Hi, I am Margaret Murphy
I have written nine psychological novels as Margaret Murphy, published to wide acclaim across the US, UK and Europe; the Clara Pascal books, Darkness Falls and Weaving Shadows received starred reviews from both Publishers’ Weekly and Booklist in the USA. Both titles have recently been re-released by Joffe Books.
I’ve written a trilogy of forensic thrillers under the pseudonym A.D. Garrett, the first of which was awarded a coveted Publishers’ News ‘starred’ review. Jeffery Deaver describes the Fennimore & Simms series as ‘Complex, compelling, and just plain marvellous.’
In 2017, I accomplished a long-held ambition to write a serial killer novel. Splinter In The Blood, published under the pen name Ashley Dyer, went to four rounds of fierce bidding in Germany, and was a lead title for Blanvalet in the autumn of 2018—and yet again, it garnered a starred review from Publishers Weekly in the US, where it was published by William Morrow. The sequel, The Cutting Room, was released in the USA in June 2019. The books are available in all formats.
I’ve been a published writer for 24 years. Before that, I taught Biology, later changing my specialism to dyslexia, and when my first novel was published I was running a dyslexia unit in a school on the Wirral peninsula. I’ve also been a countryside ranger-interpreter; lecturer and visiting professor in creative writing. From 2008-2017, I was RLF Writing Fellow at universities across the north west of England. I’m a life-long supporter of the World Wide Fund for Nature and a passionate environmentalist.