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Dead Man's Time

(Roy Grace #9)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  5,215 ratings  ·  373 reviews
A vicious robbery at a secluded Brighton mansion leaves its elderly occupant dying. Valuables worth millions have been stolen. But as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, heading the inquiry, rapidly learns, there is one priceless item of sentimental value that her powerful family cherishes above all else. And they are prepared to take the law into their own hands, and will ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Expected publication: March 1st 2020 by Pan Books (first published June 2013)
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Andrew Smith
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do like this series. I'm not a major fan of UK based crime (Billingham and Rankin apart), but I do enjoy these stories of the Brighton based cop and his sidekicks. This tale involving stolen antiques and Irish gangs of long ago is one of the best and well worth catching. I also like the background story, that's ticked along all through this series, of the missing wife of our hero Detective Roy Grace. Top class stuff.
Jill Hutchinson
In number 9 in the Roy Grace series, Peter James does it again. This is such an enjoyable series.......easy to read, complex but (mostly) believable plots, and good character development. This time we travel back in time to an incident in 1922 NYC that will play the major part in the present day case that DS Roy Grace and his team are investigating. A wealthy aged woman is killed and her valuable art collection is stolen. Among the missing items is a rare vintage watch that belonged to her ...more
Oct 18, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: imbeciles
I was really hoping not to give this one star. I wanted one star to be reserved for the life-changingly awful likes of The Alchemist. But there's just no way of getting around it, this book was utterly terrible.

Things got off to a bad start when we were informed the police officers were "on a shout - as calls to incidents were known colloquially". Gosh really? Thanks for that. Having never read or seen any police related documentary or fiction in my life, and lacking all ability to make a basic
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, Peter James and Roy Grace, where do I begin? I have read all of the books in this series and am normally gripped by each and every book I read. When I read the synopsis for this one I really wasn’t sure. I was (as usual) to be proved wrong. This latest Roy Grace novel starts out with a vicious robbery at a Brighton Mansion and millions of pounds worth of antiques taken. It also leaves an elderly woman, Aileen McWhirter, fighting for her life. Roy Grace and his team lead the enquiry when the ...more
Luanne Ollivier
3.5/5 Peter James's latest book Dead Man's Time is the ninth entry in the Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series.

I had read the first four or five books in this series, but hadn't picked up one lately.

Dead Man's Time opens with a scene from 1922 - a scared young boy is witness to his mother's death and his father's disappearance in New York. The only thing left to him is his father's broken watch and a list of names and numbers. Fast forward to 2012 England. The boy is now ninety five. That
Book Addict Shaun
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, kindle
Over the past two weeks I have reacquainted myself with Roy Grace by reading books three to eight in those weeks. I hated myself for leaving it so long between book two and three but loved it because it meant I could read all the books without a years wait in between. I finished Not Dead Yet at 23.50 last night (June 5th), and started this book just after midnight on my Kindle. Needless to say nothing got done today while I devoured this book, and I think it could be his best yet. I am now just ...more
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always a very good read although I am getting a little tired of the 'Sarah' situation and would appreciate it if Mr James would conclude it sometime soon!
Dane Cobain
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dead Man’s Time is another installment in James’ Roy Grace series in which we follow the Brighton-based detective as he investigates a crime spanning 90 years. It all goes back to a murder that took place in New York City in 1922, and I quite liked the way that the two different time periods came back together, especially towards the end. It was kind of anticlimactic in a way, but it was also the only real ending that could have happened.

It’s also interesting how the bad guys in this book aren’t
Rob Twinem
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think Peter James has a great series here and a great detective in Roy Grace, it has been a while since I have returned to the cobbled streets of Brighton to see just what are Roy is getting up to! I believe the thing about a detective series is that you should not read the complete run of books...but have a break and return and you will find that your time away and your return is very pleasant :) This is a story that crosses time from New York in the 1920's to the present and I thought it was ...more
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I’ve often said that I don’t really read series – Nicci French’s Frieda Klein books are one exception, and this series is the other. This is the ninth in the series, where the basic storyline involves a robbery and its aftermath, focused on a single valuable item prized by the family above all the others. The story moves from Brighton, across Europe to the New York gangland of the 1920s, and it is as thoroughly gripping as every other book has been. But the real strength of this series is in the ...more
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was an easy read, not demanding, I worked out a lot of it early on. The author seemed to be obsessed with describing what each character wore! ( Yes, really! right down to the shoes they wore!) He described a woman has having a 'catwalk figure'! There was more about what the various character wore but not much about their personalities, apart from Gavin Day's story not really much about the backgrounds of the characters who all seemed to be either good or bad - no shades of grey here! There ...more
Oct 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in present day Brighton, these books follow the life of Detective Superintendent Grace, we first met him aged 39 and we soon discover that his wife Sandy disappeared almost 10 years previously, the same day as Roy’s 30th Birthday. Grace finds himself attempting to move on with his life as that milestone is fast approaching whilst juggling his career and trying to solve the latest crime that has taken place in the city.

Another of the series strengths is with the great supporting cast, most
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 9th book in the Roy Grace series by the excellent Peter James. I love this authors work and unfortunately I have now caught up with this series and eagerly await the release of his next book. In these books if read in order contain lots of sub plots that continue throughout the series supplying you with just enough information to keep them interesting. For anyone who has not yet started this series I would recommend they read them in order to get the best from Peter James work.
~ Cariad ~
Sep 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank God the story was great, but I'm dropping a star because this new narrator didn't really work at all - after 8 books in a series we've gotten used to how each character sounds, so it was horrible to hear them all with different voices. Very annoying.
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
What can I say? This is #9 in a series that I really like, and I already have the next book lined up ready to go. Peter James is consistently good.
Svein F Hestvaag
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A 95-year old antagonist. Elegantly portraited.
Right up there with the best. zips along at an astonishing rate loved it loved loved it. A terrific story with a twist in the tale. read it and enjoy
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let's quickly get this out of the way first...

Descriptions of every single person's clothing

Descriptions in detail of the route taken on a journey. Went left, then another left, then down the street before turning right etc.

Overuse of the eye moving lie detector method

Blah blah, yada yada. Same as every book - To be fully expected at this point.

BUT, ignoring all of the above, this was actually really enjoyable. We only got one Malteasers mention, very briefly and it was around 100 pages in.
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
As you can tell by how quick I am devouring this series I am incredibly addicted. I cannot read these books quick enough and the characters that Peter James brings to the reader are extremely relatable, loveable and are one huge family that devote their lives to protecting the Brighton area. I am glad that the Roy Grace team are consistent and Peter James balances perfectly their professional and personal lives.

I do find that this author suffers a lot with repetition and I am sure that these
Colin Mitchell
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
A very good Roy Grace mystery. The story starts in Brooklyn, New York in 1922 when a brother and sister are orphaned. Taken to Ireland by an Aunt, the children make a success of their lives in the antiques trade and live comfortably in the Brighton Sussex area. Now in their seventies the sister is tortured and dies with millions of pounds worth of antiques stolen along with a valuable pocket watch. Inevitably villains fall out and various factions try to cancel out each other. Added to this is ...more
Jody Miller
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another 5 star book in the Roy Grace series. Each one gets better. I really enjoyed the America gangster storyline from the 1920s and the characters were fascinating. Every now and then we get a little teaser about Sandy that keeps me reading for more
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, british, kindle, series
Another riveting read with twists and turns. The story begins in New York in 1922 and the action returns there. This brought back memories of New York.
Each book in the series gets better and better and invests the reader ever more into the private lives of the main characters, even Marlon.
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read as always from this author.
Jun 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Right, time for a startling confession. I have to date only read one Peter James book- shame on me. So when I was approached to read and review Dead Man’s Time I was looking forward to the opportunity of re-entering D.I. Roy Grace’s world albeit with a seven book hiatus. In a way this has worked in my favour as I cannot have been said to be influenced by the other books, nor can this give me cause to compare this one to its predecessors in terms of style and character development, so it was ...more
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, mystery, england
This book starts with a short prologue set in 1920's New York City. A very young brother and sister are spared after their mother is shot and their father kidnapped. Their father was associated with an Irish gang and it's likely he's been killed. The children are taken to back to Ireland by their aunt, but before they board the ship, someone gives the young boy his father’s pocket watch and a series of numbers. He vows to return one day and find his father.

Fast forward about 85 years and DS Roy
Mark Farley
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Certainly the best one so far! The ninth in the Roy Grace series, this is a cracking read of a book and a great page turner. I had been meaning to get around to starting this series, after I had the pleasure of getting to know Peter after doing a number of events at a central London bookshop I worked in and I really wish I started earlier. Police/crime etc is not really my sort of read but out of loyalty I gave it a go and surprised myself and everyone around me when I couldnt put it down. In ...more
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was great to be back with this series and I galloped through this book. An interesting story which had much of its root cause in incidents that happened in Brooklyn ninety years before when a mother was murdered and a father was abducted. Towards the last 100 pages I could not put it down and despite having work the next morning had to read on past midnight to get to the resolution of the book. I do love this series, which is set in Brighton (on the south coast of England) and a good group of ...more
Rob Kitchin
It’s been quite a while since I read a Peter James novel, so I was quite happy to receive an ARC of Dead Man’s Time, the ninth in the Roy Grace series. On the plus side, it’s an enjoyable enough read, with a fairly complex plot that weaves an interesting tale. James clearly knows his police procedures and the cop side of the story has the feel of authenticity. The family and criminal sides of the story, however, felt uneven and overly contrived. The whole Amis Smallbone subplot, for example, was ...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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