Looking Good Dead

Roy Grace, Book 2
Narrated by: David Thorpe
Series: Roy Grace, Book 2
Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (175 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

One single act of kindness becomes an endless reign of terror....

Tom Bryce did what any decent person would do. But within hours of picking up the CD that had been left behind on the train seat next to him, and attempting to return it to its owner, he is the sole witness to a vicious murder. Then his young family are threatened with their lives if he goes to the police. But supported by his wife, Kellie, he bravely makes a statement to the murder enquiry team headed by Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, a man with demons of his own to contend with.

And from that moment the killing of the Bryce family becomes a mere formality - and a grisly attraction. Notice of Kellie and Tom's deaths has already been posted on the internet. You can log on and see them on a website. They are looking good dead.

Looking Good Dead is the second best-selling title in the Roy Grace series from number one author Peter James.

©2006 Peter James, Really Scary Books (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"Full of gripping twists and turns" ( Guardian)

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Great Book - Leaves You Wanting More

Excellent listen. Great story with twists that are slightly gruesome but in a way you want to keep reading to find out what happens. Only complaint is there is some fluff dialogue in the chapters. As I listen to the books in order I am enjoying the growth and emergence of main character, Roy Grace. You find yourself feeling empathetic and connecting with the character. Makes you want to read the next one. David Thorpe was outstanding with the delivery of the story

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Enjoyable but questionable policing techniques

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, populated with vile villains, winsome detectives, and innocent by-standers with interesting backstories. The narration was excellent. I withhold the final star because the police procedure seems to be somewhat unrealistic in several instances, including overlooking clear connection between events, failure to utilize armed response officers, and a senior police officer's distraction by clothes shopping amidst a major, horrific murder investigation. The protagonist's consultations with clairvoyants is also off-putting. I have a hard time believing that such an officer could attain the rank of detective superintendent.

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Hooray for Peter James

This is the first unabridged audiobook I've listened to by James and I really enjoyed it. I'm an American and it was odd as I waited with baited breath for Grace to take out the bad guys with his firearm, but was instead dodging bullets himself! English police do not carry firearms! It's weird to me and strangely thrilling. How do they do it!!??

The book is very well written and researched. James has done his homework. The narrator was not the best, but did a fair job. A little more intonation and character separation would have helped.

The excerpt at the end, where James is being interviewed is fabulous and only adds to the series as a whole. I would definitely recommend this book and have already purchased the next in the series.

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just ok

Since this is a long standing popular series, I wanted to start as close to the beginning. That means 2006, which in this book seems like a different era of writing in some of the tone. I'm no snowflake and am usually not bothered by outdated characters, but... The author doesn't seem to really like the women he writes. All the female characters are either objects to be oggled, foolish stereotypes, or both. I do like the main cop and am curious about his story line, and may read spoilers to catch up on his background, but after 6 or 7 chapters I just couldn't take one more reference to how hot or fat a woman is. Meh...

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Very good

Oh, I liked this!

I read the first book in this series as a paperback so this was my first shot at Roy Grace as an audiobook. It was great!

As with the first book, there was so much suspense in this book to keep me listening. On the other hand, there was too much repetitive description taken word-for-word from Book 1. That was annoying and kept this from being a 5 star review.

I liked the ending of this better as well. Good old-fashioned police work.

The interview with the author was an added bonus at the end even though I thought there was more of the book left to go.

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My Retro Read!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely recommend this to everyone. I somehow missed this book in the series, and have just finished reading it after the latest book. I wasn't sure how that would work out, but I really enjoyed it, even though I know what happens to many of the characters later.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really enjoyed David Thorpe's interpretation of Norman Potting. He nailed the character and the accent.

Which scene was your favorite?

No scene was a particular favourite. I just got drawn into the entire book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Just the terror of the entire situation. An innocent act of putting a CD in a computer to see what it was drew the character into a world of terror.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed David Thorpe's narration. He did a brilliant job, and I would love to hear him narrate some of the upcoming books!

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Series is Reminiscent of a Soap Opera

Peter James is not my cup of tea. The series is to heavy on the personal lives of the characters. I find Roy Grace's obsession with his missing wife, who is mentioned throughout the entire series, just too much. When I was a teenagers my mom watched Days of Our Life's and I could go a year without seeing an episode and yet still somehow know the current storyline. This series is the same. I have read 4 books, randomly sampled throughout the series, and the Roy's missing wife is in all of them.. taking up chapters in the book... after one or two it just gets boring!

Often the dialogue is weak and just doesn't ring true. James has a bad habit of unnecessary repeating the same phrases in his books. In this book 'oh my darling' phrase must be repeated 100 times by the husband they are helping. If the whole series was boiled down and you might have a decent modern detective series and each book would be about half the original length. I just can't appreciate James work. David Thorpe is a good narrator but he didn't have much to work. The quality of the recording is good.

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too much vulgarity

had to return. probably an interesting mystery but I couldn't take the constant F bombs. I purchased because I like this narrator but I wasn't familiar with the author.... lesson learned.

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  • Richardmk
  • 02-12-16

An introduction to a promising series...

First a little note: Unfortunately, book 1 isn't available on Audible. However, don't let that stop you, you pick the history of the characters up quickly. I'm glad I took the risk.

Now what I thought.

If you, like me, enjoy a decent series, Peter James's character Detective-Super Roy Grace and his second outing in "Looking Good Dead" seems to get this series off to a perfect start. His investigation into the disappearance of a legal assistance takes you on a fast paced ride through Brighton's less glamorous side.

Although being a great thriller, you could find yourself laughing out loud at certain points, much to the amusement of those around you, if you wear earphones.

You could even find yourself praying that no harm comes to some of the characters. Very few books have managed that for me.

I have read Mark Dawson and the "John Milton" book series and loved it. Stephen Leather and the "Jack Nightingale" book series is also one of my favourites.

I'm not sure if I should pass judgement on this one yet, but the first audible offering in the series seems to be right up there....

Now on to book 3...

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  • Simon
  • 08-31-15

As good as the first, but different.

Having just read the first Roy Grace book and thoroughly enjoyed it I dived straight into the second with some gusto and I think that this series will become a favourite of mine. One of the reasons that I say this is that while it has many of the hallmarks of the first book such as the characters and well described Sussex locations it has a different feel and does not simply follow the formula of the first.

This book differed in that it was less of a whodunnit as in the first book, rather more of a howdunnit and it began as a relatively slow burner with more time spent on enriching the characters. Speaking of which the excellent introduction of a thoroughly unpleasant non-PC old dinosaur of a police officer added an additional dimension to the chemistry that I personally liked. The way that the crime was eventually solved was also a small surprise in that the author didn't follow a predictable pattern that must have been tempting to him.

I found the narration of the book very similar to the first book (though see note below, it's not a universal opinion) and liked the narrator for the very same reasons. A bright, lively delivery that helped move the book along at a decent pace.

The only criticisms I would make is that when sounding peeved the narrator tended to fall out of character but this is a very minor thing. Also, I would have liked the bad guys perhaps to have a little more depth to their characters as this, on reflection, was a highlight of the first book.

The book ends with an interview with the author which I think gave an interesting insight into his thinking behind the books. Worth hanging on to listen to.

All thing considered this is shaping up to be a very enjoyable series!


Note: At the time of writing another reviewer seems to have had an entirely different experience from having listened to this audiobook. In particular the narration which she found incredibly monotonous. I would never say that my opinion counts more than that of another but having read that review I even re-listened to some parts of the book and I remain puzzled and have to simply disagree. I will check back with interest to discover what others feel about it.

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  • M. Reach
  • 10-22-15

it's ok but

I liked the story but it narration sounds like someone from Playaway which I struggled with

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  • Winifred Cockerill
  • 02-25-16

A book you can catnap listening to and have missed nothing !

The narrator sounds like he's reading a kids story most of the time, he has very small repertoire of voices and at times even mixes them up! The storey is very slow and the author spends more time giving a geography lesson on Brighton and Hove and describing in detail everyones office! I am very disappointed. in this book. I have had several Peter James books and given good reviews, but maybe the poor narration highlighted the laborious writing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-23-20

very good performance, clear, acted & engaging

very good performance, clear, acted & engaging, much better than previous readers. Plays well at faster speed

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  • Louise
  • 07-26-20

A real page turner

Really getting into this series and can’t wait to read the next one. I always like to have the hard copy and then switch to audio when I’m on the move .... so on that basis.... a real page turner :)

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  • Lesley Warren
  • 07-15-20

gripping

great to.listen to. good story, full of rich characters. highly recommended to read the series

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  • J D HOOK
  • 06-08-20

Great story

Roy Grace is an interesting character, o enjoyed this book, it lagged a bit in the middle but picked up in the finale, with an action scene straight out of a movie.

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  • L M Brown
  • 04-26-20

Excellent

Very good story with solid characters in it. Fast moving and frighteningly realistic. Look forward to the next one!

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  • Mary Collin
  • 04-19-20

Another page turner from Peter James

I love his books and really enjoyed the half hour interview with him at the end. I haven’t read anything of his I don’t like. His writing grabs me by the scruff of the neck and pulls me right in. Engaging characters and plot. I will think twice before trying to do a good deed after this!!! Great including Ebay and secret drinking. Narrator was quite good but not my favourite Recommended

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  • DebManning
  • 08-28-19

I would love to know Roy

Sucked in from the first words . Roy Grace a bit of a contradiction . A bit of humour, and a bit romance leads to great story and characters. Relevant and up to date. Great book off to get the 3rd one.

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  • Dudley
  • 08-05-19

The grief about missing partner now tedious

A great story with unexpected twists to plot that kept one in enthralled. A fantastic read/listen. Let’s hope the pathological attachment to missing partner eases off now it is tedious & doesn’t add anything to plots. Also the shots at the NHS nursing administration totally over the top. They haven’t created the mess so why bully them? The nasty threat to leak to newspapers - really ? It’s a shame because I thought the books were well researched.