Throwback Thursday is a weekly book meme created by the lovely Renee at It’s Book Talk.
“It began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of my old favorites as well as sharing books that I want to read that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on my TBR list while I continue to pile more titles on top of them:)! I like that these older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere.” (Credit; It’s Book Talk)
My pick for this week is from a series I love, but only read the first book last year!
DEAD SIMPLE by Peter James
Published; May 6th 2005, Pan Macmillan UK
“It was meant to be a harmless stag night prank. A few hours later four of his best friends are dead and Michael Harrison has disappeared.
With only three days to the wedding, Detective Superintendent Grace – a man haunted by the shadow of his own missing wife – is contacted by Michael’s beautiful, distraught fiancee, 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 to gain – more than anyone realizes. For one man’s disaster is another man’s fortune… Dead simple…”
“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.
Until next week – Happy Reading!