J. S. Cowling

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Not Dead Yet (Ds Roy Grace 8) by Peter James
"Not Dead Yet" is the latest in the Roy Grace series of detective novels and the series goes from strength to strength.

Never afraid to tackle controversial topics, Peter James has addressed the world of the obsessive stalker after having experienced it first hand when an obsessive fan stalked him.

To be honest, I worked out who the stalker was about half way through the book but this, in no way, detracted from the climax which was, quite literally, full of suspense.

It was great to see the sub-plot of Grace's missing wife developing and also to know that the chief superintendant sussed out the insufferable Argos reporter!

Peter James knows how to… Read more
Dead Man's Grip (Ds Roy Grace 7) by Peter James
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Triumph, 20 Jun 2011
I have just finished reading Dead Man's Grip and this series of detective thrillers just goes from strength to strength. Peter James visits some very dark places - both of place and mind - in the Grace novels and the characters are so believable - so much so, I sometimes want to hit some of them! I also like the ongoing "background" saga of Roy's missing wife, which took another twist in this book.

Peter James knows how to keep the tension racked up. He also has little deft touches that can send a shiver down the spine. I certainly cringed when a taxi driver asked "Do you have a high flush or low flush toilet?" - a reference to an earlier book.

I have all the books in… Read more
Dead Like You by Peter James
Dead Like You by Peter James
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Gets Better, 25 Jun 2010
The latest in Peter James' Roy Grace series shows how the writer is developing in research methods, character development and suspenseful writing. Never afraid to tackle controversial subjects this latest venture find James tackling the difficult subject of Stranger Rape, which is dealt with in a hared hitting yet compassionate way. As with most of the Grace books, the ending is never tidy - there are always questions left unanswered and the threat of the violence continuing in a different form - a form often employed by Japanese story tellers. It's a bit like life - it is never cut and dried.

What's more 'Dead Like You' is a cracking good read.

Well done, Peter… Read more