Video: Author Peter James signs copies of his book in Lewes

Best-selling author Peter James was signing copies of his latest novel ‘Dead Man’s Time’ at Tesco in Lewes today (Thursday June 6).

The Sussex author was at the Brook Road store at 10.30am to sign copies of the ninth Roy Grace novel, being published today day by Macmillan.

Research on prisoners’ motives was carried out at Lewes Prison for ‘Dead Man’s Time’, set in the dark shadows of the antiques underworld of Brighton.

Peter was partly inspired by an attempted break-in at his home two years ago.

He also spent time going out with the police on a weekly basis, finding out the details behind the legendary ‘knocker boys’.

He has sold over 13 million copies of his books and is now published in 36 languages.

To see a video of Peter James at home talking about his writing rituals (making a vodka martini), his background to how he got involved in writing in the first place (he was bullied at school for being a Jew and that was the driving force behind his success), talking about real life people that have inspired the key characters in the book - go to

He also reveals that people that cross him can end up as characters in his book- eg on tables in mortuaries!