The creator of the Roy Grace series, Peter James, has taken time out to deliver a chilling stand-alone novel to his readers. The Perfect Murder centres on the lives of Victor and Joan Smiley, a couple whose twenty-year marriage has finally grown stale. Victor hates Joan: and for her, the feeling is mutual. Secretly, they are plotting to dispose of each other. In one brutal split second, fantasy becomes reality for one of them, and it certainly wasn't the way they had planned it. Dealing with the consequences is far more devastating than they realised - and it's not simply about what the police will do. For the survivor of the marriage, the author skillfully takes us on a rollercoaster ride of terrifying emotions: fear: guilt: sorrow: anxiety and, eventually anger. But when you finally think you've seen it all, he throws in a nasty little twist for the novel's finale, proving once again that Peter James is one of the finest and most dedicated crime writer's the UK has ever produced. Ten out of ten for an excellent plot. Long live the king of crime.