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Dead at First Sight

(Roy Grace #15)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  1,879 ratings  ·  192 reviews
A man waits at a London airport for Ingrid Ostermann, the love of his life, to arrive. Across the Atlantic, a retired NYPD cop waits in a bar in Florida’s Key West for his first date with the lady who is, without question, his soulmate. The two men are about to discover they’ve been scammed out of almost every penny they have in the world—and that neither women exist. Mean ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: January 1st 2020 by Pan Books
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Louise Wilson
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are a lot of characters to try and remember in the first part of this story. There also isn't much interaction with Roy Grace's team members as there usually is. The book covers internet dating and how easy it is to scam lonley vunerable people. A woman has also been murdered in Munich and Roy is investigating a suspicious suicide in Brighton. The book focuses initially on the scamming, innocent victims handing over their savings to help out people they genuinely think that they are in lov ...more
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read all of the Roy Grace series I was very excited to start this book and I have to say I wasn’t disappointed, this is every bit as good as his other novels.

Roy Grace is investigating online fraud in internet dating with victims living in Brighton. Roy has calls from Munich and the USA where vulnerable and sometimes elderly people have been conned out of their savings. Roy is also having to deal with his boss from hell Cassian and the behaviour of His son Bruno.

This book rea
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m always eager to get my hands on the latest Roy Grace novel ever since I first discovered these books during the series infancy.
Being set in my hometown of Brighton was the initial draw, but I’ve since grown to love the characters.

With this being the 15th novel in the series, it felt like the anniversary was being celebrated with plenty of references to past adventures.
It can be read as a stand-alone but all the little nods added to my enjoyment.

Whilst there’s p
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 15th book in the Roy Grace series by one of my favourite authors Peter James.
The story is about vulnerable lonely people been scammed on internet dating sites, some of which end up brutally murdered.
Lots of characters in this one and perhaps less interaction with Roy Grace and his team than I would ideally like but a gripping read all the same. Lots of twists and turns and plenty of excitement and action along the way. Another good addition to this successful series.
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark, devious, and pacey!

Dead at First Sight is a sharp, compelling, police procedural that immerses you into the gritty, disturbing underworld of cybercrime, specifically online dating, and highlights just how easy it is to prey on humanity’s insatiable need to love and be loved.

The writing is complex and intense. The characters are a mix of ruthless, vulnerable, and tenacious. And the plot is a suspenseful tale full of twists, turns, action, duplicity, manipulation, int
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The inimitable Peter James returns with Dead at First Sight, his best thriller to date, and the fifteenth instalment in the Roy Grace series, with a plot ripped from today's headlines it's a timely and very scary exploration of the type of scams that are been carried out on a daily basis by evil, manipulative fraudsters for monetary gain. This is three parts techno-thriller and one part traditional police procedural with the authorities beginning an investigation of the fraud and deception initi ...more
It's always good to spend time with Roy Grace, one of my favourite fictional detectives. Dead at First Sight, which features a topical case, is a meticulous police procedural. Although I think the pace stalls on occasion and there is far too much cheesy banter (not to mention some ineffectual baddies), I really enjoyed the way in which the book places the victim at its heart. Not the best in the series but still a good read. Having given this further thought, revised down from 3.5 to 3 stars. Re ...more
Not a bad read but didn't hold me like most of Peter James. A bit tired and predictable, i was glad to finish it. Maybe this series has run its course.
Elaine Tomasso
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Pan Macmillan for an advance copy of Dead at First Sight, the fifteenth novel to feature Detective Superintendent Roy Grace of the Suffolk police.

A woman is murdered in Munich and Roy Grace is investigating a suspicious suicide in Brighton. At the same time a couple of men in different parts of the world are disappointed when their lovers don’t turn up. The link? The internet scamming of lonely people.

I thoroughly enjoyed Dead at First
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dead at First Sight is the latest offering in the Roy Grace Series. I have read several others in the series and enjoyed them and this one doesn’t disappoint.
This latest offering sees Roy Grace investigating internet dating fraud. Where, men and women of a certain age are swindled out of their life savings never to be seen again. But a few them soon realise what’s going on and end up dead.
This is another great edition to the series. The quality of Peter James’ writing does not falter
Dawn Marsanne
This latest Roy Grace book just didn't grip me like the previous ones and I've been a huge fan.
There were too many characters and I felt the middle part of the book too slow.
I liked the topical subject matter but I felt it became bogged down by the stakeout details.
Would have liked some more detail on Bruno and his relationship with Roy and Cleo.
This was my first read of a Peter James novel. I'd previously been aware of him, but only really because, at the bookshop and library, his books always sit beside those of my great favourite P.D. James! "Dead at First Sight" was recommended to me by a local librarian (#Pingel Sisters' Reading Challenge No. 48) from the new releases shelf, on the basis that I enjoy crime fiction and in particular Val McDermid's work. And I really enjoyed it! Roy Grace is a realistically-drawn yet likeable central ...more
Neil Fulwood
After a few cracking entries in the Roy Grace saga, last year’s ‘Dead If You Don’t’ saw the quality control dip slightly. In this new novel, it nosedives. James has never been a prose stylist, so the sloppy writing comes as no surprise, but he can normally be depended on to deliver a pacy narrative with some effective twists. Here, the narrative is sluggish, disjointed and unengaging. Repetition proliferates. Tautologies and grammatical errors abound. Subplots disappear entirely. ‘Dead at First ...more
Melanie O'Neill
I always love a good Peter James. I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t my favourite book in his ‘Roy Grace’ series but I still enjoyed it all the same. I would have liked to have had read a bit more on the emerging storyline regarding Bruno his son, and the middle bit of the book was a bit flat for me but all in all another good read from one of my all time favourite authors.
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just marvellous - but I don’t want to wait a whole year to find out what’s next!
~ Cariad ~
Fifteen brilliant audiobooks, it doesn't get much better than this for police procedurals!
In this tale of the complexities and dangers of internet dating, and the reappearance of Roy’s nemesis, there are an awful lot of characters in this book, particularly in the beginning third - I thought I was going to have to write myself notes to remind me who was who!

I have two small niggles that others may not agree with... 1) the continued overuse of exclamation marks and 2) Roy’s team aren’t that prevalent in this book.

There is a lot of longevity in this series and I have a fee
Vanessa Connell Thompson
Excellent as always but perhaps a little predictable.
Trevor Snape
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a crime that is currently making millions for the criminals and wrecking the lives of people, it is of course internet crime, particularly being scammed, and more specifically romance fraud when people sign up internet dating and are then tricked out of huge amounts of money by people pretending to be someone else. This is an ever increasing crime of our world today and Peter James deals with this situation using the medium of detective Roy Grace in his own unique story tellin ...more
Julie Lacey
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another brilliant book in the Roy Grace series.
I always know I’m in for a great read with Peter James and this book is no exception.
It comes to Roy’s attention that there is an on line dating scam taking place in the UK and also Munich. People are falling in love with someone on line and then being asked for money to help sick relatives, pay medical bills, etc
It’s such a sad story as these people are giving away their life savings and have nothing to show for it.
Soon two women are murde
Judy Odom
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peter James has written another superior installment in the Roy Grace Series.

This time Roy tackles internet scams that effects a lot of seniors who lose everything to the scammers,; their pension, their savings, even their homes never to recoup a cent. Over 300 million dollars go to scammers every year.

You just have to cheer Roy on and his team to get these scammers. Familiar faces and new ones.

It is an eye opener and a cracking good story. The pages fly by, specially as Roy's team
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: purchased, ibook
Dead at First Sight, Roy Grace #15, Peter James.

Always something current addressed by this writer and this book tackles cyber crime, scams to take money from lonely people....Romance Fraud Scams.....A global empire built on clever, cruel internet scams and the murder of anyone who threatens to expose them...... Roy Grace and his colleagues have challenges as they encounter murders and so many victims.... UK, Germany, America connected with the crime the team are working on. The final showdown i
Nicky Mottram
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audio version of this book 📚- ok listen but storyline not as gripping as usual,Not one of the best in this series so a little disappointed ☹ ...more
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reads like a action movie. I could not put it down once l started very enjoyable read.
May 28, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am generally a Roy Grace fan and have read all of the books in the series, however, I was very disappointed with this story for a number of aspects. I do like the Grace character, but felt that something was missing in this book, and there was a lot less interaction with his partner Branson compared to some of the others.
On the whole, while it may be current, I found the plot to be way too implausible full of impossible coincidences. I found my self saying “yeah right” too many times whilst l
Celine Godfrey
I've read all the Roy Grace series in order and since I caught with them all three years ago, I've been desperate for the publication of the next one. I was really excited when this was published, abandoned my current read and started this one. Now I've finished it and am sorry to say I'm a bit disappointed.

All the plusses are there ... recurring characters, banter (cheesy though it is), interesting police procedure, expert outsiders and a continuation of Roy & Cleo. So, loved al
This is book #15 of the Roy Grace series. Whilst it can be read as a standalone, it does make sense to read the books in the correct order to understand the back story of the characters.

I love this series, and have read every single book previous to this one! Roy Grace is a great character and it has been an interesting journey following his story over the last 14 books! In this instalment, Grace is called upon to look into the suicide of a woman in Brighton. There is something that doesn’t sit
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not Quite Hitting All of the Grace Notes!

Roy Grace returns in the fifteenth novel of this excellent series with a bang up to date thriller that deals with the problem of Internet Romance Fraud. Despicable criminals taking advantage of the lonely to extract their cash by the cruellest of means. Of course, as the head of major crime in Sussex with bodies piling up and serious fraud becoming rife on his patch and elsewhere it's Grace that gets called in to fix it. To do so he must rely on
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Dead at First Sight," by Peter James, involves "romance fraud," a particularly cruel scam in which a hoaxer pretends to be in love with a target, generally an older man or woman who has lost a significant other and is desperate for a second chance at happiness. The victims, who have signed up for a dating service, do not actually meet their "paramours.” The couples correspond online or by cell phone, and trained employees play the role of "lovers,” who know how to seduce their prey and keep the ...more
Susan Aldridge
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always look forward so much to the new Peter James - Roy Grace, Brighton and another story with the word 'dead' in the title! This had me hooked from the off. It deals with the sinister world of romance fraud, where gullible, often elderly, people are conned out of large sums of money by online lovers. I'd heard of this, but this story goes into incredible details, spinning a story involving operatives in Munich, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Far East. We hear the personal backstories of four ...more
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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.

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