Love You Dead

Love You Dead

Book - 2016
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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.
Publisher: London :, Macmillan,, [2016]
ISBN: 9781447255819
9781447255840
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY JAM
Characteristics: 436 pages : maps ; 25 cm

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gloryb
Jul 17, 2017

I wasted my time reading this book. The author focuses not on his detective, Roy Grace solving the crime, but on the criminals. The Roy Grace paragraphs are mundane and boring, especially those about his family life. The dialogue is chit chat. While there is some tension, the plot is predictable. The only character I found a bit interesting was the New York criminal who discovers the whereabouts of his target with more ingenuity and swiftness than Roy Grace's team. If this novel is representative of Peter James' writing abilities, count me out as a reader of his novels.

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probashi
Feb 19, 2017

Best seller! Knock me down with a feather.

Utterly boring. A mistake to stay with it.

debwalker Nov 01, 2016

Don't much like snakes, but live and let live, all part of nature etc. However, anyone with any kind of snake phobia may get nightmares from this one! My first shot at this series, and liking it. Very interesting back story for the black widow - the damage that is done in childhood.....And a new version of the ABC mantra:
Assume nothing.
Believe no-one.
Check everything.
Useful for police investigations and other cases.

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rb3221
Sep 13, 2016

Another fast paced and interesting crime thriller by Peter James. This deals with a female villain (wow) who owns a number of poisonous snakes and such who desperately wants to marry any dying very rich man.
The haunting sub plot of Grace's ex-wife Sandy is finally resolved (sort of) on a primarily satisfactory note. A great read but best read in order as two major story lines are resolved, namely the Tooth saga and the ever elusive Dr. Edward Crisp

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h19835195
Jul 26, 2016

I absolutely love this series, and this book offered good closure in the "Sandy saga", yet opened up a new chapter for Roy and Cleo. Very interesting story with the usual meticulously researched plot.

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nannerl
Jul 26, 2016

I've enjoyed all the Roy Grace novels by Peter James, and I think this one is his best so far. I found it very hard to put down, always a good sign. While the story can stand on its own, I think reading the previous novels first would underline the significance of the events around his long-lost/missing wife Sandy.

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