Appearances can be deceptive; but the truth is a dangerous thing....
On the night Brian Bishop murdered his wife he was 60 miles away, asleep in bed at the time. At least that's the way it looks to Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, who is called in to investigate the kinky slaying of beautiful socialite, Katie Bishop.
Roy Grace soon starts coming to the conclusion that Bishop has performed the apparently impossible feat of being in two places at once. Has someone stolen his identity or is he simply a very clever liar?
As Roy Grace digs deeper behind the façade of the Bishops' outwardly respectable lives, it becomes clear that everything is not at all as it first seemed. Then he digs just a little too far, and suddenly the fragile stability of his own troubled world is facing destruction....
Not Dead Enough is the third best-selling title in the Roy Grace series from the number one best-selling author Peter James.
©2007 Really Scary Books/Peter James; (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
There is too much description of every kind.Chapter 91 and still on day 3 of murder enquiry, which is hardly touched on.
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.
I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.
The story was okay, the vehicle a little dented and used , but well written and decent listen for the credit.
Although I love the Roy Grace series and all of the recurring characters, this one just wasn't my favorite. I started reading the series in the middle, read to the last book at that time and now I've started filling in the ones I missed. This one was just too easy to figure out.
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.
Great match of reader and book. Good book to listen to while driving.
The realization that (spoiler) there were three.
Glen B - his voice is remarkably well done.
This is first Peter James I have listened to. I will listen to more. I am a fan.
"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.
Thoroughly enjoyed it. Good reader. Fascinating plot that kept making me change my mind about what had really happened. Exciting right to the end.
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 !
Fantastic listen,good plot and well written.
I really enjoyed this audio book,and I love a good thriller.
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
"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!
"Not as good as the last, but still worth while!"
The change from the "brilliant" book 2 to the "not so good" book 3 is mainly as a result of changing the narrator.
I do think this narrator, David Bauckham needs some getting used to. Hopefully, I'll find out in the next book.
However, if you're like me and tend to visualise the characters based upon the narrators impression, you constantly end up picturing Rick Mayal in Bottom. No matter how much you try to avoid it, his head ends up on my character.
Eventually, I managed to get past it, but it took a while.
The story is about two former students who flat share in London and spend their time trying to find "birds" and get "sloshed". Hold on... sorry, that was "Bottom."
This story is about a murder taking place and all the evidence pointing in one direction. Can Grace get to the bottom of it, or is it maybe a little too simple?
I did enjoy the book, and, narrator aside, I'm determined to finish this series. don't get me wrong, I have heard much worse.
on to the next...
"Not Dead Enough but Good Enough!"
A quality series continues with a book that has many of the hallmarks of the previous two but also manages to show a different character of plot and mystery to the previous two. It has the same hard edge as the previous books but this is a clever mystery with the twisted plot slowly unraveling and then seeming to question itself before the final reveal.
It's once again very nicely done, the ongoing character stories develop making it best read in order, though the books stand well enough alone I am sure.
Three books in and I can only say that this series is well worth investing in.
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.
I was really looking forward to this book however by the time I was a third of the way in I was waiting for the characters to catch up. The twists were very easy to see coming and the whole thing left you feeling shortchanged. Also the audio narrator insisted on making all women’s voices sound stupid and weak.
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