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Peter James – Need You Dead | Review

Title: Need You Dead

Author: Peter James

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 502

Rating 4/5

It’s been a while since I’ve read a full-length Peter James novel, although I picked up The Perfect Murder, a standalone novella, towards the middle of last month. I actually picked this one up because I filmed a YouTube video where my cat picks my TBR, and this is one of the books that Biggie chose.

The story here follows an investigation into a murder where there are a bunch of different suspects, some of them more plausible than others. We also get an insight into what happens when the police are forced to investigate one of their own. Peter James does a hell of a lot of research and so you can bet that the stories he tells are grounded in reality.

This is also a relatively recent addition to the Roy Grace series, and while you can read the books as standalones, it’s a better idea to read them in order if you can. Don’t do what I did and just pick them up from charity shops as and when you see them because you can end up spoiling yourself on some of the backstory that’s continuing to develop alongside each of the cases that the Brighton police force takes on.

For example, in this book, Roy Grace has to deal with an important funeral and he also ends up basically taking in a son that he didn’t know he had. That also reminds me that there were a few bits that didn’t quite tie up here, like the fact that the assistant commissioner can speak German but isn’t comfortable with Grace knowing that. I can only assume that he’ll deal with it in a future release, and I look forward to finding what it’s all about.

As for this book, I don’t think it’s James’ best and there were a couple of points at which my mind started to wander and I wasn’t wholly absorbed by the story. With that said, on the whole I thought it was still pretty good, and it can only be a good sign that it only took me a couple of days to read it. And I would of course recommend it, but I’d also suggest following the series in order if you can.

Peter James is also an approachable guy on social media, and he even has a YouTube channel where he interviews other authors and talks about his books. It’s through his Instagram that I learned that he has his own chickens, and it was pretty cool to see that Roy Grace has them, too. I think the main thing that I like about reading Peter James is that you can see how his real life experiences go into his writing, and I feel like I can learn from it.

If you haven’t read any Peter James – and any of his Roy Grace books in particular – you should.

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Agatha Christie – At Bertram’s Hotel | Review

Title: At Bertram’s Hotel

Author: Agatha Christie

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 320

Rating: 3*/5


Agatha Christie - At Bertram's Hotel

Agatha Christie – At Bertram’s Hotel


I wasn’t such a fan of this one, and I think a lot of that was because I just didn’t relate to either the characters or the situations they were in. I think that was one of Christie’s more far-fetched plots, and right at the end, someone just randomly admits everything despite there being no proof against them before jumping out of a window and climbing a drainpipe to the roof before somehow suddenly being on the ground and in a car. It was just super dumb.

Another thing that I didn’t like was the fact that a huge part of the plot relied on the fact that someone had been hit on the head and they’d forgotten who they were. I don’t know, it just all felt very forced to me, and it was a big disappointment after enjoying the last couple of Marple books that I picked up. I’d go so far as to say that it’s the worst Marple book I’ve read yet, although it’s probably not the worst Agatha Christie.

Still, it is worth reading if you’re working your way through all of the Marple books, I just wouldn’t suggest going out of your way for it. I know that my friend Mara enjoyed this one, but she also likes to read Christie to get a feel for the social mores of the time and the way that gender was perceived. If that’s your thing then you’re going to enjoy this. If not, and if you’re more into the actual murder mysteries, this might drag a bit.

But if you ask me, Agatha Christie is a little bit like Stephen King in that even at her worst, she’s better than most other authors at their best. This book is just fine, you know? That’s it.


Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie


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