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Matthew Evans

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About me

I’m a crime author living near Chichester, West Sussex. My novels are set in locations close to my home, an area of Sussex I love and know well. I’ve served many years here as a police officer (now retired) and use this experience to help me write crime fiction.

To date, I have published five crime novels. I published my first, Chasing Shadows, in September 2021. Drawing from my firsthand policing experience, I strive to infuse my work with authentic police procedures while maintaining a fast-paced fictional narrative. My first crime series had a cross-genre supernatural edge. My latest series is purely police procedural crime fiction.

My Background

I’m married, have three children (all now adults), and two grandchildren. My background is in electronics and software engineering, which I did for about twenty years. However, soon after my son was born with Down syndrome, I made a radical career move and halved my salary—I joined the police in Hampshire, wanting to give something back to society. I have served both in Hampshire and Sussex as a regular police constable and special constable.


In addition to being a crime author, I’m also a folk musician, playing a mix of Irish, Scottish, and English traditional tunes. I also compose music. I play Irish whistles, the melodeon, recorders, the ukulele, and the EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument).

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