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Rather Be The Devil by Ian Rankin

Posted in Authors, Books, crime writers with tags , , , , , , on July 31, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake


Published by Orion

You just don’t want a Rebus novel to end as you get so engrossed in the characters. Interesting how Rebus is still getting involved in cases despite being retired – he has an uncanny knack of being in the thick of the action. This one involves Rebus’s nemesis Big Ger McCafferty, although both have a grudging respect for each other.

It involves another cold case, the unsolved 40 year old murder of Marie Turquand who was murdered in the Caledonian Hotel. It involves rock ‘n’ roll stars, music, gangsters and Rebus’s unnerving skill at being in the think of the action despite being retired and off the force.

Easily one of the best Rebus books, really enjoyable and Ian Rankin shows you can write great crime novels without the need for OTT violence favoured by some crime writers.

Hot Air 2014 – Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival

Posted in Authors, Books, crime writers, Hot Air 2014, Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Yes at long last my hometown gets its own literary festival Hot Air 2014. It takes place between 20th and 22nd June 2014 at the Emma Bridgewater factory on Lichfield Street.

Events wise there is Melvyn Bragg (22nd June 4:30pm), Andy McNabb (20th June at 4pm – will he wear a cardboard cut-out across his eyes like on his book covers?) and Joanna Trollope ( 21st June 7:30pm), along with a crime fiction panel and many more authors, further details can be found here

Here is the latest press release:

Following on from the initial launch last month festival goers will be able to purchase event tickets from a reasonable cost of £6 per event to ensure that the festival is accessible to anyone who wishes to come along and share their passion of books, writing and reading.

Too Write Stoke, a creative writing competition in association with The Sentinel, launched in February has already seen an outstanding number of entries with winners being announced during the festival weekend.

The regionally focused competition will have three categories in which people can enter from the under 11’s, under 18’s and adults with the key theme being Stoke-on-Trent. Winners will receive a commemorative trophy produced by Emma Bridgewater, a kindle, book tokens and £200 will be given to the under 18’s schools in support of reading and writing.

Andy McNab, Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival Patron, commented: “I’m the perfect example of how reading and literacy can change your life, so to be involved with a festival that’s main focus is to make books more accessible and promote literacy to local people is something that I very am keen to be a part of.

“I was thrilled to be asked to be the patron of Stoke-on-Trent’s Literary Festival and feel that my experiences and knowledge lend well to the key messages that the festival is aiming to deliver.”

Tristram Hunt, Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central and Shadow Education Secretary, said: “It’s exciting to see such a strong line up of so many well known authors coming to Stoke-on-Trent. The festival is a great way for the city to celebrate the art and craft of writing and the joys of reading in an area that is renowned for its creativity.

“It will not only be of great benefit to local people from an educational point of view but will also help to put Stoke-on-Trent on the literary map. From events that draw focus upon Stoke’s literary heritage to those that have been set within the city’s surroundings the festival programme will provide an exciting forum for all those that attend.”

1,000th post :)

Posted in AOR, Authors, Books, Classic rock, cricket, crime writers, Folk, Folk rock, Football, Fundraising, Get Ready To Rock!, Heavy metal, Melodic rock, Modern rock, Politics, Pop rock, Power metal, Power pop, Prog metal, Progressive rock, Queen, Running, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, theatre royal hanley with tags , , , , , , , on March 20, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Blimey that soon crept up as it’s this blog’s 1,000th post. They recommend bloggers target their audience, I like to think of mine as broad minded bunch as I use a scatter gun approach to topics on here, be it Stoke City, running, books, the Theatre Royal Hanley, promoting new music or little news stories that catch my eye.

I would like to use this post to thank all the readers of my blog and those who have contributed be it by answering interview questions or commenting.

Extra special thank you’s to:

My family (even my mum has been known to read this blog occasionally!)

Stoke City FC

This blogs top comments person Scott McNeish (top man bar his misguided supporting of Liverpool). The Arsenal fan who gave me grief over the Pulis years at Stoke has gone strangely quiet. Perhaps he’s off dusting down the Arsenal trophy cabinet in expectation it may host the FA Cup come May time.

Theatre Royal Hanley – gone but not forgotten, have some great memories of my time working as a front of house volunteer there

Bill Leslie and Dave Hunter who inspired me into this blogging lark back in March 2008

The bands and musicians whose music provides a soundtrack to life. Without music the world would be a duller place (well some bands can clear right off like One Direction for starters…)

Thank you all and please do continue contribute and comment 🙂

Dedicated to fellow Stoke City supporter and author Stephen Foster who sadly passed away in 2011


Peter James news October 2011

Posted in Authors, Books, crime writers on October 25, 2011 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Hello again,

Well, I have had quite a result this past week.  Much to my amazement I won the TV3 People’s Bestseller Dagger Award!!!   I beat Lee Child, David Baldacci, Mark Billingham and Peter Robinson, and I could not be more thrilled.  I owe all of you who voted – and who so enthusiastically got friends, family and even strangers to vote – a huge, huge thank you!  And a special thanks also to all of my wonderful supporters who joined me for fish and chips at the Pier in Brighton to celebrate.

Then as if last week could not get any better, the UK paperback publication of Dead Man’s Grip went straight to the top, not just of the paperback chart, but of all the charts in the UK, beating the normally invincible superstar chef Jamie Oliver by over 7,000 books!  Dead Man’s Grip is being published in the US on November 22 in hardcover and Kindle and is available for pre-order from

News on publications:

My standalone novel Perfect People will be published on all platforms in the UK on Oct 27th.  I’m really excited about this book!  It is a thriller about a couple who go to a secret clinic to have a “designer baby” where they choose the genes themselves…a technology that is fast becoming a reality.  It also has a wonderfully wintry cover – so it will look great in a Christmas stocking!  This can be preordered at

One small request – if you enjoy Perfect People or the paperback Dead Man’s Grip, please could you take a couple of mins to pop a review on – nice reviews are really helpful.  And the same for those of you in the US, please on

Because of the popularity of my Hall Of Fame Christmas competition last year, I’m running it again with the prize of a magnum of champagne to the winning entry.  The rules are simple:  The prize is for the best or most fun photograph of one of my books, either being read or in a fun or unusual location, anywhere in the world.  Details on the contest will be announced on my blog in the coming weeks.  Stay tuned!

Also, I will soon be putting up an Christmas Quiz, created by Ken Owen who will be on Mastermind in the UK next spring, with the Roy Grace novels as his chosen specialist subject.  There will be Champagne to be won in the quiz, too!

I am off on my travels and hope to see some of you, if I am in your area.  I will be in Cape Town, SA Nov 8th -12th; Sharja in the Emirates, at the Sharjah Literary Festival Nov 17-19th, and I will be in Dublin Nov 22-23rd.

Next weekend the clocks go back in the UK.  Longer nights… so longer to be tucked up in bed with Peter James!

All very best and again, thank you all so much for your fantastic voting support!  Please remember I always love to hear from you on Twitter, on blog posts, on Facebook and by email at

Peter James news

Posted in All Booked Up 2011, Authors, Books, crime writers on August 4, 2011 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

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!!!

Peter James

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 (click to preorder at  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

Very best,

Top 10 highest bidded charity auction items to date…

Posted in All Booked Up 2011, Authors, Beating Bowel Cancer, Books, Charity auctions, Classic rock, crime writers, Donna Louise Trust, Dr Who, Family life, Fundraising, Kidney Research UK, Macular Disease Society, News, Surrey Young Carers on June 17, 2011 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake
  Top 10 highest bidded items… Final selling price
1 Rebus whisky £1,319.00
2 Signed Red Dwarf script £857.77
3 Signed Harry James drumsticks £103.00
4 Vinny Burns guitar lesson £62.00
5 Signed FM CD £41.00
6 Signed Rodney Matthews ‘Sleepwalking’ poster £35.27
7 Signed Francis Dunnery CD £35.00
8 Signed Francis Dunnery CD £31.00
9 Signed Rodney Matthews ‘OASTN’ poster £26.10
10 Signed David Tennant photo £21.00


I am still amazed at how much the Rebus whisky went for and the signed Red Dwarf script (signed by Rimmer aka Chris Barrie). I have been doing these signed items for charity for a while now and it is always fun to see a) what you can get kindly donated and b) the final selling price. Onwards and upwards!

Peter James news

Posted in Authors, Books, crime writers, News on May 16, 2011 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Hello again

I am delighted to give you two pieces of good news!

The first is to tell you that my 7th Roy Grace novel, Dead Man’s Grip, will be published on May 26th. It is currently available in print and Kindle for pre-order on Amazon UK. Also in a new and pioneering development it can be pre-ordered now in 9 Tesco stores across Sussex for delivery on publication day (Worthing, Shoreham, Hove, Eastbourne, Hastings, Burgess Hill, Gatwick, Portslade and Lewes) and stock will be available in all Tesco stores throughout the country on May 26. I am going to be doing a number of signings on and shortly after publication day – including Tesco Lewes and Tesco Shoreham on May 26th – details are on my Appearances on my website – hope perhaps to see some of you at them.

This is to give you a little taste of the novel:

Carly Chase is traumatised ten days 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 Detective Superintendent Roy Grace of the Sussex Police force issues a stark and urgent warning to Carly: She could be next.

The student had deadly connections. Connections that stretch across the Atlantic. Someone has sworn revenge and won’t rest until the final person involved in that fatal accident is dead

Roy Grace’s team advise Carly her only option is to go into hiding and change identity. The terrified woman disagrees – she knows these people have ways of hunting you down anywhere. If the police are unable to stop them, she has to find a way to do it herself. But already the killer is one step ahead of her, watching, waiting, and ready… 

The police advise Carly her only option is to go into hiding and change identity. The terrified woman disagrees – she knows these people have ways of hunting you down anywhere. If the police are unable to stop them, she has to find a way to do it herself. But already the killer is one step ahead of her, watching, waiting, and ready… 

The second good news is for all of those of you who have asked if I could write more than one novel a year! Well, this year I have two books coming out! The second, Perfect People will be published in November. This is a novel I am very excited about; it tells the story of a young couple who have lost their son at four years old to a rare disease, and they learn they are both carriers of the gene, which means a high probability of any future child having this same terrible disease. Then they hear of a secret clinic, on a converted cruise ship off the coast of New York – outside any legal jurisdiction – where for $400,000 they can choose the genes of their child – literally have a “designer baby”. But of course, it does not all work out as planned….

I’m very delighted to tell you that in addition to the launch of Dead Man’s Grip on May 26 I am launching my completely revamped website, which is going to be great-looking and a lot of fun to navigate – and much more information on it.

At the launch party for the book itself, I’m going to be doing a daredevil stunt, re-enacting one of the scenes in the book! We are going to be filming it and I will be posting links on my blog, on Twitter and on Facebook. Hopefully I will survive to write more books….!!!

2011 has already been a very hectic year for me. I’ve been to Germany, India, Australia and Finland on book promotion, I was recently made Chair of the Crime Writers Association, and I am now in the middle of moving house in Sussex! However, it promises to be a very exciting year, and I hope to be able to report developments on the Roy Grace TV series in the coming months.

Last week we had lunch at the famous Fat Duck restaurant in Bray, and I will shortly be posting pictures on my blog of some of the 16 courses! You may also enjoy my recent blog which is about my fascinating meeting with Jesse Marcel Jnr, the last living person to have been at Roswell that night in 1947 and seen and touched the wreckage of the alleged alien spacecraft crash there.
Thank you again for all your interest and support, and as ever, I always love to hear from you on Twitter (, on blog posts, on Facebook and by email – 
Very best, 
Peter James