday evening. So, if you’re in or around Belfast, why not call in?? It’s a terrific collection, a great bookshop and there will be crime fiction folk there, including John Connolly, and editor, Declan Burke! Details:  Fri 25th November 6.30pm, No Alibis, 83, Botanic Avenue, Belfast An evening of chat about Crime Fiction on the Emerald Isle with Declan Burke, John Connolly...

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Great News on the Irish Crime Writing Scene….

Posted by Louise Phillips on 11 November 2016.

Great news on the Irish Crime Writing Scene, ‘Girl Unknown’, the 3rd psychological thriller by Karen Perry, (aka Paul Perry and Karen Gillece) has been picked up by Peaky Blinders producers Tiger Aspect for a TV series. Paul and Karen, who are currently writing their fourth novel ‘Shoot the Crows’, are also working with Dublin based film company, Subotica, on the adaptation of their first novel ‘The Boy that Never Was’. So watch this space….

Irish Crime Novel of the Year Shortlist 2016!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 3 November 2016.

It’s that time of the year again folks! As always there is stiff competition in the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Award shortlists, especially in the Irish Crime Novel of the Year category, sponsored by Books Are My Bag. . And here is the shortlist….drum roll please…. The Constant Soldier by William Ryan Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard The Drowning Child by Alex Barclay Little Bones by Sam Blake Lying in Wait by Liz...

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The Chandler Chat at Imagine Arts Festival!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 19 October 2016.

The Chandler Chat at Imagine Arts Festival – FREE Sunday 23 October 7 p.m. |- All welcome –  St Patricks Gateway Centre, Waterford Imagine Arts Festival, in partnership with the Irish Writers Centre, commemorates the memory of Raymond Chandler and his close connection with Waterford. Irish crime writers Alan Glynn  and Declan Hughes read from their work and discuss the influence of Raymond Chandler on their writing and on contemporary crime fiction. Are the detectives who go down today’s...

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Murder comes to Malahide

Posted by Louise Phillips on 13 October 2016.

Murder comes to Malahide on the October bank holiday weekend in the form of the Something Wicked Crime Writing Festival, which runs from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th. Over the course of the three days, there will be something for all ages interested in crime, crime fiction and children’s books. On Friday October 28th a panel of bestselling authors will discuss how they write about murder and violent crime. The panelists are Alex Barclay (Darkhouse,...

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Echoland by Joe Joyce is the One City One Book Choice for 2017!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 3 October 2016.

Great news this week! Dublin City Council’s Public Library Service have announced Echoland by Joe Joyce, published by Liberties Press, as the Dublin: One City One Book choice for 2017. ECHOLAND is a spy thriller featuring young intelligence officer Paul Duggan, and the first in a series that includes ECHOBEAT (2014) and ECHOWAVE (2015). Lord Mayor Brendan Carr said “I am pleased that Echoland by Joe Joyce has been chosen for ‘Dublin: One City One...

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Trouble is our Business at the Red Line Festival!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 25 September 2016.

  An evening of discussion on Irish Crime Writing with author, editor and journalist, Declan Burke, who will lead the conversation on the crime-writing process, the development of gripping plots and characters, and explore the evolution of Irish crime writing. Date:  Wednesday, 12 October 2016 Time:  8pm  Venue:  The Civic Theatre, Loose End Admission:  €8/€6 concession Perfect for crime fiction fans and aspiring authors. Warning:  As there will be a discussion of crime novels etc. and their content,...

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Irish Crime Authors hit California in October!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 30 August 2016.

Irish crime fiction will be getting a lot of attention at this year’s Los Gatos Listowel Writing Festival in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Californian town of Los Gatos is a sister city with Listowel Writing Festival. The festival dates are 6th to the 9th October 2016. Firstly –Women in Irish Crime Fiction – is on the 8th October, in which myself and Irish crime writer Niamh O’Connor will read from our contributions to the new...

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LOS GATOS – LISTOWEL WRITERS’ FESTIVAL 2016

Posted by Louise Phillips on 25 August 2016.

TWO MAJOR CRIME EVENTS FORM PART OF THE LOS GATOS- LISTOWEL WRITERS’ FESTIVAL IN SAN FRANCISCO this year…. To wit…. Saturday, October 8th 2016 NEW WAVE OF WOMEN IN IRISH CRIME FICTION More and more young Irish women are joining the ranks of established crime fiction greats. What’s that all about? Award-winning Irish crime writers Louise Phillips and Niamh O’Connor will read from their contributions to the new anthology of Irish crime writing, Trouble Is...

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