Dead Simple (Roy Grace Series #1)

Dead Simple (Roy Grace Series #1)

by Peter James

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Michael Harrison had it all: good looks, charm, natural leadership, a wicked sense of humor, and now Ashley, his fiancee. While out celebrating with a group of friends a few nights before the wedding, Michael suddenly and unexpectedly finds himself enclosed in a coffin equipped only with a flashlight, a dirty magazine, a walkie-talkie, and a tiny breathing tube. It's all in good fun — payback for the grief his buddies had suffered at the hands of his own penchant for tomfoolery — that is, until his four buddies are killed in a drunk driving accident just moments after leaving Michael buried alive in his coffin.
Detective Superintendent Grace — himself dealing with the pain of losing a wife — is brought on to the case when Ashley reports Michael missing. Suspicions are raised when Michael's only friend not at the bachelor party refuses to cooperate and Ashley's faithfulness — not to mention her increasingly mysterious past — are suddenly thrown into question. As Superintendent Grace soon discovers, one man's disaster is another man's fortune ...dead simple.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781509860180
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 04/01/2018
Series: Roy Grace Series , #1
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Peter James is a New York Times-bestselling writer of crime fiction. His novels, which include the bestselling Roy Grace series, have been translated into 36 languages, with worldwide sales of 17 million copies. He is Overseas Vice-President of International Thriller Writers in the U.S., and served two terms as chairperson of the UK Crime Writers Association.

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Dead Simple (Roy Grace Series #1) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 195 reviews.
NancyT More than 1 year ago
I love to read mysteries and thrillers..and this was one thriller that stood out over the rest. Great characters, great story with plenty of twists and turns...and you won't be able to put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a really great book. Once I started reading it I literally couldn't put it down. Excellent story with some surprising twists and turns. Great characters. Excellent dialogue. An absolute must. If your looking for a great thriller, look no further. Can't wait for another novel with Detective Superintendent Grace. Bloody well done Peter James. Keep up the good work.
carbs_reader More than 1 year ago
An interesting and intriquing book that will keep the reader interested in picking up the next in the series. Oops! there isn't one because it's not available through B&N. How could you give us books number 1 and number 5 in the series but forget 2-4. Come on B&N get with it. Get us interested in a great detective series and offer all the books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book with an unusual twist at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good read. Enjoyable and interesting.
wildcatSP More than 1 year ago
Just loved this book!! I had to put the book down during the first couple of chapters because it made me nervous! I loved books that are unpredictable, and this one was. Recommend this one to my Nook friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are missing sements all through out the book. It will stop in the middle of a sentence at the bottom of one page, and start in the middle of another sentence at the top of the next page. No way of knowing how much you missed. The story was good enough that I just kept reading anyway.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book has a fairly unique plot twist in the first couple of chapters. Basically one last boys night out before the joker of the group walks down the marriage isle. Thos had all the makings of a great stag night. Best friends (unless you feel your best man is important) liquor, the must have beverage of the evening, and a well planned practical joke for the practical joke king. What could possibly go wrong? I found the storyline entertaining and enjoyed getting to look into the minds of the characters. The only thing I really disliked about the book was it was drawn out in places that didn't need more explanation. However I did find a twists here and there I didn't expect and I enjoyed a relaxing weekend reading the book. I will look for other titles by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept my attention. Lots of twists and turns. First Peter James book. Will definately read another.
bambi748 More than 1 year ago
really enjoyed this book from 1st page. would of liked to of had more onto the ending
Kiki_Lourdes More than 1 year ago
From start to finish, no disappointment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
By far one of the best reads in a long time. Kept me wondering through the night what was going to happen next and i definitely lost sleep wanting to keep reading. Real page turner and keeps you interested. I even gasped at some parts. I definitely recommend if you like murder mysteries and suspense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story, kept me reading. However many words mispelled all through the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fairly good mystery, liked the characters and would probably read another book in this series. Not a lite mystery, but a little more intense.
R_Jay More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book and surprised myself by reading it all in only 3 days. The plot moved along nicely and there were only a few places where you knew what was going to happen next. The characters are developed enough to make them believable but not enough to bore you to tears. And there is a moral - don't be a prankster when your friends are drunks and hold a grudge :) Oh - and be sure to do a background check on your fiancee! I definitely recommend this book and I can't wait to read the next one by Peter James.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and hated when it came to the end. There are a lot of plot twists and turns and the characters are very believable. Excellent mystery and very thought provoking. It's like 'Fatal Attraction' for the 21st century. Don't pass this one up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Peter James gets your attention from the beginning . It was impossible for me to put this book down. Have read the others in the series, and it is worth it! Love the way he writes from different perspectives and uses short chapters to move the action along. I recommend him to all my friends who love British mysteries/police procedurals.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This thriller had me racing through the pages to get to the end. I wanted to know what was going to happen next. Mr. James doesn't play any games with the reader, but still manages to give the plot plenty of twists. Roy Grace is an interesting and sympathetic character and I find myself wanting to read the next book in the series just to find out what happens next for him.
gogglemiss on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a brisk no nonsense cracker. Sharply defined characters, kept this story on track at a brisk pace. Very exciting story. Will be reading more in this series.
Heptonj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An excellent read. Superintendant Roy Grace has a job on his hands trying to work out why a young man out on his stag night is not involved in the accident that killed his companions. Where has he gone? And how is his oh so sweet fiance involved? There are many twists and turns to this plot which make exciting reading with a very satisfactory ending. A touch of the supernatural makes an interesting appearance but he shouldn't rely on these to cover problems that can't be solved logically.
xavierp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoy a good mystery/thriller story and Peter James does not disappoint. This is the first in a new series by Peter James (I would have to say that the link is the word "Dead" since his second one is called "Looking Good Dead") and his characters are, in many ways, a breath of fresh air.The lead detective, DI Roy Grace is all too human. This is an experienced detective who is competent at his work - with flashes of brilliance - and knows how to see when someone lies. And this is something I may use myself. When we lie, we tend to look in the direction of our creative mind. When we tell the truth, we look in the opposite direction. Early on in interviews Grace will ask "What did you have for lunch?" and see which way the suspect looks. From then on he is aware that when the suspect (or witness) is lying, they will look the other way. This is a genius quirk, in my opinion, it's something we can all visualise and try out. Have fun, won't you :)Of course, no detective can be whole without some tragedy in their life - Grace's is that his wife disappeared from the face of the earth some years previously and he can't let her go even though it's likely that she's dead. The author gives us a real sense that the couple were indeed happy and that this blights Grace's life horribly. We care. Well, I do.The story is very simple but filled with the twists that we want - a man has a prank played on him at his stag do. He is buried in a coffin and told his friends will return in a couple of hours. Unfortunately, his friends are all killed in a road accident. Can the police find the missing man before it's too late? Very simple tale, expertly told. I recommend this book to fans of the genre.
dioritt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent! One of the best I've read in this genre for a long time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sit down, strap in, and hold on...twists and turns from page one till done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please give Peter James a try
Anonymous More than 1 year ago