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Summary

It was meant to be a harmless stag-night prank. A few hours later Michael Harrison has disappeared, and his friends are dead.

With only three days to the wedding, Detective Superintendent Roy 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 more to gain than anyone realizes, for one man's disaster is another man's fortune....

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

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

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  • Keetz
  • Southwold Suffolk . U.K
  • 31-03-16

LOVED it!

Having just finished the Frieda Klein stories by Nicci French, I was looking for a worthy replacement... Scared that I couldn't find one, I bought this. WOW! Fantastic, I enjoyed it thoroughly (couldn't stop listening to it!) and am thrilled that this is a long, long series of books! I'm going to start the second in the series straight away. If in doubt, BUY IT!

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Gripping

At first I was a bit put off by the subject matter always hated the thought of the victims plight which I will not reveal here but I must say this is so well written and narrated I was hooked from pretty much the first few mins of listening I now have all the series in my wish list . And Roy Grace is my new favorite copper

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first time audiobook - success

narrated really well. my first audio book and thought it might be a bit slow but stuck with it. as the story progressed, it became better and better. will be listening to more Peter James and more Tim Bruce. i also managed a pile of ironing painlessly as well as listening and relaxing, too. much less restrictive than reading myself . it won't replace reading completely but will be a great way of covering more novels.

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Brilliant

I have read before but wanted to listen/read again this time in order. The plot is fantastic and I really enjoy the way it uses real locations - and often real people. Highly recommended.

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Accidental Partridge

Roy Grace is a really unpleasant character. Every woman he meets is judged on her looks and he is perpetually aggravated by minutiae. He'd be the worst colleague in the world but I think he's meant to be the hero. Here's a typical description of one of his co-workers: 'Either she has rocks in her bra or seriously large breasts'. The word 'horny' crops up more than once which is frankly unforgivable. I could hear Alan Partridge all the way through. The author seems to be trying to up his word count by describing every single thing that happens. The scene where Grace is in a pub and it describes every single detail of the drinks is excruciating. The narrator was a little over enthusiastic and sounded like an outraged Daily Mail reader in parts. I stuck it out until the end to find out what happened to the missing guy - the plot wasn't terrible. Using a medium to solve bits of the case is a lazy device though and led me feeling like I'd wasted a lot of time for nothing.

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Great story as always by Peter James

it was brilliant. now for book number two in the Roy Grace series. Finished this book very quickly it was so exciting

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Fast paced roller coaster.

Fast paced roller coaster. The ending was not enough of a surprise for me to give it 5 stars, but I am going to get some more of his books now I've finished this one.

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Calm down, dear!

What disappointed you about Dead Simple?

The narrator, for me, completely wrecks the book. The emphasis is all wrong. When characters are sad, desperate, pensive, thoughtful, tense or just mildly irritated, the narrator sends them into a kind of deranged fury that is simply inappropriate. He makes the characters seem unhinged and neurotic throughout. He overacts in the most extraordinary manner. It's bizarre and completely unlistenable. As for the accents... let's not even go there. Sorry...

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Simple?

Not really an applicable question.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

See above... I am baffled that plenty of reviewers seem to have enjoyed the narration. Wierd.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yeah, the book's fine - it's the peculiar and over-excited narration.

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My first audible book

A super story with many unexpected twists and turns.
I would highly recommend this book

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Narrator acts like he's reading to a 3 year old!

Thought the story was quite intriguing and exciting. Couldn't get past chapter 6 though as the narrator acted like he was reading to a three-year-old child. At one point he was so high pitched it nearly deafened me through my earphones. Shame because I think the story was quite good, I'll just never know the ending now.

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  • Simon
  • 31-07-18

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
  • 14-07-18

Very good book

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