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Dead Man's Time: Roy Grace Mystery, Book 9 | [Peter James]

Dead Man's Time: Roy Grace Mystery, Book 9

Some will wait a lifetime to take their revenge.... A vicious robbery at a secluded Brighton mansion leaves its elderly occupant dying. And millions of pounds' worth of valuables have been taken. But, as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, heading the enquiry, rapidly learns, there is one priceless item of sentimental value that the old woman's powerful family cherish above all else. And they are fully prepared to take the law into their own hands, and will do anything, absolutely anything, to get it back.
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Publisher's Summary

This is the series everyone is reading. From the number-one chart-topper Peter James, comes the ninth novel in the multi-million-copy, best-selling Roy Grace series....

Some will wait a lifetime to take their revenge.... A vicious robbery at a secluded Brighton mansion leaves its elderly occupant dying. And millions of pounds' worth of valuables have been taken. But, as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, heading the enquiry, rapidly learns, there is one priceless item of sentimental value that the old woman's powerful family cherish above all else. And they are fully prepared to take the law into their own hands, and will do anything, absolutely anything, to get it back.

Within days, Grace is racing against the clock, following a murderous trail that leads him from the shady antiques world of Brighton, across Europe, and all the way back to the New York waterfront gang struggles of 1922, chasing a killer driven by the force of one man’s greed and another man’s fury.

©2013 Really Scary Books/Peter James (P)2013 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd

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    helen melbourne, Australia 07-20-13
    helen melbourne, Australia 07-20-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Such a web James weaves!"
    What did you love best about Dead Man's Time?

    As Peter James continues the story of Roy Grace I am loving the intriguing past snippets that he loves to dangle in front of the reader. His missing first wife...her psychiatrist sessions leave you constantly dangling. His new fiancé and their beautiful baby Noah and their fates in this story were nail biting. The main police story is fascinating and brilliantly written allowing me to enjoy the plot till the very end.


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  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    6/19/13
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    "A return to great form with an engrossing story"

    I was disappointed by by the author's previous book, Dead Tomorrow, but am delighted to say that the present book is the best yet. A intricately plotted detective story that never flags with just the right amount of personal details about the main players to flesh out their characters. For those who have been following the life and career of DCI Grace there is an intriguing side story about his wife Sandy who disappeared a decade earlier. The narrator is very good and does a variety of convincing accents. Recommended.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
    Dumfries, United Kingdom
    6/30/13
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    "James at his best"
    Where does Dead Man's Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks high amongst my 'listens'. Fist of all the narration is excellent. The story is probably the best of all the Roy Grace books and it has the distinction of eliciting sympathy for one of the shadier characters. I was willing him to commit not one but two murders by the end of the book. I was also pleased that one other man got away with murder too.So that says something about how unusual this story is. There is also quite a delightful twist in the tail. I have a few unanswered questions but all in all a five star book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The old man because I was on his side from page 1 line 1.


    What does Daniel Weyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Daniel Weyman's narration brings the characters to life much more vividly than mere reading ever could and greatly enhances the listening experience. His change of voice and accent for each character never waivers throughout the story and Peter James must be delighted to have such an excellent reader of his book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but also wanted to make it last as long as possible. Quite a dilemma!


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • dave
    donhead st mary, United Kingdom
    6/14/13
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    "Bit tired"

    disappointed was really looking forward to book but very predictable plot and characters were getting annoying. Not up to his usual standards and his ex wife thing has gone on too long and lost momentum
    Very well read that was all that kept me going really

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • E
    Stroud, United Kingdom
    6/22/13
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    "Back on form"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was Peter James back on form with a good solid interesting read with all our favourite characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Man's Time?

    Lots of suspense and a worrying plot-line about Roy's girlfriend and new baby to keep the personal interest alive.


    Any additional comments?

    I have loved all the Peter James Roy Grace books and this is one of the best so far so all fans will really enjoy and new comers should start at book 1 and work their way through, they would not be disappointed.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Janet
    Ledbury, United Kingdom
    6/27/13
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    "Back to form"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend to a friend. Feel that Peter James is back on form as a crime writer.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Just love Norman - he is so un pc! However Grace is always good value.


    What does Daniel Weyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I enjoyed his reading - felt he brought the characters alive - even if you were not a Grace fan before.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Brighton goes gangland.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoy listening to books very much - especially now that my sight is impaired. Have always been an avid reader. Thank you Audible for making books so accessible.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • LINDA
    Bellinzona, Switzerland
    2/13/14
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    "Great company for my bout of pneumonia"
    Where does Dead Man's Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I don't think you can answer this question since one judges a book according to its genre. However, I thought that as far as detective novels go, this certainly ranks high.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Man's Time?

    What was memorable was Daniel Weyman's impeccable rendering and, although I live in Switzerland I was born and bred in Brighton and Hove, which I left in 1969. So a novel that brings to life my childhood haunts so well is memorable just for that alone. Perhaps, in answer to this question, I found myself feeling such fear for Cleo and baby and had somehow intuited that her possible killer would die before reaching her but I just had to find out before going to sleep


    What about Daniel Weyman’s performance did you like?

    Wonderfully modulated voice, never intrusive and extremely pleasant on the ear. He read every word with the same degree of engagement all the way through and did an excellent job with the accents too. Above all such a PLEASANT voice. I was rather ill with pneumonia at home in bed and he really kept me company for several days. Thank you Daniel.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Dead Man's Time: life is ticking away for an old man, whose last desire is to avenge his long dead father. Obsession with this desire is what keeps this old man's ticker ticking to the last


    Any additional comments?

    My only problem with Mr. James is the rather cruel nature of the violence, but I guess that if you want to sell, you have to play the violence up rather than down.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    GLASGOW, United Kingdom
    2/9/14
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    "Welcome Return for Grace"

    I'm glad this series still continues to grab your attention. Grace is suffering from lack of sleep, being a new dad has its problems. Another father/son combo are at loggerheads in the criminal world over stolen antiques. When Grace is brought in to oversee a murder investigation, he doesn't realise how close to home this job will be.

    There was a great sense of foreboding all the way through this as you knew either his wife or a vengeful ex con was out to get him - the tension was played brilliantly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amelia
    United Kingdom
    10/16/13
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    "The story continues"

    I have read all the Roy Grace novels and enjoyed them all I thought this was a good story and held my interest as usual. I am sick sick SICK of the Sandy story now and I really wish it was over. Perhaps she could go the same way as Ali (wife of Glen Branson) I was quite glad with that outcome as I was so sick of Branson going on about his life and misery
    I enjoyed the way the story progressed and the ending was good Its nice when Grace travels around and makes for more interest.
    I would like to get a break from Cleo but dont think that is going to happen as they have a baby together etc. She is like a wet dishcloth and dull as ditch water but I guess that is the way it is
    The narration was good and would recommend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Saffy
    UK
    7/11/13
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    "Worth a listen"

    Although I did enjoy this I was a little disappointed as I don't think this is one of Peter James best. I have loved most of the Roy Grace novels and think they work fantastically well in audio. He excels at characterisation and making the listener really feel a part of the story. This is obviously crucial in an audiobook and one of the things I miss so much about reading is that total immersion in the story and characters. Peter James makes this possible in the Roy Grace series and this is helped by the narrator who does a pretty good job here. I was however, disappointed in the plot , I felt little interest in the victim's family and although the New York connection made it a little more interesting I wasn't completely gripped. However, James still writes a better crime novel than many of his contemporaries and I continue to be interested in Grace's personal life.
    If you have never listened to a Peter James, start at the beginning, if you have, persevere with this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    6/26/13
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    "Another page turner!"

    I can't get enough of these books and have read all the DS Roy Grace. If police/detective novels are your thing then you will love it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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