Two crime writers that deserve to be read

While perusing my book shelves, I look fondly on certain tomes.  Some authors are ones I haven’t heard about in a while…  I have highly positive memories of their work. Where are they now?  Are they still writing?new-to-you-authors

In this blog post, I aim to introduce you to two of these exemplary crime novelists. Perhaps you’ve heard of one of them, or perhaps, if you’re a huge crime fiction fan such as myself, you’re familiar with both of these names.  If you have NOT heard of them, then perhaps it is time to start yet another new reading adventure.

Most of the novels I’ve mentioned in this post are available on Amazon (though not all are available in Kindle format).  If you can’t find them on Amazon, check out your local public library.  If they don’t have them, then perhaps they will get them from another library for you via inter-library loan.  And, last but not least… there is always the treasure hunt you can perform in your local used bookstore.right-crime-tape-divider


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



Darkness falls (Clara Pascal #1)
Weaving shadows (Clara Pascal #2)




The dispossessed (Rickman & Foster #1)
Now you see me (Rickman & Foster #2)


and Margaret Murphy’s stand-alone psychological thrillers






Dying embers

The desire of the moth

Past reason

Caging the tiger

Goodnight, my angelfeatherline

Julie Parsons

New Zealand born, Julie Parsons immigrated to Ireland at the age of twelve. After school she went to University College, Dublin. She worked as a radio producer, then television producer for RTE (Irish national television station). But she had always wanted to be a writer and in 1996 she wrote her first novel, a thriller, ‘Mary, Mary’.  Julie lives in Dun Laoghaire. Co Dublin, within sight of the sea. The sea, with all its power, beauty and mystery, is hugely important to her.


She has written two novels featuring Michael McLoughlin:

#1 Mary, Mary


#2 I saw you






Julie Parsons has written several outstanding ‘stand-alone’ crime novels:


Eager to please




The courtship gift



The hourglass






The guilty heart



and, most recently,



The therapy house




About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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2 Responses to Two crime writers that deserve to be read

  1. carhicks says:

    You are absolutely correct. I have not read either of these authors before. I will check the library and see if they have any of their work. Thanks for introducing me to new authors to add to my TBR as if it isn’t long enough already.

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