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Roy Grace, creation of the CWA Diamond Dagger award-winning author Peter James, faces his most mysterious case yet in Need You Dead.
Lorna Belling, desperate to escape her marriage from hell, falls for the charms of another man who promises her the earth. But, as Lorna finds, life seldom follows the plans you've made. A chance photograph on a client's mobile phone changes everything for her.
When the body of a woman is found in a bath in Brighton, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to the scene. At first it looks an open and shut case with a clear prime suspect. Then other scenarios begin to present themselves, each of them tantalizingly plausible, until, in a sudden turn of events, and to his utter disbelief, the case turns more sinister than Grace could ever have imagined.
©2017 Peter James (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio
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By Maine Knitter on 11-13-17


One of my favorite Roy Grace books. And I need the next book right now. That ending!!! Good grief! I can't get the next book soon enough.

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By Anonymous User on 09-07-17

Great book!

Very interesting reading. One of the better Roy Grace books in recent memory. Compelling story you won't want to put down!

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By Boysie on 12-09-17

A good read

Stands alone as a good detective story, but even better as part of the series.

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By Simon on 05-19-17

The Roy Grace Soap Opera Rumbles On!

I've been a long-time fan of this series.  Sure, it has had its ups and downs but some of the books are genuinely exciting affairs and the author's detailed knowledge and research always shine through. This one is a middling book in the series, it doesn't have the huge tension or truly dastardly villain.  The chemistry between some of the characters also seems lessened, particularly between Grace and his best friend Branson.  On the plus side there is less of the saccharine-laden interaction between Grace and his new wife! 

The narration by Daniel Weyman is, as you would expect from him, very good.  In the book's most exciting scenes towards the end the combination of James's words and this narrator provided top-notch audiobook entertainment.  The one downside is that previous narrators from a few books ago, while not as good overall, did give Branson's character a bit more oomph and he suffers as a result.

There is quite a lot about Grace's back story in this but less about the other characters than usual.  We do spend a little bit of quality time getting down and dirty in the Potting shed but not enough for this reader at least.  So, in all, this one isn't too bad.  It does contain some of the trademarks qualities of the overall series but didn't build the tension in anything like the same way as the best of them.  There are some exciting moments but not the sense of building excitement and dread that some of the books have managed.  That said, the ending setup a promise of something a bit special for the next one hinting that one of my favourite villains may be coming back for more . . .

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By Michelle on 09-24-17

Brill as always but ..

Just struggle and get distracted by Glen Branson’s voice. But awesome series can’t wait for next

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By Denny R. on 07-01-17

Dreary pedestrian yarn

The first two chapters, albeit short, of this crime novel simply repeat the protagonist's hurt and fury using the same mundane expressions. And mundane describes the story from therein. The language and characterisations are cliched and the plot such as it is, suggests Peter James was bored witless trying to animate the 13th volume in the series. There are loads more crime writers producing sharply observed, sophisticated thrillers to be bothered with this commonplace effort. The narrator is good although he occasionally over-emphasised words or phrases that distracted from the flow.

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