#IncidentReport | #BookReview | NEED YOU DEAD (Roy Grace #13) by Peter James @peterjamesuk (May 18th 2017, Pan Macmillan @panmacmillan)

NEED YOU DEAD (Roy Grace #13) by Peter James
18th May 2017, Pan Macmillan

Roy Grace, creation of the CWA Diamond Dagger award winning author Peter James, faces his most mysterious case yet in Need You Dead.

Lorna Belling, desperate to escape the marriage from hell, falls for the charms of another man who promises her the earth. But, as Lorna finds, life seldom follows the plans you’ve made. A chance photograph on a client’s mobile phone changes everything for her.

When the body of a woman is found in a bath in Brighton, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to the scene. At first it looks an open and shut case with a clear prime suspect. Then other scenarios begin to present themselves, each of them tantalizingly plausible, until, in a sudden turn of events, and to his utter disbelief, the case turns more sinister than Grace could ever have imagined.

I always struggle with long series as I think what can the author possibly do to make this book any better or different to the past books he has written? I was also a little apprehensive going into this one as I had been reading reviews that stated it wasn’t as good as the previous ones 😦

However personally for me I found it just as enjoyable as the previous 12! It starts off with Lorna Belling being killed by a lover who we have discovered is not who he claims to be. As Lorna threatens him with his whole life, the lover trying to stop her, kills her and then tries to cover his tracks. Peter manages to give just enough away about the killer to spike the reader’s interest but not enough way that it takes anything away from the “whodunnit” of the story, although I have to admit I did have some suspicions about who the killer could be I didn’t predict the actual outcome. 

Roy Grace is obviously, as with all the books, still dealing with the aftermath of discovering his wife Sandy, who he had presumed to be dead for the last 10 years, was actually alive and had had a son by him. Although in book 12 Sandy dies for real, Roy and Cleo now have to adapt to having Roy’s son, Bruno around. Sandy mentions in her suicide not that she worries about Bruno, and with a couple of little hints throughout Need you Dead I feel that Peter is leading this somewhere and I am sure we will discover a lot more about Bruno as the books progress. 

Glenn Branson isn’t such a big part of this book. I am hoping that is not an indication of future books as I enjoy the banter between Glenn and Roy and it really adds the humour element to what can otherwise be quite a hard read. Other side characters also make appearances in this book as well as some new faces who I am sure we will learn more about in future books. 

As with all of my previous reviews I feel I need to mention how much I enjoy that the books are only set just a few months apart. There are mentions of past cases and how they are progressing in terms of court appearances etc, I enjoy knowing that the case hasn’t just ended because the book did. It also helps me to feel like I haven’t missed huge chunks of Roy’s life. Noah is still a baby, not at school already and Cleo is still trying to juggle being a working mother. 

As with the previous 12 books, NEED YOU DEAD is full of twists and turns that make you want to keep turning the pages. I love how they completely blind side the reader with what happens and are so unpredictable. So much happens within one book that by the time you reach the end you feel like you have been on one hell of a rollercoaster ride.

I am looking forward to book 14 and where Peter decides to take Roy next. I know that book 15 is in the process of being released and who knows how many more he will write. Personally if they are all as good as NEED YOU DEAD I hope he never stops!

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#IncidentReport | #BookReview | LOVE YOU DEAD (Roy Grace #12) by Peter James @peterjamesuk (May 19th 2016, Pan Macmillan @panmacmillan)

LOVE YOU DEAD (Roy Grace #12) by Peter James
19th May 2016, Pan Macmillan

An ugly duckling as a child, Jodie Bentley had two dreams in life – to be beautiful and rich. She’s achieved the first, with a little help from a plastic surgeon, and now she’s working hard on the second. Her philosophy on money is simple: you can either earn it or marry it. Marrying is easy, it’s getting rid of the husband afterwards that’s harder, that takes real skill. But hey, practice makes perfect . . .

Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is feeling the pressure from his superiors, his previous case is still giving him sleepless nights, there have been major developments with his missing wife Sandy, and an old adversary is back. But worse than all of this, he now believes a Black Widow is operating in his city. One with a venomous mind . . . and venomous skills. Soon Grace comes to the frightening realization that he may have underestimated just how dangerous this lady is.

On to Book Twelve (in the Roy Grace series) and yet again I was pleasantly surprised by how fresh these books feel. This book ties up a lot of loose ends which was good for me, I knew Tooth would make a reappearance although I was a little disappointed with the outcome of the Edward Crisp storyline that we are introduced to in Book Eleven. I felt Peter could have savoured this to use in future books.

Yet again we see part of Roy Grace’s personal life. I am in awe of his relationship with Cleo, Peter likes to ensure that we see them as a strong united couple that support each other throughout all the issues and problems that life throws at them. Finally in book 12 we have an end to the Sandy saga although I think her legacy will carry on in future books as they deal with the shock of Roy having a son. I also feel we may discover more about Sandy’s relationship with Cassian Pewe, Roy’s hateful boss.

Obviously a Roy Grace novel wouldn’t be complete without the side characters. Glenn Branson once again appears in LOVE YOU DEAD but I feel he has taken more of a back burner in the last couple of books. Norman Potting is also included as he deals with the aftermath of losing Bella and features as an undercover in this instalment.

You can always tell that Peter does his research whilst writing the Roy Grace series as the storylines always seem to true to life. This one is about exotic reptiles that are kept by our main killer character. If you get the creeps from spiders and snakes then definitely do not read this book.

I found myself engrossed in Book Twelve just as much as the past eleven books. As always I love how the books are always based just a few months apart, you don’t feel like you missing any huge events in the characters lives. It also makes it seem more real as past crimes are mentioned and we can see how these carry on through the justice system. I feel these books would make a great TV show and I hope the rights are snapped up one day.

I’m looking forward to seeing what the next books hold for Roy Grace, I hope they continue to be as interesting and enjoyable as the twelve I’ve already read.

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#IncidentReport | #BookReview | YOU ARE DEAD (Roy Grace #11) by Peter James @peterjamesuk (May 21st 2015, Pan Macmillan @panmacmillan)

YOU ARE DEAD (Roy Grace #11) by Peter James
21st May 2015, Pan Macmillan

They were marked for death.

The last words Jamie Ball hears from his fiancée, Logan Somerville, are in a terrified mobile phone call. She has just driven into the underground car park beneath the block of flats where they live in Brighton. Then she screams and the phone goes dead. The police are on the scene within minutes, but Logan has vanished, leaving behind her neatly parked car and mobile phone.

That same afternoon, workmen digging up a park in another part of the city, unearth the remains of a woman in her early twenties, who has been dead for thirty years.

At first, to Detective Superintendent Roy Grace and his team, these two events seem totally unconnected. But then another young woman in Brighton goes missing – and yet another body from the past surfaces.

Meanwhile, an eminent London psychiatrist meets with a man who claims to know information about Logan. And Roy Grace has the chilling realization that this information holds the key to both the past and present crimes . . . Does Brighton have its first serial killer in over eighty years?

Yet Again Peter manages to amaze me with how he keeps every one of the Roy Grace series so fresh and different. Now onto book 11 and it is different to the previous 10. 

The thing that I really love about this series is that there is only ever a couple of months between them, even though they are released yearly. Noah, Roy’s son, is still only 5 months old in YOU ARE DEAD and I like the fact that we are not trying to play catch up on a year of Roy’s life and how all the cases still seem fresh throughout the book. I think it also helps that I have been reading the series quite close together as it is still quite clear in my mind.

YOU ARE DEAD starts with a missing woman and a dead body that seems to be from several years earlier. As Roy considers which case he deals with and which he passes on we start to see similarities in the 2 women and Roy ends up having to deal with both. As he tries to figure out who has Logan and if he can save her in time he is rocked by a colleague from Germany who may have news from his previous wife, Sandy.

All our favourite side characters, Glenn Branson and Norman Potting are both back and dealing with things of their own. I love the friendship that Roy and Glenn have, it really resonates with me as the kind of relationship men have. The constant jibes at each other, always made with love. Norman is of course still dealing with the death of his fiancé, and as Roy attends her funeral it brought me to actual tears. 

Although Sandy yet again makes an appearance and Roy makes a decision about her I feel there is more yet to come in future books that could rock him personally in future books. I am interested to see how Peter develops this story line and if it will ever end. 

YOU ARE DEAD definitely had a lot of open storylines at the end with the culprit of the murders/kidnapping disappearing at the end so I feel he will re appear in future books too. I’m looking forward to seeing where Peter can take Roy next and if he can still keep the stories as good and fresh in the next three books. 

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#IncidentReport | #BookReview | WANT YOU DEAD (Roy Grace #10) by Peter James @peterjamesuk (January 1st 2014, Pan Macmillan @panmacmillan)

WANT YOU DEAD (Roy Grace #10) by Peter James
1st January 2014, Pan Macmillan

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IF HE CAN’T HAVE HER, THEN NOBODY CAN . . .

Virtual romance becomes a terrifying obsession in Want You Dead . . .

Single girl, 33, redhead and smouldering, love life that’s crashed and burned. Seeks new flame to rekindle her fire. Fun, friendship and—who knows—more maybe?

In Peter James’ Want You Dead, thirty-year old Red Cameron meets handsome, charming and rich thirty-five year old Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency, and is instantly attracted to him. But as their love blossoms, the truth about his past begins to emerge, and with it his dark side. Everything he has told Red about himself turns out to be a tissue of lies, and her infatuation with him gradually turns to terror.

Within a year, and under police protection, she evicts him from her flat and her life. But far from being over, her nightmare is only just beginning. For Bryce is obsessed and besotted with her. He intends to destroy, by fire, everything and everyone she has ever known and loved—and then her, too. It’s up to Detective Superintendent Roy Grace to stop him before it’s too late…

Now onto book 10. I am sure I have said this for the last 4 books but I am always surprised how Peter always seems to make the Roy Grace series feel so refreshing.

This book is based on a stalker from a relationship that started on an online dating service. The people involved had a very good relationship until Red found out some things about Bryce that changed everything and now Bryce is out to ensure Red is never happy again.

As Roy prepares for his upcoming wedding to Cleo he is put as lead investigator on the case so as you can imagine that throws a spanner in the works. As well as this we also discover more about Sandy and I feel it won’t be too many more books before things start to happen with that side of the story.

Obviously our favourite side characters are back in force but just as we begin to feel happiness might be on the cards for 2 unlikely characters something truly devastating happens and the story is taken to a whole new level. One thing about these books is Peter isn’t afraid to involve some of the well known characters in big parts of the story line.

AS always Peter writes in such a way that you do not want to stop turning the pages. I was completely engrossed in this book and just needed to find out what was going to happen. I like how the stories always end but there is always a little cliff hanger which means you are going to have to read the next book to discover where that line will go.

I cannot wait to dive into book 11 and am already expecting to be on the edge of my seat for the entire ride.

 

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#ThrillerReads | #BookReview| ABSOLUTE PROOF by Peter James @peterjamesuk (October 4th 2018, Pan Macmillan @panmacmillan)

ABSOLUTE PROOF by Peter James
Published; October 4th 2018, Pan Macmillan

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Investigative reporter Ross Hunter nearly didn’t answer the phone call that would change his life – and possibly the world – for ever.

“I’d just like to assure you I’m not a nutcase, Mr Hunter. My name is Dr Harry F. Cook. I know this is going to sound strange, but I’ve recently been given absolute proof of God’s existence – and I’ve been advised there is a writer, a respected journalist called Ross Hunter, who could help me to get taken seriously.”

What would it take to prove the existence of God? And what would be the consequences?

The false faith of a billionaire evangelist, the life’s work of a famous atheist, and the credibility of each of the world’s major religions are all under threat. If Ross Hunter can survive long enough to present the evidence…

I found this story very gripping. I couldn’t stop turning the pages and found myself eager to discover what was going to happen next. As a main character Ross is very likeable and I did find myself egging him on and hoping this would be a case of the good guy winning. I did feel the side story of Ross’s romantic entanglements a little unnecessary and found myself thinking there would be a lot more to come from that side of the story and was slightly disappointed with the outcome.

There were a lot of different characters in this book and I still find myself a little puzzled as to who they all were and the point to some of them. The book probably wouldn’t have lost anything if some of them were not included.

Personally for me I found the story was slightly unbelievable with the whole absolute proof of god thing and did find the god references spoiled the story for me. I am not a non believer but the whole religion thing can be very complicated and I found myself very sceptical and all the references to god definitely took some of the enjoyment out of the book for me. My scepticism aside though the story is very well written and I still found myself completely hooked and engrossed and couldn’t wait to see what the outcome was.

I have only ever read the Roy Grace series by Peter James so it was good to try something different by him and despite not being completely blown away by Absolute Proof it has certainly got me intrigued to try more of his other novels.

This book gave me the feels of the Da Vinci Code and I’m sure fans of that will fast become fans of Absolute Proof.

 

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#IncidentReport | #BookReview | DEAD MAN’S TIME (ROY GRACE #9) by Peter James @peterjamesuk (January 1st 2013, Pan Macmillan @panmacmillan)

DEAD MAN’S TIME (Roy Grace #9) by Peter James
1st January 2013, Pan Macmillan

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A vicious robbery at a secluded Brighton mansion leaves its elderly occupant dying. Millions worth of valuables have been stolen. But as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, heading the enquiry, rapidly learns, there is one priceless item of sentimental value that her powerful family cherish above all else. And they are fully prepared to take the law into their own hands, and will do anything—absolutely anything—to get it back.

Within days, Grace is racing against the clock, following a murderous trail that leads him from the shady antiques world of Brighton, across Europe, and all the way back to the New York waterfront gang struggles of 1922, chasing a killer driven by the force of one man’s greed and another man’s fury.

I loved being back with Roy Grace as he yet again battles to fight crime and lock the bad guys away. I am now on book 9 and honestly enjoy each book so much which really surprises me every time. I was expecting them to start getting repetitive but somehow Peter manages to keep the stories fresh and different every time.

As always Dead Man’s Time has lots of twists and turns so you never know what to expect and are constantly waiting to see what is going to happen next. Even when you try to predict the outcome something will happen that will completely change the whole story.

I think Roy Grace is a very relatable character. He struggles with work, keeping his fiancé happy as well as juggling time with his new baby son. It is obvious that both Cleo and Noah are very important to him and he would move heaven and earth to be with them and protect them.

We also have the side characters that have become an integral part of the series. As we see them develop and how their personal lives effect both Roy and the story we soon become invested in them as much as Roy. We also find out more about Roy’s missing wife Sandy and a very interesting development which I am sure will affect the other later books in the series. It definitely encourages you to keep reading the series.

I also like how the stories don’t jump too much in time. They are all based just a couple of months apart despite the year gap in between them being released. It adds to the story as we find out how previous criminals ended up. The last few books have mentioned the court case for the person caught in book 2.

The series is very well written without being too detailed in regards to the crimes committed which make them easy and enjoyable crime novels. I love trying to guess what the end will be and look forward to finding out what will happen next to our favourite characters.

 

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#RisqueReads | #BookReview | LICK (Stage Dive #1) by Kylie Scott @KylieScottbooks (November 21st 2013, Pan @panmacmillan)

LICK (Stage Dive #1) by Kylie Scott
Published; November 21st 2013, Pan Macmillan

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Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.

Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure as hell never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

One thing is for certain, being married to rock and roll’s favourite son is sure to be a wild ride.

LICK is another book that *M* has been telling me about now for FAR too long! And in the spirit of trying new authors, I could put it off no longer. Let me tell you, I devoured this book in an AFTERNOON! This should give you an indication of two things…first, what a quick/easy read this it (which is no way me slating the book!) and secondly, how addictive the story is! I’m sure we’ve all had fantasies of what would happen if we were in Evelyn’s shoes! (FYI…Corey Taylor or Dave Grohl!)

This is the first book in the Stage Dive series and it starts with a bang! Evelyn wakes up in her hotel room after a few too many tequilas celebrating her 21st birthday to discover she has married the guitarist of one of the biggest bands in the world! Realising that she can’t remember any of it, conversations are had as to whether the marriage would continue.

What follows is a ‘will they/won’t they’ story as each of them are trying to work out what to do next. Evelyn is thrown straight into David’s world and it’s overwhelming to say the least! Although she is only 21, Evelyn carries herself well and isn’t portrayed as some meek, mild and naive young woman. She carries herself well and compliments David very well.

Despite his status, David isn’t an arrogant rocker. He is actually a very sweet person, who knows what he wants, but asks permission rather than demanding it! He’s not all sweetness all the time. There are moments where you want to wag a finger in his face and give him a stern talking to – but he already knows the next step and is walking it before we can catch up.

LICK was a great introduction to the series and I’m keen to meet the remaining members of the band throughout the series!

 

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#IncidentReport | #BookReview | NOT DEAD YET (Roy Grace #8) by Peter James @peterjamesuk (January 1st 2012, Pan Macmillan @panmacmillan)

NOT DEAD YET (Roy Grace #8) by Peter James
1st January 2012, Pan Macmillan

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For L.A. producer Larry Brooker, this is the movie that could bring the fortune that has so long eluded him. For rock superstar Gaia, desperate to be taken seriously as an actor, this is the role that could get her an Oscar nomination.

For the City of Brighton and Hove, the publicity value of a major Hollywood movie being filmed on location, about the city’s greatest love story—between King George IV and Maria Fitzherbert—is incalculable. For Detective Superintendent Roy Grace of Sussex CID, it is a nightmare unfolding in front of his eyes.

An obsessed stalker is after Gaia. One attempt on her life is made days before she leaves her Bel Air home to fly to Brighton. Now, he has been warned, the stalker may be at large in his city, waiting, watching, planning.

When I start a series and find out there are fourteen books so far with more to come I never quite know what to expect by the time you get to book eight. Surely there has to come a point where they are just not as enjoyable or shocking anymore.

That was not the case with the Roy Grace series. From the first page I could tell it was going to be just as gripping as the previous seven. As always with this series there are lots of little storylines that somehow seem completely unrelated but by the last 10% everything seems to click into place.

As well as the main crime which as always is the main feature of this book there are always lots of other little stories happening at the same time. At the end of the last book we found out a huge secret that develops further in this addition. I am hoping the next 6 books will take that further. Wow that moment at chapter 124. I honestly was so gutted I did not want to turn the page, I just couldn’t find out any more! But I did and was so glad I did.

NOT DEAD YET is definitely full of shockers because we also find out a huge jaw dropping moment about two of Roy’s colleagues that I feel will also develop down the line as we discover more about our favourite side characters.

The thing that makes me want to keep reading these books is the constant twists, turn and surprises. You read the first page and just cannot predict where the story will lead or even the outcome. You as a reader are kept guessing the whole way through, they are completely unpredictable but so much fun trying to guess.

You can buy NOT DEAD YET (Roy Grace #8) from the following booksellers (and obviously many more!)

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#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | THE LOVING CUP (Poldark Saga #10) by Winston Graham (1st June 1996, Pan Macmillan @panmacmillan)

THE LOVING CUP (Poldark Saga #10) by Winston Graham
Published; June 1st 1996, Pan Macmillan (First published in 1984)

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Cornwall 1813. A silver cup lies half-forgotten in a dank cave, amongst a pile of stolen goods. Yet the tiny vessel and its inscription Amor gignit amorem haunts the lives of the still-feuding Poldark and Warleggan families, as Ross, Demelza and the ambitious and powerful Sir George Warleggan watch their children make the decisions that will shape their destinies.

In the closing years of the wars against Napoleon, for Jeremy and Clowance, and for arrogant, cynical Valentine Warleggan, these are troubled and momentous times . . .

Book 10 of the series and I am beginning to wonder what I will do without these characters whose lives have become intwined with mine.

THE LOVING CUP starts with Geofrey Charles returning home with his new Spanish wife. As he introduces her to his friends and family we see a genuine love and affection between the pair. Although they only appear a little in this book I feel like we will see alot more of these in the last two books.

Ross and Demeleza again take a back seat to their children in this installment. As both Jeremy and Clowance try to adjust to the decisions they have made – Jeremy having to deal with the consequences of the robbery and Clowance trying to get over Stephen we do see them both settle and happy at the end of The Loving Cup.

George and Valentine both appear as usual and our hatred continues to burn and we see Valentine in a different light which does not do him any favours. I feel we will see lots more of them both in the remaining books as Stephen Carrington signed a deal with the devil.

I really enjoyed being lost inside The Poldarks lives and the Cornwall in which they reside. Being set in the 1800s we get taken back to a past that I didn’t know much about. Winston does a fantastic job of using real life historic events alongside the fiction he writes. It adds an element of truth to the story.

I love how I can never predict which path each of our characters will take. Winston constantly surprises me with each page and I am always intrigued to see where the story will end up. Although the books are long they are far from boring and I am excited to see what happens and how the stories will end.

 

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#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | THE MILLER’S DANCE (Poldark Saga #9) by Winston Graham (19th August 2011, Pan Macmillan @panmacmillan)

THE MILLER’S DANCE (Poldark Saga #9) by Winston Graham
Published; August 19th 2011, Pan Macmillan

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Cornwall 1812. At Nampara, the Poldark family finds the new year brings involvement in more than one unexpected venture.

For Ross and Demelza there is some surprising – and worrying – news. And Clowance, newly returned from her London triumphs, finds that her entanglement with Stephen Carrington brings not only happiness but heartache.

As the armies battle in Spain, and the political situation at home becomes daily more obscure, the Poldark and Warleggan families find themselves thrust into a turbulent new era as complex and changing as the patterns of The Miller’s Dance…

Being back in the lives of the Poldarks is always so exciting. So much seems to happen in each book. We are now on book 9 and yet again this book seems to be based more on the lives of the children Jeremy and Clowance. Both finding love and suffering for it in different ways.

Still Ross and Demelza are the back bone of the story and as they face more challenges, although not as big as previous books, their love of each other still remains.

Winston always managed to write some awful characters. In every single book I have read so far in the series there is always one person that makes me want to throw my book at the wall. It was Stephen’s turn this time. From the way he seems to pressure Clowance to how he encourages bad behavior there was something about him that made me want to punch him in the face. I spent the first half of the book willing Clowance to open her eyes and see him for what he really is. Obviously George Warleggan is still included and doesn’t redeem himself in the eyes of the reader.

Although there are a lot of historical references in the book it doesn’t take away from the story for me. I think it quite adds to it to know that people living in those times would have had to deal with similar issues. It’s good to see that Winston did lots of research when writing the novels.

As Jeremy struggles to deal with his heartbreak and goes looking for more unsavoury ways to try to make it a bit easier and I guess exact revenge, Clowance seems to grow from hers. It’s almost like her eyes are opened in a way she never expected and I hope we get to see her grow more in the coming books.

I really enjoyed this book and I cannot wait to read the remaining books in the series.

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