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Love You Dead

(Roy Grace #12)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  6,455 ratings  ·  372 reviews

An ugly duckling as a child, Jodie Bentley had two dreams in life - to be beautiful and rich. She's achieved the first, with a little help from a plastic surgeon, and now she's working hard on the second. Her philosophy on money is simple: you can either earn it or marry it. Marrying is easy, it's getting rid of the husband afterwards that's harder, that takes real skill.

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Published May 19th 2016 by Macmillan
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Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Detective Superintendent Roy Grace of the Brighton Constabulary, is a fairly low-key, decent chap with a few hang-ups from his past. In contrast, his villains are extraordinarily evil, and the plotting is extremely ingenious.

We begin in the company of Jodie Bentley, and gradually learn her history. She comes from a comfortably-off middle-class family, who looked after her and gave her a good education. But – in her eyes at least – she is hideously ugly, whereas her sister, Cassie, is everyone's
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the 12th book in the Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series by one of my favourite authors Peter James.

Having read all of the previous books in the series I am a self confessed fan of both Peter James and this series in particular although his other work is also very good.

This novel features Jodie Bentley whose dream in life was to be rich and beautiful. She achieved the first with the help of a plastic surgeon, and now she's determined to achieve the second. She decides that the easi
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-crime-2016
So how do I start to review one of my most beloved crime series in the whole world…

Peter James is back with a brand new Roy Grace story and I got my hands on a copy (YAY!). I am in complete fan girl mode over the latest Roy Grace. Love You Dead is number twelve and just proves James is a genius. I cried, I laughed and I empathised with a very disturbing and fun female killer. I took a trip around Brighton, with much affection. Yes Peter James has done it again!

The story starts with an alluring f
Description: An ugly duckling as a child, Jodie Bentley had two dreams in life—to be beautiful and rich. She's achieved the first, with some help from a plastic surgeon, and now she's working hard on the second. Her philosophy about money is simple. You can either earn it or marry it. Marrying is easy—it's getting rid of the husband afterwards that takes skill. But hey, practice makes perfect. Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is feeling the pressure from his superiors, his previous case is giv ...more
Rob Twinem
I think it's time for retirement Detective Superintendent Roy Grace I have long been a fan of Peter James and before the emergence of his Roy Grace detective series he had written some notable horror stories, most memorable Sweet Heart and Prophecy. Unfortunately  Love You Dead (Roy Grace 12) has all the hallmarks of an author attempting to keep not only his fans happy (really?) but also his publisher content by writing a formulaic story with poor content and laughable plot.
A black widow Jodie
Sharon Bolton
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Peter James is one of our most successful crime writers, and he’s known for unusual, gritty, blood-curdling plots. This one, though, is a lot of fun. I’d go so far as to describe it as a black comedy.

It’s the story of a young woman called Jodie Bentley who, as a child, dreamed of being beautiful and rich. She doesn’t want to work too hard, so she plans to get rich by marrying wealthy men, and then getting rid of them. She’s a Black Widow.

She’s also a poisoner. And not just any old poisons, but
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Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**Note: If you plan on reading the series in order, please do not continue to read my review as it will inevitably contain spoilers**

I remain a Peter James fan, however the last few books seem to have brought a bit of discontent to readers, myself included. The whole 'Sandy' story line has made me become a little disinterested and at times bored I'm afraid to say. However, his latest book was a great read and I was hoping that this issue of Sandy would finally be put to bed with this latest in t
Laura (Kyahgirl)

I enjoyed this mystery, even though the ‘police procedural’ element was really weak. I read this book, largely to read the rest of the Sandy story, which was referred to in book 6, Dead Like You. I don’t think I’ll read any more of the series, even though I enjoyed this book quite a bit. In terms of the reoccurring characters, I think either the author was not too invested in fleshing them out, or I just missed a lot from previous books. I ended up losing interest in Roy Grace as a main characte
The Lit Bitch
This is the fall of more modern thrillers for me, particularly ones set in England. I love love love British thrillers and when I heard this one was set in Brighton, I was all over it! I haven’t read anything by Peter James or heard anything about him, so this was a completely new author for me.

I felt at a little disadvantage reading this book simply because it is the 12th book in a long standing series. Clearly there were things that long time fans would be familiar with such as DS Grace’s miss
May 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Having read a few of Peter James' stand alone novels and the entire Roy Grace series from start to this book, and enjoying them, this read was IMHO just way too long. There were so many side stories of connected characters to the main investigation and then the last book investigation attempts to be tidied up along the way. AND Roy and his team only really came into the book close to half way through. While this was a very different construction, he is a good writer and makes it work but I just ...more
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book isn't due out here in NZ until late July, so I won't say much except for outstanding! How can an internationally best selling author suddenly up his game and write an even better novel than his previous ones!
If you have been reading the Roy Grace series, this might answer some of those unanswered questions that have been a thread through the other books.
This book will be a hard act to follow.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

Back into catch up mode. This was a great book in a great series that is still going strong.


Well looks like I gave another five stars rating for the book. well it is a Thriller and stuff book and I just love these genres. So I will tell you why in moment…

While reading the book you will be Introduced to Jodie Bentley a very attractive and seductive woman with a fiance at a Ski resort having the time of their lives. Planning on doing an early morning ski. later that day Jodie f
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Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I’ve always been a huge fan of Peter James and the “Roy Grace” series, and yes I’ve read everyone of the twelve books in the series! Now I wouldn’t blame you for thinking as I did that come this point in a series something usually gives, detail to characters, poor plot construction it can sometimes feel the author has written another book in a series because “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”, fortunately this isn’t the case with Love You Dead it has all the hallmarks of a crime thriller that you ...more
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Yet another excellent episode in this series with plenty going on. What I like about this series is seeing the police investigation (and the team meetings) as well as parts being written from the perspective of the person committing the crimes. If I was to be ultra picky I missed the r gulag briefings with Roy and his team (one of the best features) as there were not as many in this book, especially in the first half. However this was more than made up for by all t he events in the book around t ...more
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Completely brilliant and glad to see the Sandy saga coming to an end.
Colin Mitchell
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Roy Grace staggers on accompanied by Cleo, Noah, Glen and Sandy plus several characters from previous novels. Not much new then. At least, what should have been the central character, Jodie of several names is a stunner, in more ways than one, but do not turn your back.

A good read for 3 stars.
Cleopatra  Pullen
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this series featuring Detective Superintendent Roy Grace which is now up to book number twelve, and I have been a faithful follower ever since 2005 when Dead Simple was published! So did he thrill me? Yes he did! Although that’s not too say that I didn’t have some moments of concern as it took quite a while for my favourite policeman to take centre stage!

The first section of the book follows the exploits of Jodie Bentley, this isn’t a spoiler she tells us herself, more or less straightawa
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just brilliant, Peter James.

This story will hold you all the way. Crime Fiction is a fine art, and Peter does it all the way through this encounter with Roy Grace. I love this series and it was good to catch up.

Just read this series of books. Crime fiction at it's highest.
David Lowther
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
I've read the previous eleven Roy Grace novels and enjoyed them all. Love you Dead was not in the same class as its predecessors.

This is a 'Black Widow' story set in the US, India and, of course Brighton. The first half of the book hardly features Grace at all, being chiefly concerned with the activities of the femme fatale and a monstrous hitman who is out to get her. Grace takes centre stage after the half way mark along with regulars Norman Potting and Glenn Branson. The latter is a very inte
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Set in present day Brighton, these books follow the life of Detective Superintendent Grace, we first met him aged 39 and we soon discover that his wife Sandy disappeared almost 10 years previously, the same day as Roy’s 30th Birthday. Grace finds himself attempting to move on with his life as that milestone is fast approaching whilst juggling his career and trying to solve the latest crime that has taken place in the city.

Another of the series strengths is with the great supporting cast, most no
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
I do love a good Roy Grace story and this one was great! I wasn't impressed at first, not enough Roy and far too many other characters, but once the story got going and Roy became involved, I enjoyed it immensely. The murderer in this book is a true black widow, she marries rich men and kills them for their money. How she does this is unusual and creepy. I am looking forward to reading the next installment of this series and seeing what Roy Grace is up to. I have a feeling he's in for a whole ne ...more
Such a thoroughly involving and satisfying crime thriller!

Rating 3,5.
I really liked this one, despite the rather awful translation (but that's nothing new).
The plot-twists were really interesting and it was fun to get to follow a different back-up character for once (Norman) and finally getting some real answers about Sandy. Shit's about to go down in that department, I could bet on it.

Jodie is a bitch, no doubt, but with parents like that, I'm not surprised.

Also, YAY! snakes! Not so much the spiders.....
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. I love Roy Grace. I’ve read and enjoyed every book in the series; this one was no different. No matter how long I go I between books, it’s never hard to get back into them. I read so much that sometimes I forget the supporting cast or get them mixed up in my head, but that is never the case with Roy Grace. This could probably be fine as a standalone, but I recommend reading them in order to get the most out of them. If you haven’t started this series, what are you waiting for. It’s on ...more
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
After being slightly disappointed with "You Are Dead" things were really back on track with this as it was a cracking read. Grace features quite a bit less than usual but this was more than made up for with the antics of the Black Widow who is bumping off husbands at an alarming rate. On her trail is a violent assassin who cares about no-one & nothing other than his dog, a nice touch I thought ;o)

A great read & while things have been "resolved" with Sandy she's managed to leave Roy & Cleo wi
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love You Dead by Peter James
Roy Grace series Book #12
5 ★'s

From The Book:
An ugly duckling as a child, Jodie Bentley had two dreams in life - to be beautiful and rich. She's achieved the first, with a little help from a plastic surgeon, and now she's working hard on the second. Her philosophy on money is simple: you can either earn it or marry it. Marrying is easy, it's getting rid of the husband afterwards that's harder, that takes real skill. But hey, practice makes perfect . . .

Detective Superi
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of the DS Roy Grace series by Peter James and couldn't wait to get my hands on his new book, the twelfth of the series. We first meet newlywed Jodie Bentley at a ski resort in Courcheval, France, when she and her wealthy, much older husband are in search of “fresh powder”. Before long we realize the she's calmly tricked him into skiing over a cliff. She heads back to the ski lodge to enjoy a glass of champagne and pretend she lost him out on the slopes, while searching for a new ...more
Sooz (P.Turners Book Blog)
“description by the former girlfriend of a grossly overweight MP, who had said that making love to him was like having a wardrobe fall on top of her with the key still in the door."

Peter James has done it again!! I'm starting to think that he has no flaws in writing....

Love You Dead is the twelfth novel in the Roy Grace series, based in Brighton, England.

Grace is faced with more trouble (would be a bit boring if the story was based on him just having a cup of tea!) when a middle-aged woman who
Robyn Smith
Oct 17, 2016 rated it liked it
I usually enjoy James's Roy Grace novels; I can't tolerate his other books, they're too gruesome and horrible. But this one was a little off the mark.
It was a little too predictable and Jodie Bentley was a little too careless or stupid about what she was doing ie marrying supposedly rich men, then killing them off. However, one of them at least is not rich at all, more about to end up in the bankruptcy court, so Jodie hasn't done her homework on this one. Police begin to get suspicious, despite
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Peter James is a UK No. 1 bestselling author, best known for writing crime and thriller novels, and the creator of the much-loved Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. With a total of 13 Sunday Times No. 1s under his belt, he has achieved global book sales of over 19 million copies to date, and has been translated into 37 languages.

Synonymous with plot-twisting page-turners, Peter has garnered an ar

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