Graham once again was Peter's advisor on his twelfth novel in the award-winning Detective Superintendent Roy Grace crime series.
An ugly duckling as a child, Jodie Bentley had two dreams in life - to be beautiful and rich. She's achieved the first, with a little help from a plastic surgeon, and now she's working hard on the second. Her philosophy on money is simple: you can either earn it or marry it. Marrying is easy, it's getting rid of the husband afterwards that's harder, that takes real skill. But hey, practice makes perfect …
Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is feeling the pressure from his superiors, his previous case is still giving him sleepless nights, there have been major developments with his missing wife Sandy, and an old adversary is back. But worse than all of this, he now believes a Black Widow is operating in his city. One with a venomous mind… and venomous skills. Soon Grace comes to the frightening realization that he may have underestimated just how dangerous this lady is.
Graham worked with William to achieve the gritty realism that this book has throughout in a complex and exciting hunt for a murderer by a murderer
Police Sergeant William South has a reason for not wanting to be on the murder investigation.
He is a murderer himself.
But the victim was his only friend; like him, a passionate birdwatcher. South is warily partnered with the strong-willed Detective Sergeant Alexandra Cupidi, newly recruited to the Kent coast from London. Together they find the body, violently beaten, forced inside a wooden chest. Only rage could kill a man like this. South knows it.
But soon - too soon - they find a suspect: Donnie Fraser,
a drifter from Northern Ireland. His presence in Kent disturbs William - because he knew him as a boy. If the past is catching up with him, South wants to meet it head on. For even as he desperately investigates the connections, he knows there is no crime, however duplicitous or cruel, that can compare to the great lie of his childhood.
Moving from the storm-lashed, bird-wheeling skies of the Kent Coast to the wordless war of the Troubles, The Birdwatcher is a crime novel of suspense, intelligence and powerful humanity about fathers and sons, grief and guilt and facing the darkness within.
Graham guided Rob on all the policing elements of this gripping novel. He helped achieve characters who are faithful to those who, in real life, are charged with tracking down murderous stalkers.
If The Night Stalker is watching, you’re already dead…
In the dead of a swelteringly hot summer’s night, Detective Erika Foster is called to a murder scene. The victim, a doctor, is found suffocated in bed. His wrists are bound and his eyes bulging through a clear plastic bag tied tight over his head.
A few days later, another victim is found dead, in exactly the same circumstances. As Erika and her team start digging deeper, they discover a calculated serial killer – stalking their victims before choosing the right moment to strike.
The victims are all single men, with very private lives. Why are their pasts shrouded in secrecy? And what links them to the killer?
As a heat wave descends upon London, Erika will do everything to stop the Night Stalker before the body count rises, even if it means risking her job. But the victims might not be the only ones being watched… Erika’s own life could be on the line.
Crime Fiction Masterclass - Brighton 21st April 2018
In association with Waterstones, the much-lauded Crime Fiction Masterclass rolls into Brighton, following on from the success of two masterclasses in London and one in Manchester.
Four experts in the field of fiction and crime will give you all the tools you need to get your crime fiction right. Bestselling author Erin Kelly will teach you how to introduce drama into your fiction and how to access the research you need.
Serving CSI ad author Kate Bendelow will take you through a crime scene and tell you how to avoid the pitfalls.
Graham Bartlett, an ex-senior detective, bestselling author and adviser to worldwide bestseller to Peter James, will teach you how things really work in the police.
Kate and Graham will combine their experience to teach you the realities and procedures involved in a post-mortem.
Bestselling author and practising criminal lawyer Neil White will guide you through the legal system and teach you how to get it right.
And you'll get lunch and refreshments too.
Guardian Masterclass - Central London 19th May 2018
Learn how to craft a gripping story for film, fiction or TV – an unmissable class with bestselling author Erin Kelly, former chief superintendent Graham Bartlett, CSI Kate Bendelow and lawyer and author Neil White.
Crime fiction is one of the most popular genres around, with readers and viewers becoming increasingly discerning. Whether you want to write a crime novel, a police procedural or a TV drama to rival Silent Witness, this Masterclass will help to give your story that added edge of authenticity.
From forensic pathology to crime scene investigation, courtroom drama and detection, this fascinating seminar offers professional insights into the world of crime. Curated by bestselling author Erin Kelly, the class is packed with advice on how to carry out research, approach experts and craft a killer story for film, fiction or TV.
Erin Kelly, author of He Said/She Said and Broadchurch: The Novel will tell you what you should research, who you need to talk to and the right questions to ask, plus how to make crime fiction authentic without sacrificing pace.
Criminal lawyer and bestselling crime novelist Neil White discusses law and order, offering guidance on how to bring the drama of the courtroom to life on the page.
Former chief superintendent Graham Bartlett, advisor to bestselling author Peter James, discusses the skills of detective work, sharing tips on crafting a convincing crime story and catching fictional killer.
Serving CSI officer Kate Bendelow discusses frontline policing, crime scene investigation and autopsies, offering expert advice on writing crime scenes for the page or screen
From the Corpse to the Courtroom - Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival - Harrogate 19th July 2018
Have you ever wanted to stand in the shoes of a homicide detective? Aided and abetted by authors and crime advisors, Mel McGrath,
Kate Bendelow (also a serving CSI), Neil White (also a prosecuting lawyer) and Graham Bartlett (a former senior detective), you will be faced with a murder scene where you will identify, preserve and recover forensic evidence. Then you will work out what has happened and start the investigation rolling. There will be plenty red herrings, just like real life!
From there the experts will take you through how to write procedure, evidence, police culture, criminal trials and much more including how cops, CSIs, lawyers and judges actually behave and talk.
You will learn how to create authentic characters and real drama from the discovery of a body to the incarceration of the killer, in a way that will be the envy of many.
Booking details to follow -
 NB. No human beings will be harmed for the purposes of this workshop.
Morecambe and Vice Crime Festival - Winter Gardens Theatre Morecambe 30th September 2018
Set in the auspicious surroundings of the Winter Gardens (most recently seen in BBC One’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution) Morecambe and Vice Crime Festival (with its tag line ‘Bring Me Some Crime!’) is a weekend of eclectic panels and talks & trials and debates involving authors and guests from around the globe who gather to converse, consider and confabulate over crime in all its many facets.
Graham Bartlett, Kate Bendelow and Neil White will discuss with David Mark their various expertise investigating and prosecuting murder and other heinous crimes. They will chat about how they approach their own writing and how they advise some of the planet’s most accomplished crime writes so they can get their procedure spot on.
Book here from 1st March 2018 - http://morecambecrimefest.co.uk/tickets/4593936319