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Dead in the Water,
This review is from: Not Dead Yet (Roy Grace) (Hardcover)
I used to look forward to books in the Roy Grace series. Although always an undemanding read, they tended to be page turners.
This compensated for the, in my opinion, more negative aspects of the series. By that I mean the detailed descriptions of the most insignificant details, such as what people are wearing, and endless discourse on police procedure. Why the author considers this necessary is beyond me. Presumably it is to lend an air of authenticity to the proceedings; like readers really believe a single CID would be plagued by the type of plot lines dreamed up by Mr James, ingenious though some of them have been. The references to character traits that endure through every book are plain irritating; I wince every time I read about Bella and her maltesers or Norman Potting making politically incorrect comments in briefings. I feel certain regular readers could write a fair proportion of these books themselves. The most imaginative reader would, however, be hard pressed to come up with the latest development. The chocolate scoffing Bella, who by rights should be the size of a bus, has had her hair done and has transformed from frump to fab. She is now fighting them off with her truncheon but has decided to bestow favour on her nemesis.
The "very attractive" women, seemingly heroic Roy Grace and the Goddess that is his partner are caricatures, as are the stock baddies. In fact, this could be said of every character in this series.
I suggest Peter James calls his next Roy Grace Dead in the Water. To me, that sums up this series. It has simply run its course. I've noticed successful crime writers seem to publish a book every 12 months or so. I would imagine this must be a standard contractual obligation. Maybe we would end up with a better read if the author was allowed to produce books at their own pace, rather than churning them out to an annual deadline and to the detriment of quality.
I didn't buy Dead whatever, but borrowed it from the library. I will not even bother to do that with the next one. I didn't give a toss what happened to Gaia Lafayette, wonder woman Cleo, mad Sandy (the great detective didn't have much luck in sussing that one) or any other character for that matter.