Lee Murray


Lee Murray writes fiction for children and adults for which she has been lucky enough to win some literary prizes. She is currently working on various projects, one of which she hopes will be bigger than hobbits. Lee wishes she were edgier than she actually is—a fantasy which recurs whenever she is folding the washing. She lives with her family in New Zealand.

Where to find Lee Murray online


Into the Darkness
Price: Free! Words: 11,480. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
NZDF Sergeant Taine McKenna encounters something ancient and evil in the French village of La Ferté-Bernard. Local authorities are going need help to contain it. Lucky for them, McKenna is available, expendable, and ultimately deniable… A Taine McKenna Adventure.
The Thief's Tale (1.6)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,650. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.50 from 4 reviews)
Award-winning short story by Lee Murray: Whitney is a thief. A good one. Like a mosquito she comes in quietly, first anaesthetising, then feeding, and finally leaving before her prey know any better. It’s a strategy which has worked for her 22 times in the past. But when she lands in Refuge, an estate sale opens the door to other possibilities. Cover art by Will Jacques, all Profits to charity.
Beyond This Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,870. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: March 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
Beyond This Story is a collection of hyperfiction - fiction based on true events - written by New Zealand intermediate school students. It includes interpretations of disasters and epidemics, some unspeakable horrors, as well as discoveries and triumphs to delight and startle the world. All are told with insight and sensitivity in the fresh voices of New Zealand’s young writing talent.
Write Off Line 2013
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,870. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Anthology
Write Off Line 2013 is a collection of stories and poems by New Zealand secondary school students. We had hoped for a glimpse of the teenage condition through their own eyes, and discovered instead that the view from there is a kaleidoscope…

Smashwords book reviews by Lee Murray

  • The Death of a Cruciverbalist (1.4) on Dec. 01, 2015

    The crossword is the only decent thing in Refuge's rag of a paper, so when its architect is found dead of an apparent suicide, a lonely new resident to the town takes it upon himself to investigate. Tightly- plotted with an unexpected twist, this is a wonderful short read from one of Australia's best speculative writers. A perfect for whodunnit for crossword lovers everywhere.
  • The Ghost in the Water (2.2) on Dec. 22, 2015

    Single mum-to-be Shauna is on the run from an abusive relationship, seeks refuge in the townhouse at 27 Marsh Street. At least she's hopeful, but a a disturbing reflection in a dresser mirror, and a problem with the townhouse electrics, lead to a disturbing first night... Be prepared to meet an old friend from other tales in the Refuge collection. A very creepy sleepover!
  • Plato's Cave (2.4) on Dec. 22, 2015

    In this tale from the Refuge Collection, Brian Craddock follows Marty the 'bruiser' Hayseed, first encountered in The Thief's Tale. Not content to be the mayor's lackey forever, Marty's got his hands on something which could tip the scales... Irreverent, violent, and compelling, Plato's Cave teases the threads of Refuge and uncovers yet another dimension...
  • The Lizard and The Maiden (3.2) on March 07, 2016

    When the sister of Mahi’s boyfriend turns up from New Zealand to visit her in Refuge, it isn’t for a friendly catch up. Instead, she’s in for a night of unspeakable torture. Rescue comes from an unexpected source, and as a result Mahi finds her true calling. A vital tale in the Refuge story, this one appealed to me for its evocative prose and links to Maori mythology. But don’t be fooled into thinking this story is all beautiful maidens and ferns in soft-focus. Nuh-uh. McBride doesn’t pull any punches. Blood and viscera guaranteed.
  • The Detective's Tale (5.2) on May 21, 2016

    What happens when you've seen too much death and too much indifference? When you can't sleep, an ulcer gnaws at your gut, and sciatica plagues your every step? A long spiral of descent, that's what. But Detective Roger Dickson is still clocking in to work, investigating the bizarre murders occurring in Refuge. He's still functioning, if you can call taking the line of least resistance functioning. Of course, something has to give, and the twist is delicious.