Peter James's Roy Grace books in order

All the books in Peter James's Brighton-set DSI Roy Grace series in order of publication.

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Peter James's bestselling Roy Grace crime fiction series has been translated into thirty-seven languages, with sales worldwide of over eighteen million copies, and has now been adapted for the small screen in ITV's highly anticipated series Grace. 

The ITV series, which premiered with a 120-minute episode on 14 March, stars John Simm, who has starred in Doctor Who and Life on Mars, as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace and Richie Campbell as Detective Sergeant Glen Branson.

The first series will consist of two episodes that will cover the events of Peter's first two books, Dead Simple and Looking Good Dead, and a second series has already been confirmed.

Read on for all of Peter James's Roy Grace books in order.

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Dead Simple

by Peter James

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Book one

It was meant to be a harmless stag-night prank. A few hours later Michael Harrison has disappeared and his friends are dead.

With only three days to the wedding, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace - a man haunted by the shadow of his own missing wife - is contacted by Michael’s beautiful, distraught fiancée, Ashley Harper.

Grace discovers that the one man who ought to know Michael Harrison’s whereabouts is saying nothing. But then he has a lot more to gain than anyone realizes, For one man’s disaster is another man’s fortune . . .

Looking Good Dead

by Peter James

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Book two

Tom Bryce did what any decent person would do. But within hours of picking up the CD that had been left behind on the train seat next to him, and attempting to return it to its owner, he is the sole witness to a vicious murder. Then his young family are threatened with their lives if he goes to the police. But supported by his wife, Kellie, he bravely makes a statement to the murder enquiry team headed by Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, a man with demons of his own to contend with.

And from that moment the killing of the Bryce family becomes a mere formality – and a grisly attraction. Notice of Kellie and Tom’s deaths has already been posted on the internet. You can log on and see them on a website. They are looking good dead.

Not Dead Enough

by Peter James

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Book three

On the night Brian Bishop murdered his wife he was sixty miles away, asleep in bed at the time. At least that’s the way it looks to Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, who is called in to investigate the kinky slaying of beautiful socialite, Katie Bishop.

Roy Grace soon starts coming to the conclusion that Bishop has performed the apparently impossible feat of being in two places at once. Has someone stolen his identity or is he simply a very clever liar?

Dead Man's Footsteps

by Peter James

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Book four

Amid the tragic unfolding mayhem of the morning of 9/11, failed Brighton businessman and ne’er-do-well Ronnie Wilson sees the chance of a lifeline: to shed his debts, disappear and reinvent himself in another country. Six years later the discovery of the skeletal remains of a woman’s body in a storm drain in Brighton leads Detective Superintendent Roy Grace on an enquiry spanning the globe, and into a desperate race against time to save the life of a woman being hunted down like an animal in the streets and alleys of the city of Brighton.

Dead Tomorrow

by Peter James

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Book five

The body of a missing teenager is dredged from the seabed off the Sussex coast, missing vital organs. Soon after, a further two more bodies are found . . .

As Detective Superintendent Roy Grace investigates the recovered bodies, he unearths the trail of a gang of child traffickers operating from Eastern Europe. Soon Grace and his team will find themselves in a race against time to save the life of a young street kid, while a desperate mother will stop at nothing to save her daughter’s life . . .

Dead Like You

by Peter James

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Book six

The Metropole Hotel, Brighton. After a heady New Year’s Eve ball, a woman is brutally raped as she returns to her room. A week later, another woman is attacked. Both victims’ shoes are taken by the offender . . .

Detective Superintendent Roy Grace soon realizes that these new cases bear remarkable similarities to an unsolved series of crimes in the city back in 1997. The perpetrator had been dubbed ‘Shoe Man’ and was believed to have raped five women before murdering his sixth victim and vanishing. Could this be a copycat, or has Shoe Man resurfaced?

Dead Man's Grip

by Peter James

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Book seven

Carly Chase is still traumatised after being in a fatal traffic accident which kills a teenage student from Brighton University. Then she receives news that turns her entire world into a living nightmare.

The drivers of the other two vehicles involved have been found tortured and murdered. Now Detective Superintendant Roy Grace of the Sussex Police force issues a stark and urgent warning to Carly: She could be next.

The police advise Carly her only option is to go into hiding and change her identity. Terrified, she disagrees – she knows these people have ways of hunting you down anywhere. If the police are unable to stop them, she has to find a way to do it herself. But already the killer is one step ahead of her, watching, waiting, and ready . . .

Not Dead Yet

by Peter James

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Book eight

For LA producer Larry Brooker, this is the movie that could bring the fortune that has so long eluded him . . .

For rock superstar, Gaia, desperate to be taken seriously as an actor, this is the role that could get her an Oscar nomination. . .

For the City of Brighton and Hove, the publicity value of a major Hollywood movie being filmed on location, about the city’s greatest love story - between King George IV and Maria Fitzherbert - is incalculable.

For Detective Superintendent Roy Grace of Sussex CID, it is a nightmare unfolding in front of his eyes. An obsessed stalker is after Gaia. One attempt on her life is made days before she leaves her Bel Air home to fly to Brighton. Now, he has been warned, the stalker may be at large in his city, waiting, watching, planning.

Dead Man's Time

by Peter James

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Book nine

A vicious robbery at a secluded Brighton mansion leaves its elderly occupant dying. Millions of pounds’ worth of valuables have been stolen.

But as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, heading the enquiry, rapidly learns, there is one priceless item of sentimental value that her powerful family cherish above all else. And they are fully prepared to take the law into their own hands, and will do anything - absolutely anything - to get it back.

Within days, Grace is racing against the clock, following a murderous trail that leads him from the shady antiques world of Brighton, across Europe, and all the way back to the New York waterfront gang struggles of 1922, chasing a killer driven by the force of one man’s greed and another man’s fury.

‘‘Peter James has penetrated the inner workings of police procedures, and the inner thoughts and attitudes of real detectives, as no English crime writer before him'’
The Times

Want You Dead

by Peter James

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Book ten

When Red Westwood meets handsome, charming and rich Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency, there is an instant attraction. But as their love blossoms, the truth about his past, and his dark side, begins to emerge. Everything he has told Red about himself turns out to be a tissue of lies, and her infatuation with him gradually turns to terror.

Within a year, and under police protection, she evicts him from her flat and her life. But Red’s nightmare is only just beginning. For Bryce is obsessed with her, and he intends to destroy everything and everyone she has ever known and loved and then her too . . .

You Are Dead

by Peter James

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Book eleven

The last words Jamie Ball hears from his fiancée, Logan Somerville, are in a terrified mobile phone call. She has just driven into the underground car park beneath the block of flats where they live in Brighton. Then she screams and the phone goes dead. The police are on the scene within minutes, but Logan has vanished, leaving behind her neatly parked car and mobile phone.

That same afternoon, workmen digging up a park in another part of the city, unearth the remains of a woman in her early twenties, who has been dead for thirty years.

At first, to Detective Superintendent Roy Grace and his team, these two events seem totally unconnected. But then another young woman in Brighton goes missing - and yet another body from the past surfaces . . . 

Love You Dead

by Peter James

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Book twelve

An ugly duckling as a child, Jodie Bentley had two dreams in life – to be beautiful and rich. She’s achieved the first, with a little help from a plastic surgeon, and now she’s working hard on the second. Her philosophy on money is simple: you can either earn it or marry it. Marrying is easy, it’s getting rid of the husband afterwards that’s harder, that takes real skill. But hey, practice makes perfect . . .

Roy Grace believes a Black Widow is operating in his city. One with a venomous mind . . . and venomous skills. Soon Grace comes to the frightening realization that he may have underestimated just how dangerous this lady is.

Need You Dead

by Peter James

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Book thirteen

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 themselves, each of them tantalizingly plausible, until, in a sudden turn of events, and to his utter disbelief, the case turns more sinister than Grace could ever have imagined.

Dead If You Don't

by Peter James

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Book fourteen

Kipp Brown, successful businessman and compulsive gambler, is having the worst run of luck of his life. He’s beginning to lose big style. He takes his teenage son, Mungo, to their club’s big Saturday afternoon football match but within minutes of arriving at the game, Kipp bumps into a client. He takes his eye of Mungo for a few moments, and in that time, the boy is gone. Then he gets the terrifying message that someone has his child, and to get him back alive, Kipp will have to pay.

Defying instruction not to contact the police, Kipp reluctantly does just that, and Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is brought into investigate.

Dead at First Sight

by Peter James

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Book fifteen

A man waits at a London airport for the love of his life, who never arrives. A retired cop waits in a Florida bar for his first date with the woman he is sure is his soulmate. Soon they'll discover they've been scammed out of almost every penny . . . 

In Brighton, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to a suicide that is not what it seems. As his investigations continue, he uncovers a global empire of internet scams and the murder of anyone who tries to expose it. 

Find Them Dead

by Peter James

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Book sixteen

At the end of his secondment to the Met Police, Roy Grace gets a tip-off about a county lines drug operation working out of Brighton, and on his first day back on the job in Brighton he is called to a seemingly senseless murder.

Meg Magellan can't help worrying about her daughter who is on a gap year in South America, so when she gets called up for jury service it seems like a welcome distraction. But the trial is for a major Brighton drugs overlord, and a few days into the trial everything changes when Meg gets a terrifying phone call. A stranger tells her she must ensure the trial ends with a not guilty verdict – or she'll never see her daughter again. 

As Grace investigates the murder he realises the man on trial is evil and utterly ruthless, and he'll stop at nothing to make sure he walks free . . . 

Left You Dead

by Peter James

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In the latest installment in the Roy Grace series, Niall and Eden Paternoster start their Sunday the same way they always do – with a long drive, a visit to a country house and a quick stop at the local supermarket on the way home.

But this Sunday ends differently – because while Niall waits and waits in the car park for Eden to pick up supplies, Eden never returns. She’s not waiting for him at home, and none of their family or friends have heard from her.

Gone without a trace, Niall is arrested on suspicion of her murder. When DS Roy Grace is called in to investigate, it doesn’t take long to realize that nothing is quite as it seems – and this might be his most mysterious case yet . . .

Wish You Were Dead: Quick Reads 2021

by Peter James

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Wish You Were Dead is a Quick Read short story from bestselling author Peter James.

Roy Grace and his family have left Sussex behind for a week’s holiday in France. The website promised a grand house, but when they arrive the place is very different from the pictures. And it soon becomes clear that their holiday nightmare is only just beginning.

An old enemy of Roy, a lowlife criminal he had put behind bars, is now out of jail – and out for revenge. He knows where Roy and his family have gone on holiday. Of course he does. He’s been hacking their emails – and they are in the perfect spot for him to pay Roy back . . .

If you're a fan of Peter James's Roy Grace books, then you'll also love his other thrilling novels:

I Follow You

by Peter James

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This nerve-shredding standalone thriller book is a must-read for fans of Peter James. Marcus Valentine seems like he has it all. He’s a suave, charming and confident doctor with a happy family. But something, or someone, has always been missing. Then one day, he narrowly misses hitting a jogger with his car. As she runs off, he’s sure that she’s a girl from his past. A girl he’s never been able to forget. As he is consumed by his obsession with her, events take a tragic turn. 

The House on Cold Hill

by Peter James

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The House on Cold Hill is a chilling ghost story full of suspense. The Harcourts decide to make a big life change, moving from th entre of Brighton to an old Georgian mansion in the depths of the Sussex countryside. Ollie is sure this is the right move for his family, but his wife and twelve-year-old daughter aren’t convinced. And within days of moving in, it’s clear that the Harcourts aren’t the only residents of the house . . .

The Secret of Cold Hill

by Peter James

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Cold Hill House was burned to the ground, and with it, all the terrible memories of the house’s violent history went up in smoke. Now an ultra-modern housing development has been built on the site, and despite the ongoing construction work, the first two families to move in are certain they’ve found their dream homes. But there was one thing the estate agents didn’t mention; nobody in Cold Hill House ever survived beyond forty . . .

Absolute Proof

by Peter James

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Investigative reporter Ross Hunter answers the phone to a man who swears he’s found absolute proof of God’s existence – and he wants Ross’s help in convincing the world. What would it take to prove the existence of God? And can Ross Hunter survive long enough to find out? This explosive thriller will keep you gripped to the very last page.

Peter James' Roy Grace series is also available in audiobook. Listen to samples of each book in the playlist below.