| Dorothy Simpson|
| University of Bristol|
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Dorothy Preece Simpson (born 20 June 1933, Blaenavon, Monmouthshire, Wales) is a writer of mystery novels and winner of a Silver Dagger Award from the Crime Writers' Association of Great Britain.
Simpson was born and brought up in South Wales, went to Bridgend Grammar School and then to Bristol University, where she read modern languages. After university she moved to Kent (the background of the Thanet novels) to teach French at Dartford and Erith grammar schools from 1955 to 1962. She married in 1961 and worked as a marriage guidance counsellor from 1969 to 1982. She began writing in 1975. She and her husband and three children live in Maidstone, Kent.
Her first novel was published in 1977, but her next three manuscripts were rejected. She determined to "devote her next efforts to creating an intriguing murder mystery staged around an engaging sleuth," and came up with Inspector Luke Thanet and his colleague Sergeant Michael Lineham in The Night She Died, the first of a series of 15 novels. Severe repetitive stress injury forced her to stop writing in 2000.