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James Murphy is a Northern Irish writer working within the genre of Crime Fiction. His debut novel, the first in what has become known as, The Terror Trilogy, The Rise of Terror, was first published in 2016 and achieved a second print run with Excalibur Press in 2017 having been met with excellent reviews. James has since achieved Professional Membership Status with the Irish Writers Centre, became a member of the Society of Authors and has recently been appointed Master Convenor of the Irish Chapter of the Crime Writers Association. He also teaches crime fiction writing workshops both online and in person.


The second book in the Terror Trilogy, The Terror Within was released in April 2019. It too was met with excellent reviews and further cemented his status as a writer of compelling and page turning crime fiction.

After obtaining a Single Honours English Degree from Queen’s University Belfast, he embarked on a teaching career, first entering the classroom almost 25 years ago. In the intervening years he has become a successful educationalist, holding the offices of Head of English Department, Vice Principal and School Principal along the way, and guiding schools both in Northern Ireland and across the UK to leading edge status. Still working broadly within the field of education he is now a member of the Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University, helping to develop and support the teachers of the future.


James also holds active directorship of Merlin Arts CIC and The Northern Ireland Festival of Writing, where he and his co-founders work to improve the lives of others through the power of writing.

The final book in the Terror Trilogy, Dark Light was published in November 2020, providing a fitting conclusion to the story, but to the delight of his followers, not the end for the Farset Investigations series.

James is also the host of the hugely successful podcast, A Life Of Crime (Writing) with James Murphy, and the popular radio show, Crime Scene with James Murphy on Belfast 247.

He is currently working on the first of a new series of psychological thrillers centring around Investigative Psychologist, Dr. Carolyn Harkin. Further details to be announced in due course.

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