You Are Dead – Peter James (Roy Grace 11)

Published on 21st May 2015 by Pan Macmillan

With a massive thanks to Midas PR for my lovely review copy!

You are Dead is the eleventh thrilling crime novel in Peter James’ Roy Grace series.

They were marked for death.

The last words Jamie Ball hears from his fiancée, Logan Somerville, are in a terrified mobile phone call. She has just driven into the underground car park beneath the block of flats where they live in Brighton. Then she screams and the phone goes dead. The police are on the scene within minutes, but Logan has vanished, leaving behind her neatly parked car and mobile phone.

That same afternoon, workmen digging up a park in another part of the city, unearth the remains of a woman in her early twenties, who has been dead for thirty years.

At first, to Roy Grace and his team, these two events seem totally unconnected. But then another young woman in Brighton goes missing – and yet another body from the past surfaces.

Meanwhile, an eminent London psychiatrist meets with a man who claims to know information about Logan. And Roy Grace has the chilling realization that this information holds the key to both the past and present crimes . . . Does Brighton have its first serial killer in over eighty years?


My thoughts

Peter James is the master of crime. He really is. His Brighton based Roy Grace series is now at book eleven and is as strong, clever and BRILLIANT as ever. It is no wonder this is one of my favourite, much loved (well totally loved) crime series. James breathes new life into the series with a serial killer storyline that will grip you from the very first word.

And it is wonderful to see the much loved regulars back including Grace and side-kick Branson, Marlon the fish, the sad Norman Potting and the ever so disturbing Sandy. They feel like old friends. The joking between Grace and Branson, plus the little chats with Grace and his beloved pet fish providing lighter moments. Everything that a Roy Grace fan wants.

Roy Grace and the rest of his team are trying to cope with the tragic death of a colleague. All of them are feeling the loss of their Malteser loving colleague. Roy is also moving home and is having issues balancing his home life with work. Roy and Branson are soon on the case of a woman who has chillingly gone missing, whilst on the phone to her fiancé. Logan Somerville has been kidnapped from the underground garage, under her apartment building. And skeletal remains are found at Hove Lagoon, that were buried there decades ago.

And the Sandy storyline! We have all been following that from book one. Sandy Grace went missing eleven years ago. Roy did not know what happened to her, and has been accused of murdering her, in the past. There is a lovely development here. I will say no more.*winks*

What I really love about the series is the wonderful sense of place. If you know Brighton, you can visualise it from the descriptions. I just adore the way we get to see Grace piece together the puzzle, with his team. You get a real impression of proper police work going on, involving the local newspaper and the entire community. The research that Peter James does just shines through. And it is a serial killer story. I do love a good sociopath. What more could you want?

I am sure this will be a massive hit with Roy Grace fans. I haven’t stopped raving about it, since I finished. Recommended!

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7 Responses to You Are Dead – Peter James (Roy Grace 11)

  1. Kay says:

    I have been planning to begin this series soon. Obviously, I need to make sure that I do. Nice review!

  2. I’m hoping to read my copy this weekend – so pleased you enjoyed it! 🙂

  3. sherylbrowne says:

    Just off shopping. Fab review. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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