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Dead Simple is the stunning first novel in the number one best-selling Roy Grace series from award-winning Author, Peter James.

Detective Superintendent Roy Grace's first major case is one he'll ever forget.

It was meant to be a harmless stag-night prank. But a few hours later, the groom has disappeared and his friends are dead.

With only three days to the wedding, Grace is contacted by the man’s distraught fiancée to unearth what happened on that fateful night.

Grace discovers that the one man who ought to know of the groom’s whereabouts is saying nothing. But then he has a lot more to gain than anyone realises, for one man’s disaster is another man’s fortune....

©2016 Peter James (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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  • Lia
  • 2019-05-19

Claustrophobic's Watch Out

What starts out as a revenge prank suddenly turns into a thriller. That is the basis of Peter James’ first book in the series of Roy Grace, Dead Simple.
Roy Grace is the detective who has to find Michael but what he doesn’t know is that the prank has led to more questions from Michael’s friends, leaving the listener to wonder if any of Michael’s friends are trustworthy. All this seems to make it even harder for Grace to figure out what happened to Michael.
There are several things that make this book even more dynamic. Peter James writes from different points of view in the book, that being the criminals, the victim, and the police. By doing this, James fills the book with even more suspense since the characters drive the story, making me wonder what was going to happen next.
Another great point of creating multiple points of view made the characters even more memorable because the characters
are more developed. People might argue that the point of view switches too much but in this book, it’s still easy to follow since Dead Simple is more of a thriller than along with being a mystery. I have read books in multiple viewpoints. Some were done well. Others weren’t. In Dead Simple, it was a great part of the story.
I have to say that this was one of the best books I have listened to this year based on the unique type of plot and the multiple viewpoints, which in this case gave the story a tremendous amount of suspense. I wish I can give this book more than five stars.

Tim Bruce was excellent with the delivery of the story

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  • RachelB
  • 2019-11-10

One of the best

Brilliant and the narrator really brought it to life, there were so many twists and turns it was enthralling. one of the best Roy Grace books and I have listened to them all

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  • Simon
  • 2018-07-31

First of series is a classic

I listened to this after listening to most of the series but this is definitely one of the best. Loved it

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  • Yvonne
  • 2018-07-14

Very good book

What a good book! I loved listening to this book and I could not put it down. Really enjoyed it!!!

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  • Alan L.
  • 2020-05-24

Unpleasant story, very long before anything happened with too many side stories along the way.

Nicely read, but way over acted when narrating the various characters. So much do thst it detracted from the overall event. Somewhat disappointing I’m afraid