Margaret Murphy (writer)

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Margaret Murphy (born 14 April 1959) is a British crime writer.


Murphy was born and brought up in Liverpool, Lancashire where she gained a degree in Environmental Biology at the University of Liverpool and later an MA with Distinction in Writing at Liverpool JMU, a course on which she now lectures. She has been a countryside ranger, science teacher, dyslexia specialist and psychology student.

After a string of successful stand-alone novels, Murphy began her first series with The Dispossessed which was followed by Now You See Me, featuring fictional Merseyside detectives Jeff Rickman, Lee Foster and Naomi Hart.

Her novels have garnered critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic with The New York Times describing her prose as "skin-chilling".[1] Short-listed for the First Blood Award and the Crime Writers' Association's "Dagger in the Library", Murphy is the founder of "Murder Squad" – a touring group of crime writers – and a former chair of the Crime Writers' Association. She is also 2006/07 Chair of the CWA Debut Dagger.

In June 2013 she published a book under the pseudonym of AD Garrett called Everyone Lies. Murphy appeared on the BBC Breakfast programme to talk about the book and her collaboration with Professor Dave Barclay, a forensic scientist, who worked with her to get the science accurate for the plot of the book.

Murphy is a contributor to both BBC Radio Merseyside's Drive Time and Radio 4's The Message.



  • Now You See Me (2005), Hodder (a Rickman and Foster novel)
  • The Dispossessed (Nov 2004), Hodder & Stoughton (a Rickman and Foster novel)
  • Weaving Shadows (2003), Hodder & Stoughton (a Clara Pascal novel)
  • Darkness Falls (2002), Hodder & Stoughton (a Clara Pascal novel)
  • Dying Embers (2000), Macmillan
  • Past Reason (1999), Macmillan
  • Desire of the Moth (1998), Macmillan
  • Caging the Tiger (1997), Macmillan
  • Goodnight, My Angel (1996), Macmillan

Short fiction[edit]

  • Low Visibility (2008)
  • False Light (2006) in Ellery Queen Magazine
  • Epiphany (2006) in Ellery Queen Magazine
  • False Light (2004) in Liverpool Stories, Comma Press
  • Big End Blues and A Certain Resolution (2001) in Murder Squad Anthology, Flambard


  1. ^ Stasio, Marilyn. "Crime", "New York Times", 11 July 2004. Accessed 11 July 2004.

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