Most of the crime series following cops have their main theme. If you are interested in missing-person cases, the Roy Grace series is for you.

Who is Roy Grace?

Written by British writer Peter James, the Roy Grace series is about a Detective Superintendent of the CID, in Sussex, England.

Roy Grace is a down-to-earth detective with a strong sense of conviction, and a sense of humor. He was touched by tragedy ten years ago when his wife disappeared. He still hopes to find her and even keeps some of her things in place in case she resurfaced. In his work, Grace investigates missing-person cases.

Roy Grace Books in Order:

   

  1. Dead Simple – It was meant to be a harmless stag-night prank. A few hours later Michael Harrison has disappeared and his friends are dead. With only three days to the wedding, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is contacted by Michael’s fiancée, Ashley Harper. Grace discovers that the one man who ought to know Michael Harrison’s whereabouts is saying nothing. But then he has a lot more to gain than anyone realizes…
  2. Looking Good Dead – Tom Bryce did what any decent person would do. But within hours of picking up the CD that had been left behind on the train seat next to him, and attempting to return it to its owner, he is the sole witness to a vicious murder. Then his young family are threatened with their lives if he goes to the police. But he bravely makes a statement to the murder enquiry team headed by Roy Grace. And from that moment the killing of the Bryce family becomes a mere formality.
  3. Not Dead Enough – On the night Brian Bishop murdered his wife he was 60 miles away, asleep in bed at the time. At least that’s the way it looks to Roy Grace, who is called in to investigate. Grace soon starts coming to the conclusion that Bishop has performed the apparently impossible feat of being in two places at once. Has someone stolen his identity or is he simply a very clever liar?
  4. Dead Man’s Footsteps – Amid the tragic unfolding mayhem of the morning of 9/11, failed Brighton businessman and ne’er-do-well Ronnie Wilson sees the chance to shed his debts, disappear and reinvent himself in another country. Six years later the discovery of the skeletal remains of a woman’s body leads Roy Grace on an enquiry spanning the globe, and into a desperate race against time to save the life of a woman.

   

  1. Dead Tomorrow – The body of a missing teenager is dredged from the seabed off the Sussex coast, missing vital organs. Soon after, a further two more bodies are found. As Superintendent Roy Grace investigates the recovered bodies, he unearths the trail of a gang of child traffickers operating from Eastern Europe. Soon Grace and his team will find themselves in a race against time to save the life of a young street kid.
  2. Dead Like You – After a heady New Year’s Eve ball, a woman is brutally raped as she returns to her hotel room. A week later, another woman is attacked. Both victims’ shoes are taken by the offender. Roy Grace soon realizes that these new cases bear remarkable similarities to an unsolved series of crimes in the city back in 1997. The perpetrator had been dubbed ‘Shoe Man’. Could this be a copycat, or has Shoe Man resurfaced?
  3. Dead Man’s Grip – Carly Chase is still traumatized after being in a fatal traffic accident which kills a teenage student from Brighton University. Then she receives news that turns her entire world into a living nightmare. The drivers of the other two vehicles involved have been found tortured and murdered. Now Roy Grace issues a stark and urgent warning to Carly: She could be next.
  4. Not Dead Yet – For the City of Brighton and Hove, the publicity value of a major Hollywood movie being filmed on location is incalculable. For rock superstar Gaia, desperate to be taken seriously as an actor, this is the role that could get her an Oscar nomination. For Roy Grace, it is a nightmare unfolding in front of his eyes. An obsessed stalker is after Gaia.

   

  1. Dead Man’s Time – A vicious robbery at a secluded Brighton mansion leaves its elderly occupant dying. Millions worth of valuables have been stolen. But as Roy Grace rapidly learns there is one priceless item of sentimental value that her powerful family cherish above all else. And they are fully prepared to take the law into their own hands to get it back. Now, Grace is racing against the clock, following a murderous trail that leads him across Europe, and all the way back to the New York waterfront.
  2. Want You Dead – When Red Westwood meets handsome, charming and rich Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency, there is an instant attraction. But as their love blossoms, the truth about his past, and his dark side, begins to emerge. Everything he has told Red about himself turns out to be a tissue of lies, and her infatuation with him gradually turns to terror.
  3. In the Nick of Time: John Rebus vs. Roy Grace (short story) – In this short story from the thrilling anthology FaceOff, detectives John Rebus and Roy Grace could not be more different. The case that eventually brings them together centers on a crime that happened when Rebus was just a teenager in the 1960s—but it took place in Roy Grace’s stomping grounds in Brighton, England.
  4. You Are Dead – Logan Somerville has just driven into the underground car park beneath a block of flats in Brighton. Then she disappeared. That same afternoon, workmen digging up a park in another part of the city, unearth the remains of a woman in her early twenties, who has been dead for 30 years. At first, to Roy Grace and his team, these two events seem totally unconnected. But then another young woman in Brighton goes missing—and yet another body from the past surfaces.
  5. Love You Dead – Roy Grace is feeling the pressure from his superiors, his previous case is still giving him sleepless nights, there have been major developments with his missing wife Sandy, and an old adversary is back. But worse than all of this is, he now believes, a Black Widow is operating in his city. And he comes to the frightening realisation he may have underestimated just how dangerous this lady is.

 

  1. Need You Dead – Greg, a married man, has been having an affair for three years with another man’s wife. One evening, after a fight with her at their rented love nest, he storms out. When he returns an hour later she is dead. Roy Grace soon discovers that there is more than one person who had a reason to kill her.
  2. Dead If You Don’t – Shortly after Kipp Brown and his teenage son, Mungo, arrive at the stadium for their team’s biggest-ever football game, Mungo disappears. A short while later Kipp receives a text with a ransom demand and a warning not to go to the police if he and his wife want to see their son alive again. But as a massive, covert manhunt for the boy begins, D.S. Roy Grace starts to realize that not all is what it seems.
  3. Dead at First Sight – DS Roy Grace is called to investigate the suicide of a woman in Brighton, that is clearly not what it seems. As his investigations continue, a Brighton motivational speaker comes forward. He’s discovered his identity is being used to scam eleven different 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.