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WELCOME to the Roy Grace quiz for Christmas 2013!
All detectives know that it is never easy to find the solutions to the questions a crime creates. So it just wouldn’t be right if a Roy Grace quiz were to be ... dead simple!
So expect to have to do some focused thinking and proper investigation to find the answers to our Quiz. You are free to use any resource you can – even Peter wouldn’t get them all right without delving deep into the books to find the clues and then also doing further research. Some questions are straightforward; others require a more lateral approach. And some use a Roy Grace “moment” to launch an unrelated question – our hope is that you will find out about other things, things that you didn’t even know you didn’t know!
In our previous quizzes, only a few achieved top marks (and in some, nobody did!), so don’t despair if you can’t work them all out – you may still be the winner.
Please do NOT change the format of the quiz when returning your answers – it is designed so that extra columns are “pasted on” to facilitate marking. Some entries for previous Quizzes had to be “cut and pasted”, question by question, back into this table, taking considerable time.
If two or more have the highest total, there is a tie-breaker to decide the winner. At the end of the quiz, there is space for you to write a limerick (normal five-line format) about Bella Moy. The limerick judged by Peter to be the best of these from any tied answer sheets will be awarded the first prize. And the limericks of all entries will also be judged separately for the best one overall, with a separate prize for that, regardless of the score in the quiz section. New for this year – all entries scoring 50% or more will go into a draw for a special prize! Details at the end of the Quiz sheets.
Closing date for entries is Tuesday 7th January 2014. Please return completed quiz sheets to email@example.com
A list of answers and notes on the questions will be made available after winners are announced. Naturally, the judges’ decision is final in all matters. Away you go – and, don’t panic – get a (Dead Man’s) Grip.....
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Bestselling crime-fiction writer and producer PETER JAMES chats with DIVYA KAUSHIK on interesting stories which gave birth to his spine-chilling thrillers
Thank God Peter James thought of weaving his real-life encounters and stories he came across into bestselling thrillers, else the world would have been deprived of such nail-biting, spine-chilling novels. He truly is the man of stories and a charmer, who took a stopover in Delhi while he was on his way to Bengaluru. Over tea in the manicured lawns of The Imperial he told us that he finished one of his novels while travelling and how easy it is for him to cut off from his surroundings and immerse himself in his world of crime and mystery. James is most popular for his Roy Grace novels and the latest in the series of Dead Man’s Time. Like everything else in James’ life, Roy Grace too has an interesting story about its existence as one of the prime characters in his novels.
James was happy to share it. “For the last many years I have had a relationship with the police in my home area in Sussex. It started when we got a burglary and a young detective came to our house to take the fingerprints. He saw my first book, which didn’t get published then, and asked me if I am a writer. He gave me his card and I became friendly and started moving more often with him while he was on a job and realised they have a fascinating job. I am interested in human story and nobody sees a human life as closely as cops do. He took me to an office in Brighton to a detective inspector who was in his mid-30s then. He was called David Gaylor and I noticed there were crates all over the floor and it was a mess. I asked him, ‘Are you moving office?’ He replied, ‘No these are my dead friends.’ He said that each one of those was the case file of an unsolved murder – what we now know as ‘cold cases.’ He said ‘I’ve been put in charge of reopening these. I’m the last chance the victims have for justice, and I’m the last chance the families have for closure.’ We became good friends. I was writing my early books then and I went with him during the case investigations. I realised how every murder is a puzzle. Dave helped me know the police procedures and got me through to people who would tell me how they approach the case. In 2001, my publishers asked if I have ever thought of creating a fictional cop as my central character. I went to Dave and asked him if he would like to be a fictional cop. He loved the idea and that was how Roy Grace was born. While I am writing my books, we discuss stories and he reads over 100 pages of the novel and guides me how Detective Grace would think and act or conduct the case. So there is a real person behind Superintendent Roy Grace. “
Peter wanted to write since childhood and the first thing he wrote was a letter to Enid Blyton, saying “I just read Five on a Treasure Island and they have spent seven days on the treasure island and none of them used a toilet.” She was kind to reply to her little fan. When he was 11, he read Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock. “It showed me the crime underbelly of Brighton. I was completely blown away by the account. I was born and raised in Brighton and I was shocked to read his account,” he said. So is Graham Greene the reason he chooses to base his novels in Brighton? “Not really. One should always write about what one knows the best. Every crime novel has to be based on a location. Brighton since 1932, has been called the ‘Crime Capital of England.’ It is a wonderful place with beautiful seaside but it is known for its antique trade and dark underbelly which Graham Greene exposed perfectly. Brighton has a major sea port on either side, good for importing drugs, great for exporting cash, stolen cars, stolen antiques. It’s got the largest number of antique shops in the UK, so it’s a great place to fence stolen goods. There are different kinds of crimes in different parts of the world and each crime writer has to base his writings in some part.”
Most of James’ stories come from real life cases. Dead Man’s Time came because a New York cop told him about his uncle who had a nourishing mafia and was shot in his bed in front of his four year old son. The novel also exposes illegal antique trade of Brighton. His novel Not Dead Yet was inspired by his own stalker. “I had a stalker for about 11 years and it was really scary. The cops said they could not do anything unless she kills me,” he told us. Dead Like You was inspired from the real life case of a rapist “who used to pick up woman with sexy stilettoes. I always wanted to write about rape as rape victims are rarely spoken about and cases are mostly not reported.”
James has been involved in 26 movies as a writer or producer. He was nominated for a Bafta for his film The Merchant of Venice. Now we are waiting to see one of his Grace series as a film but he said, “It is a different ball game. I enjoy writing as you can explain a lot of things through chapters. In a film you have to condense everything.”
As he was signing off, we noticed he has some traits of the characters he weaves – a mysterious smile and roving eyes.
By Shantanu David
The Indian Express
Bestselling and award-winning author, BAFTA-nominated filmmaker (The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino), automobile collector, racing car driver, criminologist, paranormal researcher, skier. No, this is not a roll-call of a high-achiever's club but Peter James' resume. Best-known for his numerous award-winning crime fiction series featuring Detective Inspector Roy Grace, James wears all these caps comfortably, laconically remarking, "I've got used to working all the time. I just finished the final two chapters of a book on my flight to Singapore last Thursday night."
In the country for the second time, 65-year-old James is on a whistle-stop tour around India, promoting sales and "doing some travelling", another of his passions. "India is about the only country in the world where sales of print books keeps rising, which is a really encouraging thought," he says.
James knows a bit about the publishing business and the print-versus-electronic debate. His book Host was published on two floppy disks by Penguin in 1994 as the World's First Electronic Novel. "Storytelling is storytelling, no matter what the format," says James.
While most writers go from writing stories and books to screenplays, Brighton-native James took the opposite route, studying at the Ravensbourne Film School and shifting to North America for several years, writing and producing TV shows and movies before returning home and starting his career as a novelist. "The thing with films is that they're a collaborative effort with everyone, from the director to the producer to the director of photography, taking credit for the final product. With a novel, creatively, the piece is entirely mine. It's my words and my vision that come out," he explains, adding "Besides I've wanted to write since my early teens."
James' books are lauded for their faithful narration of police procedurals, something which has made him beloved of the authorities. "I've always been fascinated by human nature and think no one's more exposed to it than a cop. I've been associated with police forces from the US, Germany, and the UK, specially Sussex where I stay, and have been consulting with them for more than 30 years. This association gives me much material for my work, because of the insight it provides into the ways people think and the actions they take," he says.
By Corrie Tan
Singapore Straits Times
The crime-writing novelists of the Singapore Writers Festival panel Criminal Minds explored humanity’s dark underbelly – with plenty of morbid laughs along the way.
Best-selling British crime novelist Peter James, journalist Lucy Hawking (daughter of the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking) and American mystery writer Ed Lin spoke to an audience of about 100 at the Singapore Art Museum’s Glass Hall last Saturday Evening. It was moderated by literary agent Jayapriya Vasudevan.
James, best known for his crime thriller series revolving around the hard-nosed detective Roy Grace which has sold millions of copies worldwide, made a wry dig at Dame Agatha Christie several minutes into the talk, saying he had always wanted to ask her leading investigator character, Hercule Poirot, who often revealed the crime’s denouement in a library or sitting room: “Show me the forensic evidence, fatso!”
But he later added, on a more serious note: “There is something very good about being in that very dark and uncertain world, to be able to pick up a crime novel in which you have control.
“You get to the end of the book, the detective has actually solved it, he’s put the world back into some sort of order and it kind of gives you a feel-good factor.”
Hawking chimed in: “Normal life is random and scary and unpredictable, but that’s the satisfaction of fiction, isn’t it? It gives you a sense that there is some kind of resolution.”
Hawking, who has written popular adventure science fiction for children in addition to her career in journalism, also seemed to take over the role of moderator for large parts of the panel.
An audience member asked if the panel had ever worried about readers copying the crimes in their books, to which the writers felt that fiction could never quite compare to the awful absurdity of real life, citing the example of horrific American murder Ted Bundy, and mulling over sociopathic criminals without empathy or a conscience.
But the panel ended on a thoughtful note as the writers pondered the thousands of very real crimes that go unresolved every day.
Lin had discovered the body of a young woman on a beach more than 10 years ago while jogging between New York City and Brooklyn. He was never able to find out what had actually happened, even from the police. The award-winner has written a series of crime novels featuring the Chinese-American cop Robert Chow, set in New York’s City Chinatown in 1976.
He said: “I feel any story in which the world is set right again is definitely pegged to a more innocent time. And that’s something that doesn’t really exist anymore.”
Suspense Radio brings you the best authors of today in the suspense / thriller / mystery / horror genre. Today’s ninety minute show will have just that, the best authors today, including Peter James talking about his latest book ahead of the launch of the hardback copy of Dead Man’s Time in the US and its paperback launch in the UK.
Listen to the interview by following the link: Suspense Radio
Author Peter James talks about the joy - and pain- of racing classic cars.
Peter James - writer of the best-selling Roy Grace crime novels - talked to Motoring at the Goodwood Festival of Speed about his love of classic car racing.
He explained what he finds so addictive about it, but also discussed the downsides: earlier this year a serious accident in his vintage BMW left him badly injured and the car a wreck.
Here, Peter talks about how it feels to get back on the track, and how the experience could be used in one of his future novels.
View the interview by following the link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/10312589/Peter-James-rolling-a-car-is-like-being-in-a-tumble-dryer.html
I am really thrilled that the stage play of my novella, The Perfect Murder, will start on tour in the UK in January, with a
marvelous cast headlined by Les Dennis. All the details are in the press
Les Dennis and Claire Goose
to star in
WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTION OF
PETER JAMES’ BEST-SELLING
DETECTIVE ROY GRACE IN HIS 10TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR
The Perfect Murder to
embark on UK Tour in January 2014
Have you ever wondered how to commit the perfect
selling crime thriller novelist Peter
James – who has sold over 15 million books of his Roy Grace series and been
published in 36 languages – is to have his work adapted for the stage for the
very first time. The Perfect Murder,
which spent 15 weeks at No.1 in the book charts, has been adapted by award
winning writer Shaun McKenna and will
open at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford on Wednesday 8th January 2014,
before touring to
venues such as the Theatre Royal in both Bath and Brighton.
The Perfect Murder will star Les Dennis, one of Britain’s most-loved actors and entertainers
who is currently starring as King Arthur in the West End in Spamalot. And last week finished joint runner-up
in the Grand Final on BBC 1’s Celebrity
Victor Smiley and
his wife Joan have been married for a long time. But Victor secretly loathes
Joan and is getting attention elsewhere. And Joan is bored stiff by Victor,
whose irritating ways are driving her mad. The marriage has reached a crisis
point and Victor decides there is only one way to get Joan out of his life
forever………but he’s about to get a nasty surprise.
Olivier Award winner
Ian Talbot directs an all-star cast.
Alongside Les Dennis - whose extensive
credits in theatre include Chicago, Legally
Blond, Hairspray, Art, Skylight and
his award winning role in ‘Jigsy’ and
on TV in Ricky Gervais’ Extras and Life’s Too Short and the upcoming
Midsommer Murders Christmas special – will be Claire Goose, who starred in the BBC hit series Waking the Dead and Casualty as well as ITV’s The
Bill and most recently SKY TV’s comedy-drama Mount Pleasant.
They are joined by Gray O’Brien, who recently enjoyed an award-winning three years in Coronation Street and has also starred
in the TV series Titanic, Peak Practice and Casualty as well as in the West End in Sleuth;
Steven Miller who starred as Lenny Lyons
for three years in Casualty and whose
theatre credits include The Lord of The
Rings at London’s Drury Lane and Blackwatch;
and finally Simona Armstrong, who
the public took to their
hearts in BBC’s How Do You Solve a
Problem Like Maria.
Peter James has won numerous awards both
in the UK and in the USA. In 2012 Peter won the coveted US Barry Award for Best
British Crime Thriller. The Perfect murder spent 15 weeks at No 1 and remained
for 50 weeks in the iBooks Top 10 and he has recently enjoyed great success
with the latest release in the Roy Grace Series, Dead Man’s Time.
Peter James commented on the first stage adaptation of his
parents took me to the Theatre Royal in Brighton almost every week of my
childhood, and I dreamed of one day having a play of my own work produced.
This is now truly a dream come true, and I could not wish to be with a
more stellar group of people, including my wonderful co-producer Josh Andrews,
writer Shaun McKenna who has done such a terrific adaptation and Ian Talbot who
is a fantastic director. And I do not think we could have a more perfect,
murderously wonderful cast!"
is an award-winning writer whose numerous credits include the award wining Ladies In Lavender and the epic West End
stage adaptation of The Lord of The Rings
The Perfect Murder is produced by
Joshua Andrews and Peter James, in association with Paul Tyrer and Jamie Clark
at the Booking Office.
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With further tour
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