Jaya Lahiri-Mukherjee’s interest in crime fiction, started with mystery books by Enid Blyton at a very young age, was heightened by dinner-table conversations about the criminal psyche with legal personalities in her family and social circle. A Ph.D. in Microbiology, Virology & Immunology from Oregon Health Sciences University (USA) peaked her curiosity into analysing non-violent homicides. Born and bred in Kolkata, Jaya was educated at Loreto House (Middleton Row), Presidency College and University of Calcutta (Ballygunge). Returning to
India after her studies abroad, she has worked at National Institute of Immunology (New Delhi) and TIFR (Mumbai) before turning to full-time motherhood. During the 25-odd years as a home-maker, Jaya has been a freelance journalist for English newspapers in Pune, Oman and Minnesota (USA), a computer graphics animator, and CAD designer and instructor in Pune and Oman.