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Not Dead Yet (Roy Grace #8)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  2,132 ratings  ·  213 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, includin
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Published November 27th 2012 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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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!*)

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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
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
Dec 18, 2012 Paula rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Carey Combe
I almost think, this is his best yet. Love the return of the mad ex.
Ann Davis
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
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.
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
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
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
Steve Emecz
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
Gareth Otton
Another enjoyable outing for Roy Grace and co. There's not much point in saying much more than that as if you have got this far with this series then you know exactly what to expect.

My only gripe is the incredibly slow progress of the Roy Graces world. Not even two years have passed since the events of Dead Simple which is a staggeringly slow pace considering the fact that we are 8 years in. This wouldn't be such a big issue if there weren't overarching story lines but when you have a character
Suspense Magazine
A great piece of literature is a lot like music, beginning with a subtle undercurrent of emotion. First, one instrument comes in and then another begins to add depth. Before you realize it, new sounds richen what you’ve already heard and then your heartbeat starts keeping time with the base drum and the cymbals as they bang and clash louder and faster until the song ends with a fiery crescendo. This was my first thought as I turned the last page of “Not Dead Yet.”
This is the eighth book in The
Ian Wood
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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
Cleo Bannister
I have read all the books in this series and while I am a committed fan I was slightly disappointed with the last book. I enjoyed this one more especially as the back story of Grace's missing wife continues.

A famous singer turned actress Gaia is coming to Brighton for filming, after a possible attempt on her life the police have to keep her safe. Into the melting pot of the plot go celebrity stalkers, a man with a grievance and plenty of fans hoping for a sight of Gaia.

With his partner Cleo in t
Jim Thornton
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

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.
Anna Jesse
Dit is alweer het 8e deel in de Roy Grace serie, van één van Engelands bestselling crime-auteur op dit moment. Hij is naast auteur ook filmproducent en scenarioschrijver wat je ook goed kan merken aan zijn boeken die dan ook lezen als een script. Een aantal van zijn boeken worden dan ook verfilmd. Grappig detail is dat al zijn boeken het woordje dood in de titel hebben.

Al direct in het begin worden de verhaallijnen uitgezet; de aanslag op Gaia, de moordenaar, een filmproducent, Roy Grace en zijn
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.
Darrell Issitt
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.
Another fabulous instalment in the Inspector Grace series. Totally gripping, fabulous plot - loved it!
I continue to enjoy Peter James's Roy Grace series, although I found this book a slow read. The story threads seemed too disjoint for so long, which made the pace feel sluggish. Also, the villains were truly creepy and a lot of time was spent in their point of view. Even what we learn in this book about Sandy, his long-lost wife, was disturbing. This was the first of the series where I've read it in e-book form instead of paper or audiobook, plus I read most of it while flying halfway around the ...more
Another enjoyable Roy Grace novel. I always enjoy these. Thank you Peter James
Christopher Johnston
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Stephen Hayes
Detective Superintendent Roy Grace of the Sussex Police has a lot on his plate: a murder case with a limbless headless corpse. How can the search for the killer if they don't know who the victim is?
And then a film crew want to use the Brighton Pavilion for a new film on King George IV and his mistress, and Roy Grace is put in charge of security for the film set and the star Gaia Lafayette,
whose temperamental fans can turn adoration to detestation in an instant, and has already received several t
Ian Mapp
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
In Not Dead Yet, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is presented with a mutilated body in an unusual location. As the police try to identify the victim, Grace learns that pop star Gaia will be shooting a film in Brighton. Grace has been tasked with the job of keeping her safe after a recent attempt on her life. Soon Grace is supervising a murder inquiry while on celebrity watch. The underlying theme of this book is obsession, ranging from crazed fans to individuals bent on exacting revenge for r ...more
John Lee
This is another of my 'read by mistake' books. It was a book that my wife brought home from the library and, because of the book that was with it, I thought it was something else. I know.....dont ask!
My first impressions were not that promising. I thought that the short/very short chapter style of writing is a little too American and I prefer good old English style and content -and the early content here is set in the US.
After my wife had read it she assured me that I would enjoy it and, as usua
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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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