The Crime Writers' Association

Rachel Sargeant

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Rachel’s latest novel The Good Teacher is a police procedural published by HarperCollins Killer Reads in January 2019. Her previous novel was the psychological thriller, The Perfect Neighbours, set in Germany and also published by HarperCollins Killer Reads. It became a Kindle Top Ten bestseller in the UK and Top Fifty in the US.
She grew up in Lincolnshire and is a previous winner of Writing Magazine’s Crime Short Story competition and has been placed or shortlisted in various competitions, including the Bristol Short Story Prize. Her stories have appeared in My Weekly and the Accent Press Saucy Shorts series.
One of her other novels Gallipoli: Year of Love and Duty was inspired by the 1915 diary of Sister Muriel Wakeford, the grandmother of Rachel’s husband. Although fictionalised, it tries to make sense of life on board a hospital ship at Gallipoli. Where better to hide a crime than in a war.

She spent several years living in Germany and now lives in Gloucestershire with her family.


Other Awards

Won Writing Magazine’s Crime Short Story competition and runner up in another year.

Shortlisted for Bristol Short Story Prize.

Second Prize in Henshaw Short Story Competition

Books by Rachel Sargeant

  • Gallipoli: Year of Love and Duty


  • The Perfect Neighbours


  • The Good Teacher