DEAD AT FIRST SIGHT BY PETER JAMES AT NUMBER ONE IN THE BESTSELLER CHARTS

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Peter James’ fifteenth Detective Superintendent Roy Grace novel, DEAD AT FIRST SIGHT, shot straight to the Number One spot in the Sunday Times bestseller list this past Bank Holiday weekend. Launched with a splendid party on Brighton Pier and topping the charts after only a part-week sale, DEAD AT FIRST SIGHT is Peter’s fourteenth Nnumber One bestselling novel and holds strong at Number One for this coming weekend too!

In DEAD AT FIRST SIGHT, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace exposes the dark side of the internet. He is called to investigate the suicide of a woman in Brighton that is clearly not what it seems. As his investigations continue, a handsome Brighton motivational speaker comes forward. He’s discovered his identity is being used to scam women online. The first he knew of it was a phone call from one of them, out of the blue, saying, ‘You don’t know me, but I thought I knew you’. That woman is now dead. Roy Grace realises he is looking at the tip of an iceberg. A global empire built on clever, cruel internet scams and the murder of anyone who threatens to expose them.

Peter James’ Roy Grace series has been translated into thirty-seven languages with worldwide sales of over nineteen million copies. In 2015 WH Smith customers voted him the Greatest Crime Author of All Time and in 2016 he was awarded the coveted CWA Diamond Dagger, a lifetime achievement award for sustained excellence. In 2018 he received a Specsavers Honorary Platinum Bestseller Award.

Peter James at the DEAD AT FIRST SIGHT launch in Brighton. Credit: Graham Franks

Peter James at the DEAD AT FIRST SIGHT launch in Brighton.
Credit: Graham Franks

Pan Macmillan will publish the paperback of his standalone thriller ABSOLUTE PROOF in July 2019 and THE SECRET OF COLD HILL, the sequel to THE HOUSE ON COLD HILL (which has also been adapted for stage and touring this year) in October 2019.

Praise for Peter James:

‘Peter James, Britain’s closest equivalent to Stephen King’ — Sunday Times

'Peter James is one of the best crime writers in the business.' – Karin Slaughter

‘In my thirty-four years of policing, never have I come across a writer who so accurately depicts “The Job“’ – Detective Investigator Pat Lanigan, Office of the District Attorney, NYPD

‘Sinister and riveting… Peter James is one of the best British crime writers, and therefore one of the best in the world.’ – Lee Child

THE HIDEAWAY HITS NUMBER 1 – AND WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT AT NUMBER 10 ON IRISH BESTSELLER LISTS!

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Sheila O’Flanagan’s summer sensation THE HIDEAWAY leapt to Number 4 on the Irish Times hardback list in its first week on sale and hit the top spot on the Irish bestseller lists in its second. THE HIDEAWAY, a story of shocking truths, grief and hope set against the backdrop of the idyllic Spanish countryside, was published on 17 May. A Bookends Book of the Month for May, THE HIDEAWAY is the ideal read this summer, whether you’re sitting in the garden or by the poolside – or tucked up inside out of the summer rain!

WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT, Sheila’s novel following a mother and daughter, Lola and Bey, as they make decisions that have a lasting impact on their lives, is still holding strong at Number 10 in the Irish paperback bestseller lists, after months on the list and is currently at Number 16 on the Kindle store. WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT reached Number 2 in Ireland and Number 9 in the UK in its first week of sales in February this year.

What would you do if you discovered you were living a lie?

When a shocking news report shatters Juno Ryan's world, she suddenly finds herself without the man she loves – and with no way of getting the answers she so desperately needs.

A distraught Juno flees to the enchanting Villa Naranja in Spain. The blue skies and bountiful orange groves – along with Pep, the winemaker's handsome son – begin to soothe her broken heart, but only Juno herself can mend it.

Just when she begins to feel whole again another bombshell falls. Can Juno put the past behind her? And will she ever learn to trust herself again?

Internationally, new translating publishers have recently acquired Sheila’s titles, with new publications and deals in markets including Croatia, Estonia, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Russia, the Czech Republic and Italy. Sheila has also just returned from an author tour in Sweden. Fans can expect two more captivating reads from Sheila in 2019 and 2020, after Sheila signed a two-book deal with Headline in February.

Sheila O’Flanagan is the author of twenty-five thought-provoking, gripping and unforgettable Sunday Times and ebook bestsellers, including THE MISSING WIFE which was published in the US in February by Grand Central following its UK success. It became a Sunday Times and Irish Times paperback bestseller in 2017, as well as becoming a No.1 ebook bestseller, and one of Amazon’s Top Ten Bestselling ebooks of the year. Her interlinked short story collection CHRISTMAS WITH YOU reached No. 2 in the Irish bestseller lists in the run up to Christmas, and there are more short fiction treats ahead for her fans – watch this space! Headline has sold over 7 million copies of Sheila’s books.

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Watch Sheila discuss THE HIDEAWAY on Ireland AM here.

Praise for THE HIDEAWAY:

‘A hugely enjoyable romance, written with pace and heart. It will make you long to jump on a plane yourself’ — Sunday Mirror

‘There's no greater pleasure this time of the year than a frothy beach read and Sheila O'Flanagan's THE HIDEAWAY is one of the best for summer 2018… There are twists - and then some. There are larger-than-life characters. O'Flanagan's stylishness as a writer never tips over into shtickiness or stifles her warmth though - it only makes the flowering of genuine emotion more powerful. O'Flanagan has always been a true and honest writer, which is why she is one of the fairly few who really matter.’ — Lorraine Courtney, The Independent

‘Pure escapism – perfect for fans of Catherine Alliott and Marian Keyes.’ — Candis

‘A great read. After devastating news, the author took us on a journey from soul-destroying distress to acceptance and new beginnings. All the while the backdrop of sultry Spain with its orange groves, vineyards, and handsome men held the reader entranced…Beautiful.’ — Jan Bowles in Review

ROY GRACE TAKES THE BESTSELLER LISTS BY STORM: DEAD IF YOU DON’T REACHES NUMBER ONE

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Internationally acclaimed author Peter James has his thirteenth consecutive number one as the latest novel in his riveting Roy Grace series, DEAD IF YOU DON’T, shot to the top of the bestseller lists in its first week of sales. DEAD IF YOU DON’T was published in hardback and ebook by Pan Macmillan on 17 May. The launch was held at the Amex Brighton and Hove Football stadium, a fitting location, as the novel begins right there… In Heat magazine, Isabelle Broom praised DEAD IF YOU DON’T as ‘a galloping riot of entertainment and action’ and it grips from the very first pages.

Kipp Brown, successful businessman and compulsive gambler, is having the worst run of luck of his life. He’s beginning to lose, big style. However, taking his teenage son, Mungo, to their club’s Saturday afternoon football match should have given him a welcome respite, if only for a few hours. But it’s at the stadium where his nightmare begins. Within minutes of arriving at the game, Kipp bumps into a client. He takes his eye off Mungo for a few moments, and in that time, the boy disappears. Then he gets the terrifying message that someone has his child, and to get him back alive, Kipp will have to pay.

Defying instructions not to contact the police, Kipp reluctantly does just that, and Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is brought in to investigate. At first it seems a straightforward case of kidnap. But rapidly Grace finds himself entering a dark, criminal underbelly of the city, where the rules are different and nothing is what it seems . . .

Peter was a guest on various radios shows in the run up to the publication of DEAD IF YOU DON’T and appeared on London Live TV’s arts news programme to discuss his new novel and his time out with the Met. He was a featured author for this year’s Crimefest and visited Waterstones on Jersey’s Queen Street to talk about DEAD IF YOU DON’T in conversation with BBC presenter Cathy Le Feuvre. He’ll be appearing at the Jersey Festival in September, among other festivals in the year ahead. Visit The Bookseller’s Pictures of the Week to see Peter hosting booksellers in Brighton ahead of the DEAD IF YOU DON’T launch.

DEAD IF YOU DON’T has already been snapped up in Russia by Eksmo and Minerva in Finland. Rights to Peter’s riveting thriller ABSOLUTE PROOF, in which a mysterious phone call pulls an investigative journalist into the search to find proof of God’s existence, have also been bought by international publishers. ABSOLUTE PROOF is set to be published by Macmillan in October, with a major campaign. Fans of Peter James can look forward to more compelling Roy Grace cases as Pan Macmillan have also acquired rights for three further titles.

Peter James is one of the UK’s most treasured crime and thriller novelists. He has won numerous awards for his gripping crime novels, including the coveted 2016 CWA Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence, and an Honorary Platinum Award at the Specsavers Bestseller Awards, powered by Nielsen Book.  He was publicly voted by WH Smith – Britain's biggest book selling chain – The Best Crime Author of All Time. The Roy Grace detective novels have sold over 19 million copies worldwide and are now published in 37 territories. 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. Many of his books have also been adapted for the stage, with his standalone chiller THE HOUSE ON COLD HILL up next in 2019 – see more and book here!

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Praise for DEAD IF YOU DON’T:

‘Chief superintendent Roy Grace is back – and we think this could be his most exciting storyline yet…a galloping riot of entertainment and action, with heaps of dark humour thrown in.’ — Isabelle Broom, Heat

‘As ever, James may be dealing with familiar material, but always manages to render it afresh, his narrative (here involving the kidnapped son of a successful businessman) is made tauter by the adroit characterisation of the principal participants.’ — Barry Forshaw, Crime Time

‘I love the Roy Grace series of books and have read every single one of them…I loved the storyline…It’s absolutely wonderful to have Roy Grace back and is like welcoming back an old friend! …it is fantastic when the action is forefront as it is so cleverly written.  The plot was well researched and well described and it was nail-bitingly filled with suspense and tension! I completely and utterly loved it.  It is Roy Grace and, of course, Peter James at his best.  It had me hooked from page one to the very end.  Highly, highly recommended!  Roll on Roy for book number 15!’ — Stardust Book Reviews

SHEILA O’FLANAGAN’S WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT ON THE BESTSELLER LISTS

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WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT by Sheila O’Flanagan has made its mark on the bestseller lists in both the UK and Ireland. Sheila’s compelling new novel is riding high at Number 2 in Ireland for the second week. It dashed straight to Number 2 in Ireland and Number 9 in the UK on its first full week on sale. The book follows the lives of a mother and daughter, Lola and Bey, exploring the lasting significance of the definitive moments in their lives. Heat magazine called it ‘a fabulous tale with refreshingly inspiring heroines’.

WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT was published in paperback in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand by Headline on 22 February, following the success of its hardback and audio release in June 2017. South Africa readers can expect the paperback edition in late March. Lola and Bey’s story will be available in Canada this June.

Lola Fitzpatrick is bright and ambitious but she’s also headstrong and stubborn. When one evening, out of the blue, she has to make a life-changing choice, she decides quickly and rashly. And without a piece of vital information that might have changed everything.

Lola’s daughter Bey has inherited Lola’s determined nature. Yet her impulsive reactions place her in danger, leading her to run away from what she wants most. And then, one night, she’s standing in front of the man she loves, with her own choice to make…

For both Lola and Bey, everything changes in a moment. But their biggest mistakes might also turn out to be their greatest opportunities…

Readers will also be enchanted by Sheila’s next novel THE HIDEAWAY, out 31 May from Headline. Sheila recently signed a new two book deal with Headline, so fans of her work can anticipate two brand new titles in 2019 and 2020 from the Headline Review imprint. 

SHIELD OF LIES, the second novel in Sheila’s exhilarating Young Adult fantasy series, THE CRYSTAL RUN, was published by Hachette Children’s Books in paperback and ebook on March 8. 

Sheila O’Flanagan is the author of twenty-five thought-provoking, gripping and unforgettable Sunday Times and ebook bestsellers, including THE MISSING WIFE which was published in the US in February by Grand Central following its UK success. It became a Sunday Times and Irish Times paperback bestseller in 2017, as well as becoming a No.1 ebook bestseller, and one of Amazon’s Top Ten Bestselling ebooks of the year. Her interlinked short story collection CHRISTMAS WITH YOU reached No. 2 in the Irish bestseller lists in the run up to Christmas. Headline has sold over 7 million copies of Sheila’s books.

Visit Sheila’s website, where you can also join her mailing list.

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Praise for WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT:

‘A fabulous tale with refreshingly inspiring heroines’ — Sarah Hughes, Heat

‘The novel revolves around disasters and triumphs in the characters’ lives and the mother/daughter relationship is particularly well evoked’ — Sunday Express

‘This warm family story of mother and daughter takes us from an Irish farm to a glittering family jewellery business in Dublin, where all that glistens is not gold, and certain people need to learn that there are things in life more valuable than gold and diamonds’ — My Weekly

‘See the aftermath as this family tries to put right their mistakes. You’ll be rooting for them’ — Take A Break