‘What makes a killer?
Sometimes the hunt for a killer will lead you close to home’
Today I’m delighted to be joining the blogtour with Peter James and his latest novel Need You Dead. I have a very very different post today featuring a character profile from the book and further information on the author himself.
Need You Dead, is the thirteenth in the award-winning DS Roy Grace series by Peter James, and is out on 18th May with publisher Pan Macmillan.
First up…let’s see what the book is about:
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.
Purchase Link ~ Need You Dead
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 how the victims often have low self-esteem with a fear of being left on their own.
On my stop of the tour today we focus on one character in particular, Cleo Morey who works in pathology. As an anatomical pathology technician it is her job to help pathologists carry out post-mortems.
Some interesting facts:
Need You Dead is a landmark novel for Peter James as it is the 13th Detective Superintendent Roy Grace novel.
A phenomenal writer, Peter James has sold 18 million books worldwide
He has, so far, a total of 11 No. 1 Sunday Times bestsellers
Amazingly 5 nationwide tours of 3 smash-hit play adaptations
And in 2016 Peter James was the winner of the Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger
Now that is pretty impressive!!!!!!
I am fortunate to have a copy of Need You Dead to review so I am really looking forward to getting my teeth into it and discovering what Roy Grace is involved in this time.
In the meantime I have included images with links to the remaining twelve books in the series so that should keep y’all busy 🙂
Don’t forget to follow the remainder of the tour over the next week with lots more interesting posts from my blogging buddies (details below)
About Peter James:
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 Roy Grace novels, have had 11 consecutive Sunday Times No 1s. In the Autumn of 2012, Not Dead Yet toppled the 50 Shades Of Grey trilogy off the No 1 paperback fiction slot, ending its 25 week domination of the chart and in May 2015, You Are Dead, derailed The Girl On The Train’s 3 month chart domination going straight in at No 1 in the Sunday Times bestseller charts. ‘Love You Dead’ in hardback was Peter’s eleventh Sunday Times No 1 bestseller and 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) went straight in at No 1 in the iBooks chart and spent 40 consecutive weeks in the iBooks Top 10. It was adapted into a play called The Perfect Murder which did its first, smash hit tour starring Les Dennis in 2014 and is touring again with Shane Ritchie and Jessie Wallace in Spring 2016. The original run 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 & Hove Samaritans, 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. Find out more about Peter James at www.panmacmillan.com and Peter’s website www.peterjames.com and follow him on:
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