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Val Andrews  (1926-2006)

Sherlock Holmes and the Brighton Pavilion Mystery (1989) – Location: Brighton.

Glenn Chandler (1949 – )

Steve Madden Series – Location: Brighton

1) Savage Tide (2003)

2) Dead Sight (2004)

 

Robert Goddard (1954 – )

Play to the End (2010) – Location: Brighton

Graham Greene (1904 – 1991)

Brighton Rock (1938) – Location: Brighton

Elly Griffiths (1963 – )

Stephens & Mephisto Series- Location: Brighton

1) The Zig Zag Girl (2014)

2) Smoke and Mirrors (2015)

A quick Q&A with Elly Griffiths:

1)   Do you have a personal connection to the south coast of England? If so please tell us about it.

Yes. My family moved to Brighton when I was five. I went to local schools (St John the Baptist and Cardinal Newman) and wrote my first crime novel when I was 11, set in Rottingdean. I went away to university and lived in London for ten years but now I’m back living in Saltdean, near the scene of that mysteriously still unpublished first novel.

2)   What motivated you to set your book, or series of books, with a south coast setting where you have?

I’m probably better know for my Ruth Galloway books, set on the North Norfolk coast, and for this series I wanted something different. I chose Brighton because I know it well and because it fitted perfectly with the raffish yet glamorous theatrical setting. It was great fun researching Brighton in the 50s too.

3)   Do you have plans to write more books set on the south coast in this series or another?

The Stephens and Mephisto series will all be based in Brighton although, as one of the characters is a Variety performer, the books will also travel round other seaside towns and theatrical venues.

4)   Do you have a place on the south coast that you are particularly fond of?

So many but I particularly love Telscombe Tye and Telscombe Village. When I was a child my friends kept a pony in Telscombe Village and we used to go there every evening, telling ghost stories on the way home. Now it’s a tradition that I go there with my children. We have a picnic on the Tye near the dew pond and visit the graveyard. There are so many wonderful stories in that graveyard.

5)   Have you ever swum in the English Channel? If yes, please provide details. If not, why not?

I swim in the sea every year from April to October. My mother was one of those women who swam all year round (in a flowered bathing hat) and it’s my ambition to emulate her.

 Paul Grzegorzek

When Good Men Do Nothing (2012) – Location: Brighton

The Follow (2012) – Location: Brighton

But for the Grace of God (2014) – Location: Brighton

Peter Guttridge

The Brighton Trilogy – Location: Brighton.

1) City of Dreadful Night (2011)

2) The Last King of Brighton (2011)

3) The Thing Itself (2012)

  

Brighton series – Location: Brighton.

1) The Devil’s Moon (2013)

2) Those Who Feel Nothing (2014)

 

The Belgian and the Beekeeper (2011) – Location: Brighton

A quick Q&A with Peter Guttridge:

1) Do you have a personal connection to the south coast of England? If so please tell us about it.

I’ve lived on the South Downs above Brighton on and off for over 25 years.  (In houses – not just on the Downs…!)

2) What motivated you to set your book, or series of books, with a south coast setting where you have?

The south coast is perfect for a crime writer because it straddles domestic and foreign with a wonderful stretch of water in between.

3) Do you have plans to write more books set on the south coast in this series or another?

Both in my current series and in another which I’m planning further along the coast to the south-east.

4) Do you have a place on the south coast that you are particularly fond of?

Brighton, Queen of Slaughtering Places, a city with such diversity – once described as ‘all fur coat and no knickers’.  Enough atmosphere for a thousand crime novels.

5) Have you ever swum in the English Channel? If yes, please provide details. If not, why not?

Frequently, in Dover and Folkestone and Hastings and Eastbourne and Beachy Head and Brighton and Worthing and then a hop to Bournemouth and then Isle of Wight and all points further south west.  My latest novel, Swimming With The Dead, is about cross-channel swimming so I have also swum partway across the English Channel and been on the support boat for a successful cross channel swim – nothing quite like seeing a pal battling jellyfish mid-channel then getting in to swim alongside her for support as she nears the French coast.

Peter James (1948 – )

Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series – Location: Brighton.

1) Dead Simple (2005)

2) Looking Good Dead (2006)

3) Not Dead Enough (2007)

4) Dead Man’s Footsteps (2008)

5) Dead Tomorrow (2009)

6) Dead Like You (2010)

7) Dead Man’s Grip (2011)

8) Not Dead Yet (2012)

9) Dead Man’s Time (2013)

10) Want You Dead (2014)

11) You Are Dead (2015)

12) Love You Dead (2016)

  

A quick Q&A with Peter James:

1) Do you have a personal connection to the south coast of England? If so please tell us about it.

I was born in Hove and brought up in Brighton.

2) What motivated you to set your book, or series of books, with a south coast setting where you have?

I believe you should write what you know. Fortunately as a crime writer, although Brighton had for many decades the sobriquet of crime capital of the UK, before I started writing there were very few other writers basing their work in Brighton. There was of course Graham Green and Brighton Rock, Patrick Hamilton’s West Pier and a tiny handful of others.

3) Do you have plans to write more books set on the south coast in this series or another?

Absolutely!  The next Roy Grace title, Love You Dead, will be published on 19 May and I intend to write many more.

4) Do you have a place on the south coast that you are particularly fond of?

I love the underclass walk from the Marina to Rottingdean.

5) Have you ever swum in the English Channel? If yes, please provide details. If not, why not?

Yes, I used to live on the beach as a child.  I did a lot of sailing in my teens so plenty of swimming when I capsized.

Sara Sheridon

Mirabelle Bevan Mystery series – Location: Brighton/Eastbourne.

1) Brighton Belle (2012)

2) London Calling (2013)

3) England Expects (2014)

4) British Bulldog (2015)

A quick Q&A with Sara Sheridon:

1) Do you have a personal connection to the south coast of England? If so please tell us about it.

My granny came from Brighton. I found her diary from when she first got married in the 1930s. It contained the details of her day – a lot of washing and looking after kids, but also long walks on the Downs and trips into town. She moved to London with my grandfather but they came back down to the south coast to retire and opened a little antiques shop. So yes, I feel a connection.

2) What motivated you to set your book, or series of books, with a south coast setting where you have?

My father’s stories of being a boy and visiting his grandmother in Brighton in the 1950s. It’s a fascinating decade wherever you were, but there was just something special about Brighton and the area around it that captured the era. I started out writing a short story for Dad, for his birthday. But it mushroomed.

3) Do you have plans to write more books set on the south coast in this series or another?

The Mirabelle Bevan Mysteries are ongoing! There are four books out: Brighton Belle, London Calling, England Expects and British Bulldog. Operation Goodwood will be published in April 2016. I have 11 books planned – one a year from 1951 to 1961. It’s the era, you see!

4) Do you have a place on the south coast that you are particularly fond of?

Yes. My husband and I sneak away now and then, but I’m not saying where to because we don’t want everybody coming along. Safe to say there is a beach, a couple of pubs and a lot more sunshine than in Scotland (where we live)

5) Have you ever swum in the English Channel? If yes, please provide details. If not, why not?

I am a wild swimmer. I’ve swum all my life. But it’s never occurred to me to swim the Channel. Not once. It can’t be the cold – I’ve swum a heap of lochs up here. Maybe it’s proximity. I have other things to do when I’m in your neck of the woods!

Josephine Tey (1896 – 1952)

A Shilling For Candles (1936) – Location: Not sure. I think it’s the south downs. I haven’t read the book and can’t find mention anywhere of the geographical location. Let me know if you do.

Comments
  1. farnham.surrey@me.com says:

    In ‘Before We Met’ by Lucie Whitehouse the main character, Hannah, visits Brighton.

  2. James Richards says:

    ‘The Zig Zag Girl’ by Elly Griffiths. Most of Elly’s books are set in Norfolk, but The Zig Zag Girl is set in Brighton. A police procedural set in 1950.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Zig-Girl-Elly-Griffiths/dp/1848669852

  3. david gilchrist says:

    Its good to see the writers represented on won site. I am a real fan of the Ruth Galloway books, Also Kate Ellis with mix of history and modern day crime all set on the south coast. I bet you are also learning a great deal about these writers.

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