Phifer lives in the Barrow region of the modern country of Cumbria, in the United Kingdom, and many of her novels are set there. She has multiple series of books in her stable, including the series about detectives Morgan Brooks, Annie Graham, Lucy Harwin and forensic pathologist Beth Adams.
- Erin Gaskell (2022-01-12). "Write and Natter with bestselling Barrow author Helen Phifer". NWE Mail. Archived from the original on 2022-01-23. https://web.archive.org/web/20220123180016/https://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/19839981.write-natter-bestselling-barrow-author-helen-phifer/. Retrieved 2022-01-23. "Helen Phifer is a Barrovian number one bestselling crime and horror novelist of the Annie Graham, Lucy Harwin and Morgan Brooks series."
- Alex Candlin (2022-01-15). "Barrow crime author Helen Phifer to visit library event this month". NWE Mail. Archived from the original on 2022-01-23. https://web.archive.org/web/20220123180356/https://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/19848721.barrow-crime-author-helen-phifer-visit-library-event-month/. "Helens debut novel The Ghost House was released October 2013. It went on to be an Amazon #1 bestseller."
- Eleanor Ovens (2022-01-11). "New festival to launch which spotlights Cumbria's literary talent". NWE Mail. Archived from the original on 2022-01-23. https://web.archive.org/web/20220114074340/https://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/19836716.new-festival-launch-spotlights-cumbrias-literary-talent/. "Tom Ashton, Cumbria County Council library outreach project officer in the Barrow area, has announced the launch of ‘A Write Natter’ – a festival stretching across Cumbria, in collaboration with Barra Culture and Cumbria County Council."