Dead Simple by Peter James – A Book Review

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Greetings from London! Where did that super hot summer go? Autumn now seems to be looming very quickly! However it’s the perfect time to do more reading! It’s what the long dark evenings are made for!

Just finished reading a novel by the British crime writer Peter James, Dead Simple (2006) and what a fine book it is too! If you like your crime/thriller fiction with loads of unexpected surprises them Dead Simple is the read for you.

Meet Detective Superintendent Roy Grace a loner who is grieving the disappearance of his wife Sandy! That in itself had my interest and made me want to keep reading to find out what happened to her.

However, Dead Simple is about other matters! So, four young men in the prime of their youth are out on a stag night. They hatch an ingenious plan to bury the groom-to-be in a coffin as a sort of prank. Sorry to spoil some of the plot for you, but there was no other way around it! However, the best man was not actually around for this prank and there is a good reason why, as you will find out later on.

Now then, as you can probably guess, burying someone in a coffin a couple of days before they are due to get married is never a good idea! So when the four men are involved in an accident shortly after, killing three of them outright and the fourth man survives, but dies shortly afterwards, you know there is going to be trouble! And as you would expect from this very skilled writer, there is!

While detective Grace is busy trying to uncover the demise of four healthy young men, made to look like an accident, and the whereabouts of the groom he crosses paths with the fiance, a young beautiful enigmatic woman named Ashley Harper! And this is where Dead Simple becomes more complicated and the twists and turns of this crime/thriller novel heightens! Actually, you will find Dead Simple a breathtaking page turner and it is also quite long. Hope you have no immediate plans to go anywhere!

Dead Simple is set in the south covering the Brighton, Sussex area of the UK which is famous for its small town hamlets, woods and beaches. I loved the location.

As just mentioned this is a long book and the plot will throw you curve balls that you will not see coming. The ending involves a mega car chase between the police and the culprits and produces an ending you may or may not find entirely satisfying!

Give it a read and tell me what you think.

Until next time!

Happy writing, S



Published by Sharon's Writers Tidbits

Sharon is a writer who lives in north London and has a long-held passion for the art and craft of creative writing. Sharon's main interests are novels, short stories and poetry. She also enjoys writing non-fiction. She is an avid reader and has a threatening TBR pile of books!

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