Rachel Ward

Rachel Ward

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.



Credit: Bombshell Photography U.K.

Rachel Ward @RachelWardbooks

Today's review... 'Journey Back to Freedom' @catwrote @katiehickey195 @BarringtonStoke Brilliant writing.

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Check out the gorgeous cover for THE MISSING CHECKOUT GIRL MYSTERY 🛒 https://twitter.com/RachelWardbooks/status/1574320129105694720

Absolutely delighted that my cosy supermarket-based mysteries are being published as ebooks by @JoffeBooks.

So pleased to see this in today's Guardian. LEADING 'In Pictures'! @Kev_Morgans brilliant PUFFINS: Life on the Atlantic Edge can be pre-ordered from all the usual places including the @sandstonepress website. https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2022/sep/26/puffins-around-the-british-isles-in-pictures

Two fawns keeping a close eye on me.
#nature #photography #deer

A soggy morning. Neither dog likes the rain. It squashes their spirits and makes them much easier to walk, so we plodded around some of Widcombe's back streets, getting home to discover I'd brought my car keys instead of house keys. Oh dear. Have a good day! xx

She should have been... #SafeWithYou 😱

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Up early again for a dark, chilly start. Could have done with hat and gloves today. A pic from yesterday. The year is moving on, the sun is lower in the sky, but welcome nonetheless. Have a good day. Xx

Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, 1828 #jmwturner #romanticism https://www.wikiart.org/en/william-turner/alnwick-castle-northumberland

Evening walk enlivened by a soundtrack of tawny owls and a large badger scampering along the road. Night, night. 😴

Not sure about my super-early start. I've managed to drink two cups of coffee and delete 200 words. 😭😭😭 I suppose sometimes you have to go backwards to go forwards again. #amwriting

There’s a point here. Ambulances don’t come any faster if you pay the top rate of tax. And they don’t come at all if they’re stuck outside A&E trying to offload a patient into a hospital with no bed because the NHS has been ground down by years of Tory cuts. https://twitter.com/sarahoconnor_/status/1573358752769654785

Up super early today and trying a pre-dawn writing session to see if that might be productive. After a lovely reaction to my little heron drawing this week, here's the September image from this year's calendar, as it seems appropriate. Such fascinating birds. Have a good day! xx

Warm air and soft drizzle this morning. Here's a brighter moment - evening sunshine on buildings by the canal earlier this week. Warms the cockles, doesn't it? Have a good day! Xx

Little ink study of an old friend, spotted by the canal this afternoon. #drawing #ink

Budapest courtyard from 1906 in Hungarian Art Nouveau style by architect Istvan Nagy (1875-1950).

Absolutely ecstatic to share with you that the #audiobook of "What I Hid From You" is now available on Amazon and #Audible!

Narrated by @KatSmash_hr who did my debut "In Servitude".

She absolutely NAILS it.
Goosebumps all round and the best Glasgow gangster voices!

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With a stalker, attempted break-ins, and suspicions surrounding her godmother’s death - Kate’s new life in #Cornwall is getting complicated.
‘Atmospheric and haunting’

#kindleunlimited #mystery #hauntedhouse @darkstrokedark