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4.0 out of 5 stars Marriage can be murder...., 22 Sept. 2011
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This is the first non Roy Grace book of Peter James' that I've read, and I have to say that I really enjoyed it and its probably whetted my appetite to try some of his horror novels too, though it did feel a bit weird reading a book set in Brighton that didn't involve Roy and co!

This is a fun, fast-paced read, which despite featuring a murder and being a bit grim in content, still manages to be a bit humorous at the same time, as well as realistic given the setting that I have came to know a bit more about having read his other books and the nice, normal touches of every day life that are contained in there. The ending also really made me smile, with the renowned little twist that Peter James is notorious for. If you're looking for a quick read and crime thrillers are your thing, then definitely give this a go- whether you've read Peter James or not before.

This is the story of Victor Smiley, who is stuck in a dead-end marriage with a wife he despises (not so smiley then, really). Victor visits brothels on the side and has a bit of a thing for Kamila, a call girl who he reckons he can be happier with than he is with long-suffering Joan, his wife of nineteen years and so plots to get rid of her so he can start his new life. Joan meanwhile has a secret lover of her own and secretly harbours ideas to get rid of her hubby so she can shack up with cab driver, Don. Oh dear, this really can't end well...

This was a really excellent short story that nicely picked up the pace and had a cracker of an ending. Character development was still very good considering this was such a short read and as a reader you really do feel like you get to know them, as has been the case with his longer novels too. Given this was such a short read I'd suspected the ending might be too rushed, but thankfully it wasn't, which was a relief.

If you read this and enjoy it, then I would definitely recommend moving onto the longer Peter James' Roy Grace detective series next, beginning with `Dead Simple.' They're excellent British crime thrillers and have me hooked!
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Initial post: 1 Feb 2014 15:47:35 GMT
Big Al says:
How can this be described as a non Roy Grace book when Roy Grace is actually in it!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2014 15:35:54 BDT
Mrs W Waugh says:
I could be wrong here but I dont think he is in this book........
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