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Review: Dead Man’s Grip by Peter James

Dead Man's Grip
Dead Man’s Grip by Peter James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I started reading the novels of Peter James in 2010 and found that just by the down-to-earth well written stories with the confident understanding of characters, he has taken me at times to such a state of suspense, it is no wonder that he has become one of Britain’s best-loved crime writers.
All his stories are located in Brighton, just an hour’s train ride from London, and over the sequence of his novels, Peter James is establishing himself to be as skilful a storyteller as G K Chesterton, Agatha Christie, and Elmore Leonard
And his central character is the resolute police officer Roy Grace, this story “Dead Man’s Grip” is an intensely riveting one in the Grace sequence. At this point the detective is involved in dark developments after a woman is distressed in a fatal traffic accident. The accident has resulted in the death of student, but then the drivers of other vehicles involved are discovered tortured and killed.
Peter’s books are each time well researched and give us readers a meticulous and action-packed story and I certainly recommend it.

If you haven’t already discovered the thrill of reading the Roy Grace series, this is a list of the order:
Dead Simple (2005)
Looking Good Dead (2006)
Not Dead Enough (2007)
Dead Man’s Footsteps (2008)
Dead Tomorrow (2009)
Dead Like You (2010).
While it’s not essential to read them in sequence, it does mean you can follow the development of Grace’s personal story

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Review: Count to Ten by Karen Rose

Count to Ten
Count to Ten by Karen Rose
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well, when I was told that the books by Karen Rose were Romantic Suspense stories I thought “No Way” these are pure murder-mystery with a lot of suspense anyhow it doesn’t matter because they are Attention-Grabbing, Scary and Downright Gripping, Karen Rose is a stylish teller of tales.
I have not as is usual for me read them all in sequence, it does not spoil it as such but as there are characters in the books that make appearances in all the books it is better to read them in order, I found myself reading some for a second time just to make sure I hadn’t missed anything or anyone.
“Count to Ten”, In all his years in the Chicago Fire Department, Lieutenant Reed Solliday has never experienced anything like this recent outbreak of house fires—devastating, vicious, and, in one case, homicidal. He has another problem—his new partner, Detective Mia Mitchell. She’s brash, bossy, and taking the case in a direction he never imagined. Mia’s instincts tell her the arsonist is making this personal. And as the infernos become more deadly, one look at the victim’s tortured faces convinces her and Reed that they must work closer to catch the killer. With each new blaze, the villain ups the ante, setting firetraps for the people Reed and Mia love. The truth is almost too hot to handle: This monster’s desire for death and destruction is unquenchable…and for Mia he’s started the countdown to an early grave.
This book had the ideal blend of crime, thriller, romance, but not the mushy romance this was almost pornographic at times. There is a good background narrative to cause you to feel tenderness for the villain just as much as you want to kill him yourself.
Even with insightful parts to the plot Karen Rose doesn’t go economical and give squalid details just to embellish, She places the precise words in the correct places without causing you feel awkward but, she keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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