Ashley Dyer


Ashley Dyer is the pseudonym for novelist Margaret Murphyworking in consultation with policing and forensics expert, Helen Pepper.

Margaret Murphy is a novelist, short story writer, reviewer, former Writing Fellow and Reading Round Lector for the Royal Literary Fund, a past Chair of the Crime Writers Association (CWA), and founder of Murder Squad. She has also lectured at Masters level in Creative Writing. A CWA Short Story Dagger winner, she has been shortlisted for the First Blood critics’ award for crime fiction as well as the CWA Dagger in the Library. She has written novels under her own name, and as A.D. Garrett.

Helen Pepper is a Senior Lecturer in Policing. She has been an analyst, Forensic Scientist, Scene of Crime Officer, CSI, and Crime Scene Manager, and has co-authored, as well as contributed to, professional policing texts. Her expertise is in great demand with crime writers: she is a judge for the CWA’s Non-Fiction Dagger award, and is Forensic Consultant on both the Vera and Shetland television series.

Twitter: @AshleyDyer2017



Forensic Crime, Short Stories

Publications & Performance History

Splinter In The Blood   (Corsair)

Workshop & Reading Experience

Margaret has taught on creative writing courses at Arvon, in libraries and community centres, right up to Masters level. She has contributed to panel discussions at Chester Festival, Ampthill, Harrogate Crime Festival, and many others. She is a former RLF Reading Round Lector, RLF Writing Fellow at the University of Manchester.

Margaret is known for her dramatic readings. In addition to lecturing in policing and forensic science, Helen is a popular contributor on discussion panels at Harrogate Crime Festival, Noirwich, Shetland Noir as well as many others. Recently, Margaret and Helen co-tutored a very popular Fact and Fiction Arvon Writing course, presented workshops and conducting tutorials over the course of a week at Lumb Bank. Margaret and Helen have also developed a fun CSI library event, in which readers can examine a 'crime scene' and discuss how they would work the scene. Please ask if you would like more information


Agent: Felicity Blunt, Curtis Brown:

Claire Oxley or Diane Moore, Wirral libraries; Jennifer Stewart, Fife Cultural Trust; Pauline Martin, South Tyneside Libraries; Helen Eddon, Gateshead Libraries; Claire Pratt, Stockton on Tees libraries; Denise Sparrowhawk, Hartlepool Library; Debbie Williams at Wrexham Library; Cathy Barber at Flintshire Libraries; Helen Meller at Arvon Foundation, Lumb Bank.

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