The Queen has named her favourite detective as Brighton’s Roy Grace.

Queen Camilla started her Queen’s Reading Room book club in 2021, with the charity launching their own podcast in January of this year.

Each week, acclaimed authors are invited on to discuss the joys of literature, featuring a word from Her Majesty.

In its most recent episode, the Queen named her favourite detective as Brighton writer Peter James’ Chief Superintendent Roy Grace.

Her Majesty said: “There are so many of his books and I started at the very beginning.

“So the nice thing about his books is that, although there is a pretty terrifying story that goes on, you’ve always got the thread of Grace and his life and what’s happening in his life.

"There are lots of twists and turns and it just keeps you on your toes.”

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Reacting to the royal praise, Peter said: “I am just completely blown away.

“I was in tears when I heard it because my mother was the former Queen's glove maker, I wish she was alive to hear that.

“I never dreamed when I first started writing that one day the Queen of England would choose my detective as her favourite.”

The crime writer spoke of meeting Camilla on the set of Grace, the television adaptation of his novels, in Shoreham in 2021.

The Queen on the set of Grace with Peter JamesThe Queen on the set of Grace with Peter James (Image: The Argus)

He said: “She was hugely nice and normal. She interviewed me and she was huge fun, she has a great sense of humour.

“She even invited me to lunch afterwards and gave me a sandwich.”

Peter James has written 19 books Roy Grace books with the 20th due to be released in September this year.

The series has been adapted into a TV drama starring Life on Mars actor John Simm and is currently filming its fifth season.

Scenes of the ITV crime drama have been filmed in and around Brighton in locations such as Popworld and Brighton Marina.

The 75-year-old writer was born in Brighton and has returned to the city for inspiration throughout his novels.

The fictional detective, Roy Grace, is even based on former Hove detective inspector David Gaylor.