As a die hard Peter James fan and having recently interviewed him, my joy at receiving an ARC of this was beyond compare to be totally truthful and I have never read a paperback so carefully so that it can retain its near pristine state especially as it also has my much treasured book plate signed by Peter in it. And after waiting for what seems like an age now…. finally I get to add my review to the blog and I hope you enjoy reading my views and also the book if you read it.
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.
Best Roy Grace yet without a doubt, Peter James has not only raised the bar but lifted it sky high! Normally I will savour the new Roy Grace and prolong the reading enjoyment however that was NOT possible in this case.
I recently interviewed Peter and he said “that he aims to make each book better than the last” and this he has done with bells on. Love You Dead flows effortlessly from past to present and has everything I love about the series contained within it, but the introduction of Jodie Bentley is crime genius and I was drawn to her despite her very obvious talent for bad deeds – which are numerous!
The pace is incredible and I raced through the pages but still absorbed the emotions, the attention to detail and the crimes to be solved. I challenge Peter to better this one, superb.
Extreme thanks to the PR team and publishers for the review copy I received, and also of course to Peter for the interview and all his support.