#ThrowbackThursday | #BookReview | DEAD SIMPLE by Peter James | #TBT

Hello everyone!

Welcome to our #ThrowbackThursday part of the blog, where we share old reviews from the archives.

Todays review was first posted on The P.Turner’s Facebook Page, January 16th 2016!

To add to your Goodreads TBR please click on the cover

Source of original review is found here

Hope you enjoy!



Michael Harrison had it all: good looks, charm, natural leadership, a wicked sense of humor, and now, Ashley, his fiancée. While out celebrating with a group of friends a few nights before the wedding, Michael suddenly and unexpectedly finds himself enclosed in a coffin equipped only with a flashlight, a dirty magazine, a walkie-talkie, and a tiny breathing tube. It’s all in good fun — payback for the grief his mates suffered due to his own penchant for tomfoolery — that is until the four are killed in a drunk driving accident just moments after leaving Michael completely alone and buried alive.

Detective Superintendent Grace—himself dealing with the pain of losing his wife—is brought on to the case when Ashley reports Michael missing. Suspicions are raised when Michael’s only friend not at the bachelor party refuses to cooperate, and Ashley’s faithfulness—not to mention her increasingly mysterious past—are suddenly thrown in to question. As Superintendent Grace soon discovers, one man’s disaster is another man’s fortune.



As part of the 2016 Reading Challenge, using the prompt ‘A book that brings you joy’ (you will understand in the review!)

‘Dead Simple’ by Peter James

“We don’t rise to the level of our abilities, we fall to the level of our excuses.”

This book is exactly the reason I will continue to read UK crime novels until I can no longer read!

I read this as part of the 2016 Reading Challenge under the prompt of ‘A book that brings you joy’. An odd prompt some may think – it brings me joy for the following reasons;

– A tough as DCI in charge of an investigation
– A serious crime with twists and turns throughout
– Second guessing all of the key players
– A fast paced investigation with a great climax
– Left open for subsequent stories and further character development

‘Dead Simple’ introduces us to DCI Roy Grace, a 39-year-old whose wife has been missing for nearly 8 years after leaving with only her handbag. Grace is a great character – he is hard, fair, respectful of colleagues and a at heart, a bit soft.

Grace is roped into helping colleague Glenn Branson investigate the disappearance of Michael Harrison – who was last seen being buried alive in a coffin as a prank on a stag night for four of his friends. I don’t want to give too much away as there are so many twists and turns…there are two major twists in this story that made me so mad I wanted to throw furniture around!

If you like gritty UK crime novels – this book is a must read. This is the start of a long standing series from James, with twelve instalments following Roy Grace.

Have you read any Peter James? What is your favourite crime novel/series?


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