Thursday, May 2, 2019

Edgar Award Winners 2019!

The Edgar Award Winners and Nominees 2019 has been released. Congrats to all the Nominees & Winners!!

Best Novel


The Liar’s Girl
 by Catherine Ryan Howard (Blackstone Publishing)
House Witness by Mike Lawson (Grove Atlantic – Atlantic Monthly Press)
A Gambler’s Jury by Victor Methos (Amazon Publishing – Thomas & Mercer)
Down the River Unto the Sea by Walter Mosley (Hachette Book Group – Mulholland)
Only to Sleep by Lawrence Osborne(Penguin Random House – Hogarth)
A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn (Penguin Random House – Berkley)
Winner: Down the River Unto the Sea by Walter Mosley (Hachette Book Group – Mulholland)

Best First Novel


A Knife in the Fog
 by Bradley Harper (Seventh Street Books)
The Captives by Debra Jo Immergut (HarperCollins Publishers – Ecco)
The Last Equation of Isaac Severy by Nova Jacobs (Simon & Schuster – Touchstone)
Bearskin by James A. McLaughlin (HarperCollins Publishers – Ecco)
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (Penguin Random House – G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Winner: Bearskin by James A. McLaughlin (HarperCollins Publishers – Ecco)

Best Paperback Original


If I Die Tonight
 by Alison Gaylin (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
Hiroshima Boy by Naomi Hirahara (Prospect Park Books)
Under a Dark Sky by Lori Rader-Day (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani(Penguin Random House – Penguin Books)
Under My Skin by Lisa Unger (Harlequin – Park Row Books
Winner: If I Die Tonight by Alison Gaylin (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)

Best Fact Crime


Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation
by Robert W. Fieseler (W.W. Norton & Company – Liveright)

Sex Money Murder: A Story of Crack, Blood, and Betrayalby Jonathan Green (W.W. Norton & Company)
The Last Wild Men of Borneo: A True Story of Death and Treasure
by Carl Hoffman (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century
by Kirk Wallace Johnson (Penguin Random House – Viking)
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killerby Michelle McNamara (HarperCollins Publishers – Harper)
The Good Mothers: The True Story of the Women Who Took on the World’s Most Powerful Mafia
by Alex Perry (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
Winner: Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation

Best Critical/Biographical


The Metaphysical Mysteries of G.K. Chesterton: A Critical Study of the Father Brown Stories and Other Detective Fiction
by Laird R. Blackwell (McFarland Publishing)
Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession
by Alice Bolin (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow Paperbacks)
Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s 
by Leslie S. Klinger (Pegasus Books)

Mark X: Who Killed Huck Finn’s Father? by Yasuhiro Takeuchi (Taylor & Francis – Routledge)
Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life by Laura Thompson (Pegasus Books)
Winner: Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s 

Mary Higgins Clark

A Death of No Importance by Mariah Fredericks (Minotaur Books)
A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder by Dianne Freeman (Kensington Publishing)
Bone on Bone by Julia Keller (Minotaur Books)
The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey (Soho Press – Soho Crime)A Borrowing of Bones by Paula Munier(Minotaur Books)
Winner: The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey (Soho Press – Soho Crime)
For details of all categories visit HERE

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Dublin Writers Conference 2019!

            21st-23rd JUNE 2019

Another set of dates for the diary!

I'm so looking forward to sharing a panel with some very talented folks during this year's conference. For full details see link below.

5th Annual Dublin Writers’ Conference

This conference will help you to improve your writing craft, publish successfully, and plan the marketing necessary for any author to achieve success whether traditionally published or self-published.

For full details visit HERE

Bray Literary Festival 2019!!

I am thrilled to be taking part in this year's Bray Literary Festival. There is an absolutely stellar line up! So put the dates in your diary now!! 

Monday, April 15, 2019


I am delighted to join the great team at the Irish Writers Centre next month for an 8 Week Course duly titled - BEGIN YOUR NOVEL. If interested, click on link below. All shares most welcome!!
This 8-week course will set you on the exciting path of starting your novel or progressing your first draft. You will learn how to develop ideas, while creating your cast of characters, and exploring various elements of the writers’ toolbox, including dialogue, theme, points of view and plot, each bringing your story world to life.
Louise Phillips is a bestselling author of four critically acclaimed novels, winning numerous awards, including an Irish Book Award. A previous judge on the Irish panel for the EU Literary Award, her work has also formed part of many literary anthologies.
Starts: Thurs 9 May 2019
Time: 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm
For more information click HERE

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A Date for the Diary....Black Wood...How far would you go?

Author Derek Flynn will launch his new novel, a standalone thriller titled BLACK WOOD, in The Gutter Bookshop, Dublin, next Wednesday the 27th March at 6.30 and all are welcome!!

'How far would you go to get out?'
This is the question three unlikely friends living in a dead-end town in America ask each other. The answer would come to haunt them.

The narrator, a writer, now in his late 30s, lives alone in New York, eking out a living as a college lecturer. His life is turned upside down when Samantha Pierce, a woman he hasn’t seen in twenty years, re-enters his life and tells him she is being blackmailed because of something they did twenty years before in the Black Wood.

A cat and mouse game ensues as they try to find out the identity of the blackmailer, and the narrator recalls the events of the summer they graduated High School that led to the fateful night in the Black Wood, and how he – an average student nobody paid any attention to – wound up at the centre of an unlikely and dangerous relationship between Samantha – the High School prom queen – and Charlie Rhodes – the High School dropout; first as an observer and then, as something more sinister, changing their lives forever.

The Black Wood presents several flawed characters who reel you in as you too, the reader, becomes obsessed to know their darkest secrets. Can the past, especially one shrouded in deadly deeds ever go away? And when the bonds formed in adolescence, with that intricate mix of danger, passion, and fragility, cross the line, at first, the darkness may seem innocent, until bit by bit, one wrong decision after another, an overzealous teenager become capable of things that he can never escape from.... 

'Black Wood – the deeper you go, the darker your intent..'

You can order the book HERE

Derek’s previous books BROKEN FALLS and THE DEAD GIRLS have been a big hit with readers – THE DEAD GIRLS featured on a number of book blogger’s “Best of 2018” lists and came in at number 11 in the Rick O’ Shea Book Club poll of the “Best Irish Books of 2018”.

The BLACK WOOD launch kicks off at 6.30PM at THE GUTTER BOOKSHOP and all are welcome.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

A new chapter, a new story.....

The manuscript of DARK DAY IN MAY is ready to go out into the world, or in publishing jargon, my agent is extremely happy with it, and therefore it will be visiting some lovely places very soon....

Who knows what the future will bring, but I am very happy with the story, and in the end, that is the MOST IMPORTANT BIT!

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