Rachel Ward was born in Surrey and studied Geography at Durham University. She worked in local government for twenty years or so in a variety of roles, including organising town centre Christmas events (bonnets were worn). She has two grown up children and now lives in Bath with her husband, where she writes, paints, takes photographs and wrangles dogs. She is an enthusiastic supporter of her local arts scene and takes part in art trails and exhibitions.
Rachel writes crime novels and thrillers for adults and young adults. Her debut, NUMBERS, was published in 26 countries and won several awards in the UK and abroad. This was the first of five thrillers for young adults and was followed by a cosy crime series for adults, THE ANT AND BEA MYSTERIES.