Dead At First Sight – Peter James


Just keeps getting better

After fourteen other novels based around the central character, Roy Grace, (all of which I have read) I am expecting my affection to diminish.  In fact, for me, this is the best so far.  One of the things Peter James manages to do is keep his storylines bang up-to-date with cleverly crafted characters and so many twists and turns it is impossible to put down.

“A man waits at a London airport for Ingrid Ostermann, the love of his life, to arrive. Across the Atlantic, a retired NYPD cop waits in a bar in Florida’s Key West for his first date with the lady who is, without question, his soulmate. The two men are about to discover they’ve been scammed out of almost every penny they have in the world – and that neither women exist.”

Welcome to the world of Internet dating and scamming of the rich and over fifties who are bereaved and looking for some love and affection later in life.  We all like to think we would never be taken in by any of these tricks but it happens and this is an astute look at how it does.

Roy Grace becomes involved when called in to investigate the ‘apparent suicide’ of one woman in Brighton who has a sister who recently took a fall from her flat onto railings in Munich, Germany.

This is a stand-alone novel, if you haven’t read any of the others, but there are a couple of characters and situations it definitely improves the enjoyment if you know the background.

Thank you to NetGalley, Pan Macmiilan and Peter James for my ARC of Dead At First Sight in return for my honest review.

Utterly brilliant read.  Highly recommended.





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