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Graham Bartlett

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I am a best-selling author and crime and police procedural advisor to fiction and TV writers.

I was a police officer for thirty years and mainly policed the city of Brighton and Hove, rising to become a Chief Superintendent and its police commander. I started writing when I left the police in 2013 and, almost by accident, became a police procedural and crime advisor, helping scores of authors and TV writers (including Peter James, Mark Billingham, Elly Griffiths, Anthony Horowitz, Ruth Ware, Claire McGowan and Dorothy Koomson) achieve authenticity in their drama.

I run online crime writing workshops and courses with the Professional Writing Academy and deliver inputs to Masters programmes at the University of Cambridge and the University of East Anglia as well as at the Crime Writing Certificate programme at West Dean College.

I live in Sussex with my wife Julie and variously my 26yr old triplets!

I write the Jo Howe crime series which comprises, Bad for Good, Force of Hate and City on Fire (Published 21st March 2024)

Other Awards

Winner 2023 Crime Fiction Lovers Debut, Editors’ Choice Award (Bad for Good)

Nominated Specsavers Debut of the Year 2023 (Bad for Good)

Books by Graham Bartlett

  • Force of Hate Force of Hate


  • City on Fire City on Fire


  • Death Comes Knocking – Policing Roy Grace’s Brighton Death Comes Knocking – Policing Roy Grace’s Brighton

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  • Bad for Good Bad for Good

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  • Babes in the Wood Babes in the Wood

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