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Margaret Murphy’s crime thrillers have been published in the UK, the USA, and in translation across Europe, receiving accolades from broadsheets and tabloid newspapers alike, as well as starred reviews from Publishers’ Weekly and Booklist in the USA. She has been shortlisted for the First Blood award for crime fiction, and the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Dagger in the Library; she was the joint winner of the 2012 CWA Short Story Dagger. Margaret is founder of Murder Squad, and a past Chair of the CWA. She was RLF Writing Fellow in Liverpool and Chester from 2008 to 2011. Margaret has been a countryside ranger, science teacher, psychology student, and dyslexia specialist. Her lifelong passion for science is reflected in her painstaking research for her novels. In June 2013, she will publish her first collaborative novel, EVERYONE LIES, with forensic scientist Prof. Dave Barclay, under the pseudonym A.D. Garrett.
Six of her titles were published in eBook for the first time by Random House last December. Check out The Murder Room, where you can also read, free of charge, her short story, LOW VISIBILITY.
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Vunerable, exposed, naÃ¯ve and dispensible, asylum-seekers are easy prey for the ruthless and Liverpoolâ€™s underworld is full of such people. This is tough, gritty, compulsive stuff, well worth getting caught up in.Comparison: Mandasue Heller, Jake Arnott, Lynda La Plante.Similar this month: Martina Cole, Karin Fossum.
Monday morning. The tension in the air at St Michael's School is palpable, for popular sixth former, Ryan Connelly has gone missing. When Ryan's badly burned corpse is discovered, the explanation seems all too simple: the young footballer died while experimenting with drugs His teacher, Geri Simpson, cannot accept the official verdict. But as she tries to investigate, she finds her own life is under threat.
Jenny Campbell had promised her husband Fraser that they would take a break from fostering, but the plight of a small boy found wandering the streets of Garston in just his nightclothes proves impossible to ignore. So far, the child has refused to speak, and the police have no clues as to who he is or where he comes from. Only one fact is clear - something, or someone, has left him terrified ...
Clara Pascal had everything; a high-flying barrister and devoted mother, she was envied and admired by her peers. Now, robbed of everything that gives her life meaning, she lies chained to the stone wall of a dark cellar - without food, without warmth, without sleep, without even the most basic communication - for her kidnapper will not tell her what he wants from her. As the police team frantically knocks on doors, following up wisps of leads, bullying, cajoling, begging witnesses for help, it seems that Clara Pascal has disappeared without trace.Meanwhile, in her dark prison, Clara begins to suspect why her killer has kept her alive so far.
Bled to death and left in a rubbish bin, the teenaged prostitute is just the first victim. DI Jeff Rickman's investigation into the Afghan refugee's sordid death leads first to the heart of a community who can't - or won't - talk to him. Then the investigation comes home to Rickman's own private life. As the body count starts rising he is framed for a crime he didn't commit. A murderer is trying to make things personal. Very personal. Is he on the trail of a serial killer? Or something even more sinister?
Barrister Clara Pascal thought she was taking on a simple child custody case ... Still traumatised by her own recent experiences as a kidnap victim, Clara works hard to keep the shadows of the past from affecting her friends, family and work. But the dreams don't get any easier and the past won't go away. When a local woman is brutally murdered Clara finds herself thrown back into a crime investigation she wants nothing to do with. Risking her career, her reputation and her life Clara sets out to prove that the past has no hold on the future while a killer comes ever closer to making her the next victim ...
When Megan Ward goes missing, suspicion falls on the stalker seen outside her house. The police would love it to be so simple, but the closer they look, the more mysterious Megan herself becomes. They find no photos, no passport, no family or friends. Only the corrupted computer files in Megan's strangely impersonal room. Meanwhile, Patrick Doran, owner of Safe Hands Security, is living his own nightmare. A hacker has breached his computer network, where he thought he had safely buried his past. Then, when her landlady is murdered, the shadowy Megan re-merges. The woman who doesn't exist becomes very real, very elusive and very dangerous.
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