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Roy Grace, creation of the award-winning Author Peter James, unearths a powerful criminal network in Find Them Dead.

Ending his secondment to London’s Met Police, Roy Grace gets a tip-off about a county lines drugs mastermind operating out of Brighton. On his first day back in his old job in Sussex, he is called to a seemingly senseless murder.

Separately, Meg Magellan finally has her life back together, five years after the car crash that killed her husband and their son. Her daughter, Laura, now eighteen, is on her gap year travelling in South America with a friend, and Meg misses her badly. Laura is all she has in the world.

In between jobs, Meg receives a summons for jury service. She’s excited – it might be interesting and will help distract her from constantly worrying about Laura. But when she is selected for the trial of a major Brighton drugs overlord, everything changes.

Gradually, Grace’s investigation draws him increasingly into the sinister sphere of influence of the drug dealer on trial. A man utterly ruthless and evil, prepared to order the death of anyone it takes to enable him to walk free.

Just a few days into jury service, Meg arrives home to find a photograph of Laura, in Ecuador, lying on her kitchen table. Then her phone rings.

A sinister, threatening stranger is on the line. He tells her that if she ever wants to see Laura alive again, it is very simple. At the end of the trial, all she has to do is make sure the jury says just two words.... Not guilty.

©2020 Peter James (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

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Was this really a part of the Roy Grace series?

This was still a good story but there seemed to be two stories which only vaguely connected. I’m assuming we’ll know more in the next novel. The ending didn’t really wrap up the storyline. I’m still waiting for the consequences. However, Daniel Weymans voice is so easy to listen to. The story, although inconclusive, was still great.

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Underwhelming!

A really disappointing book.Way too much tedious courtroom narrative.Grace seemed incidental in the story.

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Not a genuine Roy Grace series book

I actually really enjoyed the book, it was excellent. However, it was by no means a Roy Grace book. Feeling duped. Therefore, the 3 stars. :(

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Where is Roy Grace?

I really enjoy Peter May’s work, but this one was not up to standard. The character ‘Meg’ was boring and I moved forward to get away from her brain. Too much time on her and other characters when Roy Grace and his colleagues are the interesting ingredients in this series. I think this book is merely a setting of the scene for the next instalment- let’s hope so.

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Great suspense!

It was like a piece of chocolate... I wanted more all the time. There is the question of what happens next.

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enjoyable but ..

75% slower than a wet week
so was the last book. what happened to the fast-paced Roy Grace of old?

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A little dull

No enough development with the main characters. Roy’s family wouldn’t have had more than 30 minutes of the audio time.

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Roy Grace a nice bloke

I’ve always loved peter James stories. And Daniel Weymans voice is lovely. This book is less about Roy and family and more about a court case. Didn’t like it much ......liked it least of his stories. I do hope they improve as time goes on.
So I’d pass on this book. Find another.

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  • Cheryl
  • 18-07-2020

Not as good as usual

Roy isn't the main character in this one. It focuses on Meg, who is a jury foreperson at a major drug trial. It is kind of interesting, but ends in a convoluted way that isn't at all convincing. Roy's family is visited a bit. That poor Bruno is getting us set up for some really crazy behavior in future books. I think that James might be sorry that he added him into the mix. Even the dog isn't safe from this mixed up kid, let alone baby Noah. That said, this installment is definitely a let down.

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 12-07-2020

Very good

I have had this audiobook pre-ordered for a while, something I always do with these Roy Grace books. Peter James is a fantastic writer and Roy is a great character.

Roy’s been on secondment to London and the Met. In that role he finds out about a drug trafficking ring that brings drugs in using classic cars. He passes the tip on and Border Patrol finds a Ferrari with drugs. The truck driver is arrested and an interesting courtroom drama ensues. In fact, this is more courtroom drama than Roy Grace et al and a police procedural. Good thing I like a good trial story. (Steve Cavanagh’s work comes to mind.) But I like Roy Grace better and, therefore I could only give this four stars.

Roy does have his run-ins with his boss, a real jerk who deserves his comeuppance. And what’s going on with Bruno? I think I wrote that after the preceding book, too.

The narration by Daniel Weyman was very well done.

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  • Stuart
  • 16-01-2021

a great listen

peter james at his best. this is a well researched and enthralling story. An excellent writer.

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  • Simon
  • 02-09-2020

Boring book

The most boring of all the Roy Grace books. Almost the whole book is about court procedure & Roy Grace hardly featured. Not reccommended

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  • Nanrchy
  • 02-09-2020

Wait what?

How did this end like this? I feel completely unsettled. There better be a follow up to this book AND SOON!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-07-2020

a little disappointed

Not as good as the previous books in the Roy Grace series. Based around a court case rather than Roy Grace

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  • Simon
  • 12-07-2020

Grace Co-stars In Courtroom Drama!

This is another great addition to the Roy Grace series but it stands mostly on the story alone as a fascinating courtroom drama with the added twist of some very devious jury shenanigans! It starts demonstrating just what an excellent writer James is with tension and a very different kind of plot centred on the County Lines drug trade and some of the characters in it. The lives of those at the centre of the trade and an unsuspecting juror whose life is turned into a nightmare by the events that unfold actually dominate the book.

So here's the one warning that I would give fans of the series even though I think this is a top-notch book with Daniel Weyman's usual fine narration taking us through. This is a little different in that while there is still a fair amount of Grace and his back story with Bruno does inch along at James's usual slow and methodical pace he does take much more of a back seat to the key people in the crime story itself. Also, long-time fans will notice a much more sanitised Norman Potting and sadly Glen Branson is still mostly on the subs bench just coming off it occasionally as an impact sub.

So, a great story, I always like a good courtroom drama, well read and well worth making time for but it is worth noting Grace's slightly less active role and the differences in the character balance. Of course, don't worry, Cassian Pugh lives down to his normal standards, but can Grace stand up to him?

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  • patwebb
  • 19-07-2020

Disappointing

Having read or listened to the other fifteen Roy Grace books I was really looking forward to number sixteen in the series. However, Roy Grace or any detective work barely features in it. He's been pigeon holed into a few chapters just to enable Peter James to call it a Roy Grace novel. Believe me it's not. The story itself is ok. It features Meg Magellan who is called to jury service, threatened with harm coming to her daughter, unless she convinces the others in the jury to find the defendant not guilty. She fails to do this. Miraculously the perpetrators of the threat forgive her for this and the daughter is left unharmed. This is followed by a short chapter about Roy Grace's home life and thats it. Finished. To say I'm extremely disappointed is a slight understatement. In fact the book is fraudulent, it's claiming to be something it isn't.

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  • K. S. Price
  • 01-08-2020

Disappointing. Not the usual gripping Roy Grace storyline

Roy Grace is not featured very much in this book. I kept thinking oh yes this is where he will come into the picture. But he rarely did. It was all about a court case and the jury.
Not enough mentioned as there should be (for me), about Roy, Glenn and Norman - the police team!! Even the end was a damp squib.
I usually give these books top marks but sadly not this time.

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  • Tizzy
  • 12-07-2020

Less than expected

Roy Grace was more or less a background character in this episode which left me feeling a bit cheated.
I kept expecting Roy Grace to appear and investigate but was left very disappointed.

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  • Stuart007
  • 14-08-2020

The first weak Grace novel

I’m not usually a harsh critic (I couldn’t write this well) but for me this wasn’t up to snuff. Not enough Grace, Branson or the team. Too much around the court hearing and then no real satisfactory ending despite the build up. Some uncharacteristically lame and pedestrian storytelling too. Why not shock us with the guinea pig in the fridge? Why build up the jury fix and have Meg vote with her conscience without consequences??? A few times I was waiting for a twist that just never came. Oh and please just get on with Bruno eating the baby or whatever he’s gone to do! May as well hold up a sign saying saying “Serial killer in waiting”.
Perhaps PJ is too busy with the TV series, plays other novels? This one was phoned in.

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  • Miss S J Granston
  • 29-07-2020

Total Disappointment

After patiently waiting for this book
to be released I am sorely disappointed - its completely lack lustre with an extremely pathetic ending.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-07-2020

Find Them Dead

Waited for this on pre order and was excited to listen- but was not very good at all, very disappointed for Peter James.
Hard going.
I feel it was a real waste of a credit

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  • Marilyn
  • 13-08-2020

Disappointing

Having read all of Peter James' detective fiction, this has to be the worst.
I found the repetitive instructions from the judiciary and legal teams monotonous. Very little apart from the courtroom chapters seem to be happening.
Daniel Weyman's excellent narration was the only saving grace!

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  • vonnie f.
  • 15-07-2020

Roy grace.. Not the best.

I guessed the "wrong un" from the start really, so was a bit disappointed to be proved right.. Well worth a read tho, family wasn't so prominent either which I missed.

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  • clifford
  • 29-09-2020

dull courtroom drama. Grace hardly in it.

dull courtroom drama. formulaic, predictable and slow. lacks action. Grace rarely appears. worst one yet.

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