Peter James Books

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Peter James was born in Brighton to the former glove maker for the queen. James was admitted at Charterhouse school and later on attended Ravensbourne Film School. While attending the Ravensbourne Film School, Peter James worked as a house cleaner for Orson Welles. Later on, he spent some years working as a film producer and screenwriter in America. However, he had first to begin as a goofer before eventually becoming a writer. Currently, Peter James divides his time between his apartment in Nottingham Hill, which is located in London, and his country home which is located in Brighton, Sussex. James’s interest includes science, criminology and the paranormal. Food and wine are also something that fascinates him as well. Currently, Peter James pens a column for the Sussex life magazine.

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Order of Roy Grace Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Dead Simple 2005 Description / Buy
2 Looking Good Dead 2006 Description / Buy
3 Not Dead Enough 2007 Description / Buy
4 Dead Man's Footsteps 2008 Description / Buy
5 Dead Tomorrow 2009 Description / Buy
6 Dead Like You 2010 Description / Buy
7 Dead Man's Grip 2011 Description / Buy
8 Not Dead Yet 2012 Description / Buy
9 Dead Man's Time 2013 Description / Buy
10 Want You Dead 2014 Description / Buy
11 You Are Dead 2015 Description / Buy
12 Love You Dead 2016 Description / Buy
13 Need You Dead 2017 Description / Buy
14 Dead If You Don't 2018 Description / Buy
15 Dead at First Sight 2019 Description / Buy
16 Find Them Dead 2020 Description / Buy
17 Left You Dead 2021 Description / Buy
18 Picture You Dead 2022 Description / Buy
19 Stop Them Dead 2023 Description / Buy
20 One of Us Is Dead 2024 Description / Buy

Order of Roy Grace Short Stories/Novellas Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Footloose (Short Story) ( With: Val McDermid) 2019 Description / Buy
2 Wish You Were Dead 2021 Description / Buy

Order of Cold Hill Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The House on Cold Hill 2015 Description / Buy
2 The Secret of Cold Hill 2019 Description / Buy

Order of Max Flynn Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Dead Letter Drop 1981 Description / Buy
2 Atom Bomb Angel 1983 Description / Buy

Order of Peter James Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 Billionaire 1983 Description / Buy
2 Biggles The Storybook (Short Story) 1986 Description / Buy
3 Possession 1988 Description / Buy
4 Dreamer 1989 Description / Buy
5 Sweet Heart 1990 Description / Buy
6 Twilight 1991 Description / Buy
7 Prophecy 1992 Description / Buy
8 Host 1993 Description / Buy
9 Alchemist 1996 Description / Buy
10 Getting Wired! (Short Story) 1996 Description / Buy
11 The Truth 1997 Description / Buy
12 Denial 1998 Description / Buy
13 Faith 2000 Description / Buy
14 Perfect People 2011 Description / Buy
15 Absolute Proof 2017 Description / Buy
16 I Follow You 2020 Description / Buy
17 They Thought I Was Dead: Sandy's Story 2024 Description / Buy

Order of Peter James Short Story Collections

# Read Title Published Details
1 A Twist of the Knife 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Peter James Short Stories/Novellas

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Perfect Murder (Short Story) 2010 Description / Buy
2 Christmas is for the Kids (Short Story) 2011 Description / Buy
3 In the Nick of Time (Short Story) ( With: Ian Rankin) 2014 Description / Buy
4 Footloose (Short Story) ( With: Val McDermid) 2019 Description / Buy

Order of The MatchUp Collection Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Honor & ... ( By: C.J. Box, Sandra Brown) 2017 Description / Buy
2 Deserves to Be Dead (Short Story) ( By: John Sandford, Lisa Jackson) 2017 Description / Buy
3 Getaway (Short Story) ( By: Lisa Scottoline, Nelson DeMille) 2017 Description / Buy
4 Midnight Flame (Short Story) ( By: Christopher Rice, Lara Adrian) 2018 Description / Buy
5 Short Story (Short Story) ( By: Karin Slaughter, Michael Koryta) 2019 Description / Buy
6 Past Prologue (Short Story) ( By: Diana Gabaldon, Steve Berry) 2019 Description / Buy
7 Faking a Murderer ( By: Lee Child, Kathy Reichs) 2019 Description / Buy
8 Dig Here (Short Story) ( By: Charlaine Harris, Andrew Gross) 2019 Description / Buy
9 Taking the Veil (Short Story) ( By: J.A. Jance, Eric Van Lustbader) 2019 Description / Buy
10 Rambo on Their Minds (Short Story) ( By: Gayle Lynds, David Morrell) 2019 Description / Buy
11 Footloose (Short Story) ( With: Val McDermid) 2019 Description / Buy

Order of Peter James Non-Fiction Books

# Read Title Published Details
1 Death Comes Knocking ( With: Graham Bartlett) 2016 Description / Buy
2 Babes In The Wood ( With: Graham Bartlett) 2020 Description / Buy

Peter James Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 Giant Book of Fantasy Tales 1996 Description / Buy
2 The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 7 2010 Description / Buy
3 The Sounds Of Crime 2010 Description / Buy
4 No Rest for the Dead 2011 Description / Buy
5 Venice Noir 2012 Description / Buy
6 The Killer Cookbook 2012 Description / Buy
7 OxCrimes: 27 Killer Stories from the Cream of Crimewriters 2014 Description / Buy
8 FaceOff 2014 Description / Buy
9 MatchUp 2017 Description / Buy
10 Ten Year Stretch 2018 Description / Buy
11 Afraid of the Shadows 2021 Description / Buy
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As well as success writing and producing films, Peter James branched out into the realm of crime fiction, releasing his first novel, Dead Letter Drop, in 1981. He followed that up with another 15 novels before creating his most famous character, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. Roy Grace has since gone on to feature in 11 novels at the time of writing, with his debut coming in the 2005 release Dead Simple. The Roy Grace series of novels has gained Peter James international success, with awards for the books coming from France, the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany. Since writing the Roy Grace series, James has also released other novels away from the character of Roy Grace, The Perfect Murder, Perfect People and The House on Cold Hill. Two of James’ books have also been turned into plays, with The Perfect Murder being the first to be adapted in 2014 and Dead Simple, the first book in the Roy Grace series, being the latest to tour the UK in 2015.

Outside of writing, James does a lot of work for charity, including a lot of work on crime prevention in his home city of Brighton, working with Crimestoppers and Neighbourhood Watch as a patron for the Sussex area. James is proud of his Brighton heritage, with many of his novels set there, and he is.

James also happens to be a self-confessed petrol head. He has owned numerous fast cars throughout the years including Brabus Mercedes-Benz, 4 Aston Martin, AMG Mercedes Benz, two classic Jaguars and a Bentley Continental GT. Peter James has an international racing license, which he has used to compete in the Britcar series in a Toledo and a Ford Accord. Currently, Peter James races three historical cars together with his BMW 1800. His co-driver is one Steve Soper. The team of Steve Soper and Peter James finished 10th overall during the St. Mary’s Trophy. At the moment, Peter James has penned down more than 35 novels including the bestselling novel which features the protagonist, Superintendent Roy Grace. The novels have sold more than 18 million copies throughout the world and have even given even more than 11 Sunday Times number one slots.

The books have also attained the number one slot in countries such as France, Germany, Canada, and Russia. James is also a New York Times best-selling author. Peter James novels have been translated into 37 different languages. In the United Kingdom and the United States, MacMillan Publishers publish his books. In the year 1993, renowned publishers, Penguin Books published James book, Host on two floppy disks. The book was termed as the first electronic novel in the world. James has also penned down supernatural thrillers, science-based thrillers, spy fiction and children’s novel.

Peter James Awards

Peter James is the recipient of various literary awards and remains one of the most decorated writers and producer of this generation. Some of the awards that he has received include Sounds of Crime, Galaxy British Books, Barry Award, Wellcome Trust Books, Sussex Police Award, WHSmith Award and many others.

Peter James Books into Movies

Peter James, The Perfect Murder, a novella remained for more than 15 weeks at the number one spot. The Perfect Murder was later adapted into a stage play by Shaun McKenna, which became a smash-hit in the year 2014. Dead Simple is James’s second adaptation, which was once again done by Shaun McKenna. Currently, the novel is in the development stage for television and film. With that said, Peter James has been involved in more than 26 movies in either writer or production roles. Films, where Peter James has been credited, include The Neptune Factor, The Blockhouse, Blue Blood, Spanish Fly, A Different Loyalty and The Statement.

Best Peter James Books

Dead Simple: Dead Simple begins during the ending hours of a stag party. The men have been celebrating Michael’s upcoming wedding to one Ashley, which was expected to take place a few days later. The group has known each other for so many years, thus whenever each of them marries, they plan practical jokes and even get exceedingly drunk. Michael has been the mastermind behind some of the groups malicious jokes and all of his friends are now looking forward to a payback. Armed with coffins and a breathing tube, the group have already prepared the hole in which Michael was going his night resting. Because they are not foolish, they are going to leave behind a porn magazine, a flashlight and also a walkie-talkie as well before tightening the lid.

As expected, things do not turn out as expected after they had buried their longtime friend. Grace is a man who is thirty-nine years of age and is still mourning the passing of his wife more than nine years ago. With that said, Dead Simple is an intricate and exciting read. The storyline is full of numerous plot twists that will keep the reader entertained.

Peter James F.A.Q.

Q: What nationality is author Peter James?

A: The author Peter James is English. He was born in Brighton.

When Does The Next Peter James book come out?

The next book by Peter James is One of Us Is Dead and will be released on September, 24th 2024. It is the newest book in the Roy Grace Series.

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