Pan Macmillan sign three more in bestselling DS Roy Grace series


  • Pan Macmillan acquire World English rights including audio to three more DS Roy Grace novels
  • First of the new deal to publish in May 2020
  • Current 13-book series has sold 19 million copies worldwide in 37 territories
  • Pan Macmillan announced the acquisition of a further three titles in Peter James’s internationally bestselling Detective Superintendent Roy Grace Series at London Book Fair. Associate Publisher Wayne Brookes concluded a seven-figure deal with Isobel Dixon at Blake Friedmann for World English Rights including audio, with the first publishing in May 2020. The fourteenth book in the Brighton-based crime series, Dead If You Don’t, will publish on 17th May this year.

Peter James says: ‘I find it hard to believe that fifteen years have passed since David North and Geoff Duffield first spoke to my then agent, the late Carole Blake, asking her if I would ever consider writing a crime novel – and I am now starting the fifteenth!  It is an immense thrill to be signing this deal for three further Roy Grace novels.  Pan Macmillan is a terrific publishing house to be with, wonderfully professional, totally joined-up, and always, very crucially, huge fun!  I love the challenges of keeping Roy Grace fresh and topical and know that I am very lucky to have so many great readers around the world, and such a wonderful publisher.’

Wayne Brookes says: ‘I cannot imagine a year without having Peter James and Team Roy Grace in my life. I have worked with Peter for eight years I could not be happier that our relationship is set to continue. Peter is a dream author and 2018 is set to be his biggest year yet. Not only do we have our 14th Roy Grace Dead if You Don’t hitting the shelves in May, but we also have Peter’s biggest standalone novel to date, Absolute Proof coming out in October. Dead if You Don’t also heralds the beginning of a whole new re-package for the Roy Grace backlist.’

Anthony Forbes Watson says: “Peter has created an extraordinarily textured and rich world around Roy Grace and the underside of Brighton, which resonates ever more deeply with every book he writes in this magnificent series.  I’m thrilled to be able to look forward to three more – and long may this story continue!”

Jeremy Trevathan says: ‘I’m delighted to be continuing this terrific partnership between a wonderfully creative author and a proud publisher. The development of Peter James and the Roy Grace novels is something we cherish hugely at Pan Mac and I can’t wait for us the reveal the next stage in the Peter James story’.

Isobel Dixon says: ‘I vividly remember Carole sharing the stunning plot set-up for Dead Simple, the first Roy Grace title, and how we did deal after international deal thereafter. From that gasp-out-loud moment, Peter has never ceased to surprise and entertain, and Macmillan have been brilliant in their strategy and support. It’s a great pleasure to close this deal for a trio of new Roy Grace titles for Peter: I know we have a thrilling time ahead with Wayne Brookes and the team, with our shared ambition for this exceptional series.’


Praise for Peter’s Roy Grace novels:

“Peter James has established a series that is taking over from Ian Rankin in sales…” Front Row, Radio 4

“As with all Peter James novels, it is not just an individual cop or storyline that impresses but the excellence of the ensemble” The Times

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PETER JAMES is one of the UK’s most treasured crime and thriller novelists. His Roy Grace detective novels have sold over 19 million copies worldwide in total. The series is now published in 37 territories.  Peter’s Roy Grace novels have had 12 consecutive Sunday Times No 1s. In the Autumn of 2012, Not Dead Yet toppled the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy off the No 1 paperback fiction slot, ending its 25 week domination of the chart and in May 2015, You Are Dead, derailed The Girl On The Train’s 3 month chart domination going straight in at No 1 in the Sunday Times bestseller charts.  Love You Dead in hardback was Peter’s eleventh Sunday Times No 1 bestseller and Peter’s first non-fiction title Death Comes Knocking, written in association with Graham Bartlett, Head of Sussex Police, was published in July 2016, scoring Peter a hat-trick of titles in the Sunday Times charts within a month. His last Roy Grace Need You Dead went straight in at no 1 in the paperback bestseller charts in October 2017 and stayed in the top 10 for nine weeks. Dead If You Don’t, Peter’s new Roy Grace is published in May this year and Peter’s next standalone thriller, Absolute Proof, is released in October 2018.

Peter’s novella, The Perfect Murder (2010) went straight in at No 1 in the iBooks chart and spent 40 consecutive weeks in the iBooks Top 10.  It was adapted into a play called The Perfect Murder which did its first smash hit tour starring Les Dennis in 2014 and toured again with Shane Ritchie and Jessie Wallace in Spring 2016. The original run was followed by the play of Dead Simple in 2015, starring Tina Hobley and Jamie Lomas which was an equally big success during its 6-month nationwide run. Not Dead Enough, the third of Peter’s books to be translated to stage, toured the UK to critical acclaim in 2017, starring Shane Ritchie as Roy Grace and Laura Whitmore as Cleo Morey.

Peter, an established film producer, was educated at Charterhouse then at film school. He has produced numerous films, including The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino. He has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Brighton in recognition of his services to literature and the community, is Patron of Neighbourhood Watch nationwide, Patron of Crimestoppers in Sussex, Patron of Brighton & Hove Samaritans, and Patron of Relate, among many other charitable posts he holds.  Peter has been Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association twice and has won many literary awards, including the publicly voted ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards People’s Bestseller Dagger and he was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize in 2011.  As popular internationally as in the UK, he won the US Barry Award, for Best British Crime Novel in 2012 and in 2015 he was voted by WH Smith readers as The Best Crime Author of All Time.  In 2016 Peter won the coveted CWA Diamond Dagger Award for best crime writer and in February 2018 he was awarded the Specsavers Honorary Platinum Award and joined the Specsavers 21st Century Hall of Fame of bestselling authors for the past decade.

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