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I love getting letters from my readers, mostly truly lovely ones, occasionally an expert in a field correcting me on a fact I have got wrong, or someone pointing out a continuity error. Every now and then I get one I consider to be a real gem, such as the one below which I thought I would share with you!

Hi Peter

My wife and I have just read (her first) all your Roy Grace books in order. Phew!

I've been aware of them for some time, but they were on my get round to it list. What got me started was the East Street taxi rank.
I went there for a cab one day and all the cars were empty, and a large group of drivers was gathered in the middle, cheering and laughing. When they had finished my driver came back to the cab with one of your books in his hand. He told me he'd been reading them the extract where you slag off the council planning department for their systematic destruction of the Brighton traffic.

It was very popular.

My wife was in hospital with a broken hip, so I was using a lot of cabs. One day I got in with a lovely lady driver who had one of your books on her lap. She really enjoyed the local setting (don't we all) and especially your deliberate mistakes, such as Luigi's in Bond Street. (I was glad to see you put it back in Gardner Street later). She had been driving for 30 years so knew every inch of your area. She drove me twice more, a book on her lap each time, and we had some lovely conversations about you. So that set me off, and I have thoroughly enjoyed every one. You have utterly ripped my guts apart and left me exhausted. I was getting near the end of one and my wife said, "Don't finish that just before you go to bed."

I am claustrophobic and have a fear of heights, both perfectly logical phobias, so you really pressed my buttons on those. I have asked Malcolm Dockerill to stop selling you duct tape.

Last Friday we had lunch outside at Fishy Fishy, and I could see into LJ Bennett. They didn't have a single customer, not even one in drag with his adam's apple covered. I can only assume that the ladies of Brighton have read you and avoid the posh shops like the plague.

Only two other books have affected me so viscerally: The Comfort of Strangers by Ian McEwan and A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. I literally screamed at the end of both.

It's a bugger having to wait for the next one.

I have to end by saying thank you again, and that you are, in the nicest possible way, a complete fucking bastard for what you've done to me and my wife.


Jeremy Cartland



  • At 8:42 PM , Blogger val said...

    That's wonderful!

    And if they think you are a bastard for what you've done to them with the Roy Grace books, let's hope they are careful with your psychological thrillers, which really take the reader places they really don't want to go (but do go there anyway!)

  • At 10:14 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Wonderful, couldn't agree more with Jeremy. After finishing Dead Man's Grip in bed the other night, eventually managed to get to sleep, only to wake up yelling my head off. GSD in bedroom snoring happily! Not really condusive to a good night's sleep.
    Peter ~ have been meaning to respectfully ask if you could have a map printed to encompass area where crime takes place in relation to all relevant sites.

    Although I know the Brighton/Shoreham area really well, not too conversant with the docks, or power station!!!!!!!

    Oh, and I completely agree Jeremy, duct tape is now a nono!! Am having trouble opening mail order parcels..... Carrie

  • At 5:17 PM , Blogger Peter James said...

    Hi Carrie - thanks so much for this. We are working on a map at the moment....

  • At 7:37 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Brilliant ~ now Jeremy, his wife, all the Brighton cabbies and myself will have something else to concern ourselves with ~ has Roy taken the same route we would?!! Is it the most direct journey, and would we get a tip!! Carrie

  • At 8:30 PM , Blogger val said...

    One of the women who works in a nearby M&S cafe is moving to Brighton, and is waiting to see if she's transferring to Brighton store, or Hove or Shoreham. I recommended she read your books to orientate herself in the area. Hope the murder and mayhem don't put her off her new home!

  • At 9:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I have just finished Dead Mans Grip. Wow! It was brilliant. I can't wait for the next book in the Roy Grace series. I love the fact I am reading a 'can't put down' crime story but I am also learning about police procedures as well.

  • At 4:57 PM , Blogger Peter James said...

    I am so pleased you are enjoying the research aspects as well as the story itself!

  • At 1:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    When Roy Grace hits the tv screens, feel sorry for the rest of the 'Detective' genre. One strip of blue/white police tape, one constable, a set of white gloves will never compete with the procedure observed in Peter's books, all so tame in comparison, and they do say comparisons are odious!!! Carrie

  • At 5:21 PM , Blogger val said...

    Hey, just seen a picture of the new Heathcliff - James Howson. He looks like he'd be a good Glenn Branson.

  • At 7:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I'm from South Africa. I'm 17years old. I have always enjoyed the series of Roy grace and the only book I'm looking forward to read now is 'Dead man's grip', I hope it will be available in many stores on the 29th this month. Peter you always encourage me to keep on going. Lol one of the funniest thing that Happend today in Dutch class, my teacher Caught me reading your novel 'Dead like you' and she said 'I hope Peter James will make you pass at the end of the year' hahaha that was realy funny.

    Keep up the outstanding work.


  • At 8:51 PM , Blogger Peter James said...

    Hi Kenneth

    Great to hear from you, and that really made me smile about your teacher!!!!


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