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Not Dead Enough | [Peter James]

Not Dead Enough

Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is investigating the bizarre slaying of Katie Bishop, a member of Brighton's social elite. Her husband Brian appears to be in the clear - he was in another town at the time, sound asleep. But Grace begins to suspect the presence of a doppelganger: is someone else - almost identical to Bishop - involved in the crime?
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Publisher's Summary

Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is investigating the bizarre slaying of Katie Bishop, a member of Brighton's social elite. Her husband Brian appears to be in the clear - he was in another town at the time, sound asleep. But Grace begins to suspect the presence of a doppelganger: is someone else - almost identical to Bishop - involved in the crime?

Grace's diligent exhuming of murky secrets soon demonstrates that the Bishops' outwardly settled lives had darker corners. And as Grace gets close to the truth, he finds - paradoxically - that it's his own beleaguered private life which is on the line.

©2007 Really Scary Books/Peter James; (P)2007 W F Howes Ltd.

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    Andrew East Kilbride, United Kingdom 11-09-11
    Andrew East Kilbride, United Kingdom 11-09-11
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    "Great story and fantastic listen."

    This was the first Peter James novel I had listened to. Before discussing the book, David Bauckham's voice characterisations are amazing. He gives it everything, going from plummy voiced financial advisor to delinquent drug dealer and his hilarious girlfriend with obvious relish. The book is brought alive by this. The story itself is thoroughly enjoyable, although it has weak sections, and the "twist" is painfully obvious. The characters are marvellous though, and most of the story is rivetting, well told, and there's enough action and suspense to keep it going. Not PJ's best, but a really, really good listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 03-01-14
    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 03-01-14 Member Since 2010

    Not a writer, a writer wannabe, editor, lit maj, or pretend literary critic. Just an avid reader/listener. My ratings are opinion only.

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    "okay"

    The story was okay, the vehicle a little dented and used , but well written and decent listen for the credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    l. Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada 02-27-13
    l. Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada 02-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "seriously in need of a good editor"

    There is too much description of every kind.Chapter 91 and still on day 3 of murder enquiry, which is hardly touched on.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy marietta, GA, USA 04-23-08
    Timothy marietta, GA, USA 04-23-08
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    "always a good listen"

    some predictable moments but overall a good listen and worth the time and credit

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    Mariana Sanlamhof, South Africa 08-19-10
    Mariana Sanlamhof, South Africa 08-19-10
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    "Unique"

    I enjoyed this book, never did I expected the end. Had to listen to it twice...

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    Laura 09-08-08
    Laura 09-08-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Difficult"

    First, I feel obligated to say, I absolutely couldn't get through this entire audiobook. I tried more than once, because at first I just thought the accents were throwing me off. Then I realized, it's just boring. I found myself truly wanting something interesting to happen, and when it did, it didn't last long. I finally just couldn't waste anymore time. It was just to difficult.

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    Mary Beatty, NV, United States 01-24-12
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    What made the experience of listening to Not Dead Enough the most enjoyable?

    Great match of reader and book. Good book to listen to while driving.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Not Dead Enough?

    The realization that (spoiler) there were three.


    Which character – as performed by David Bauckham – was your favorite?

    Glen B - his voice is remarkably well done.


    Any additional comments?

    This is first Peter James I have listened to. I will listen to more. I am a fan.

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  • Naomi
    leixlip, Ireland
    4/6/08
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    "Not Dead Enough"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as you are constantly trying to piece the plot together until the very end.
    The narrator was excellent.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Jean
    Reading, Berks, United Kingdom
    6/18/08
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    "Great listening"

    Thoroughly enjoyed it. Good reader. Fascinating plot that kept making me change my mind about what had really happened. Exciting right to the end.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Poole, United Kingdom
    9/2/08
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    "Fantastic"

    Took a flyer at this after an email from Audible suggesting trying some new authors. The feedback from others seemed good (thanks!) and now I agree the rave reviews are totally justified.

    Excellent plot that keeps you guessing all the way. Whether it was the author/writing or both I am usure; but the detail brought this book vividly to life in my mind all the way through. I can still picture the scenes and characters.

    Am downloading another Peter James right now !

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • r
    maghera, United Kingdom
    4/29/08
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    "fantastic thriller"

    Fantastic listen,good plot and well written.
    I really enjoyed this audio book,and I love a good thriller.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • George
    Studley, Warwickshire, United Kingdom
    5/12/10
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    "Terrific"

    This is the third 'Roy Grace' book that I have read now, although I had to read the paperback version of book two because audible do not have the unabridged version. Initially I thought that this volume was a little bit on the slow side, but I needn't have worried; the pace soon picked up. As with the previous two stories, after the half way point I was unable to stop listening until I had reached the end. Peter James has the ability to lead you by the nose through the world that he's created. What a time thief! Can't wait to download story number four.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon
    Stalybridge, United Kingdom
    2/14/11
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    "Entertaining"

    Having read this author before and enjoyed the characters I sort of knew what to expect and I wasn't disappointed. Enjoyed both the story and the narration and had to keep listening to it at every opportunity to get to the end. Recommendable

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • melanie
    maidstone, United Kingdom
    6/28/10
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    "Fab listening of a DS Roy Grace Mystery"

    I was hooked straight away. Yet again Peter James delivers. Had to tear myself away to eat, sleep etc....
    If you want to get lost in a book this is it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    1/11/09
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    "Good story with some surprises"

    A long book, but it didn't flag, even though I guessed early on what the solution would be it didn't matter as I was just as interested in the description of how the police and forensic service gradually put together the necessary concrete evidence. The tying together of the various threads of the mystery was neater than most.
    The book's characters have what now seems to be a prerequisite requirement of fictional detectives: personal marital problems, a lot of heavy drinking and smoking; and a female boss who's a bit of a bitch.
    I felt that the book was slightly tilted to appeal more to men with rather a lot of female characters who were gorgeous blondes, and/or were eager for sex even after a long day at work!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom
    7/28/08
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    "Excellent"

    Excellent thriller, couldn't stop listening. The plot and the writing is excellent, Peter James is very clever. Kept me guessing until the end. Really recommended

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Bath, United Kingdom
    7/23/08
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    "For once I disagree with the majority"

    Book's functionally written and perfectly well read, but actual story is a little bit *shakey-hand*
    The 'twist' is spotted a mile out and whilst I was hoping I was wrong, I wasn't. Just to compound the obvious twist, there's very little explanation after the grand reveal. Just feel the author had a half-baked idea and banged out a book around it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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