Left You Dead by Peter James

Left You Dead by Peter James

20th July 2021.

It’s been a year since I read the last book in the Roy Grace series, but it’s been worth the wait. Once again Peter James has delivered another clever and twisting story that grabs you from the first chapter and never lets go.

Eden Paternoster nips into the local supermarket and disappears. It’s not the first time she’s played games with her husband Niall. Only it’s no game when he’s arrested on suspicion of her murder. As Roy Grace begins the investigation, he has his own problems to deal with when his son Bruno is hit by a car outside his school gates.

As both threads of the story unfold, it soon becomes clear that something is awry with Eden’s disappearance. Struggling to maintain his focus, yet needing to work to distract himself from his personal problems, Roy Grace slowly pieces together a tangled web of deceit that leads to another breath taking climax on the cliffs of the Sussex coast.

Everything I’ve come to expect from Peter James is here – the direct, easy to read style, characters I’ve come to know and love, the procedural detail that gives his writing that authentic ring, and plots that always intrigue and throw up the unexpected.

It all adds up to pure reading pleasure.


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 . . .

Left You Dead by Peter James

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