Ashley Dyer is the pseudonym for prize-winning novelist Margaret Murphy working in consultation with policing and forensics expert, Helen Pepper. Margaret Murphy is founder of Murder Squad, a past Chair of the Crime Writers Association (CWA), and a former Writing Fellow and Reading Round Lector for the Royal Literary Fund. A CWA Short Story Dagger winner, she has also been shortlisted for the First Blood critics’ award for crime fiction as well as the CWA Dagger in the Library. She has published nine psychological suspense novels under her own name. Helen Pepper is a Senior Lecturer in Policing and Forensics. She has been an analyst, Forensic Scientist, Scene of Crime Officer, CSI, Crime Scene Manager and Crime Scene Co-ordinator. An author in her own right, Helen has co-authored, as well as contributed to, professional policing texts. She is a judge for the CWA’s Non-Fiction Dagger award, and is Forensic Consultant to both the Vera and Shetland TV series, as well as Bancroft.