Author bio

Margaret Murray


“Forging Justice: A Restorative Justice Mystery”


Bethlehem, PA


Margaret Murray is an academic librarian, a lifelong mystery fan and the author of “Forging Justice: A Restorative Justice Mystery”. She is currently at work on “Call the Sinners”, the second book in the series which features Claire Cassidy, a Bethlehem police detective trying to find a new way to deal with crime. Her first unpublished manuscript was a finalist in the St. Martin’s/Malice Domestic contest. Margaret holds masters degrees in English Literature, Library Science and Restorative Practices. She lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

About "Forging Justice: A Restorative Justice Mystery"

Claire Cassidy is a police detective in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania who’s beginning to think she’s wasted the last 12 years of her life. She’s tired of watching kids go from juvenile centers to jails, from minor scrapes with the law to full-time careers in crime. And her latest cases aren’t helping. A career burglar she let off with a warning on her very first night as a rookie years before has just killed an old woman. And three teenage girls have robbed a convenience store and beaten the owner into a coma. Claire feels she’s made no difference in making her city a safer place and wonders if she should turn in her badge. But in her search for the three girls, Claire meets Daniel Pierce, a vice principal at a local high school, who claims to know a better way to deal with kids in trouble. At first Claire thinks Pierce is naïve. But as they work together in what may be her last case, Claire begins to see that Pierce’s methods may have merit. Both in her work as a cop and in helping her confront trauma from her past.