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Love You Dead based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Detective Superintendent Roy Grace’s cup runneth over in this installment, the 12th in the long-running series. As if a possible serial killer in the form of a black widow who poisons her husbands by injecting them with the venom of poisonous snakes isn’t enough to keep him occupied, there’s news that his long-time antagonist, Dr. Edward Crisp, who was presumed dead in a previous novel but survived, has been arrested by French police. And lastly, his first wife, Sandy, turns up in a Munich hospital comatose, the result of an accident with a taxi, complicating Roy’s marriage with Cleo and their one year-old son, Noah. The aforementioned woman, Jodie Bentley, one of several names she goes by, keeps in her home various snakes and spiders and other harmful insects, milking poisonous venoms and freeze-drying them into crystals which she reconstitutes to inject into elderly rich men after a few days of marrying them, in an effort to amass wealth. She began life as an ugly duckling but through plastic surgery became a beautiful lady so she could attract a loaded spouse. The bulk of the novel is a fascinating police procedural, which Mr. James excels in writing. However, there is more to the book, including additional insight into Grace’s character, his relationship with Cleo, and his dilemma regarding Sandy, who had left him 10 years previously without a word, which is now explained. Highly recommended.