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Find Them Dead

Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
Series: Roy Grace, Book 16
Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
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Summary

Roy Grace, creation of the award-winning author Peter James, unearths a powerful criminal network in Find Them Dead.

Ending his secondment to London’s Met Police, Roy Grace gets a tip-off about a county lines drugs mastermind operating out of Brighton. On his first day back in his old job in Sussex, he is called to a seemingly senseless murder. 

Separately, Meg Magellan finally has her life back together, five years after the car crash that killed her husband and their son. Her daughter, Laura, now 18, is on her gap year travelling in South America with a friend, and Meg misses her badly. Laura is all she has in the world. 

In between jobs, Meg receives a summons for jury service. She’s excited - it might be interesting and will help distract her from constantly worrying about Laura. But when she is selected for the trial of a major Brighton drugs overlord, everything changes. 

Gradually, Grace’s investigation draws him increasingly into the sinister sphere of influence of the drug dealer on trial. A man utterly ruthless and evil, prepared to order the death of anyone it takes to enable him to walk free. 

Just a few days into jury service, Meg arrives home to find a photograph of Laura, in Ecuador, lying on her kitchen table. Then her phone rings. 

A sinister, threatening stranger is on the line. He tells her that if she ever wants to see Laura alive again, it is very simple. At the end of the trial, all she has to do is make sure the jury says just two words...not guilty.

©2020 Peter James (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

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Grace Co-stars In Courtroom Drama!

This is another great addition to the Roy Grace series but it stands mostly on the story alone as a fascinating courtroom drama with the added twist of some very devious jury shenanigans! It starts demonstrating just what an excellent writer James is with tension and a very different kind of plot centred on the County Lines drug trade and some of the characters in it. The lives of those at the centre of the trade and an unsuspecting juror whose life is turned into a nightmare by the events that unfold actually dominate the book.

So here's the one warning that I would give fans of the series even though I think this is a top-notch book with Daniel Weyman's usual fine narration taking us through. This is a little different in that while there is still a fair amount of Grace and his back story with Bruno does inch along at James's usual slow and methodical pace he does take much more of a back seat to the key people in the crime story itself. Also, long-time fans will notice a much more sanitised Norman Potting and sadly Glen Branson is still mostly on the subs bench just coming off it occasionally as an impact sub.

So, a great story, I always like a good courtroom drama, well read and well worth making time for but it is worth noting Grace's slightly less active role and the differences in the character balance. Of course, don't worry, Cassian Pugh lives down to his normal standards, but can Grace stand up to him?

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Disappointing

Having read or listened to the other fifteen Roy Grace books I was really looking forward to number sixteen in the series. However, Roy Grace or any detective work barely features in it. He's been pigeon holed into a few chapters just to enable Peter James to call it a Roy Grace novel. Believe me it's not. The story itself is ok. It features Meg Magellan who is called to jury service, threatened with harm coming to her daughter, unless she convinces the others in the jury to find the defendant not guilty. She fails to do this. Miraculously the perpetrators of the threat forgive her for this and the daughter is left unharmed. This is followed by a short chapter about Roy Grace's home life and thats it. Finished. To say I'm extremely disappointed is a slight understatement. In fact the book is fraudulent, it's claiming to be something it isn't.

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Less than expected

Roy Grace was more or less a background character in this episode which left me feeling a bit cheated.
I kept expecting Roy Grace to appear and investigate but was left very disappointed.

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Find Them Dead

Waited for this on pre order and was excited to listen- but was not very good at all, very disappointed for Peter James.
Hard going.
I feel it was a real waste of a credit

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Roy grace.. Not the best.

I guessed the "wrong un" from the start really, so was a bit disappointed to be proved right.. Well worth a read tho, family wasn't so prominent either which I missed.

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Disappointing. Not the usual gripping Roy Grace storyline

Roy Grace is not featured very much in this book. I kept thinking oh yes this is where he will come into the picture. But he rarely did. It was all about a court case and the jury.
Not enough mentioned as there should be (for me), about Roy, Glenn and Norman - the police team!! Even the end was a damp squib.
I usually give these books top marks but sadly not this time.

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Total Disappointment

After patiently waiting for this book
to be released I am sorely disappointed - its completely lack lustre with an extremely pathetic ending.

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Dead In The Water?

A disappointing 'courtroom' drama book with Roy Grace thrown in for an odd chapter but without any real influence or substance and inserted presumably just to call it one of the Roy Grace series of books.

The family/back story with Bruno never moves along and the whole book whilst listenable thanks to Daniel Weyman's usual high standard of narration is somewhat dull and predictable from start to finish. Detective Glenn Branson fails to add in much of interest and once again is himself relegated to bit part for much of the book.

This is now the second time I've been disappointed with a 'Grace' novel after his last outing wasn't the best and this one adds little overall whilst simply plodding through the jury nobbling story line.

Sadly I think it may be the last time I listen as the series has definitely lost its way of late.

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A good story, but clearly not really a Grace novel

A good story, but clearly not really a Grace novel. Likely another piece of work which was woven into the Roy Grace world to fill the gap to what this book suggests could be an excellent next instalment.

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Very poor!

I am a big fan of all the Roy Grace books, but this was so disappointing. It is very boring and Roy Grace is hardly in it. It is basically a book on police and courtroom procedures. I actually gave up reading it a couple of times, it was that bad. Peter James needs to get back to Roy and his team doing what they do best. Very disappointing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-07-20

a little disappointed

Not as good as the previous books in the Roy Grace series. Based around a court case rather than Roy Grace

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  • Cheryl
  • 18-07-20

Not as good as usual

Roy isn't the main character in this one. It focuses on Meg, who is a jury foreperson at a major drug trial. It is kind of interesting, but ends in a convoluted way that isn't at all convincing. Roy's family is visited a bit. That poor Bruno is getting us set up for some really crazy behavior in future books. I think that James might be sorry that he added him into the mix. Even the dog isn't safe from this mixed up kid, let alone baby Noah. That said, this installment is definitely a let down.

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 12-07-20

Very good

I have had this audiobook pre-ordered for a while, something I always do with these Roy Grace books. Peter James is a fantastic writer and Roy is a great character.

Roy’s been on secondment to London and the Met. In that role he finds out about a drug trafficking ring that brings drugs in using classic cars. He passes the tip on and Border Patrol finds a Ferrari with drugs. The truck driver is arrested and an interesting courtroom drama ensues. In fact, this is more courtroom drama than Roy Grace et al and a police procedural. Good thing I like a good trial story. (Steve Cavanagh’s work comes to mind.) But I like Roy Grace better and, therefore I could only give this four stars.

Roy does have his run-ins with his boss, a real jerk who deserves his comeuppance. And what’s going on with Bruno? I think I wrote that after the preceding book, too.

The narration by Daniel Weyman was very well done.