#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!

You can buy NEED YOU DEAD (Roy Grace #13) from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

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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.

You can buy LOVE YOU DEAD (Roy Grace #12) from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

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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. 

You can buy YOU ARE DEAD (Roy Grace #11) from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

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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.

 

You can buy WANT YOU DEAD (Roy Grace #10) from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

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#BlogTour | #BookReview | #IncidentReport | WASP LATITUDES (DI Will Harlan #2) BY Allan Watson (August 30th 2018, Indie Published #IndieAuthor @BOTBSPublicity)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of WASP LATITUDES, the latest DI Will Harlan novel by the awesome Allan Watson.

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Sarah Hardy and of course the awesome Allan Watson who gifted me an early copy of WASP LATITUDES. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

Against a background of brutal attacks on people and property by a rag-tag group of homeless men whom the media quickly dub Berserkers, DI Will Harlan is juggling with a head-in-a-bucket patricide, a lethal wife-swapping session, a sex-tape scandal involving the Royal Scottish National Orchestra – and perhaps most discomfiting of all – a spate of late night phone calls from his favourite serial killer, Howie Danks.

As the wife-swapping investigation spirals into a glut of cold-blooded slayings carried out by a mysterious pair of killers known as the Wasp Queen and the Priest, Harlan has to look into the past where a cold case may contain uncomfortable answers. But it’s in the present where the real danger lies as he follows a twisted path of mind control and madness leading to a cruel land some call the Wasp Latitudes.

So, want to know what I thought?

After coming down from the high of reading HEART SWARM (the first in the DI Will Harlan series), I was ready to get back into the insane life of DI Will Harlan and his team.

Allan did not disappoint. WASP LATITUDES is the most incredible, outrageous, unbelievable – but believe police procedural book. Did I enjoy every page of this book? Abso-friggin-lutely!! I found myself sometimes laughing and gasping at the same time. Both at how completely out of this world and shocking some of the scenes are. This book doesn’t have the gore factor that HEART SWARM had, and for that I am grateful, as it gave me time to catch my breath.

You can certainly get away with reading this book as a standalone, but I find which most police procedural series, it’s better to start at the beginning so you can fully immerse yourself into the world and the characters. This book does mention snippets from the previous novel – but it’s enough that if you go into this book blind, you aren’t going to miss anything major.

I cannot wait to read the next instalment and see what is in store for Will…and Cara…and Trixie! I think I’ve fallen in love with Trixie! She is one of the new additions to Will’s team and is eager to please. I get the same vibe about her that I do with Paula McIntyre from the Carol Jordan & Tony Hill series written by Val McDermid. I really do hope that she comes in her own more in the next instalments.

Alternatively, give me a Trixie novella any day of the week!

About Allan Watson;

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Allan Watson is a writer whose work leans towards the dark end of the fiction spectrum. He is the author of seven novels – Dreaming in the Snakepark, Carapace, The Garden of Remembrance, 1-2-3-4, Monochrome, Heart Swarm and Wasp Latitudes.

In between the books, Allan wrote extensively for BBC Radio Scotland, churning out hundreds of comedy sketches, in addition to being a regular contributor for the world famous ‘Herald Diary’.

He occasionally masquerades as a composer/musician, collaborating with crime writer Phil Rickman in a band called Lol Robinson with Hazey Jane II whose albums have sold on four different continents (Antarctica was a hard one to crack)

Allan lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland, but has never worn the kilt or eaten a deep fried Mars Bar. He also once spent three days as a stand-in guitarist for the Bay City Rollers, but he rarely talks much about that…

Links: https://allanwatson.blogspot.com/

Twitter – @allanwatson12

 

You can buy WASP LATITUDES from the following booksellers (and many more! Support local booksellers where you can!);

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Be sure to check out the other blogs participating in this Blog Tour. See below for further details and be sure to follow all of the action across Twitter!

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#IncidentReport | #BookReview | HEART SWARM (DI Will Harlan #1) by Allan Watson @allanwatson12 (October 5th 2017)

HEART SWARM (DI Will Harlan #1) by Allan Watson
Publication Date; October 5th 2017

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Prepare to be Scared…

It feels like history is repeating itself when out-of-favour detective Will Harlan gets summoned to a crime scene in the village of Brackenbrae after a young girl is found hanging in the woods.

Five years ago Harlan headed up the investigation of an identical murder in the same woods; a mishandled investigation that effectively destroyed his credibility as a detective. The new case immediately takes a bizarre twist when the body is identified as the same girl found hanging in the woods five years ago.

The following day a local man commits suicide and the police find more dead girls hidden in his basement. The case seems open and closed.

Until the killing spree begins.

Harlan finds himself drawn into a dark world where murder is a form of self-expression and human life treated as one more commodity to be used and discarded.

The only clue that links everything is a large oil painting of ‘Sagittarius A’ – a massive black hole at the centre of the galaxy orbited by thirteen stars daubed in blood with the words –

Heart Swarm

Holy crap. This book was horrific, gory, unsettling, nasty and uncomfortable. But I frigging LOVED EVERY. SINGLE. PAGE!! This book is outrageous like you wouldn’t believe, but is hands down one of my favourite reads this year! Which is a big claim I know from any blogger as we read A LOT. But this book blew any expectation I had clear out of the water.

DI Will Harlan is a familiar character in the respect that many police procedural novels will feature a strong lead whose life has gone a bit skewiff. Reeling from ‘the one who got away, his wife has left him, a daughter he doesn’t see much of and lives in a hotel with a retired criminal. This story is very much about redemption and a second chance for Will when the same case that nearly broke him is back to haunt him.

Will is kept firmly on his toes by his right hand woman; Cara. She is a ballsy police officer who isn’t afraid to speak her mind…. she is rather blunt at times. Too blunt maybe. But this made her character a pleasure to read. Cara isn’t without her own back story and when we learn more, we can understand how this has shaped her character and her life.

If graphic crime scenes put you off, then I would steer clear of HEART SWARM. But if, like me, you have a morbid curiosity for these things and like that uncomfortable image floating around your noggin, then this it 100% the book for you! I’ve not read anything as graphic and unsettling since AMERICAN PSYCHO – which is saying something!

Very much looking forward to sharing my review for the follow up novel; WASP LATITUDES when the blog tour hits on November 17th 🙂

Thanks so much to Sarah Hardy and Allan Watson for my copy of HEART SWARM. This review has not been swayed in any way and the above review is all my own ramblings!

You can buy HEART SWARM (DI Will Harlan #1) from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

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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.

 

You can buy DEAD MAN’S TIME (Roy Grace #9) from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

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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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#IncidentReport | #BookReview | DEAD MAN’S GRIP (Roy Grace #7) by Peter James @peterjamesuk (May 26th 2011, Pan Macmillan @panmacmillan)

DEAD MAN’S GRIP (Roy Grace #7) by Peter James
26th May 2010, Pan Macmillan

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Carly Chase is still traumatised after being in a fatal traffic accident which kills a teenage student from Brighton University. Then she receives news that turns her entire world into a living nightmare. The drivers of the other two vehicles involved have been found tortured and murdered.

Now Detective Superintendant Roy Grace of the Sussex Police force issues a stark and urgent warning to Carly: She could be next. The police advise Carly her only option is to go into hiding and change her identity. The terrified woman disagrees—she knows these people have ways of hunting you down anywhere.

If the police are unable to stop them, she has to find a way to do it herself. But already the killer is one step ahead of her, watching, waiting, and ready.

Book 7 in the Roy Grace series and yet again DEAD MAN’S GRIP did not disappoint. I love how even though the books are released a year apart they are set just a month or two after the previous book so we never feel we have lost any huge developments like Cleo still being pregnant instead of the baby being almost one or two years old. 

All of our favourite characters are back with their own personal stories as well as the crime that features as the main tale. I love how we see characters develop throughout the series and see where their paths take them rather than the whole series being about Roy. Other characters are just as important.

I love how each of the crimes are different. I feel Peter must really struggle to find something completely different to write about each time. Seven books now and each one has been shockingly different, some crimes I would never have imagined but Peter writes with such knowledge you as the reader can tell he has put in a lot of research to make sure the details are always correct. 

Although we know who the culprit is from the beginning of DEAD MAN’S GRIP it is still gripping to see how the leads will fall into place and I found myself sat at the edge of my seat waiting to discover what happens next. As always with the Roy Grace series you can never quite predict how the story will go. They always start off with lots of different characters, each with their own individual story, and it is always left until the last few pages for the whole thing to click into place.

I hope the rest of the series keeps me as hooked as this one did!

You can buyDEAD MAN’S GRIP (Roy Grace #7) from the following booksellers (and obviously many more!)

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#IncidentReport | #BookReview | DEAD LIKE YOU (Roy Grace #6) by Peter James @peterjamesuk (May 26th 2010, Pan Macmillan @panmacmillan)

DEAD LIKE YOU (Roy Grace #6) by Peter James
26th May 2010, Pan Macmillan

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The Metropole Hotel, Brighton. After a heady New Year’s Eve ball, a woman is brutally raped as she returns to her room. A week later, another woman is attacked. Both victims’ shoes are taken by the offender.

Detective Superintendent Roy Grace soon realizes that these new cases bear remarkable similarities to an unsolved series of crimes in the city back in 1997. The perpetrator had been dubbed ‘Shoe Man’ and was believed to have raped five women before murdering his sixth victim and vanishing. Could this be a copycat, or has Shoe Man resurfaced?

When more women are assaulted, Grace becomes increasingly certain that they are dealing with the same man. And that by delving back into the past—a time in which we see Grace and his missing wife Sandy still apparently happy together—he may find the key to unlocking the current mystery.

Soon Grace and his team will find themselves in a desperate race against the clock to identify and save the life of the new sixth victim.

Well what can I say except Peter James has done it again! We are now onto the 6th book in the series and they do not seem to stop surprising me!

DEAD LIKE YOU yet again has lots of different paths that keep us on the edge of our seat until we see where they all lead and come together. As we are introduced to different characters that all could be the culprit we still have our favourites that remain constant throughout the series. The difference with this book than the previous five is although this was a whodunit with several options I did have a fairly good idea of who it was but there was a little shock at the end when it all falls together in the last few pages.

I did feel like DEAD LIKE YOU isn’t quite finished and that some of these characters may re appear in future books maybe. I do like how previous cases are mentioned and we get to see how these are developing after the stories ended, I like how the case isn’t just forgotten about.

I am very frustrated with not getting any answers to the Sandy situation. We seem to be given little teasers and then she is forgotten about apart a brief mention in this book. I hope we get more than the little snippets we are being offered in future books. There seems to be less about Roy’s personal life in this story although he seems blissfully happy.

A lot of the side characters that we know and love are also in this book, with Roy’s friend Branson struggling with marriage problems and Nick Nicholl having lack of sleep due to his baby, I like how we get to see what makes some of these police officers work and I hope we get to discover more about these characters as the stories progress.

I like how each book so far has been a completely different case and they haven’t been very repetitive so far which definitely keeps me interesting. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series to see what else happens.

You can buy DEAD LIKE YOU (Roy Grace #6) from the following booksellers (and obviously many more!)

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