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Peter James – Not Dead Enough | Review

Title: Not Dead Enough

Author: Peter James

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 626

Rating 3.75/5



This is another of Peter James’ Roy Grace novels and so as such, it follows Detective Superintendent Grace as he investigates a crime in his native Brighton. James is a Brighton native himself and he also spends a lot of time carrying out research so his books are as accurate as possible.

In this one, Grace has to investigate the murder of a socialite called Katie Bishop. The problem is that the main suspect, her husband Brian, seems to be innocent. Then things start to get a little bit weird, and I can’t really talk about it without sharing spoilers. Suffice to say, though, that the storyline touches on identity theft and family secrets. I’d also say that it’s one of those rare books where the investigation of the crime is more interesting than the crime itself.

In fact, I think that the most interesting part about this particular book is the side story. Each of the Roy Grace books can be read as a standalone, but you’ll get a little more out of it if you read them all in order. That’s because each of the books also covers what’s going on in the personal lives of many of Grace’s fellow coppers, but we also get a lot of Grace’s own back story including an update on his missing wife Sandy and a little bit of development when it comes to his current squeeze, Cleo.



Now like I say, I’ve read these out of order and so I kind of knew what to expect and what was coming, at least with the cops’ personal lives. Still, I’ve read enough of these books by now that I’m pretty attached to most of the characters and so it was a lot of fun to revisit them and to just hang out with them.

This is one of the longer Roy Grace books, and that poses a little bit of a problem because each of my reviews has the same number of words as the book has pages, and yet I don’t have much more to say about it because there wasn’t a whole load of stuff going on. I enjoyed reading it, but it didn’t seem to have as much substance as some of the others, so it was kind of like snacking on a big bag of crisps instead of eating a proper meal.

Because of that, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this one if you’re new to Peter James’ stuff, but if you’re working your way through the series then you also shouldn’t skip it either. It’s one of those weird books where there’s nothing necessarily wrong with it but where it feels as though it’s just business as usual. The good news is that I know from experience that the series continues to get better and to evolve and so you’ve got that to look forward to, too.



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Mikey Campling – Trespass | Review

Title: Trespass

Author: Mikey Campling

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 322

Rating: 3*/5


Mikey Campling - Trespass

Mikey Campling – Trespass


I’ve been meaning to check out Campling’s work for a while now but this is the first time I’ve finally bit the bullet and picked up one of his books. Unfortunately, I was a little bit disappointed.

Don’t get me wrong, the writing and editing are up to scratch and are pretty good for an indie release, although I did spot a few minor issues with the internal formatting. It’s just that the story isn’t the kind of story that I find interesting, and rather than the “tale of supernatural suspense” that was advertised on the cover, it felt like fairly typical YA fantasy.

Another thing that I wasn’t a fan of was the leaps through time. The story is basically taking place simultaneously in three different time periods and so sometimes you’re only really interested in one part of the narrative but you have to soldier through the other bit to see what happens. There’s occasionally a risk that the action suddenly slows to a stop to be replaced by exposition.


Mikey Campling

Mikey Campling


Still, you should take all of this with a pinch of salt because I’m not the target audience. I just worry that if you did belong to the target audience, you’d have read so many other books that are similar in style and substance that it wouldn’t feel as though it was necessarily new. It’s more like a new take on an existing style of story.

It’s also worth mentioning here that this is the first book in a series as well, although I personally won’t be continuing with it. But I’ve also read much worse indie books and there’s a lot here for people who like writers like Cassandra Clare and Holly Black. I was just expecting much more suspense and much less teenage angst, although maybe that’s my fault. You decide.


Mikey Campling - The Outcast

Mikey Campling – The Outcast


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