Hello again,

Welcome to my newly improved newsletter -­ in keeping with my newly redesigned website, which I hope you will take a look at, if you haven’t already.

Firstly, I’d like to ask you all a favour, please. I’ve been shortlisted for the very prestigious and high profile ITV3 People’s Bestseller Dagger Award, which will be televised in the UK on October 7th. The award is decided entirely by public vote, and I’m up against some stiff competition, so I’m counting on my fans for support. I would be hugely grateful if you voted for me, and spread the word to friends to do the same. You may vote up to five times each, but the sixth vote nullifies the first five, so exercise caution.

I’m also delighted to tell you that thanks to you, my wonderful readers, Dead Man’s Grip went straight to No. 1 on the UK bestseller lists! Almost equally as pleasing, it prevented the new James Bond book, Carte Blance by Jeffery Deaver, from reaching that spot!

I had the pleasure of meeting Jeffery in New York two weeks ago -­ we each contributed a chapter, for charity, to a fun serial novel titled No Rest For The Dead -­ and attended the launch signing of the book. This photograph shows just how pleased he was to see me!!!

In other exciting news, my thriller about “designer babies”, Perfect People, which I have been working on for ten years, is set for publication in the UK starting November 4th. I’m very happy with the jacket design, and I hope you’ll agree.

I am off to Washington D.C. tomorrow to meet with an FBI agent who spent two years in Iran tracking down a terror suspect. He ultimately arrested the man, brought him to the USA for trial and was then invited by the suspect to his execution. Chilling, but fascinating. I am also attending an international detective conference while there, which is an annual event and a great resource for my work. The perfect inspiration for future Roy Grace stories…

Meanwhile, I am happy to report that I am progressing on the 8th Roy Grace novel, Dead Man Laughing, which will drop in the UK in May of 2012.

Thank you so much in advance, for all of you kind enough to vote for me and pass it along. Please remember I always love to hear from you on Twitter, on blog posts, on Facebook and by email at scary@pavilion.co.uk.

Very best,

Peter James