Margaret Murphy is the author of nine highly acclaimed psychological crime novels. Published in the UK, USA, and in translation across Europe, Margaret’s writing has received accolades from the British broadsheets, as well as rave reviews from the New York Times, Publishers’ Weekly and The Booklist in the USA. She was shortlisted for the 2006 CWA Dagger in the Library.
After a string of stand-alone thrillers, Margaret recently began her first series. Based in Liverpool, and featuring Chief Inspector Jeff Rickman and Detective Sergeant Foster, she evokes the gritty reality of crime in one of Britain’s most vibrant and brutal cities.
Margaret has been a countryside ranger, science teacher and dyslexia specialist. She is founder of Murder Squad, a touring group of crime writers and a committee member of the Crime Writers’ Association. She is Consultant Tutor on the MA in Writing at Liverpool JMU, and delivers a regular writing masterclass on Radio Merseyside Drivetime.
Praise for Margaret’s Rickman & Foster Liverpool series:
Now You See Me
’This is crime for the computer age... The truly exciting ending is a triumph of inventiveness. Altogether original.’ Guardian
’Her crime fiction blasts into the realm of literature.’ Ken Bruen
’With The Dispossessed Margaret Murphy earned her place among the elite of British crime writers. With Now You See Me she may have just moved to the head of the pack.’ Richard Montanari
’Murphy is a dab hand at creating menace beneath a deceptively light surface, and the novel ends up as a hard-hitting thriller that takes no hostages to fortune.’ Vincent Banville in the Irish Times
PUBLICATIONS | PERFORMANCE HISTORY
Now You See Me (2005), Hodder
The Dispossessed (Nov 2004), Hodder & Stoughton
Weaving Shadows (2003), Hodder & Stoughton
Darkness Falls (2002), Hodder & Stoughton
Murder Squad Anthology (2001), Flambard
Dying Embers (2000), Macmillan
Past Reason (1999), Macmillan
Desire of the Moth (1998), Macmillan
Caging the Tiger (1997), Macmillan
Goodnight, My Angel (1996), Macmillan
WORKSHOP | READINGS EXPERIENCE","REFERENCE/S
Library readings and writers’ workshops across the UK. Currently tutor on the MA in writing at LiverpoolJMU. Presents a regular feature on BBC Radio Merseyside Drive Time.
Freda Hadwen, Administrator, Chester Festivals, Chester Literature festival, 8 Abbey Square, Chester, CH1 2HU
Ms Janette Fleming, Reader Development Officer, Halton Lea Library, Halton Lea, Cheshire
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AREA/S PREPARED TO TRAVEL
I was a school teacher for 17 years, and now lecture and conduct workshops for Writing students at Liverpool John Moores University, so I am a confident and well-prepared speaker and tutor.