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Not Dead Yet (Roy Grace #8)

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  3,805 Ratings  ·  284 Reviews
Roy Grace tracks a stalker obsessed with a Hollywood starlet in Not Dead Yet, the latest from #1 international bestselling author Peter James

Days before one of Hollywood's hottest stars, Gaia Lafayette, leaves her Bel Air home for a movie role on location in Brighton, England, there is a bungled attempt on her life. The whole city of Brighton awaits Gaia's arrival, includi
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Published November 27th 2012 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Nov 08, 2012 Cynthia rated it liked it
Price of Celebrity

There are good parts and some not so good parts in “Not Dead Yet”. One of the most off putting things about the book was that the American characters spoke as if they were from the UK. Their dialog and inner thoughts were stilted. Another distracting element was what seemed like constant interruptions as the characters' wardrobes were described. I understand that this is a commonly used ploy to help delineate character but used to this extent it was off putting. This is my firs
We *know* Bella Moy likes Malteser’s, you don’t have to tell us every. single. book! (3.5 stars)

I love Peter James’ Roy Grace books, so it was safe to say that I was really eager to read the eighth in the series. And I enjoyed it (of course I did, it’s Peter James!)- but admittedly I did find it to be a weaker read than his other books, which really pains me to admit. This is for a number of reasons, but for me... (*back off now and stop reading as there may be a possible spoiler here!*)

Barbara Elsborg
I really wanted to like it. I have liked Peter James' other books but there was something very off about this one for me. I honestly wondered at times if he'd written it or it had been penned by someone else. The issue with the overuse of exclamation marks was one I couldn't ignore. I've never ever read a book with so many. A few are okay but there really is no need to pepper the whole manuscript with them. We should be shown the characters agitation, excitement etc not be told by the exclamatio ...more
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I have read each and every one of the Roy Grace series and I would imagine like many others was looking forward to the latest book. Like many other popular series of books the characters and their history are what add another dimension for the readers. In this latest Roy Grace book we again see the return of my favourite and much loved characters I have got to know. Of course we have Roy himself and his other half Cleo who is now pregnant and expecting their first child. In addition we see many ...more
Dec 07, 2012 Paula rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Paula by: previous books in this series
What a disappointment! It's hard to believe that Peter James even wrote this book. It's definitely not up to the standard of the other Inspector Grace novels.

The first thing that jolted me was that an estimate was made of the victim's height from his femur and tibia...all well and good except that the victim is a legless, armless,headless torso. It's such an egregious error that I read and reread this bit just to be sure I hadn't missed something. I had not.

This is followed by two different pa
R.T. Truehall
It seemed very promising, but it turns out this is not a book for me. I felt like James included too many characters too soon, but that's probably my fault for starting at book 8. I just felt like it jumped all over the shop; I found it hard to stay interested.
Apr 09, 2013 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A dynamic psycho thriller that is a must resd for those loving the deep murder novels. This book has multiple characters ranging from Hollywood stars to London detectives, delusional murderers and all the while the author goes chapter to chapter giving the actions and thoughts of the different individuals so the reader can live with them and try to experience and solve the who dun it as it develops. You live and move with the individuals as they do and experience what they do when they do it. Ev ...more
Tracy Fenton
Dec 02, 2013 Tracy Fenton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having misplaced my reading mojo I decided to read Book 8 in the Roy Grace series as having read and loved the first 7 I was quite confident my mojo would be reignited. It's like spending quality time catching up with an old friend. Another brilliant storyline and loved reading about Roy, Cleo and Sandy.... 4 stars and 1 happy reader!
Carey Combe
Sep 07, 2012 Carey Combe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I almost think, this is his best yet. Love the return of the mad ex.
Nov 22, 2012 Kitty rated it liked it
Not as good as the previous books in the series, unfortunately Roy Grace is now so nice he's unrealistic and a bit sad. His character is undeveloping as the series grows. If you imagine Book 1 Roy Grace, he'd be played on TV by Robson Green. Book 8 Roy Grace would be played by a cardboard cutout of John Barrowman...he's *that* interesting.

Problem is, all the characters have been 'developed' so that the good ones are all virtually perfect and saintly and while that's all very admirable behaviour
Ian Mapp
Oct 26, 2012 Ian Mapp rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Maybe my interest is waning but this is the lowest scoring that I have given a Roy Grace book.

Everything is present in the usual fashion - the location, the research on everything, the punchy chapters etc. The long game of the series is there - with his disappeared wife sinisterly shadowing Grace's life and Grace's own moves on with Chloe's pregnancy.

The story is just too much. All around fan worship with a Lady GaGa/Madonna - esque pop star, who dispite being quite a nice person in the book ha
Sep 08, 2013 Lynette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This has just scraped 2 stars. What a disappointing ending.

This is the first I've read from this author. The format is a fairly typical detective / crime thriller. The first half of the book was the usual setting the scene with various characters, main plot and sub plots. I felt there was far too many references to irrelevant characters, maybe if you've read the previous books involving Roy Grace they would mean something to you but they were lost on me and just meant I had to skim paragraphs.
Ann Davis
Jul 17, 2012 Ann Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As usual I loved this book. I wish there would be more than one a year with Roy Grace and his missing wife Sandy. Good story about celebs and dangerously obsessed fans. Roy is wanting to marry Cleo who is expecting their baby, and has proceeded to declare his missing wife Sandy dead as it's been 10 years with no word from her and his efforts to find her have drawn a blank. Sandy however is very much alive and having discovered he's waiting to marry Cleo is now watching him and hatching devious p ...more
Apr 21, 2016 Ari rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I should have read my own review of the previous Peter James I read. I might have chosen something else instead of this.

I wonder why Mr. james is so popular. The novels are like Famous Five books for almost adults. Almost an insult for grown-up readers' intelligence. Very easy to read but somewhat childish. Villains are mean and sleazy, heroes are tall and handsome, heroiness tall and beautiful.
The story is like written for some TV series. And quite often it feels that "I've seen this episode b
Sep 09, 2013 Betty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oops! I read this one out of sync, was suppose to read the 3rd in the series not the 8th. No wonder I thought there had been a big jump in time and a lot of things missed. Putting that aside I found this harder to stay with as there were about 4 different characters that did not seem that connected and I just kept wanting to get back to the main mystery and the mystery of the long missing wife coming back and shadowing the main character. I kept waiting for her to pop out and reveal herself to R ...more
Susan Leonard
easy to read detective story with a good plot & some nice twists. I'm a great fan of Peter James & have enjoyed his other Roy Grace novels, this isn't one of my favorites - there were several different stories within the book, too many for my liking, although i do enjoy the thread running though all the novels about the personal lives of the team of detectives.
I would have preferred a single murder story with more depth ( or a longer book with greater detail, i know Peter does a great de
Feb 03, 2015 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kobo-e-reader
I love this series! The more books I read, the more the characters seem like old friends and I want to catch up with their lives. In this installment, Roy Grace is charged with protecting a celebrity who is filming a movie in Brighton. Of course, there is murder and mayhem going on. This story also has some more about Roy's missing wife, Sandy and I expect the next books will reveal even more. Roy and Cleo are happy new parents by the end of this book and I look forward to seeing how he deals wi ...more
Steve Emecz
Oct 06, 2012 Steve Emecz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've enjoyed the Roy Grace series from Peter James and this is one of the best of the lot. There are several interwoven storylines all in play at the same time and a brilliant twist, that I admit I didn't see coming in the first part of the book. Grace is a brilliant main character, as he has minor flaws but not the heavy ones that many leading detectives seem to have. Plenty of humour in here and the supporting cast continues to shine from Glenn Branson through to Norman Potting and Bella Moy, ...more
Sue McQuaide Kitt
Jan 21, 2014 Sue McQuaide Kitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another brilliant book by Peter James. Having read the first 7 Roy Grace books one after the other, I decided to take a break, but after reading Not Dead Yet has left me wondering why I left it so long.
It was so lovely reading about all my favourite and not so favourite (Sandy) characters again.
I look forward to catching up on the next four soon.
Phil Stokoe
Really 3/5 stars as it was an OK story but one massive, glaring error alongside a huge overuse of exclamation marks, (I mean really, was Peter James getting paid a bonus if he hit a requisite number of them?), meant I had to knock a star the rating, not knock a star off in the manner that the book is about.
Jim Thornton
Jun 10, 2012 Jim Thornton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think that this has been the best 'Roy Grace' book so far.

A more complex plot than some of the others, this played heavily on Brighton's locations and history, and brought in some interesting characters as well

I'm a bit of a 'Roy' fan, and this one certainly didn't disappoint.

Recommendation: Read
Mary Snaddon
Oct 23, 2016 Mary Snaddon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Felt this dragged a wee bit or am I just getting bored with Roy Grace? Picked up eventually and what is keeping me going with this series is how it is going to develop re the situation with his wife. It's got to come to a conclusion surely in the next book, if not it's dragging it out too much.
Forsyth T
For me the least enjoyable of the whole series. What began as fresh and interesting is now just formulaic and a bit trite. Characters are becoming tired and not evolving despite clumsy plot updates and overall it just felt tired. Sorry.
Jun 09, 2012 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012

I'm a serious Peter James (Roy Grace in particular) fan, so I loved every page of this. Not as gory as some of his novels but as many twists and turns as I have come to expect.
Interesting twist to the missing Sandy story in this book too, looking forward to how that pans out.
Darrell Issitt
Jul 12, 2012 Darrell Issitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
usual good pace and story.Good twist. Still love the Roy Grace Character but gotta say Mr James - Get the Sandy issue out your system. A little tired of being led on by a couple of pages of her interacting with each story.
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Dec 18, 2016 Trine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-swedish
Aug 08, 2014 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fabulous instalment in the Inspector Grace series. Totally gripping, fabulous plot - loved it!
Sep 21, 2012 Joy rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable Roy Grace novel. I always enjoy these. Thank you Peter James
Ian Wood
This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here.

I rated this novel WARTY!


This is yet another novel where the title competes with a dozen others. It's also the first time I've read a Peter James so, new author, new novel; what can go wrong?!! This novel begins with an attempt on the
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Peter James has been a screenwriter and film producer, and is now the author of best selling crime novels. James has written 25 books, the most recent of which feature Brighton-based Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. His books have been translated into 29 languages. In England they are published by Pan Books and in the US by Carroll & Graf Publishers. James has written supernatural thrillers ...more
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“He remembered a conversation he'd once had with a Chief Constable some years back, when he asked the Chief if in his experience he believed there was such a thing as the 'perfect murder'. The Chief had replied that there was. 'It's the one we never hear about,' he said.” 5 likes
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