The latest novel in the Roy Grace detective series has been announced by Peter James.

Stop Them Dead, the 19th book in the Brighton-based crime series, will be coming to shelves this year.

The novel, which loosely centres around the illegal dog trade, is the latest in the series of books which has now been adapted for the screen on ITV.

Announcing the release, Peter James said: “I'm so excited to share with you all the cover for my latest Roy Grace novel, Stop Them Dead.

The Argus: Peter James's new book coverPeter James's new book cover (Image: Pan Macmillan)

“Join Roy and team as they investigate a deadly robbery, uncovering a ruthless organised crime network in this latest thrilling instalment - out this September.”


The book is the latest in the Roy Grace series after the previous release of Picture You Dead which launched in October.

Iterations of the Roy Grace novels have been released yearly since 2005.

The Argus: Peter JamesPeter James

A synopsis for the book said: “When a young farmer confronts intruders in the middle of the night he has no idea that just minutes later he will be left dying in a pool of blood. What’s more chilling is what the perpetrators were willing to kill for.

“At the scene of the crime, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace soon realises this is no isolated robbery gone wrong but the tip of the iceberg of a nationwide crime wave, in which ruthless organised gangs are making more money from the illegal trade in dogs than drugs.

The Argus: John Simm and Richie Campbell in GraceJohn Simm and Richie Campbell in Grace (Image: ITV)

“A trade which pits him against some ruthless people who will kill anyone who gets in their way, because where there is greed, there is murder.”

The Roy Grace detective novels have become best sellers and have since been adapted for screen and stage.

The most recent season of the hit series Grace, starring John Simm as the titular detective, proved successful with a fourth series commissioned.

Episodes from the most recent series were filmed around Brighton and Sussex and are based on three of the Roy Grace novels: Dead Like You, Dead Man’s Grip and Not Dead Yet.

Stop Them Dead will be released on September 28.