Margaret Murphy is the author of nine internationally acclaimed psychological thrillers – both stand-alone and police series – and her work has been published in the UK, USA, and in translation across Europe. She has been shortlisted for the First Blood critics’ award for crime fiction, and the Crime Writers' Association (CWA) Dagger in the Library. She is founder of Murder Squad, a touring group of crime writers, which has inspired many other writers to come together to promote their work. Margaret ran the 2006-7 CWA Debut Dagger, and in 2009-10 was Chair of the CWA, during which time she was lead negotiator for the inclusion of the CWA Daggers in the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards. Her lively talks on her research are very popular with library readers and literature festival audiences. She taught creative writing at Masters level from 2002-2006, and was an RLF Writing Fellow from 2008-2011, teaching the gentle art of the well-turned phrase to university students and academics across all disciplines.
Margaret has been a countryside ranger, science teacher and dyslexia specialist, and her lifelong passion for science is reflected in her painstaking research for her novels. She has spoken on fictional representations of forensic science at the Forensic Science Society Conference (2006), and presented a talk to service users and specialists at the Tavistock and Portman Clinics (2007). In 2008, Margaret worked with the Macaulay Institute and other scientists (including Prof. Dave Barclay), to develop a lecture involving scientists and novelists for the British Association’s annual Festival of Science, as part of their aim to bring science to a wider audience. This inaugural lecture of Murders, Mysteries and Microscopes was a sell-out and has become a regular feature, both at the festival, and elsewhere across the UK.