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?
©2015 Peter James (P)2015 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
Peter James at his best. Roy Grace is maturing brilliantly. And another gruesome killer in the plot. This one more intricate than in previous books. Loved listening to it but now sorry it's finished. Can't wait for the next one!
Great narration, brings the characters to life.
Can not wait for the next in the series
"This series had promise"
Soporific redundancy at the hands of greedy publishers and subhuman editors took this batch of somewhat credible characters into the realm of sophomoric tripe.
The development of the black lieutenant (or whatever you Brits call them) was a pregnant opportunity wasted. The mawkish, trite expressions of affection were enough to induce nauseous moments.
I only wish the future of the crime writing genre can transcend this pablum.
I read an author's series to lend them the benefit of the doubt. In this case, I want all my wasted hours (and credits) returned!
"Like watching your favourite soapies"
No, but only because I rarely listen/read books more than once.
I have listened to every other story in this series and it's like watching my favourite soapie as I have grown to love all the characters. As usual, likeable characters with their own personalities and enough twists and turns to keep you totally hooked.
I associate his voice with Roy Grace. Perfect
Definitely read/listen to these books in order or sometimes it could be hard to follow.
"Another fantastic read!"
Don't know how Peter James does it, his books just get better and better! A great story, love the characters, I always feel like I know them personally. As usual, I can't wait for the next Roy Grace book.
"My favourite detective"
I really enjoyed this - great characters and the story did not fade away. Gripping until the end. Narration excellent.
"A grisly chiller"
Probably not; I rarely revisit books. Too many still to read and never enough time!
Superb plot and character development. The series goes from strength to strength. I'm interested in the characters and sub plots and want to know about their lives.
Great diction and great pace. I was literally breathless towards the end as the final scenes played out.
Grace is a man I think I'd like, along with Cleo. He's fair and has integrity. I care when things don't go well for him.
I'm a big fan of Peter James and the Roy Grace series. You Are Dead is number 11 and I was hooked throughout.
Grace is settled with Cleo and his son, Noah and they're about to move home when he's called in to lead on a missing person case. One disappearance leads to another and it soon becomes a major incident. James is excellent at the police procedural aspect. Developments play out in short sharp chapters in what feels like real time, keeping the pace and tension tight. More than that, he also has great psychological insight into his characters. There's a sense of familiarity and continuity as the story picks up from events at the end of the previous book. This book works well as a stand alone, but there are threads throughout the series and sub plots continue to develop.
I felt the plot was particularly well executed. There's a real sense of drama which builds to a literally heart pounding climax. Plus a further twist, but I'll reveal nothing more! The action is firmly rooted in Brighton. The strong sense of location as the story unfolds reinforces both plot and characters.
I'm enjoying the way Grace is changing as a character. He's again troubled by conflict of loyalty and duty, home versus work, present versus past, old rivalries and new beginnings. He's torn on more than one occasion and there's an interesting development in the Sandy story. His work colleagues feature again and I'm interested in how their lives move forward. So all in all, this is yet another first class winner. I enjoyed it and was left wanting more.
"Better than the last one"
Really enjoyed listening to this, good story and at last the sandy thing is coming into the open.
"Couldn't stop listening"
Prefer listening, I drive a lot, ideal format for me
Hooked from the beginning
Pleasant voice, easy to listening to
Bravo Mr James! Stick to Brighton, add in a touch of the macabre, jolly the Sandy plot line along a bit and you've got another winner. This book starts powerfully and introduces a dual story line of a present day abduction and a death from the not so recent past. The two are drawn together in a not so much whodunit but more a who-survives-it. If you buy into it then it is genuinely exciting.
The Grace series delivers unique plot lines along with a strong back story and well developed characters. True some of the plots have worked rather better than others and it seems some people want to see an end to the story of Sandy, his absent wife but it's still a very good series that is well worth investing time and credits in. And I have to say that to me the Sandy story line is just fine, for the number of books in the series not much time has actually passed so it's more than realistic to have it persist.
Daniel Weyman seems comfortably settled in now as the preferred narrator and produces his usual fine delivery.
If I have one complaint about the author it's the "affectionate" scenes which given the kind of people Grace and Cleo are just feel a little immature in terms of how they are written.
In all though, as far as I am concerned it is onward and upwards to the next one!
"Love for Roy Grace..."
Grrrr Peter James,
You've done it again. Fabulous book and still so much to look forward to in your next dead series..
Thank you for Roy Grace x
"Predictable but enjoyable"
A good yarn, but it was obvious right from the start who the killer was. This is a straight story, no red herrings to make you question who is who and who did what, which is a bit of a shame. In effect, I listened the book knowing exactly what was going to happen, but enjoyed the journey along the way. Well narrated but the story is a little one dimensional for my liking.
"Another great grace adventure"
Love listening to books when your familiar with the characters, great fast paced book. Took a bit to get over first few chapters then right into story with great twists.
"one of the best ones yet"
this is one of the best in the series. especially if you have been following the running stories
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