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Summary

Tom Bryce did what any decent person would do. But within hours of picking up the CD that had been left behind on the train seat next him, and attempting to return it to its owner, he is the sole witness to a vicious murder.

Then his young family are threatened with their lives if he goes to the police. But supported by his wife, Kellie, he bravely makes a statement to the murder enquiry team headed by Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, a man with demons of his own - including his missing wife - to contend with. And from that moment, the killing of the Bryce family becomes a mere formality - and a grisly attraction. Kellie and Tom's deaths have already been posted on the internet. You can log on and see them on a website. They are looking good dead....

©2007 Peter James / Really Scary Books (P)2007 Macmillan Publishers Ltd

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  • Patricia
  • Arbroath, Angus, United Kingdom
  • 08-09-09

A very good police whodunit.

Having read many police stories it was good to have a uk based story that was very realistic. The story itself made me antisocial as I couldn't stop listening to it to find out what happened. It wasn't at all predictable and you really didn't know what the ending would be. The description was good and I could really "see" it all happening. It was also good to have a bit of romance that wasn't mushy or unrealistic. When I had finished it I wanted to get the next one in the series straight away!

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Excellent - but consider hard copy

Very clever storyline, it makes you feel quite uneasy because the opening scene is not beyond the realms of possibility. Lots of twists and turns, you are never quite sure what the outcome will be. I am a recent convert to the Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series and this does not disappoint.
DS Grace droll sense of humour and on occasions self deprecating attitude is very funny and lightens the atmosphere, amidst all the suspense. I would recommend reading this series in order of publishing as it helps you understand DS Grace fully.


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Looking Good Dead

This is an excellent holiday listen (or a great book to listen to whilst slogging through a lot of housework, as I did today!)

It starts with a train journey in which a man picks up a CD left behind by someone on a train. From this random event spins an involved and gripping tale that kept me listening to the end of the book (by which time my house was clean and tidy!)

I recently listened to the first in this series of books, and I enjoyed the way that the character of DS Grace is further developed. From the first book, where he is bereft after the disappearance of his wife nine years before, Grace acquires a love interest in this book, which pleased me. I liked the fact that his interest in the paranormal, whilst a part of this book, too, was of no help to him whatsoever!

These books rely heavily on happy coincidence to bump the detective work on, and in this way they are rather implausible, but I'll certainly be listening to the rest of the series!

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Love this series of books

Love the series of books by Peter James. This one is too short though.

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Enjoyable listen

Would you listen to Looking Good Dead again? Why?

No because the audio files weren't broken up into chapters, so it was a pain trying to find where I had got to before falling asleep.

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  • sharon
  • Falmouth, United Kingdom
  • 22-07-13

Gruesome and violent..

Royce has his work cut-out trying to stop an organised sadistic ruthless sicko, after finding a headless chopped up body of a woman.
PJ's characters are strong and individual, I especially liked the 'weatherman' and the relationship between Kellie and Tom, wonderfully done.
The darkness is tempered by a new team member called Potter he had me laughing, if not feeling a little sorry for him. Royce appears to be trying to move on, though as with the first book, he can't seem to keep away from the clairvoyants or give up hope of finding his missing wife.
I have to say though and I usually whinge that book are overly long and eeked out but this offering seemed a little rushed and because it appeared to end abruptly the story lost a star.
Still I will continue to root for Royce he has got under my skin now.

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Excellent story but a bit rushed?

What did you like most about Looking Good Dead?

Like all Peter James books the plot, characters and technical detail are all excellent. However I can't help but feel a little bit cheated. The last third just seemed to roll along as if the author had got bored of the book and just wanted to get the story done with several too convenient coincidences leading to the capture of the bad guys. Still a massive fan though and thoroughly enjoy the audible versions of these books.

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Another goodie

Some of the descriptions of women are a bit corny but I guess this is a pretty old book by now. (When psalm pilots were still around) Very enjoyable overall. Looking forward to the next one

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Improved editing made such a difference

The second recording is a much better one than the first book. No gaffs and no mispronunciations, which bothered me more than I expected.
Another great story, with some gruesome bits, good twists and yet some glaring omissions. Like why did no one think to say anything about the tech guy?
Will continue to listen on to the third in the series.

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all in a day😀

hooked from the outset.... so much so I listened to it in one day... off to purchase the next one now!!