I’m super excited to be a part of Peter James’ official blog tour for Need You Dead where I’ll be sharing Peter’s dream dinner party along with all the book details. #LoveRoyGrace
First up is the Blurb:
Lorna Belling, desperate to escape her marriage from hell, falls for the charms of another man who promises her the earth. But, as Lorna finds, even those you consider closest to you may not be who they say they are, and a chance photograph on a client’s mobile phone changes everything.
When the body of a woman is found in the bath in Brighton, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to the scene. At first, it looks like an open and shut case but Grace is hesitant as ever to make assumptions and as the investigation lengthens so does the list of men with motives for killing Lorna.
As well as dealing with one of his most mysterious cases yet, Grace must cope with an unexpected new addition to the family. His existence may have only just been discovered following the death of Grace’s ex-wife, but ten-year-old Bruno is moving to Brighton to live with his Dad.
As the case unfolds, with each possible conclusion as tantalisingly plausible as the next, a sudden turn of events reveals the case to be more sinister than Grace could ever imagine.
Need You Dead, the thirteenth in the award-winning DS Roy Grace series by Peter James, is out 18th May (Macmillan, £20.00) and can be purchased here.
Now over to Peter James for his Dream Dinner Party
This is a tough one! Aside from my close family and friends here is my ten in no particular order…
Oscar Wilde – for his entertaining company
Lucretia Borgia – for being one of the most evil women who ever lived
Graham Greene – for writing the book that made me want to be a writer
Peter Cooke – for being one of the funniest people ever
David Attenborough – because of my wife’s fascination for wildlife
Winston Churchill – someone I have always greatly admired
Arthur Conan Doyle – because Sherlock Holmes was always a big inspiration to me
May West – because she would be fun
Dorothy Parker – for all her witty sayings
W C Fields – I love his curmudgeonly attitude to almost everything such as ‘How do you like children, Mr Fields?’ To which he replied ‘Fried’
Some fab choices here!
A little Research…
Dedicated to authenticity, Peter bases his books upon real life experiences he has witnessed through shadowing the Sussex Police.
In Need You Dead, he focuses on domestic violence and, in particular, a case in which the police are called out to a tearful woman reporting that her live-in boyfriend had pushed dog faeces into her mouth. Peter was invited in to hear the woman’s story.
Peter also studied the increasing number of internet crimes that are now outweighing the number of thefts and burglaries that take place.
About the Author:
PETER JAMES is one of the UK’s most treasured crime and thriller novelists. His Roy Grace detective novels have sold over 18 million copies worldwide in total. The series is now published in 37 territories. Peter’s first non-fiction title ‘Death Comes Knocking’ written in association with Graham Bartlett, Head of Sussex Police was published in July 2016, scoring Peter a hat trick of titles in the Sunday Times charts within a month.
Peter’s novella, ‘The Perfect Murder’ (2010) was adapted into a play called The Perfect Murder which did its first, smash hit tour starring Les Dennis in 2014. This was followed by the play of Dead Simple in 2015, starring Tina Hobley and Jamie Lomas which was an equally big success during its 6-month nationwide run. Not Dead Enough, the third of Peter’s books to be translated to stage, is currently touring the UK to critical acclaim, starring Shane Ritchie as Roy Grace and Laura Whitmore as Cleo Morey.
Peter, an established film producer, was educated at Charterhouse then at film school. He has produced numerous films, including The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino. He has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Brighton in recognition of his services to literature and the community, is Patron of Neighbourhood Watch nationwide, Patron of Crimestoppers in Sussex, Patron of Brighton & HoveSamaritans, and Patron of Relate, among many other charitable posts he holds. Peter has been two-times Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association and has won many literary awards, including the publicly voted ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards People’s Bestseller Dagger and he was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize. As popular internationally as in the UK, he won the US Barry Award, for Best British Crime Novel in 2012. Last year, 2015, he was voted by WH Smith readers as The Best Crime Author of All Time.
Born and brought up in Brighton, Peter divides his time between his homes in Notting Hill, London and Sussex. Peter is available for interviews and to write features.
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Don’t forget to check out all the other fabulous stops on this epic blog tour!