For LA producer Larry Brooker, this is the movie that could bring the fortune that has so long eluded him....
For rock superstar, Gaia, desperate to be taken seriously as an actor, this is the role that could get her an Oscar nomination....
For the City of Brighton and Hove, the publicity value of a major Hollywood movie being filmed on location, about the city's greatest love story - between King George IV and Maria Fitzherbert - is incalculable.
For Detective Superintendent Roy Grace of Sussex CID, it is a nightmare unfolding in front of his eyes. An obsessed stalker is after Gaia. One attempt on her life is made days before she leaves her Bel Air home to fly to Brighton. Now, he has been warned, the stalker may be at large in his city, waiting, watching, planning.
Not Dead Yet is the eighth novel featuring detective Roy Grace, from the number one best-selling author Peter James.
©2012 Really Scary Books / Peter James (P)2012 Macmillan Digital Audio
“Peter James is on a roll with his Roy Grace novels. To date they have sold more than 11million copies and been translated into 34 languages. Not Dead Yet is the eighth…an authentic, well-researched and compelling read.” (Daily Express)
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"New narrator doesn't help the book"
It's good to have Roy Grace back even tho' the book does lack some of the excitement of previous tales. But for me the biggest disappointment is the narration. It's as though Glen Branson is a different character and the mispronunciation of local places is unforgivable! I will look closely to see who is narrating the next instalment and may have to do back to reading the book instead.
"Solid but not up to the earlier Roy Grace books"
I'm hooked on the Roy Grace series but this one seemed to lacked the pace of the earlier ones. He's very good at the cliffhanger stories - this time about his missing wife.
"Made me squirm, but not in a good way"
I didn't think this was particularly good, but then again I did finish it, so at least I wanted to hear how it ended.
The trouble is, it's so full of crime fiction cliches. And the realism of people's behaviour is sacrificed in favour of the plot, to the point where I really don't care about the characters because I don't believe in them. For example, the main detective's ex-wife seems to have a complete 180-degree change of character, for the sake of setting up some tension that's supposed to make you reach for the next book in the series. But I don't think I'll bother, thank you.
Well-read by Gaminara though - I'll look out for other stories he reads.
"Though it would have been a happy release!"
My very first "Roy Grace" book, and I won't be making that mistake again.Another reviewer had described the police , as portrayed, as too 'nice', myself, anally-retentive, nit-picking, pettifogging, boring would describe this bunch.Peter James must have his fans and he indulges himself, pandering to his sense of power-as-author. It went on and on, crimes solved while you wait......and wait.........
"Had enough of Grace and this series"
I maybe harsh to judge this so quickly, but I found this book began to to grate, both the storyline and the narration, very quickly. Perhaps i was spoilt with some great listens before I returned to this series, but I found it hard going and eventually gave up.Won't return to this series, there are so many better listens and reads out there.
It certainly wasn't. I moved onto James Oswald and was rewarded with an excellent narrator and a very good story.
"Sandy where are you?"
I have read all the Inspector Grace books and enjoyed them and this is no exception. I think the storyline is good and develops well. I enjoy the characters and am interested in what they are doing. I thought the narrator was not as good as previous but did not spoil the enjoyment of the book for me. I enjoy the character of DS Branson although calling Grace "Old timer" every two seconds is a little grating. I am totally sick of this business with Sandy the missing or not so missing wife. Apparently Peter James initially was going to solve the mystery of Sandy early on but then extended it as people talking about it. I think the time has come now to sort Sandy out. Please Mr James do the decent thing... whatever you decide to do with her is fine with me but please please do something!!
A thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended read as always I have just purchased the latest instalment to read.
"Fantastic read as usual"
Brilliant Author and stories that draw you in. Not usually into crime novels but the way the Peter James writes these books is excellent and enjoyable.
"Franchise losing pace?"
I have loved loved loved all Peter James books in the Roy Grace series, but this one didn't float my boat as much. It all seemed a bit laboured and predictable. I could almost script some of the dialog, and it seemed more stilted than usual. I also felt that the different threads didn't really gel well together, and had worked out the major plot twist pretty early on - unlike some previous novels. So, hoping this is a temporary blip, and that Roy and the gang return to top form next time round.
A good book in the series by Peter James. Not the best one but enjoyable to listen to all the same and helps to develop the underlying thread that runs throughout the series. Looking forward to the next one....
"Entertaining right from the off"
I found Not Dead Yet to be thoroughly entertaining from start to finish. I was pleased to find that it was another Roy Grace tale that you could sit back and immerse yourself in. It has all the favourite characters but off in a different direction, and with unexpected twists.
I was concerned that there may be too much repetition of the regular cast's idiosyncrasies, Bella's crunching Maltesers, etc, as had been commented on the reviews I'd read, but I found nothing untoward or irritating. Even Roy's ex-wife, who previously provoked somewhat tedious raking over of emotions, this time broke the mould.
The only very minor gripe I have is the sometimes inconsistent accents and character voices of the narrator, who otherwise did a sterling job with a plethora of genders and accents.
Overall a thoroughly enjoyable book which will have you laughing out loud one moment then on the edge of your seat the next.
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