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Summary

Renowned for being a master of suspense, Peter James delivers the third installment in his hugely successful Roy Grace series. Masterfully narrated by David Bauckman, Not Dead Enough is sure to leave your hackles raised.

Appearances can be deceptive; but the truth is a dangerous thing....

On the night Brian Bishop murdered his wife he was 60 miles away, asleep in bed at the time. At least that's the way it looks to Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, who is called in to investigate the kinky slaying of beautiful socialite, Katie Bishop.

Roy Grace soon starts coming to the conclusion that Bishop has performed the apparently impossible feat of being in two places at once. Has someone stolen his identity or is he simply a very clever liar?

As Roy Grace digs deeper behind the façade of the Bishops' outwardly respectable lives, it becomes clear that everything is not at all as it first seemed. Then he digs just a little too far, and suddenly the fragile stability of his own troubled world is facing destruction....

Not Dead Enough is the third best-selling title in the Roy Grace series from the number one best-selling author Peter James.

©2007 Really Scary Books/Peter James (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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  • Naomi
  • leixlip, Ireland
  • 06-04-08

Not Dead Enough

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as you are constantly trying to piece the plot together until the very end.
The narrator was excellent.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Great listening

Thoroughly enjoyed it. Good reader. Fascinating plot that kept making me change my mind about what had really happened. Exciting right to the end.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Not Dead Enough but Good Enough!

A quality series continues with a book that has many of the hallmarks of the previous two but also manages to show a different character of plot and mystery to the previous two. It has the same hard edge as the previous books but this is a clever mystery with the twisted plot slowly unraveling and then seeming to question itself before the final reveal.

It's once again very nicely done, the ongoing character stories develop making it best read in order, though the books stand well enough alone I am sure.

Three books in and I can only say that this series is well worth investing in.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Good story with some surprises

A long book, but it didn't flag, even though I guessed early on what the solution would be it didn't matter as I was just as interested in the description of how the police and forensic service gradually put together the necessary concrete evidence. The tying together of the various threads of the mystery was neater than most.
The book's characters have what now seems to be a prerequisite requirement of fictional detectives: personal marital problems, a lot of heavy drinking and smoking; and a female boss who's a bit of a bitch.
I felt that the book was slightly tilted to appeal more to men with rather a lot of female characters who were gorgeous blondes, and/or were eager for sex even after a long day at work!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • Dorset
  • 02-09-08

Fantastic

Took a flyer at this after an email from Audible suggesting trying some new authors. The feedback from others seemed good (thanks!) and now I agree the rave reviews are totally justified.

Excellent plot that keeps you guessing all the way. Whether it was the author/writing or both I am usure; but the detail brought this book vividly to life in my mind all the way through. I can still picture the scenes and characters.

Am downloading another Peter James right now !

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • r
  • maghera, United Kingdom
  • 29-04-08

fantastic thriller

Fantastic listen,good plot and well written.
I really enjoyed this audio book,and I love a good thriller.

16 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Entertaining

Having read this author before and enjoyed the characters I sort of knew what to expect and I wasn't disappointed. Enjoyed both the story and the narration and had to keep listening to it at every opportunity to get to the end. Recommendable

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • George
  • Studley, Warwickshire, United Kingdom
  • 12-05-10

Terrific

This is the third 'Roy Grace' book that I have read now, although I had to read the paperback version of book two because audible do not have the unabridged version. Initially I thought that this volume was a little bit on the slow side, but I needn't have worried; the pace soon picked up. As with the previous two stories, after the half way point I was unable to stop listening until I had reached the end. Peter James has the ability to lead you by the nose through the world that he's created. What a time thief! Can't wait to download story number four.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Karen
  • LONDON, United Kingdom
  • 24-04-13

Very disappointed

I was really looking forward to this book however by the time I was a third of the way in I was waiting for the characters to catch up. The twists were very easy to see coming and the whole thing left you feeling shortchanged. Also the audio narrator insisted on making all women’s voices sound stupid and weak.

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  • David
  • Redhill, United Kingdom
  • 02-02-12

Roy Crace, Another Great Read!

This is another great book in the Roy Grace series. I love the detail in his descriptions and how he builds the picture, grabbing your feelings and pulling you into the book. Another great plot and looking forward to reading book 6 & 7!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Andrew
  • 09-11-11

Great story and fantastic listen.

This was the first Peter James novel I had listened to. Before discussing the book, David Bauckham's voice characterisations are amazing. He gives it everything, going from plummy voiced financial advisor to delinquent drug dealer and his hilarious girlfriend with obvious relish. The book is brought alive by this. The story itself is thoroughly enjoyable, although it has weak sections, and the "twist" is painfully obvious. The characters are marvellous though, and most of the story is rivetting, well told, and there's enough action and suspense to keep it going. Not PJ's best, but a really, really good listen.

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  • l.
  • 27-02-13

seriously in need of a good editor

There is too much description of every kind.Chapter 91 and still on day 3 of murder enquiry, which is hardly touched on.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-03-14

okay

The story was okay, the vehicle a little dented and used , but well written and decent listen for the credit.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Timothy
  • 23-04-08

always a good listen

some predictable moments but overall a good listen and worth the time and credit

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Karen Simon Peterson
  • 18-01-16

Not my favorite.....

Although I love the Roy Grace series and all of the recurring characters, this one just wasn't my favorite. I started reading the series in the middle, read to the last book at that time and now I've started filling in the ones I missed. This one was just too easy to figure out.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Mariana
  • 19-08-10

Unique

I enjoyed this book, never did I expected the end. Had to listen to it twice...

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  • Laura
  • 08-09-08

Difficult

First, I feel obligated to say, I absolutely couldn't get through this entire audiobook. I tried more than once, because at first I just thought the accents were throwing me off. Then I realized, it's just boring. I found myself truly wanting something interesting to happen, and when it did, it didn't last long. I finally just couldn't waste anymore time. It was just to difficult.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • RachelB
  • 06-06-18

Good book but a little predictable

Very enjoyable but I worked out the ending very early on. i much preferred the previous two books in the series. The narrator was fantastic and I will look for other books read by him

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 15-10-17

Good series

I liked this. Is it perfect? No. Is it entertaining? Yes. Do I want to read more? Absolutely.

I must reiterate, as I did in my review of the previous book, that too much (almost verbatim) repetition occurs. Almost a cut and paste. It seemed a bit less in this book but still.

I thought the running off to Munich was poorly thought out and ill-timed, given Grace was in the middle of double murder investigations.

Other than all that, it was quite good. I guessed what was happening but the mini twist at the end caught me by surprise. And the suspense was palpable at times.

I'm liking the characters and I am looking forward to the next book. After that, we'll see.

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  • Rachel I. Bliss
  • 02-07-17

Graphic

As a mystery lover I'm disappointed that this potentially great story line was so heavily polluted by graphic scenes - violence, sex, language and gore - that I just had to give up on it. Good stories aren't made better by gross or pornographic filth.