Need You Dead was published on 18 May 2017 by Pan Macmillan and is available to buy here
Roy Grace, creation of the CWA Diamond Dagger award winning author Peter James, faces his most mysterious case yet in Need You Dead.
Lorna Belling, desperate to escape the marriage from hell, falls for the charms of another man who promises her the earth. But, as Lorna finds, life seldom follows the plans you’ve made. A chance photograph on a client’s mobile phone changes everything for her.
When the body of a woman is found in a bath in Brighton, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to the scene. At first it looks an open and shut case with a clear prime suspect. Then other scenarios begin to present themselves, each of them tantalizingly plausible, until, in a sudden turn of events, and to his utter disbelief, the case turns more sinister than Grace could ever have imagined.
As a long term totally addicted huge fan of the Roy Grace series, let me scream loudly with excitement! Need You Dead is here. This is the thirteenth book in the Brighton based crime series, by the much loved Peter James. We are back in the lives of our most favourite policeman in the whole world! Life couldn’t get any better.
As with any series that has evolved beautifully, we know the main characters; Roy and his wife Cleo, Roy’s sidekick Glenn Branson and his dreadful boss, Cassian Pewe. We have seen Roy Grace through the hard times with his missing ex-wife Sandy and her cruel abandonment of him. We now know what happened to her and the son, Bruno, that Roy never met.
The latest case brings the world of marital deceit and abuse to the forefront. Roy finds himself heading to Germany to collect his ten year old son and bring him back to Sussex. He has a new sidekick, in the form of Temporary DI Guy Batchelor. Branson is away on his holiday with his girlfriend. Lorna Belling, a hairdresser from Hollingbury, is found dead in a rented flat in Hove. What happened to her? She had recently reported her husband Corin to the police for domestic violence. Has he gone one step further and killed her? Why is she not at home, with her pet Labradoodles? Lorna’s life is complicated, with a violent partner and a mystery lover. Solving her murder is not as straight forward, as it should be.
Peter James marvellously lets us see what happened to Lorna, in her final hours. We may not know whodunnit, but we see how events play out with her forensically aware killer. We know a great deal more than the murder investigation team. Then we follow Batchelor, Grace and the team as they try to make sense of the crime scene in the Hove flat. Peter James knows how to send his readers down a few dark alley ways en route to the truth. His attention to detail is just perfect. This is crime at its best!
One new character Bruno, the son of Roy Grace turned out to be quite entertaining. Bruno is not your typical ten year old boy. I cannot see St Christopher’s School in Hove knocking much sense into him. I forsee challenging times ahead for Roy with his brand new son!
Exceptional crime! Gorgeous Brighton. Thank you, Peter James.