An ugly duckling as a child, Jodie Bentley had two dreams in life—to be beautiful and rich. She's achieved the first, with a little help from a plastic surgeon, and now she's working hard on the second. Her philosophy about money is simple. You can either earn it or marry it. Marrying is easy, it's getting rid of the husband afterwards that's harder, that takes real skill. But hey, practice makes perfect. Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is feeling the pressure from his superiors, his previous case is still giving him sleepless nights, there have been major developments with his missing wife Sandy, and an old adversary is back. But worse than all of this is, he now believes, a Black Widow is operating in his city. One with a venomous mind and venomous skills. And he comes to the frightening realisation he may have underestimated just how dangerous this lady is.
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.
Most Helpful Customer 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.