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Title:Not Dead Yet
Authors:Peter James
Info:Pan (2012), Paperback, 544 pages
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A good Roy Grace crime story. The characters are well bedded in now, with theback story of Grace's missing wife gradually being revealed. A good plot, with several twists and turns keeps the reader interested until the end ( )
  PIER50 | Jul 18, 2013 |
I am starting to feel rather bored with Peter James and his protagonist Roy Grace. Of course, Grace himself is a fairly engaging character (though perhaps just a little too good to be true) but the plots in this series of nvels are becoming increasingly implausible, and the continuing back story about the disappearance ten years ago of Grace's wife is descending into sheer farce.

This this latest episode in the Grace saga see Gaia, a megastar (clearly modelled on Madonna) returning to her home town on Brighton to star in a film based around the love affair between King George IV and Mrs Fitzherbert. She is stalked by crazed fans and by a failed screenwriter sworn to revenge because he is convinced that his masterful script has been stolen.

As always with Peter James, the police procedural aspects of the story are very well researched and convincing, but the unnecessarily convoluted plot and the fallible characterisation leave the reader incapable of summoning much interest.

Underwhelming! ( )
  Eyejaybee | Apr 15, 2013 |
Back for his eighth appearance is Detective Superintendent Roy Grace and as usual, he has his hands full.

First, he is called to a chicken farm where the mutilated body of a man is found. Well, part of a body, since the arms and legs and head are missing. Was this some sort of mob hit, or a crazy serial killer..or what? They will have to identify the body first, which is easier said than done with no head or hands, and pressure is on from above to get it solved quickly.

As if that were not enough to handle, Grace is put in charge of another situation as well. The famous singer, pop star and actress...think Madonna-like...Gaia Lafayette is coming to Grace's Brighton, England to film a movie role on location and he is put in charge of security. This could be a huge boost to local tourism, so it is very important that everything goes smoothly and the filming gets good press. But to make it worse, it seems that someone..or as it turns out maybe more than one someone...is out to do Gaia and her young son harm and Grace will be at the very center of the race to catch a very troubled fan before it all comes to a very horrible end.

As I said, this is the eight book in the series. But it is only the second that I read and let me assure you that jumping in will not be a problem, at all. Grace is a great character and while he is dealing with some interesting personal issues in this book, more than enough background will be given to get us up to speed and involved in his story. And I must say, perhaps set up one of the storylines for the next book with a bit of a cliffhanger involving someone from his past who may be getting ready to make a surprise reappearance.

The plot is quite good, with lots of twists and turns and a few surprise revelations that will keep you guessing until the very end of the book. There are several threads that at first seem unrelated but will slowly all come together...perhaps just testing the lengths of believability a tiny bit. Happily though not enough to be too troubling or unrealistic.

A good solid British police procedural that will give the reader hours of enjoyment and I think tempt you to join the line waiting for the next installment to see how a few things play out. ( )
  caitemaire | Nov 28, 2012 |
Peter James starts his book with what at first seems a shotgun effect, letting loose a lot of short choppy chapters which can put you off initially. They are meant to rapidly introduce a number of divergent characters. Detective Superintendent Roy Grace of the Brighton Police is assigned to provide protection for Gaia Lafayette, a major movie star from the U.S., who is the target of a number of death threats. This is complicated by the throngs of her obsessed fans who follow her everywhere. Detective Grace already has his plate full. His girl friend is pregnant and close to delivery. A convict whom Grace sent to jail is out on early release and looking for revenge. The trunk of a dismembered body has been found in a chicken coop, without arms, legs, or head. The beauty of it all comes together as James brings these disparate parts into conjunction in a blood rushing conclusion. The preceding book in the Roy Grace series is Dead Man's Grip (Detective Superintendent Roy Grace). This book was provided for review by Amazon Vine and the well read folks at Minotaur Books. ( )
  Ronrose1 | Sep 3, 2012 |
really enjoyed this book and will read more of this author. ( )
  magentaflake | Aug 12, 2012 |
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Roy Grace investigates threats against Gaia Lafayette, a Hollywood star who is filming in Brighton, but when a body is found on a farm miles away, Grace and his men must race against time to stop an obssessive killer.

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