Peter James and The Roy Grace Tribe

The Roy Grace Tribe

The Roy Grace series, by author Peter James, has an impressive tribal following.  The 10 books in the series are reputed to have total sales in excess of 15 million copies. A quick calculation, allowing each reader one copy of each title, says we are talking a tribe of at least 1.5 million readers – more if we allow for those who have only sampled a couple of the books in the series.

The first book in the series, Dead Simple, was published in 2005, however, I only ‘discovered’ Peter James a couple of months ago, when Kobo suggested I might like to read one of his book, as they do when you buy books by other authors in the same genre. Since then, I’ve enjoyed reading Not Dead Enough and Dead Like You to see what has attracted so many readers to the series.

What did I find?

The stories hold your attention with their serial crimes, multiple potential perpetrators and the uncertainty of the police investigation. The crimes keep happening, despite the best efforts of the police, until that final piece drops into place. Then there are the personal relationship issues of Detective Superintendent Roy Grace and Detective Sergeant Glenn Branson that threaten to derail their investigation and their careers, along with tensions in Grace’s relationships with his superiors and the local press.

In Not Dead Enough the fear invades Grace’s personal space. In Dead Like You, you’re guessing right up to the end, and then there’s a surprise you’re not expecting.

If you’re into police procedures, James has done his research, and he does not hold back the gruesome details when describing post-mortem autopsies.

One of the techniques James uses to keep you intrigued is opening a window into the life of the victims. While I was reading Dead Like You I found myself wanting to know if each woman was going to escape or was she going to become the next victim. And, I like the way he developed the story of the gutsy girl that did get away, leaving the detail about her martial arts training right up to just before she encountered the villain. Then of course, I wanted to know how she’d use that skill to escape. He certainly knows how to write a ‘page turner’.

He also lets you into the lives of the perpetrator and the other suspects, without giving away the identity of the bad guy until Roy Grace has worked out who it is, which is about the same time you realise your initial choice was wrong.

I enjoy reading Peter James and suggest you check him out. You never know, you might enjoy reading about Roy Grace too.

You can find out more about Peter James and his books at Peter James.

Thanks for dropping by, Peter

Tribes – which one are you in?

Stylized_MasaiWhen we first started roaming the planet we did it in small groups or tribes. In the traditional sense of the word, a tribe is a related group of people with some sort of kinship or other social bond. Tribes were about belonging, and in many senses they still are. Think football fans, for example. They even get dressed up in their team’s colors to hang out at games together.

Recently, for obvious reasons, I’ve been studying marketing and self-promotion, something authors have to do for themselves these days, and I’ve come across the word tribe used in a different context.

According to the marketing gurus, you need to identity your tribe so that you can tailor your marketing message to the right group of people.

This is an interesting use of the word. No kinship in this context but maybe there is a sense of social bonding. What you are looking for is the group of people who are interested in whatever it is you are marketing or promoting.

I guess the message is that only a small cross-section of the population is going to be interested in whatever you are promoting, so don’t waste your efforts with the ones that aren’t.

So, who is my tribe?

Maybe I should have specialised. I’m writing in three genres or categories:

  • Mystery and detective
  • Non-fiction
  • Body, mind and spirit

Maybe that simply means I have three tribes to connect with.

The Inspector West series, with it’s focus on relationships within the framework of a crime story, will appeal to a particular type of reader. We’re talking about the tribe that likes murder mysteries and intrigue, and seeing how other people deal with those things, and how the detective works toward solving the crime. Maybe the same readers who enjoy books by Louise Penny or Peter James. Definitely not the readers who can’t wait for the next Jack Reacher book.

The Living Alone series has a fairly easily defined tribe: those guys who find themselves somewhat adrift at the end of a long term relationship – but the books in that series, especially Cooking4One, could also appeal to someone leaving home and going it alone for the first time. Or maybe their mothers.

As a reader of this blog, there is a fair chance you belong to the body, mind and spirit tribe that is looking for inspiration or encouragement to continue the journey of personal growth and discovery. Sharing the Journey is coming for you.

There is one other tribe, according to the gurus, that will love anything and everything I write, and will happily and enthusiastically share it with their friends. That sounds like the tribe every author would love to be surrounded by.

Do you belong to any of these tribes?

Which one?

Do you know someone who would benefit by being a member of any or all of these tribes?

Why not share this with them?

Thanks for dropping by, Peter