Friday, 12 October 2012
As we've said before one of the perks of working here is getting to try out new things in the city and this week I was lucky enough to get to try the new 'Walking Dead' tour run by BrightonWalks.
The tour is based on Peter James first two novels in the bestselling Roy Grace series - Dead Simple and Looking Good Dead (published by Pan Macmillan). The tour starts at Brighton Railway Station and takes visitors around the city highlighting key locations from the novels. Lyn Neville, the blue badge guide who runs the tour, spent time with Peter James discussing the route and which locations to include. So if it's good enough for the man himself, it's good enough for me!
I have read a couple of the books but I haven't actually read these two, however that didn't matter as while plot details were discussed, Lyn was careful not to give the ending away and so by the end of it I was keen to get hold of the books to find out what happens. Obviously this walk will be of interest to fans of Peter James, however it's also a good way to get an alternative view of the city. I should add a brief warning though, fans of the books will know that some of the content is quite gruesome so visitors should be prepared for some gory details! Although it's not all grisly as apart from significant locations linked to the cases, you'll also get an insight into Roy Grace's personal life by seeing some of his favourite haunts.
And while we're on the subject of Peter James, fans will be pleased to hear that there are a couple of opportunities to meet him as he will be signing copies of the newly released paperback version of the latest Roy Grace novel - Not Dead Yet. The book signings will be take place on Saturday 13th October at Waterstones (North Street) from 12-2pm and also on Friday 26th October at WHSmith (Churchill Square Shopping Centre)from 12-2pm. And if that wasn't enough Peter James will also be hosting a special Crime Quiz in aid of The Martlet's on Thursday 8th November at the Thistle Hotel.