Dead Simple by Peter James


Pages: 457   Published: 2005 by Macmillan   Genre: Crime


“It was meant to be a harmless stag night prank. A few hours later Michael Harrison has disappeared and four of his friends are dead. With only three days to the wedding, Detective Superintendant Roy Grace – a man haunted by the shadow of his own missing wife – is contacted by Michael’s beautiful, distraught fiancée, Ashley Harper. Grace discovers that the one man who ought to know Michael Harrison’s whereabouts is saying nothing. But then he has a lot more to gain than anyone realises, for one man’s disaster is another man’s fortune…”

This is where the fantastic Roy Grace series by Peter James begins. If you are looking for a new series to start, I couldn’t recommend this enough. I really like Peter James’s writing and the character of Roy Grace is an entertaining one to read. Plus, I am a chapter to chapter reader where I refuse to put a book down mid chapter and Peter’s books are great for this as he keeps his chapters short however this does lead to the “just one more chapter” problem and the next thing you know you’ve finished the book. But am I really complaining? No, course not.

So firstly I’d like to talk about the plot, one thing I have noticed about the plots in Peter’s books is that it lures you into a false sense of security where you begin to think you have it all figured out and then the next few chapters will throw that out the window. I love this. It keeps you constantly guessing and gets you hooked. Dead Simple is just like this, I thought I could guess the ending a couple of time but of course I was wrong, what better way to throw your theory out the window by killing of the character who you thought did it? It kept me constantly guessing and turning page after page.

Now let’s talk characters. There isn’t a single badly written character in this book. All of them have interesting characteristics and backstories and they are played off one another brilliantly. I especially love the banter between Grace and Branson and I’m glad that Branson is clearly a figure retained in all of the books. As for our main character, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, it was interesting to learn his background properly since I read ‘Not Dead Yet’ first, unaware these books were a series, so now I am able to understand better.

Overall I highly recommend this book and to reiterate my previous point: it’s a great series to start if you’re looking for something new to get into.

My Rating: 5/5 STARS

You can get the book here:Amazon

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