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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
Freelance journalist in Birmingham with a passion for the dynamic theatre, art, food and fashion scene in Britain's 'Second City'.
Published May 19th 2019
Best-selling British crime writer Peter James is back with a new thriller featuring his well-loved detective DS Roy Grace.

Dead at first sight book Peter James
The new novel featuring DS Roy Grace


Dead At First Sight is the fifteenth novel featuring likeable hero DS Grace, a character that has been adapted on to stage in recent years due to its popularity.

This outing sees Grace tackle a case involving cruel romantic internet scams based around dating websites, which quickly end up in murder and on his doorstep in Brighton.

Moving between Germany and the UK, the pace is quick in this fascinating mystery that will have you turning the pages. Along with regular and returning characters, there are some new memorable players that will make you want to read on at the end of each short chapter.

For fans of DS Grace, this latest episode also delves deeper into his relationship with his son, Bruno, as a sideline. It helps to build up more of an image of this detective, who has quickly developed a strong fan base since his first appearance in novel Dead Simple and other mysteries including Not Dead Enough and Not Dead Yet.

Scene from Dead Simple, Peter James, Theatre
A scene from Peter James' previous novel Dead Simple when adapted for stage


From early on, James grabs the attention as blood flows in macabre ways with what seems like a suicide but quickly turns into something much more profound that ends up involving a lonely retired military man and a gay motivational speaker.

It's a bold start to the latest novel that features some pretty nasty criminals from around the world using the internet to their advantage.

Award-winning author Peter James has now sold 20 million books worldwide and won prizes including the Crime Writers' Association Diamond Dagger in 2016. His novels have even been translated into 37 languages.

Peter James author
Author Peter James has won over 40 awards for his work


His easy-read style, similar to James Patterson, is to keep thinking up grizzly yet innovative crime plots, as seen in this new murder mystery.

Dead At First Sight won't disappoint those who have been holding out for this next DS Grace instalment. A riveting read.

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Dead At First Sight is on sale worldwide from May 2019 and published by Pan Macmillan.
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