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Thank goodness Roy Grace was there. Even though the menu was to die for, it meant no harm could possibly come to the best-selling crime writer Peter James and his lovely bride Lara Loveys, or their guests (or even Jeremy and his staff!) when they were married at Jeremy’s on July 23.

Roy, or rather former Chief Superintendent David Gaylor (the inspiration for Peter’s Roy Grace character in his hugely successful Brighton-based crime novels) was one of Peter’s four best men (or good men as he dubbed them!). (left: James and Lara, courtesy Mark Adams)

If you add the four bridesmaids and three flower girls, it’s a wonder there was room for any guests! But then since Jeremy’s can actually cater for up to 120 people at a wedding it wasn’t really a problem!

But what did Lara, who was given away by her father Colin, think about getting hitched to an author who writes rather fiendish thrillers about some pretty unpleasant characters? Well it seems that as long as animals don’t get hurt, the nasty old humans in her new husband’s books can take their chances. Said Peter: “Lara adores animals of every kind. So long as no animal is harmed she is quite happy with all shock-horror involving humans!” This may explain why Lara wasn’t to be seen tucking in to any of the meat courses on the menu. Luckily there was plenty of fish for the bride!  

By all accounts the starters (poached Selsey lobster with shellfish bisque, along with the Tandoori chargrilled chicken, mango salsa and pilau rice) went down a treat, as did the main courses: saddle and belly of lamb, sheep’s cheese, caramelised leeks, or turbot, samphire, asparagus and girolles. And as always happens in Peter’s books, everyone got their desserts in the end – dark chocolate ganache and raspberry sorbet with white chocolate crème fraiche or strawberry soup, baby meringues, sorbet and flowers! All this was washed down by 2006 Jacquart Blanc de Blancs champagne, Rose de Provence Chateau de Brigue, Chablis Premiere Cru Cote de Lechet, Jean Dauvissat and Gevrey Chembertin Vielles Vignes, Marc Roy.

After such a spectacular event, all that was left to be achieved in the Order of Service was: “Exit of the Bride and groom”. Fortunately this was not one of Peter’s novels, so when it was time to exit, they were both very much alive and kissing…Dead simple, really! 

Lab at first sight? Lara takes her labradoodle Spook to her wedding. Peter brings his labrador Oscar along too!

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