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Need You Dead

(Roy Grace #13)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  3,498 ratings  ·  308 reviews
Roy Grace, creation of the CWA Diamond Dagger award winning author Peter James, faces his most mysterious case yet in Need You Dead.

Lorna Belling, desperate to escape the marriage from hell, falls for the charms of another man who promises her the earth. But, as Lorna finds, life seldom follows the plans you’ve made. A chance photograph on a client’s mobile phone changes e
Kindle Edition, 431 pages
Published May 18th 2017 by Macmillan (first published 2017)
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Lesley Mumbray They do stand alone but I always think it's more satisfying to read them in order and as Roy Grace has a complicated back story it is worth doing so.
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Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have a confession, Peter James in one of my favourite authors so I am always excited at the thought of reading one of his novels. 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.
The body of a woman 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
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
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May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a long term totally addicted huge fan of the Roy Grace series, let me scream loudly with excitement! Need You Dead is here. This is the thirteenth book in the Brighton based crime series, by the much loved Peter James. We are back in the lives of our most favourite policeman in the whole world! Life couldn’t get any better.

As with any series that has evolved beautifully, we know the main characters; Roy and his wife Cleo, Roy’s sidekick Glenn Branson and his dreadful boss, Cassian Pewe. We ha
Alan Cotterell
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018
Slightly disappointed

Having read approximately 30 books by Peter James and given them all at least 4, ,mostly 5 stars. With a handful being amongst the best books I have read, I am disappointed that at best I can only give 3 stars to this book, probably if it was by anyone else might have been 2 stars.
This book could have been about 120 pages shorter if it wasn't for all, the extraneous procedural stuff and chapter after chapter of family stuff. I am sure previous book's didn't go into so much
Description: Lorna Belling, desperate to escape the marriage from hell, falls for the charms of another man who promises her the earth. But, as Lorna finds, life seldom follows the plans you've made. A chance photograph on a client's mobile phone changes everything for her.

When the body of a woman is found in a bath in Brighton, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to the scene. At first it looks an open and shut case with a clear prime suspect. Then other scenarios begin to present them
Susan Hampson
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Now I will be total honest and say that this is my first Peter James Book and although it reads perfectly well as a stand alone, this is a series that I want to go back to the beginning and read them all. It is absolutely awesome! Peter James is rightly an international best seller. This is a story about a victim, not a body count, a pure quality realistic police investigation into a death of a woman to find out if it was suicide, accident or staged but it goes far deeper.
The story real consists
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every now and then a really good thriller comes along and this one grabbed me from the first page. The paperback has been sitting on my book shelf for a long time and I've only just got around to reading it. Finding out the truth about someone you love can be very painful. Although Lorna Belling a hairdresser was married to Corin she planned to leave him, she was having an affair with a man named Greg. Unfortunately Greg delayed his excuse for leaving his wife Belinda to be with Lorna. What hurt ...more
Allyson Hayes
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
I have read all 13 of Peter James' Inspector Grace novels & unfortunately this will be my last! Although the story lines are extremely clever & imaginative they are completely overpowered by too much police procedure. They are bordering on a non fiction police information book. Mr James please concentrate on the plot & give Roy & ourselves a break!!!
Gabriel Blake
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crime, mystery, suspense, and thriller
An outstanding read. Part of the Roy Grace series, number 13 I think.
The only previous novel I've read by Peter James was The House on Cold Hill. This was my first venture into the hugely successful Roy Grace series, and after THOCH, I didn't really know what to expect having been left a little underwhelmed. I'd been told by a friend and Peter James fan to delve into another of his novels as the former was not his best work.

Need You Dead was a gift and my only worry, apart from THOCH was, I mi
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, thriller
Need You Dead is book thirteen in Roy Grace Series by Peter James. Detective Superintendent Roy Grace was getting ready to go to Germany to pick up his son Bruno when he caught a case of the death of Lorna Belling. Detective Superintendent Roy Grace handed over the case until his return to Detective Inspector Guy Batchelor. However, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace did not release the problems this will cause him. The Readers of Need You Dead will follow the twist and turns in the investigatio ...more
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Not as good as others in this series, IMHO. The first one, Dead Simple, was excellent and the plot of this one involving the detective work is good. While I understand Roy's concerns over becoming a new father to his ex-wife's son, but the book spent way to much time on his thoughts about that, taking too much time away from the main plot.
Colin Mitchell
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
The latest in the Roy Grace series, this adventure sees him and his team hunting the killer of a woman whose body is found in a bath. Is it indeed a murder or suicide. Is it the abusive husband or a lover.All this at a time when Roy and Cleo are attending a funeral.

There are enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing but I did feel that some of the plot lines had loose ends that were never explained properly. Then there are the loose ends that pave the way for another book but can be an
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wat?! Ok, doe maar voort met het volgende boek meneer James :-)
Vanessa Loockx
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Gasp” bloody hell!!! Wanneer komt het volgende boek???
May 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kobo-e-reader
I am so disappointed! I have read and liked every book in the Roy Grace series but this one was just okay. It seemed to be so much more impersonal than the other books and the characters were not their usual selves. There were a lot of dry, boring police procedural passages which I usually enjoy in these books, but it didn't work this time. I confess to skimming through much of the novel and skipping to the end. I didn't have a clue who the killer was and was surprised, so that's something going ...more
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another brilliant installment in the detective series featuring Detective Superintendent Roy Grace.

I can't reveal any of the story as it would spoil previous books but just know that it is excellent as always and if this a genre you enjoy please read from the beginning!

These books just get better and better!!!

I'm a huge fan of Peter James and have also read a few of his 'non-Roy Grace' books (he has written horror/thrillers as stand-alone) and they are also brilliant so keep your eyes peeled for
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Need You Dead is the latest release from International bestselling author Peter James. Published on 18th May by MacMillan, this is the landmark 13th novel in the Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series. Dedicated to authenticity, Peter James bases his books upon real life experiences he has witnessed through shadowing the Sussex Police.

I’m almost ashamed to admit this, but it’s my first time reading a book from Peter James.

Please do read on for my thoughts...

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Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
realised quite suddenly that with the newest Peter James nearly upon us I was actually a book behind. Then it dawned on me that the saga that was Sandy was no longer an issue so decided to dive right into the last book. We are introduced to Lorna Belling, a woman that is in an incredibly abusive relationship, but who is being offered another chance with another man to start over. Unfortunately she doesn't get that chance and is found murdered...enter Roy Grace. From the off Roy seems a little u ...more
Gloria Feit
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Roy Grace, Detective Superintendent and head of the high crime unit, faces a dilemma in the latest in this wonderful police procedural series, now numbering thirteen: evidence that one of his own squad may be a murderer. Such a possibility goes against everything Grace believes in. Such a possibility betrays the trust implicit in the job in which each policeman relies on all the others to watch his back.

The possible culprit is faced with an overwhelming accumulation of evidence in a murder case,
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great quick fun crime. Roy Grace seems like a likeable character but doesnt seem to ever have flaws. Some technical police procedural terms and plotting was pretty good. A little predictable with the ending. Some parts plodded along, especially the scenes where the police just discussed 5he case. Ive always enjoyed crime novels set overseas and this is was very very enjoyable.
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-crime
I liked it.. it didn't really thrill me or anything. it was ok!
Tracey Walsh
Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The 13th in the Roy Grace series. Peter James never disappoints and this book is one of his best.

"When the body of a woman is found in a bath in Brighton, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to the scene. At first it looks an open-and-shut case with a clear prime suspect. Then other scenarios begin to present themselves...and to his utter disbelief, the case turns more sinister than Grace could ever have imagined."

For fans of this series a treat is in store as familiar characters are in
John Reid
I have read every novel in this series and thoroughly enjoyed the majority of them. Sadly, "Need You Dead" was a major disappointment.

The first indication that this might not reach the heights of the other novels was the factual error in describing the paypal scam. The buyer of the car completed the ebay checkout and paid with paypal but was supposedly scammed in the process.

There are plenty of paypal scams out there but they would not happen in this way. If the buyer purchased through ebay th
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This series of Roy Grace books always get me turning pages and sneaking moments to read just a little more. The characters are familiar by now and each book shows development in both work and personal relationships. The attention to police procedural detail is stellar. We can follow both the investigation and the thoughts of the unknown killer and then feel the panic when the killer's identity is discovered. An interesting twist this time is Roy's newly discovered son, Bruno, from his
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I am currently wondering how much Peter James gets paid to product place in his books, this is littered with brand names, and is really starting to grind me. But saying that, a good story with many twists and turns, I fell for the plot twist hook line & sinker. Cleo still annoys me, but we have the mysterious son to know focus on. I had to look at my previous reviews to see if I thought that the series was starting to drop off (I thought I hadn't enjoyed the last one that much) but turns out ...more
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lorna Belling is having an affair. Her lover, Greg is also married, but promises to leave his wife. Lorna believes him until she sees photographs of him on holiday, with his wife. Fed up with being with her abusive and violent husband and lied to by Greg, she decides to leave them both. She is later found dead in her bath at the flat she used to meet Greg in. Who killed her, and who is the mysterious ‘Greg’?

Roy Grace is put in charge of the case. He’s not sure if it is a case of murder or suicid
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brilliantly clever, extremely fast-paced and wonderfully unpredictable!

This is a skillfully executed, perfectly crafted police procedural that sees Detective Superintendent Roy Grace leaving Temporary Detective Inspector Guy Batchelor in charge of the latest murder while he heads to Germany to meet the son he never knew he had, but as often is the case this investigation may not be as open-and-shut as first believed and may just get a little bit more complicated before the case is closed.

The wri
Christina McLain
Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a fun fast-paced police series set in Brighton and I like the main character, Roy Grace, but I do find, as a few other reviewers have, that the plethora of detail about modern policing in the UK wears on me. I myself like psychological murder mysteries and this thriller is more action-based which I actually find boring. Guess lots of guys would like this and maybe I am being sexist but it's not my cup of tea. There is a Hitchcockian hint however of future trouble for the Grace family at ...more
Cleo Bannister
Lorna Belling has been found dead in a bath tub in a rented flat in Brighton. Already known to the police because she’s reported her husband for domestic abuse Roy Grace sees the investigation as a good one for Guy Batchelor to be Deputy Senior Investigating Officer for a couple of reasons: one to allow him to learn the ropes and secondly because Roy has to fly to Germany to pick up his son Bruno to bring him back for the funeral of his mother.

Lorna is a hairdresser who works from home, her phon
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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[Need You Dead] by Peter James
#13 in the Roy Grace Series

This still has to be one of my favourite series. I love the way you feel part of the investigation, more so than in a lot of Detective books where things are kept back from you, and particularly enjoy the regular team meetings where we get to hear people's thoughts. It is good to hear things occasionally from the killer's or victims perspective. Peter James hasn't lost it as didn't want to put this one down.
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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 ar

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“Sure you’re not going to miss it, Roy?’ ‘I’ll miss the camaraderie, but not the politics. Too much of that, these days. Know what I’m looking forward to most of all?’ ‘No – what?’ ‘It’s being able to go into a pub and say what I really think, without having to worry that one of my bosses gets to hear about it,” 1 likes
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