About The Author

Margaret is a retired barrister who represented a number of defendants in high profile cases including the death of the fashion designer Ossie Clark who was killed by his lover Diego Cogalato and Janet Griffiths who abducted a newly born baby from St Thomas’s Hospital in Central London.

She was born in Lancashire, went to University in Yorkshire- Sheffield – before working for the local MP in Blackpool, and then went to London to become a barrister. She lived in London for over thirty years and once went to a party at which Paul McCartney was one of the other a guests.

Now much older but always looking for new challenges, she studied for an MA in Creative Writing at Exeter University where she was encouraged to draw on her experiences and write a crime novel.
For a period of four years she heard the clank of keys at Dartmoor Prison in her role as a member of the Independent Monitoring Board. She was also a trustee of a charity in Exeter that supported ex-offenders.

Her favourite books are Dickens’ ‘Bleak House’ and Scott Turrow’s ‘Presumed Innocent’, She is married and lives with her husband, Alan, and an amiable but disobedient Springer Spaniel called Rudi.

Blog Archive

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  • Crucial Evidence
    I don’t spend a lot of time looking at the reviews for Crucial Evidence or for Trial and Errors but this one is very recent — the end of last year. On Trials and Errors the reviewer says:- Reality and fallibility of the British legal system This is a tantalising taster of Margaret Barnes’ novel ...Read more