Margaret Murphy is the founder of Murder Squad. She has been a Writing Fellow and Reading Round Lector for the Royal Literary Fund, and is a past Chair of the Crime Writers Association (CWA). She has published nine internationally acclaimed psychological thrillers under her own name and has won the HRF Keating Award and CWA Short Story Dagger, as well as being shortlisted for several other awards.
In 2013, writing as A.D. Garrett, Margaret began a new forensic series, featuring Professor Nick Fennimore and DCI Kate Simms. Everyone Lies was a bestseller, and both that novel and the sequel, Believe No One, received coveted starred reviews from Publishers’ Weekly. Jeffery Deaver commented, ‘Simms and Fennimore are complex, compelling, and just plain marvellous.’ Truth Will Out is the third in the series.
Helen Pepper is a Senior Lecturer in Policing. She has been an analyst, Forensic Scientist, Scene of Crime Officer, CSI, and Crime Scene Manager. An author in her own right, Helen 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 TV series, and as well as the upcoming series, Bancroft.
Ashley Dyer: In Spring 2018, Margaret and Helen will launch a new series under the pseudonym Ashley Dyer. The first in the series, Splinter In The Blood, went to four rounds of bids among German publishers at the London Book Fair. Blanvalet will publish the first two in the series, making Splinter In The Blood one of their lead titles for in 2018/19. Hot on the heels of that news, William Morrow, who publish Dennis Lehane, Faye Kellerman and Elmore Leonard, acquired the US rights to books 1 and 2 It has been requested by 150 publishers worldwide, and there is keen TV interest in the series on both sides of the Atlantic.