Author Biographies


Elly Griffiths

Elly Griffiths is the author of the Dr Ruth Galloway mysteries. Her books have been shortlisted for the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year three times and in 2016 she won the Crime Writers' Association Dagger in the Library award. Her real name is Domenica de Rosa.


Colette McBeth

Colette McBeth is a former BBC political correspondent and author of three critically-acclaimed psychological thrillers. Her latest, An Act of Silence, was shortlisted for a Silver Dagger award.


Melanie McGrath

Melanie McGrath is co-founder of the Killer Women and an award-winning writer. Author of the acclaimed Edie Kiglatuk series of Arctic mysteries, she also wrote the bestselling family memoir Silvertown, and the psychological thriller Give Me The Child.


Julia Crouch

Julia Crouch is the author of five internationally-published books, including Cuckoo and Her Husband's Lover. She coined the phrase 'domestic noir' to describe her particular sub-genre of crime fiction and writes in a shed at the bottom of her garden.


Graham Bartlett

Graham Bartlett is the former Chief Superintendent of Brighton & Hove. His book Death Comes Knocking was a Sunday Times bestseller. He advises authors and makers of television dramas on police procedure.


Erin Kelly

Erin Kelly's most recent book, He Said/She Said, spent 12 weeks in the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller lists. Her first novel, The Poison Tree, became a major ITV drama and was a Richard & Judy bestseller. Her eagerly-awaited next novel, Stone Mothers, is out in April – our guests will be the first to hear about it.


Dorothy Koomson

Best-selling author Dorothy Koomson has written 13 novels - including The Ice Cream Girls, which was made into a TV mini-series - and most recently The Brighton Mermaid, which she worked on with Graham Bartlett. She coined the term ‘emotional thriller’ to describe her work and lives in Brighton.


Simon Brett

Simon Brett is the writer responsible for the Charles Paris, Mrs Pargeter, Fethering and Blotto & Twinks series of crime novels. In 2014 he was presented with the CWA Diamond Dagger, one of the highest accolades in the crime-writing world, and in 2016 he was awarded an OBE for services to literature. He is not to be confused with Simon Brett the wood engraver.


Julie Corbin

Julie Corbin trained as a nurse and combines running the medical department in a boarding school with writing crime novels. Her psychological thrillers have been described as 'creepy and gripping'. Her sixth novel, Her Watchful Eye, was published in September.


Debbie Howells

Debbie Howells released her first psychological thriller, The Bones of You, in 2015 after a six-figure bidding war between publishers. Richard Madeley described it as 'an addictive, consuming read' and Peter James wrote: 'A terrific talent. She paints with words and takes a scalpel to emotions'. Her fourth novel, Her Sister's Lie, is out in May 2019.