Friday, August 18, 2017

Free Audio downloads....The Doll's House!!

To CELEBRATE the publication of THE DOLL's HOUSE Audiobook, I have 3 free downloads to give away!!

To be in with a chance to win, answer this simple question!!

Who is the criminal psychologist featured in this series of books??

Leave a comment here, or on Facebook, or Twitter @LouiseMPhillips  

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

For fans of Tana French and Patricia Cornwell!!!

Coughs lightly......."The Doll's House by Louise Phillips...perfect for fans of Tana French and Patricia Cornwall..." 

THE DOLL'S HOUSE Goodreads giveaway for all US readers...See link below......



Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Publication Day!!

Today's the day folks.....publication of THE DOLL'S HOUSE in the US!!

Thanks to Polis Books!!


Today marks the U.S. release for THE DOLL'S HOUSE, the riveting novel in Louise Phillips's internationally bestselling Kate Pearson series! Read this acclaimed novel from the writer called "Ireland’s finest mystery writer." (San Diego Book Review)

Indiebound: http://bit.ly/2vfkUlM

Monday, July 31, 2017

Why writing life doesn't have to be lonely!

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 and compelling tale from a thrilling new voice in Irish crime fiction...' you are sure to enjoy!

So without further ado, I'll hand you over to Sharon!!!

They say writing is a lonely occupation. All those endless hours in front of the computer, with only your cat for company. Well, my experience has been slightly different. From the start, I was fortunate to have best-selling crime writer Louise Phillips by my side.

When I began writing Little Bird, I knew I wanted to commit to the story, to see it through to the end. I also knew that the best way for me to do this was to be given a deadline. Once a journalist, always a journalist. I also needed to feel that my writing was worth investing in; that I wouldn’t be wasting my time. It was with this in mind that I approached the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and applied for the Support for the Individual Arts Programme.

Anyone who has ever applied for Arts Council funding will know that the process isn’t easy. I had to prove my commitment to artistic practice, to explain how the funding would be used, and to submit the beginning of my book.
When I was successful in being awarded the grant, it felt like a validation and that has been important in helping me to keep going. Plus, there was a deadline involved so I knew that I had something to work towards. 

I have always loved Louise’s books and I knew that she worked with the Irish Writers Centre, delivering creative writing workshops. My plan was to use the Arts Council funding to engage in a mentoring programme with Louise.
I sent Louise the first 10, 000 words of my manuscript to see if she wanted to work with me. Thankfully, she liked what I had written, and we began the process of developing our mentoring relationship over emails. This meant that I had an insightful reader early on; at every 15,000-word instalment, Louise read what I had written and offered her advice. She has been fantastically supportive, from giving me advice on character development, to picking up over-used words. I don’t think I would have completed the book without her encouragement. The final version of the book is quite different from that first draft but Louise’s editorial advice was so important.

By actually saying, I want to write and this is what I have done, I have been amazed at the community of support on offer. There are great book events to get involved in, from the Belfast Book Festival at the Crescent to the regular launches at No Alibis. Seek out your local writers’ groups; mine is Witches with Wolves. Tell people about your book and you will be more likely to finish it.
Engaging in mentoring with Louise offered me so much more than editorial feedback. It was about giving myself permission to say I am writing, and to encourage me be serious about my writing. To have a brilliant writer like Louise by side also means that my writing life has never been lonely.


An unmissable serial killer thriller

Forensic psychologist, Declan Wells, is dealing with the aftermath of a car bomb during the Troubles in Belfast, which has left him in a wheelchair. But that is only the start of his problems.

Welsh Detective, Anna Cole is running away from a dead-end relationship and the guilt of her mother's death. She hopes secondment to the Police Service of Northern Ireland will provide a distraction.  
There is a killer on the streets targeting young women and leaving behind macabre mementoes to taunt the police.
Can Declan and Anna work together to catch the deranged killer before he strikes again?

And is it ever possible to leave the past behind you?

Little Bird will be launched at the Crescent Arts Centre on 3rd August at 7pm.

Links below

Twitter @svjdempz




Monday, July 24, 2017

Tana French wins Strand Critics Award for Best Novel!!

At an invitation-only cocktail party in Manhattan, Tana French has 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 there tonight, and I am relying on Ben Petrone and Andrew [Gulli] to down a couple of my favorite cocktails for me.”
Andrew F. Gulli, the managing editor of the Strand said of Tana’s win, “It was great to see Tana get the top prize, since she was nominated so many times.”

For full list of nominees and winners in the various categories, see below….

Best Novel 
You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott (Little, Brown and Company)
The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown and Company)
The Trespasser by Tana French (Viking)
What Remains of Me by Alison Gaylin (William Morrow)
Out of Bounds by Val McDermid (Atlantic Monthly Press)
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware (Gallery)

Best Debut Novel:
The Widow by Fiona Barton (NAL)
IQ by Joe Ide (Mulholland)
The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell (Touchstone)
A Deadly Affection by Cuyler Overholt (Sourcebooks Landmark)
The Homeplace by Kevin Wolf (Minotaur)
The Lost Girls by Heather Young (William Morrow)

Lifetime Achievement Award
Clive Cussler

Let the fun begin!!!

After a month of playing catch-up on life, including four literary festivals, mentoring, an article for a U.S. magazine, a short prose piece, year end accounts, meeting friends who might otherwise disown me for lack of contact, and getting to know my family again, the real madness will start again shortly, with edits back on my latest novel next week, the publication of THE DOLL'S HOUSE in the U.S. August 8th and 10 weeks of workshops in the IWC starting September!! Let the fun begin!!!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Writing Authentic Crime Fiction with Louise Phillips!!

Louise Phillips Irish Writers Centre Crime Fiction Writing Class
It all starts again at the Irish Writers Centre this September, only this time to add flavour and depth, we have ex-detective, Tom Doyle, on board to discuss all things crime scene, policing and so much more.

A unique opportunity not to be missed!!!

Starts: Tue 19 Sept 2017
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Duration: 10 Weeks
Cost: €280/€260 Members 

This course with bestselling and award winning crime author, Louise Phillips, offers in-depth analysis of all aspect of great crime fiction, including creating memorable characters, plot, pace, dialogue and point of view. As part of the programme, participants have a rare opportunity to work with former police detective, Tom Doyle, to discuss crime scene evaluation, front-line policing, detection and so much more. The course will also look at writing that breakout novel, publishing today, and getting that elusive agent/publishing deal. If you want to write authentic crime fiction, don't miss this course. 
Louise Phillips is the author of four bestselling psychological crime thrillers all of which were nominated for the Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year. Her second novel, The Doll’s House, won the award in 2013. The Game Changer, her latest novel, was published to critical acclaim in 2015. She has also been a judge on the Irish Panel for the E U Literary Award.
For more information visit HERE

Monday, July 3, 2017

Crimewriters Panel Boyle Arts Festival 22nd 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 HERE

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Star Line up for Dublin Writers Conference!!

There is lots happening over the next few days at the Dublin Writers Conference.....I'm delighted to be taking part on Saturday discussing the 'Writing Craft - Creative Elements', but there is certainly a star-studded line for the various events. Check it out by clicking the link below


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Dead Good Readers Awards 2017!!

The Dead Good Reader Awards 2017 Shortlist…..


A can't miss'event for any Writer!!

This Saturday in conjunction with the Irish Writers Centre, and Listowel Writers Week, there is a full day on 'The Connected Writer'. It is geared towards those looking to be published, or already established, and it's a can't miss event for any writer. For my part in the afternoon I'll be covering promoting your work in a competitive marketplace. At €7 for the full day, it's one not to miss!! Here is my bit and I'll put the booking link below....
Louise Phillips - The Modern Writer: a session on promoting your work – and yourself – in the competitive marketplace. Should you be active on social media? What does it mean to be 'a brand'? These, among many other relevant questions, will be tackled.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Full US Cover Jacket Revealed!!!!

This beauty made me smile....

Final US Cover of THE DOLL'S HOUSE!!

Publication Date USA - 8th August 2017!!!!

Polis Books

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Connected Writer!

I'm so looking forward to this great event in Listowel in a couple of week!

I'll be chatting about- The Modern Writer: A session on promoting your work – and yourself – in the competitive marketplace. Should you be active on social media? What does it mean to be 'a brand'? These, among many other relevant questions, will be tackled....
#hope #to #see #you #there

Visit link here: https://irishwriterscentre.ie/collections/professional-development/products/mindshift-the-connected-writer-at-listowel

Thursday, June 1, 2017


A great event for crime fiction fans will take place shortly in Belfast, and I’m hugely looking forward to it.
Declan Burke, award winning author,  journalist, reviewer and editor, will be hosting this event as part of Belfast Book Festival on June 10th.
BBF17: TROUBLE IS OUR BUSINESS – NEW STORIES BY IRISH CRIME WRITERS – Declan Burke in conversation with three of the finest Irish crime writers out there, and who – no coincidence – contributed to TROUBLE IS OUR BUSINESS (New Island Books)
Saturday 10 June at 2pm
£6 | £4
at the Crescent Arts Centre
Irish crime writers have long been established on the international stage as bestsellers and award winners. Now, for the first time ever, the best in contemporary Irish crime novelists have been brought together in one volume. Author, editor and journalist Declan Burke will be leading the conversation on Irish crime writing with Louise Phillips, Julie Parsons and Stuart Neville.
Declan Burke is a writer, editor, journalist and critic. He has published six crime novels. He edited Trouble Is Our Business: New Stories by Irish Crime Writers in 2016.
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 is currently working on her latest novel, Dark Day In May.
Julie Parsons was born in New Zealand but has lived most of her adult life in Ireland. She was a radio and television producer with RTÉ for many years until the publication of her first novel, Mary, Mary in 1998. Her subsequent novels, including The Hourglass (2005) and I Saw You (2008) were all published internationally and translated into many languages.
Stuart Neville’s crime fiction has won numerous awards, including the LA Times Book Prize. Stuart also writes under the pen name Haylen Beck, whose debut novel, Here and Gone is due to be published this summer and is in development for the screen.
To book tickets, click HERE

Monday, May 29, 2017

THE DOLL'S HOUSE is picked for Audible's Big Summer Picks Preview!!!

So it looks like Audible.com are so happy with the sales of RED RIBBONS, they've picked THE DOLL'S HOUSE for their select Summer Books Preview.....

"Congratulations! Your upcoming release, THE DOLL'S HOUSE, was selected to be part of the Audible’s Summer Books Preview.”

Nice....and here is the link required LINK

Friday, May 12, 2017

Cavan Arts/Irish Writers Centre, Workshops & Information Day!

Outside Dail Eireann with IWC, Cavan Arts, and Minister Heather Humpreys to promote workshops starting in Cavan next Wednesday

At 5 ft 6", I wouldn't have considered myself short, but the world is getting taller......

Great list of activities in Cavan.....Hope to see some of you there! 


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Crimefest Award Shortlist 2017!


Congrats to Ken Bruen for his shortlisting with Jason Starr!!!
Audible Sounds Of Crime
The Audible Sounds of Crime Award is for the best unabridged crime audiobook first published in the UK in 2016 in both printed and audio formats, and available for download from audible.co.uk, Britain’s largest provider of downloadable audiobooks. Courtesy of sponsor Audible UK, the winning author and audiobook reader(s) share the £1,000 prize equally and each receives a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award.
The nominees are:
– Rachel Abbott for Kill Me Again, read by Lisa Coleman (Audible / Bolinda)
– Ben Aaronovitch for The Hanging Tree, read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Orion Publishing Group)
– Fiona Barton for The Widow, read by Clare Corbett (Audible / Bolinda)
– Lee Child for Night School, read by Jeff Harding (Transworld Digital / Soundings)
– Anthony Horowitz for Magpie Murders, read by Allan Corduner & Samantha Bond (Orion Publishing Group)
– Clare Mackintosh for I See You, read by Rachel Atkins (Hachette Audio / Isis)
– Peter May for Coffin Road, read by Peter Forbes (Riverrun / Jammer)
– Holly Seddon for Try Not to Breathe, read by Jot Davies, Lucy Middleweek & Katy Sobey (Bolinda)
Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, and Audible UK listeners established the shortlist and the winning title.
eDunnit Award
The eDunnit Award is for the best crime fiction ebook first published in both hardcopy and in electronic format in the British Isles in 2016. The winning author receives a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award.
The nominees are:
– Linwood Barclay for The Twenty-Three (Orion Publishing Group)
– Steph Broadribb for Deep Down Dead (Orenda Books)
– Michael Connelly for The Wrong Side of Goodbye (Orion Publishing Group)
– Ragnar Jonasson for Blackout (Orenda Books)
– Laura Lippman for Wilde Lake (Faber & Faber)
– Ian Rankin for Rather Be the Devil (Orion Publishing Group)
– Andrew Taylor for The Ashes of London (HarperFiction)
– L.C. Tyler for Cat Among the Herrings (Allison & Busby)
Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, and a team of British crime fiction reviewers voted to establish the shortlist and the winning title.
H.R.F. Keating Award
The H.R.F. Keating Award is for the best biographical or critical book related to crime fiction first published in the British Isles in 2016. H.R.F. ‘Harry’ Keating was one of Britain’s most esteemed crime novelists, and a renowned reviewer and writer of books about crime fiction. The winning author receives a commemorative Bristol Blue Glass award.
The nominees are:
– Mark Aldridge for Agatha Christie on Screen (Palgrave Macmillan)
– J.C. Berthnal for Queering Agatha Christie (Palgrave Macmillan)
– Barry Forshaw for Brit Noir (No Exit Press)
– Rachel Franks & Alistair Rolls for Crime Uncovered: Private Investigator (Intellect)
– Katharina Hall for Crime Fiction in German: Der Krimi (University of Wales Press)
– Megan Hoffman for Gender and Representation in British ‘Golden Age’ Crime Fiction (Palgrave Macmillan)
– Elizabeth Mannion for The Contemporary Irish Detective Novel (Palgrave Macmillan.
Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, and a team of British crime fiction reviewers voted to establish the shortlist and the winning title.
Last Laugh Award
The Last Laugh Award is for the best humorous crime novel first published in the British Isles in 2016. The winner receives a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award.
The nominees are:
– Ken Bruen & Jason Starr for PIMP (Hardcase Crime)
– John Dufresne for I Don’t Like Where This Is Going (Serpent’s Tail)
– Judith Flanders for A Cast of Vultures (Allison & Busby)
– Mick Herron for Real Tigers (John Murray)
– Carl Hiaasen for Razor Girl (Little, Brown Book Group)
– Vaseem Khan for The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown (Hodder & Stoughton)
– L.C. Tyler for Cat Among the Herrings (Allison & Busby)
– Chris Whitaker for Tall Oaks (Twenty7)
Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, and a team of British crime fiction reviewers voted to establish the shortlist and the winning title.
Best Crime Novel For Children (Aged 8–12)
CRIMEFEST is pleased to introduce a new award recognising the outstanding contribution that crime novels for children make to the genre, as well as celebrating the burgeoning interest of children in fiction as a whole. The winning author receives a commemorative Bristol Blue Glass award.
The nominees are:
– Lyn Gardner for Rose Campion and The Stolen Secret (Nosy Crow)
– Fleur Hitchcock for Murder In Midwinter (Nosy Crow)
– Gareth P. Jones for The Thornthwaite Betrayal (Piccadilly Press)
– Tom McLaughlin for The Accidental Secret Agent (Oxford University Press)
– Robin Stevens for Murder Most Unladylike: Jolly Foul Play (Puffin)
– Robin Stevens for Murder Most Unladylike: Mistletoe and Murder (Puffin)
– Harriet Whitehorn for Violet and the Smugglers (Simon & Schuster)
– Katherine Woodfine for The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth (Egmont)
Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, and a team of British reviewers of children’s fiction voted to establish the shortlist and the winning title.
Best Crime Novel For Young Adults (12 – 16)
CRIMEFEST is pleased to introduce a new award recognising the outstanding contribution that crime novels for young adults make to the genre, as
well as celebrating the burgeoning interest of young adults in fiction as a whole. The winning author receives a commemorative Bristol Blue Glass award.
The nominees are:
– Leigh Bardugo for Crooked Kingdom (Hachette Children’s Group)
– Kerry Drewery for Cell 7 (Hot Key Books)
– John Grisham for Theodore Boone: The Scandal (Hodder & Stoughton)
– Erin Lange for Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah (Faber & Faber)
– Patrice Lawrence for Orangeboy (Hachette Children’s Group)
– Simon Mason for Kid Got Shot (David Fickling Books)
– Simon Mayo for Blame (Penguin)
– Eliza Wass for In The Dark, In The Woods (Hachette Children’s Group)
Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, and a team of British reviewers of young adult fiction voted to establish the shortlist and the winning title.
Also presented at CRIMEFEST will be:
– CRIMEFEST’s Flashbang Award
for best original short crime story in 150 words. The long and shortlisted entries can be viewed on the website.
– the Petrona Award
CRIMEFEST is honoured to host the presentation of the Petrona Award which was created in the memory of Maxine Clarke by her friends and colleagues. The award celebrates the best of translated Scandinavian crime fiction.
TICKETS to the three-course Gala Awards Dinner, with our Featured Guests, Toastmaster and awards presentations are still available.
As in previous years, tickets to Pitch an Agent and 1-on-1 Assessments have sold out, but a few places are still available for Crime Writing Day. The daylong event is made up out of the following sessions: How To Self Publish In eBook And Print, with Joanna Penn; Agents And Editors—Who Does What For Authors?, with representatives from the Darley Anderson and DHH Literary agencies, and editors from Bonnier and Quercus; and the writing workshop Constructing Character and Plot presented by the Professional Writing Academy, with Tom Bromley and Julia Crouch. Go to TICKETS to register for one of the few remaining spaces.
To celebrate the publication of Peter James’ latest Roy Grace novel, Need You Dead (18 May), we have five signed copies to give away. All you need to do to win a copy is email us with the name of the seaside location that Roy is most associated with. The deadline to do so is this coming Friday, 12 May.
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