Meet the organisers

Perfect Crime is a collaboration between publisher Ian Skillicorn, and crime writers Ashley Dyer and Caz Finlay.

Ian Skillicorn‘s publishing company reissues bestselling fiction by some of the 20th century’s most successful English language novelists. He has been organising literary events for over a decade, including the National Short Story Week inaugural event at Charles Dickens House, London. Ian is the founder and director of Liverpool’s annual literary festival, the Smithdown Litfest. He is a regular speaker for the Society of Authors, and appears at writing festivals, and on debating and judging panels around the UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, the Translators’ Association and the Society of Authors. For over ten years, Ian was an independent advisor to the Metropolitan Police Service, earning a Commendation from the Commander (Head of Homicide Investigations).


Ashley Dyer is the penname of Margaret Murphy, consulting with forensics expert and Vera and Shetland adviser, Helen Pepper. Margaret Murphy wrote nine psychological novels under her own name and a trilogy of forensic thrillers as A.D. Garrett, before morphing into Ashley Dyer to begin a new series of serial killer thrillers set in Liverpool and featuring detectives Greg Carver and Ruth Lake. The founder of Murder Squad, she is a former RLF Writing Fellow, a past Chair of the CWA, has been shortlisted for both the “First Blood” critics award and the CWA Dagger in the Library, and is a Short Story Dagger winner.


Caz Finlay has been a Probation Officer for fourteen years, and has always been fascinated by the psychology of human behaviour and the reasons people do the things they do. Her first novel, The Boss, is a gangland thriller set in Liverpool. She’s currently writing the second and third books in the trilogy.