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Not Dead Yet: DS Roy Grace Mystery, Book 8 | [Peter James]

Not Dead Yet: DS Roy Grace Mystery, Book 8

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. Deadly obsession is only the beginning. 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 IVth and Maria Fitzherbert - is incalculable.
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Publisher's Summary

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. Deadly obsession is only the beginning. 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 IVth 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 and planning.

©2012 Really Scary Books / Peter James (P)2012 Macmillan Digital Audio

What the Critics Say

"Peter James is on a roll with his Roy Grace novels. To date they have sold more than 11million copies and been translated into 34 languages. Not Dead Yet is the eighth...an authentic, well-researched and compelling read." (Daily Express)

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    Sarah 20/06/2012
    Sarah 20/06/2012
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    "Bit disappointing"

    This was a bit of a tame, boring outing from Roy Grace. I love him, but it seems like P James is getting stuck in a rut with the series.

    A rock/film star is coming to Grace's hometown and a stalker threatens her and the production she's starring in.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mitzi London, United Kingdom 16/08/2012
    Mitzi London, United Kingdom 16/08/2012
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    "Not impressed by new narrator"

    I love the Roy Grace series by Peter James, but I really am so disappointed by the choice of narrator in this case. I have listened to all the books in this series, maybe the none of the other narrators were available (I have only now realised that there has been more than one - bravo to the previous ones who have done such a good job keeping it consistent for the listener!) but the new voices completely change the character of individuals who we have grown to love.

    It is not this narrators fault but he was a poor choice for this series. I almost can't listen to this book. Maybe I will get used to it as I am only an hour in at the moment.

    I'm sure the book will be enjoyable to listeners who have not read the previous books, and those who are already into the series will just have to make do with this one in order to find out what happens.

    Seriously tempted to buy the paper version so I can read with the "proper" voices. (maybe I have just uncovered the purpose of the new narrator? Does this drive up paper sales?)

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ms 18/07/2012
    Ms 18/07/2012 Member Since 2011
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    "New narrator doesn't help the book"

    It's good to have Roy Grace back even tho' the book does lack some of the excitement of previous tales. But for me the biggest disappointment is the narration. It's as though Glen Branson is a different character and the mispronunciation of local places is unforgivable! I will look closely to see who is narrating the next instalment and may have to do back to reading the book instead.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    M. Chantry London UK 12/09/2012
    M. Chantry London UK 12/09/2012 Member Since 2011

    MikeyC

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    "Solid but not up to the earlier Roy Grace books"

    I'm hooked on the Roy Grace series but this one seemed to lacked the pace of the earlier ones. He's very good at the cliffhanger stories - this time about his missing wife.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick MORPETH, United Kingdom 16/07/2012
    Patrick MORPETH, United Kingdom 16/07/2012 Member Since 2009

    music fan

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    "Though it would have been a happy release!"

    My very first "Roy Grace" book, and I won't be making that mistake again.Another reviewer had described the police , as portrayed, as too 'nice', myself, anally-retentive, nit-picking, pettifogging, boring would describe this bunch.Peter James must have his fans and he indulges himself, pandering to his sense of power-as-author. It went on and on, crimes solved while you wait......and wait.........

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Gloucester, United Kingdom 01/07/2012
    Robert Gloucester, United Kingdom 01/07/2012 Member Since 2009
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    "Enjoyable!"

    A good book in the series by Peter James. Not the best one but enjoyable to listen to all the same and helps to develop the underlying thread that runs throughout the series. Looking forward to the next one....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Selby, United Kingdom 31/07/2013
    Robert Selby, United Kingdom 31/07/2013 Member Since 2008
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    "Had enough of Grace and this series"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I maybe harsh to judge this so quickly, but I found this book began to to grate, both the storyline and the narration, very quickly. Perhaps i was spoilt with some great listens before I returned to this series, but I found it hard going and eventually gave up.Won't return to this series, there are so many better listens and reads out there.


    Would you recommend Not Dead Yet to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, boring!


    Would you be willing to try another one of William Gaminara’s performances?

    See above


    Was Not Dead Yet worth the listening time?

    It certainly wasn't. I moved onto James Oswald and was rewarded with an excellent narrator and a very good story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amelia 14/07/2013
    Amelia 14/07/2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Sandy where are you?"

    I have read all the Inspector Grace books and enjoyed them and this is no exception. I think the storyline is good and develops well. I enjoy the characters and am interested in what they are doing. I thought the narrator was not as good as previous but did not spoil the enjoyment of the book for me. I enjoy the character of DS Branson although calling Grace "Old timer" every two seconds is a little grating. I am totally sick of this business with Sandy the missing or not so missing wife. Apparently Peter James initially was going to solve the mystery of Sandy early on but then extended it as people talking about it. I think the time has come now to sort Sandy out. Please Mr James do the decent thing... whatever you decide to do with her is fine with me but please please do something!!
    A thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended read as always I have just purchased the latest instalment to read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Liz Enfield, United Kingdom 13/04/2013
    Liz Enfield, United Kingdom 13/04/2013 Member Since 2008
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    "Made me squirm, but not in a good way"

    I didn't think this was particularly good, but then again I did finish it, so at least I wanted to hear how it ended.



    The trouble is, it's so full of crime fiction cliches. And the realism of people's behaviour is sacrificed in favour of the plot, to the point where I really don't care about the characters because I don't believe in them. For example, the main detective's ex-wife seems to have a complete 180-degree change of character, for the sake of setting up some tension that's supposed to make you reach for the next book in the series. But I don't think I'll bother, thank you.



    Well-read by Gaminara though - I'll look out for other stories he reads.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cp Ks Bevan UK 23/12/2012
    Cp Ks Bevan UK 23/12/2012 Member Since 2012

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    "Fantastic read as usual"

    Brilliant Author and stories that draw you in. Not usually into crime novels but the way the Peter James writes these books is excellent and enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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