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Death Comes Knocking: Policing Roy Grace's Brighton

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  221 ratings  ·  39 reviews

Fans of Peter James and his bestselling Roy Grace series of crime novels know that his books draw on in-depth research into the lives of Brighton and Hove police and are set in a world every bit as gritty as the real thing. His friend Graham Bartlett was a long-serving detective in the city once described as Britain's 'crime capital'. Together, in Death Comes Knocking, the

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Published July 14th 2016 by Pan
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Lance Greenfield
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author draws upon his personal experiences during his thirty-year career that took him police cadet to Divisional Commander of the Brighton and Hove police force to show us every aspect of policing. His account gets very personal at times and often draws parallels between real cases and incidents and the stories and characters that we can read in the novels of prolific crime fiction writer, Peter James.

Graham Bartlett and his predecessor, Dave Gaylor, have advised Peter James on police proc
Dane Cobain
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.

This book was an interesting one, because it dips in between fiction and non-fiction, although it’s a non-fiction book overall. Graham Bartlett used to be Brighton’s top cop, and he’s uniquely served as every rank in the Brighton and Hove police force; Peter James, meanwhile, is a successful crime writer, best known for his Roy Grace series of novels.

What’s interesting about this book is that Bartlett uses his i
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As an avid reader of Peter Jame's Roy Grace series, this was the perfect companion piece exploring the real life stories that Bartlett experienced whilst serving as a detective for Brighton and Hove police.

This book is a fascinating insight to some of the events that inspired some of James stories.

As it's littered with examples to the Grace stories this book is ideal aimed at those that have read the series (as it also reveals lots of spoilers).

The book tackles every aspect of policing, from mur
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brighton always seems like such a quiet place, somewhere to visit the sea with the family and enjoy the atmosphere, after all Brita have been doing that for years. Thought so too then I read Brighton rock, and death comes knocking just confirms my beliefs.
Seems to be a lot of crooks, some devious, some clever and some as thick as two short planks.
Interesting to read about one man's career through the ranks.
Rose Maureen
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading Grahams book, you don't realise how hard the police force works. and the danger they are sometimes in, till you read the true facts, l have a nephew that was a police inspector and was stationed at West Sussex, who has now retired after doing 30yrs, he was also in a couple of Peter James books. ...more
Mark Farley
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A must read for all Peter James fans, those interested in crime and the world of policing in general and of course, local residents of Brighton and Hove. Ex Brighton Police commander and consultant to the best-selling author team up with this collection of experiences on the Sussex beat, interspersed with policy and procedure examples from the Roy Grace series of books, set in the city.

In the book, we go undercover in the seedy world of the many different examples of crime that affects the Sout
Rebecca Bradley
I seem to be enjoying quite a bit of non-fiction at the minute and this is another that joins the ranks of interesting factual reads.

Graeme Bartlett was a high-ranking officer in Brighton and Hove and recently retired, but during his service, he became friends with Peter James. This is an account of the interesting jobs he came across during his career. Written with Peter James, they have linked the real life stories of Roy Grace’s career, linking books up with locations or types of cases mentio
Neil Fulwood
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Graham Bartlett is the former Police Commander of Brighton & Hove and has provided technical and research assistance to Peter James for many of his DS Grace crime novels. After Bartlett retired, James repaid the favour by shepherding Bartlett’s memoir - inelegantly subtitled ‘Policing Roy Grace’s Brighton’ - into print.

In a stylistic gimmick that wears thin within 25 pages let alone the 298 that the volume comprises, Bartlett incessantly correlates every case he discusses with an incident in on
Jackie D'andrea
I loved learning somethings about Brighton Crime that I never knew and having grown up in the area could easily visualize all the locations. I just found the book a little wishy washy sometimes it seamed to drift in and out of the story sometimes. The references to the Peter James books were totally annoying as even if you had read those books it was hard to remember that exact plot.

I will always have great admiration for the Police force and always wanted to be a copper but in my time there wa
Stuart Downton
Jan 12, 2017 rated it liked it
A good book however you need to ensure you have read all of previous peter james books (1-12) as there are a lot of references and can spoil it if you have not read them (which was in my case true :( ). However there were still lots of other stories which were good and overall a good read and interesting.
Rob Cohen
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
A good read and insight into the seedy parts of Brighton.
Andy Walker
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book at the Theakston’s Crime Festival in Harrogate a couple of years ago and have just got round to reading it now. When I bought the book I hadn’t read any of Peter James’s Roy Grace novels and I resolved to read Death Comes Knocking when I had read some of the Grace stories. Having just finished my 12th Roy Grace novel, however, I figured that now was a good time to read an account of what it’s like to police Roy Grace’s Brighton.

Former detective Graham Bartlett has done a grea
Nera Hart
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I must say, I have loved this book. I’m not a fan of non -fiction normally, and I must admit to not reading Peter James’ Grace novels(I know, booo) , but after attending Mr Bartlett’s crime fiction masterclass, I’ve decided to buy the book. I am so glad I did.
I give it four stars as I’ve mentioned not preferring non-fiction, plus lack of knowledge to the Grace novels references(a fact I am now going to rectify), also a detached , non fiction characterisations (I prefer those romantic, dramatic
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
If you want to find out about true crime in Brighton, whether that is stories about bank robberies, murders, stalking cases or football hooligans, this is the book to read!
Graham Bartlett gives a fascinating insight into the challenges of the Brighton police by picking out some of the most interesting stories of his 30 year career, climbing all ranks possible. He provides an intimate insight into his life, detailing the struggles of being in such a highly demanding jo
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very readable

It seems odd to say that I enjoyed this book given that it is about situations where people have been the victims of crime and some have suffered terribly as a consequence but it is told in a reassuring and factual manner without sensationalism or self aggrandisement. It illustrates the determination of the Police to see justice done wherever possible, but doesn’t pretend that mistakes never happen, nor does it shy from observing that in the police, line all walks of life, there are
Michele Brooker
Jun 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I haven't yet read any of Peter James's Roy Grace series- set around Brighton and East Sussex. I will do now. James's books draw on in-depth research into the lives of Brighton and Hove police. His friend Graham Bartlett was a long-serving detective in the city once described as Britain's 'crime capital'. Together, in Death Comes Knocking, they have written a gripping account of the city's most challenging cases. I really enjoyed these real life vignettes of the crime world in and around Brighto ...more
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I listened to this as an audio book and really enjoyed it. Graham's life as a top cop in Brighton and the surrounding area gives him a fund of interesting, often funny, sometimes sad, and sometimes scary experiences that he shares in this book co-written with thriller writer Peter James. Graham was also Peter James' advisor on the Inspector Grace series of books, with many of Peter's plots being directly referenced to Graham's real-life cases. I found it a fascinating insight into the policing o ...more
May 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a great memoir from an officer who has worked at almost every level of the police force in England. Now, as a retired Chief Superintendent, he recalls some of his more interesting cases. I was moved by some of his accounts such as the chapter named after the book's title, about when the police must tell a relative of their loved one's death. I found it shocking that the author was in a horrendous car accident that nearly ended everything. Good writing, good stories. He points ...more
Jo Marchant
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love the Peter James books and I saw this book and thought how interesting it would be to read alongside the series of Roy Grace novels. It really was a thoroughly entertaining and also sobering read, detailing the inside track of many police actions and investigations and the showed the human and intelligent side of policing that is more frequently required today. This is an excellent read and one that I will recommend to family and friends.
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I will confess that I have never read a book by Peter James (I will after reading this), I was more interested in the true crime tales in my home town of Brighton.
And this enjoyable account of a man who rose through the ranks and policed the streets of East Sussex gave a real insight into his world.
Karen Streeter
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I give this book 3.5 stars. Makes interesting reading especially if you read Peter James books, though you don’t have to have read them to read this book. I found it interesting because I live kinda near to Brighton.
David Werran
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great book of real cases and how they've been used to inform fiction. Includes a real mix of cop humour and the tragedies involved with police work, crime, and the effects this can have on those associated. ...more
Emily Power
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant book about the police service in Brighton, tackling everything from murders to student protests. Devoured this book in 3 days and couldn't wait to get back to it. ...more
Diane Heath
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, non-fiction
A Non Fiction look at "Roy Grace's Brighton". A very readable book. ...more
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Funny, sad, shocking. A fascinating insight into policing Brighton and Hove.
Marc Ely-harris
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: peter-james
I'm a big Roy Grace fan and was looking forward to reading this. Graham Bartlett gives us a fascinating insight into policing Brighton, each story is so interesting and some are very shocking! ...more
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was a really interesting insight into what it's like to be in the police. It had me both shaking my head in disbelief and frustration, and laughing till I cried. ...more
Hrh Queencat
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a fascinating book with excellent photos ~ a marvelous collaboration
Cleopatra  Pullen
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Death Comes Knocking is a non-fictional look at policing in Brighton, the place which is where the fictional Roy Grace carries out a similar role to that of the author of this book, Graham Bartlett worked his way up through the ranks to the position of Brighton’s Police Commander and during the course of his career has dealt with crimes and criminals of all shapes and sizes.

Sometimes policemen who turn their hand to writing go for the fictional genre, and can woefully overburden the reader with
Elite Group
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Compelling and very interesting insight to police work.

Graham Bartlett worked his way up through the ranks to become Brighton’s Police Commander, and with the author Peter James, has written about the wealth of knowledge he picked up and used in his job.

He uses actual cases from his career and these are as far-ranging as one would expect from a thirty-year career span. Each is told in great detail and the reader is able to immerse himself into the underworld that exists in any large city. Graham
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