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Helen Callaghan

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Helen Callaghan was born in California to British parents and her early years were spent in both the US and UK. After several early false starts as barmaid, drama student, and nurse, she settled into bookselling, working as a fiction specialist and buyer for Athena Bookshop, Dillons and Waterstones over the next eight years. Though she loved life as a bookseller, Helen was drawn back to her studies. This decision proved to be rather a good one, and after studying for her A-levels at night school, she achieved a place to read Archaeology at Cambridge University as a mature student. Her interests include medieval cookery, hiking, running, and travel. She is fascinated by the past, and can frequently be found haunting ancient monuments. She blogs about these enthusiasms at www.helencallaghan.co.uk She now runs her own business and lives in Cambridge.

Genres: Mystery
   Dear Amy (2016)
   Everything Is Lies (2018)
   Night Falls, Still Missing (2019)
   The Drowning Girls (2023)
Helen Callaghan recommends
She Lies in Wait (2019)
(DCI Jonah Sheens, book 1)
Gytha Lodge
"I can't remember a debut I read with such pleasure - a really masterful handling of complex plot and beautiful characterisation."
The Day of the Accident (2018)
Nuala Ellwood
"Ellwood's protagonist Kate is a female hero in the best sense, flawed but brave. Very quickly you are sucked into her fragile, damaged world, until you no longer know what is real or imaginary."
I, Witness (2018)
(PI Madison Attalee, book 1)
Niki Mackay
"I was swept away by this punchy, pacy thriller with its sharp characterisation and confident plotting. I devoured it in a single day. I particularly loved Madison's fabulously chain-smoking, hyper-feminine sharpness. There were so many things done well here - the presentation of domestic abuse, dysfunctional families, the uneven dynamic of female friendships that border on bullying - so much to enjoy. So looking forward to the next one."

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Books containing stories by Helen Callaghan
Mind Seed (2014)
edited by
Gary Couzens and David Gullen

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