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Not Dead Enough (Roy Grace #3)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  6,306 Ratings  ·  328 Reviews
Peter James came to many readers’ attention via his immense success as a horror novelist, but his more recent career as a writer of effortlessly ingenious and readable crime novels has – perhaps unfairly -- eclipsed his earlier work. (The author has claimed that he was, in any case, always essentially a crime writer – even in the days of his earlier acclaim).

Not Dead Enoug

Kindle Edition, 508 pages
Published by Pan Macmillan (first published 2007)
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Feb 03, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-as-an-adult
Somewhere in these 400 pages there is a decent story but it would have taken a very talented editor to bring it to publication. Instead we have a tedious novel that alternates between murder mystery, soap opera, thriller and screenplay for a Hollywood buddy cop film. If you decide to read it don’t feel guilty about skimming paragraphs to get to the next major plot point.
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not Dead Enough is the third book in the Roy Grace series by Peter James. I will say that this one isn’t quite as fast-paced and gripping as the first two but it still had me on the edge of my seat for much of the time. The reason I keep coming back to Peter James is because he has the ability to lead me on a merry chase and keep me guessing - every time. I am constantly trying to run through various scenarios and solve the crime but he stymies me at every turn. Just when I think I have it figur ...more
Dec 05, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Substitute "good" for "dead" in the title. Over two hundred pages to not give a shit about any of it. (Didn't help that a reviewer on the Simon Mayo show pointed out she'd never come across such "new men" policemen, stating freely and boldly their love for each other, and bearing their emotions in public.) The main detective, who's bonking a fantastic, intelligent, utterly stunning, younger and available babe, drops everything to run to Munich to try and find a wife who dropped out his life year ...more
NOT DEAD ENOUGH (Pol. Procedural-DS Roy Grace-England-Cont) – VG
James, Peter – 3rd in series
Macmillan, 2007, UK Hardcover – ISBN: 9781845797058

First Sentence: Darkness took a long time to arrive, but it was worth the wait.

*** DS Roy Grace is finally putting his life back together and has a new lady love after the disappearance of his wife nine years ago. A friend calls saying he and his wife are certain they glimpsed Grace’s wife in Munich. That’s not the only threat to his new relationship as h

To Bertie, Sooty and Phoebe


Darkness took a long time to arrive, but it was worth the wait.

Became a little preposterous towards the end; happily I loved it!

4* Dead Simple
4* Looking Good Dead
4* Not Dead Enough
TR Dead Man's Footsteps
TR Dead Tomorrow
Mar 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book three in the Dectective Inspector Roy Grace series is another thrilling page turner. I love everything about this series, the characters, the setting, Peter James' writing and his inventive storylines. This one kept me reading far into the night and I've already started the next book in the series. Very highly recommended.
I read three of these, but it was this one that stopped me dead as the titles. Throughout all three there were various, unpleasant "little England" views (he's got a black partner! Can't be racist!) and the author's weird paranormal beliefs politicising the prose (he finds the first book's victim via crystal dowsing. I am not kidding). However, up to this book Roy Grace was a surprisingly likeable protagonist. Life repeatedly put shoe to scrotum and he rolled with it with a kind of endearing han ...more
Balthazar Lawson
This novel is a police procedural and unfortunately I found this to be the main problem with the book as it was too procedural. It's a big story and it dragged for me and got too bogged down in the procedures to the point I sometimes felt I was reading an instruction manual. I wanted to enjoy this but I just couldn't get into it. I think 25% of the book could have been cut out and it would have been a good story.

It picked up towards the end and then seemed to get rushed to a conclusion.

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Same as previous one. What am I missing. people keep giving his books 5 stars. 5 Stars!!! The plots are sooooo slooooow. The writing lazy.... Copy and paste from the previous book. Facts that are not true, descriptions of Brighton that don't fit....... yup. Lazy writing and lazy editing. Not even worth 1 star.
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roy-grace
So I finally managed to get my head properly back into thriller gear again and finished book 3 of the Roy Grace series. Once I was in the right place to read this, I raced through it and enjoyed it immensely.

After the conclusion of Looking Good Dead, things seem to be taking a good turn for our Detective Superintendent protagonist; the same cannot be said for poor Glenn Branson, however. Very soon into the novel Grace and his team are investigating the murder case of Mrs Katie Bishop, the prime
Alison Gray
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Katie Bishop is discovered murdered at her home in Brighton and her husband, Brian, is the obvious suspect. He has an alibi which is being investigated and Roy leaves the investigation in the capable hands of his second-in-command while he flies to Munich for a day to investigate a sighting of his own wife, Sandy, who disappeared several years before. While he is there, a second murder is discovered in Brighton. On his return, the forensic evidence that was recovered from Katie and from the seco ...more
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great tale in the Roy Grace series. You might think you've got the case sussed but there's enough twists & turns that you can't be 100% sure you're right up until the end....& what a cracking ending it is! Some of the chapters end on a real cliff hanger too, making this a really gripping read - unputdownable!
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
For once I actually figured out the ending before Roy Grace did, I'm quite impressed with myself!
Yet again another great addition to the series, I can't wait to continue with these books!
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yet again an absolutely awesome read. I just could not pick the ending right up to ... literally the end.
Such a great author, I am seriously enjoying this series. Can't wait to read the next one.
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the bestselling and increasingly popular series featuring Detective Superintendent Roy Grace.
Brian Bishop is married to socialite Katie Bishop, who is later found dead. Brian is the chief suspect in this case but he has a solid alibi for the time of the murder. Evidence continues to stack up against him but how can be in two places at once? Detective Superintendent Roy Grace and his team need to unravel the tangled web.
At the same time, there are developments in the hun
Toni Osborne
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 3, in Detective Superintendent Roy Grace Series

This is a perfect holiday read and certainly a pager-turner. Although early on into the mystery it is quite easy for any experienced crime fiction reader to pin point the few flaws and to figure out what is going on from the get-go. With this said we still have a plot above the run of the mill standard, one that offers plenty of thrills and spills, intense police procedural, colourful local details, sympathetic main characters, a memorable side
Paul Wardman
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a massive amount I can say about this without using spoilers.
*James' research and therefore knowledge of police procedures really comes to the fore in these books. Detailed but not in a dull way.
*More insight into Grace's life which is really what crime novels are about these days. The whodunit can be a secondary to the lives of the recurring cast and in this case it's one I enjoy looking into.
*A crime that had me guessing. I'm probably in the minority of people who didn't get it sooner an
Moray Barclay
Firstly, the gripes. My main complaint goes back to 1929, when the editor Ronald Knox wrote a set of rules governing crime novels. For example, the detective must never turn out to be the criminal, and so on. Peter James broke one of these cardinal rules (not the one mentioned, I hasten to add) in a quite cavalier fashion. Worse, he did so in a way which stretches the readers’ credulity to their limit. As a second, and more minor, point I also find it irritating when the hero’s back-story merges ...more
Oct 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
I enjoyed the book (I used to live not far from the area where the book was set), but it did drag on longer than it needed to and in some places it was just plain boring. For example and without going into too much detail to give away the plot, there was WAY too much on the Skunk character. I mean, who cares about Bethany and his relationship? Probably 50 pages that could have been avoided. You also don't find out what happens to a few of the characters, which is annoying. What happens to Brian? ...more
Colin Mitchell
Detective Superintendent Roy Grace see that the obvious suspect in a brutal murder is the husband and this is compounded with a further murder and a suspicious death. The novel moves along at a fast pace with short chapers to build excitement. His relationship with Cleo puts her at risk and there is also the lingering, for followers of this series, saga of his wife Sandy. I did find that some very easy clues were missed by the team and that frustrates me and I continue to hope that real people i ...more
Joe Stamber
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, read-2015
Really enjoyed this. The Roy Grace series (thus far) is written in a pleasing style that carries the story along nicely. Grace himself is a great character, backed up by an eclectic bunch of heroes and villains. After the murder of the wife of a successful businessman, Grace has his suspicions but they don't quite add up. On this occasion, I did see the the "twist" coming, but it didn't spoil my enjoyment. Peter James delivers another entertaining mystery that anyone who enjoyed the first two in ...more
Apr 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far has started off really well.....and now have just finished. I would say its a decent crime book but is like many out there and some of the characterisation was a bit cheesey and "obvious". Having said that it's interesting enough and worth a read if you are a fan of the author. I liked his horror type work more, my favourite being, "denial"
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 3rd book in the Roy Grace series by Peter James.
Having read the first three books in the series the characters are now developing very nicely which compliments the main plots.
There is plenty of side issues that are going on along side the main story and keeps you wanting to read more.
A good page turner and I plan to read the rest of this series.
Carey Combe
May 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A series that is getting better and better, definitely on a par with Rebus, with, I think, more rounded characters. Lovely not having a hero that has alcohol problems! Can't wait to read the next three!
I love this series and I loved the twist in the tail. I also like the fact that the mystery of what happened to Grace's wife is still on going - was it her that his friend saw in Munich and if so why is she there? Can't wait to read the next one.
Dec 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was totally amazed until I realized that I had finished and I didn't feel satisfied at all with the ending. Besides that I really enjoyed it, I just couldn't stop reading; definitely my kind of book. you know I love you...

...Your firefly of course.
Feb 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wonderful book, i was amazed of the plot, the described character, i want more to read from this awesome author.

Highly rec for those who love to read detective stories and action.

If you didn't read the previous book, you should have, cause they are so good.
Dora Maw
Jan 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love investigation books! And the more complicated... the better!!! One murder suspect - with everything pointing to him having done the 3 murders. But.... did he, or not? LOVED it!
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite a complicated plot to this one but it was nevertheless a page-turner, especially the last 100 pages.
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Peter James is the international bestselling author of many award-winning novels. His Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series, set in Brighton, has been translated into thirty-seven languages with worldwide sales of over eighteen million copies, and has given him eleven consecutive Sunday Times number ones. In 2015 WHSmith customers publicly voted him the Greatest Crime Author of All Time and in ...more
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