It was meant to be a harmless stag night prank. A few hours later four of his best friends are dead, and Michael Harrison has disappeared. With only three days to the wedding, Detective Superintendent Grace – a man haunted by the shadow of his own missing wife – is contacted by Michael’s beautiful, distraught fiancée, Ashley Harper. Grace discovers that the one man who ought to know Michael Harrison’s whereabouts is saying nothing. But then he has a lot to gain – more than anyone realizes. For one man’s disaster is another man’s fortune …
“Dead Simple,” is the first novel of Roy Grace series. I got hold a very interesting series I must say….
In this book Detective Roy himself is not immediately introduced at the start of the book which I feel is refreshing as it allows the author to flesh out some of the secondary characters more which is a good thing.
In a lot of detective friction we see that the character often have to have a flaw. All too often that flaw is an addiction to alcohol which as a stereotype can get a little tedious. Here Grace’s flaw is that he sometimes uses mediums to help him solve crimes. This I really found interesting.
The beauty of this book is the ability to hook you in from the offset. Mix this with perfectly created characters
The plot to this novel is perfect — a stag do prank gone wrong. Michael Harrison is on his stag night with his best friends when they decide to bury him underground, leaving him with an ‘emergency’ kit. His 4 best friends who have buried him are involved in a seemingly accidental car accident, leaving Michael trapped and alone. Enter DS Roy Grace who is still suffering from his own relationship problems (a recurring storyline) to solve the case with his best friend DC Branson.
The beginning of this story was so uncomfortably tense that I almost didn’t carry on reading but I am so glad I did otherwise I would have missed a smashing tale.
The mystery unfolds layer by layer, by twists and turns, piling on more tension and urgency all the way.
Overall this novel was an enjoyable read. “Dead Simple” was not without its problems but a quick read I’d recommend.