Meet the organisers

Perfect Crime is a collaboration between publisher Ian Skillicorn, and crime writers Margaret Murphy 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).


Margaret Murphy writes internationally acclaimed and bestselling psychological thrillers under her own name, and forensic thrillers as Ashley Dyer and AD Garrett. She is a past Chair of the Crime Writers Association (CWA), founder of Murder Squad, and a former RLF Writing Fellow and Reading Round Lector. She’s been a country park ranger, biology teacher, dyslexia specialist and Visiting Professor in creative writing. A Short Story Dagger, HRF Keating, and CWA Red Herring award winner, she has also been shortlisted for the ‘First Blood’ critics award and CWA Dagger in the Library.

Twitter: @murphy_dyer
Facebook: @MargaretMurphyNovels


Caz Finlay is the author of the bestselling of the Bad Blood books, a series of gangland thrillers set in Liverpool. She lives in Liverpool with her husband, two children, and a grumpy dog named Bert. She has two BA Hons in Criminal Justice and Community Justice. A Probation Officer for fifteen years, Caz has always been fascinated by the psychology of human behaviour and the reasons people do the things they do, however it was the death of her son in 2016 which prompted her to rediscover her love of writing. She is currently writing the fifth and sixth books in the Bad Blood series.


Twitter: @cjfinlaywriter
Instagram: Caz Finlay
Facebook: Caz Finlay