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Bradley Harper


Bradley Harper is a retired US Army Colonel and pathologist who has performed over two-hundred autopsies and some twenty forensic death investigations. A life-long fan of Sherlock Holmes, his debut novel, A Knife in the Fog, involved a young Doctor Conan Doyle in the hunt for Jack the Ripper. It was a finalist for a 2019 Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel by an American and is a Recommended Read by the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate.


 Knife went on to win Killer Nashville’s 2019 Silver Falchion as Best Mystery. The audio book, narrated by former Royal Shakespearean actor Matthew Lloyd Davies, won Audiofile Magazine’s 2019 Earphone award for Best Mystery and Suspense. The book is also available in Japan via Hayakawa Publishing.


His second novel, Queen’s Gambit, involving a fictional assassination attempt on Queen Victoria, Won Killer Nashville’s 2020 Silver Falchion Award both for Best Suspense and Book of the Year.


Dr Harper earned an Associate Degree in Creative Writing in 2018 at Full Sail University and in August of 2022 completed a MA in Creative Writing at Napier University in Edinburgh, Scotland.  


 He has been published in The Strand Magazine, Flash Fiction Magazine, and The Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine. A personal essay on his experience as a professional Santa Claus was published in the 2021 Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Blessings of Christmas.  Dr. Harper is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Authors Guild, The Virginia Writer’s Club, and Sisters in Crime.


Dr. Harper has been married forty-nine years to a cute little girl he met in the ninth grade. They have two daughters and two grandchildren, all prodigies.



A Knife in the Fog, Seventh Street Books, 2018


Queen’s Gambit, Seventh Street Books, 2019




Twitter, Instagram, GoodReads and Facebook: @bharperauthor

My Books

All of my books below are available on Amazon.  If you click on the title, it'll take you to each book's page.  Thank you for supporting my work and the work of the Writer's Guild. 

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