Need You Dead by Peter James

It had been a long time since I had read a novel by Peter James, not for any particular reason, just because I was reading so many other good books. So I treated myself to Need You Dead.

This is the 13th book in the Roy Grace books, this is a series that is so well paced and consistently of a very high standard. However, although the police procedures are unfailingly correct, I found that the level of procedural detail intruded into the story. Nevertheless, it is a good read.

Need You Dead revolves around the end of the life of Lorna Belling and her untimely death.

When her body  is found in a bath in Brighton and Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to the scene. At first it looks an open and shut case with a clear prime suspect. There are a number of possible scenarios but the case turns more sinister than Grace could ever have imagined.

I enjoyed the story, in Need You Dead, if not the detailed procedure, and will make sure it is not so long before I read another book by Peter James again.

The Author

Peter James is a UK No. 1 bestselling author, best known for writing crime and thriller novels, and the creator of the much-loved Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. With a total of 13 Sunday Times No. 1s under his belt, he has achieved global book sales of over 19 million copies to date, and has been translated into 37 languages.

Synonymous with plot-twisting page-turners, Peter has garnered an army of loyal fans throughout his storytelling career – which also included stints writing for TV and producing films. He has won over 40 awards for his work, including the WHSmith Best Crime Author of All Time Award, Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger and a BAFTA nomination for The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons for which he was an Executive Producer. Many of Peter’s novels have been adapted for film, TV and stage.

Val Penny



  1. My husband and I have read a couple of Peter James’ mysteries and enjoyed them very much. There is something about British mysteries that have that added something. Nice review!


  2. Alice Cullerne Bown

    I’m a big Peter James fan and loved this one. The latest is great too!


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