BESTSELLING crime author Peter James will step in to the role of Argus editor.. . if only for a day.

The popular author will take the reins as guest editor at our new offices in Manchester Street tomorrow morning and join the daily news conference, hearing what interesting stories our fantastic team of journalists are working on.

Editor Arron Hendy hoped for a day off but will be in to help the Brighton born 68 year old through his day in the hotseat.

“I just hope the stories we have ready are as interesting as those featuring his man character Roy Grace,” Arron joked.

Peter has a long standing relationship with The Argus. Over the years our team of journalists have influenced his characters as well as the stories.

Peter said: “I believe The Argus, like all quality local papers plays a vital role both in its detail of news that no nationals can provide, and in holding local public services to account.

“I’ve always loved The Argus, it’s been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, for me there’s only ever been one newspaper for Brighton and Sussex.

“The way newsrooms work and the way newspapers are put together has always fascinated me and I can’t wait to see at the newsdesk in operation at first hand.

“When it came to my own books and I needed to write about reporters where else were they going to come from? It could only ever be The Argus.”

“To have the chance to edit my hometown newspaper is like a dream come true. I’m flattered to be asked and looking forward to the experience immensely.

“The Argus has always played a significant role in the life of Sussex and in my own life. And of course sometimes it can be the bane of Roy Grace’s life, but more often a major asset to his investigations.”

  • Win a signed Peter James book every hour between 9am and 4pm tomorrow as part of the author’s takeover. Questions will be asked on the hour see our live blog tomorrow…