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Dead Simple

DS Roy Grace Mystery, Book 1
Written by: Peter James
Narrated by: William Gaminara
Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins

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Publisher's Summary

It was meant to be a harmless stag-night prank. A few hours later, four of his best friends are dead, and Michael Harrison has disappeared. With only three days to the wedding, Detective Superintendent Grace - a man haunted by the shadow of his own missing wife - is contacted by Michael's beautiful, distraught fiancée, Ashley Harper. Grace discovers that the one man who ought to know Michael Harrison's whereabouts is saying nothing. But then, he has a lot to gain - more than anyone realizes. For one man's disaster is another man's fortune. Dead simple.
©2006 Really Scary Books / Peter James (P)2006 Macmillan Publishers Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Neat and nasty to the very end." ( The Oldie)
"Gathers menace to get you sitting stiffly upright with dread before it ends." (The Times)

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  • L
  • 11-03-13

Poor Plotting - Rather Ridiculous

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Starts off OK - prank gone wrong. Will the groom live? Tell me, if you were trapped in a confined space with a cell phone fearing for your life who would you call? Hold on... you also have a walkie-talkie - and someone on the other end. Many people in fact.... So why, are you still stuck in your confined space. BECAUSE you decided to carry on a conversation with someone rather than dial 999 or 911 and get the heck out of your box. Really?! Hate it when writers don't follow through on their promise to create well thought out plots. This one goes from just poorly planned plotting to just silly. Look elsewhere if you want a great story, if you can get this one cheap and are willing to accept these failures sit back and enjoy - just keep an open mind.

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  • barbara
  • 21-07-20

Dead Simple

Decided to start listening to the Roy Grace series, am so glad did. I really enjoyed the first book and murder, looking forward to catching up on this series and getting to know the detective and his team. The narration was very good.

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  • Flyboy
  • 19-07-20

Solid start to the Roy Grace series

The first in the Roy Grace series is a fun, if sometime frustrating read, that finds the Detective Superintendent on the trail of Michael Harrison, a man who goes missing just days away from his wedding. As it turns out Michael has been buried feet underground in a coffin as a bachelor party joke by his best friends. What starts out as a silly prank eventually becomes a waking nightmare for Michael, after his friends are killed in a car accident. A couple of people know exactly where Michael is, but are either unable, or unwilling, to help him.

James doesn't hide who's responsible for Michael's disappearance. The fun is Grace's investigation as to WHY Michael is missing. Michael's desperation as the hours tick by, and his claustrophobia getting the better of him, are very hard to read. James does a bang up job in these chapters. Michael's situation only goes from bad to worse as time goes on. And just when you think Michael's fortunes are brightening, he's thrust into another hell.

I really like Roy Grace as a character. He comes with his own baggage (his wife disappeared years ago), but it doesn't distract from the main story in the slightest, and I suspect it's a plot point that will come up later in the series.

There were plenty of twists and turns - some expected, others not so much, that made the book worth every bit of time I spent with it. On to book 2.

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  • JayM
  • 16-05-16

Great potential but came up short

The story started out great but was disappointing. Weak one dimensional characters. Lame dialogue. Narrator could not do anything but male British accent.

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  • Lesley
  • 27-10-10

Good story

This was a very good book with a real twist. Will get more of his books.

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  • S. K. Doughty
  • 28-11-10

Weak plot not helped by psychic interventions

Potentially a fascinating plot but ruined for me by the substitution of a psychic whenever the author couldn't work out the next bit of plot. Good crime fiction must have credibility but over reliance on this device undermined the whole thing. I'd need convincing to read any more of this series.

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  • Judy Lovelock
  • 02-01-19

Fantastic

What a great story, with many twists and turns, I found myself holding my breath again

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  • Mike
  • 02-03-16

simple story. abridged version not great. <br />

narrator isnt great which doesnt help a simple plot and basic writing style. you csn tell its an early book.

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  • Eleanor
  • 20-02-16

A curate's egg!

The story was gripping but spoiled by gratuitous foul language and poor narration. Disappointing- are all his books like this?

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  • Jude Bailey
  • 02-07-15

Easy to follow

Some mysteries I keep having to rewind to remember plots, characters etc. This was clever, simple and exciting. Loved it. Now on to book 2!

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  • diclairet
  • 23-12-14

Enjoyable

Thoroughly enjoyable though thought the plot - like many - was a bit far fetched