Bodies in the Library, Margaret Murphy
Wed, 18 Oct 2023 19:00 - 20:30 BST
The Athenaeum, 12-18 Church Alley, Liverpool, L1 3DD
Liverpool-born writer Margaret Murphy was in conversation – talking about her career in crime writing and her new detective thriller, Dead Man Walking, at Liverpool’s historic Athenaeum Library Reading Room.
Penned as M.K. Murphy, Dead Man Walking has been widely praised and is optioned for TV.
Dead Man Walking
As dusk falls the night before the trial of notorious crime boss Thomas Unwin, the prosecution’s star witness is brutally murdered, his killer escaping in plain sight from a hotel.
DS Rick Turner spent months building the case against Unwin, and he’s not willing to give up now. But Unwin has Rick’s girlfriend, Jess, kidnapped in a plan to coerce Rick into throwing his own testimony.
Faced with a stark choice, Rick must find Jess or give false testimony which would cost him his career and let Unwin walk free. But with the net closing in he soon faces a terrifying truth: the killer is closer to him than he ever expected, and as the case turns personal there is no one he can trust, not even his closest colleagues.
About Margaret Murphy
Margaret’s work has been published in the UK and across North America, as well as in translation in nine countries. She is a past Chair of the Crime Writers Association (CWA), a former RLF Fellow and Reading Round Lector, and founder of Murder Squad. A Short Story Dagger, HRF Keating, and CWA Red Herring award winner, has also been shortlisted for the ‘First Blood’ critics award and the CWA Dagger in the Library.
About Professor Catherine Cole
Catherine Cole is Professor in Creative Writing in The Screen School at Liverpool JMU. She has published 4 novels, and her non-fiction includes Private Dicks and Feisty Chicks: An Interrogation of Crime Fiction (Curtin University Press, 1996). She is a peer reviewer for the Literature Board of the Australian Council for the Arts, a regular book reviewer, participant in Australian and international writers’ festivals and a judge of major national book awards. Catherine’s research interests include Creative Writing and Crime Fiction and True Crime.
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