On the 2nd day of Christmas my LitPig brought to me ...
Each day I want to share the writing of an author that I read for the first time in 2011. These are my personal choices - you may know many of them, but perhaps one or two will be new to you ... So why not try a new author in 2012.
PETER JAMES - Roy Grace series of detective novels
I started with Dead Tomorrow - picking this from the local village library - which isn't the first in the series. Immediately I was hooked, perhaps because the location and settings were so familiar to me. The finale of the book takes place at Manor house on the South Downs, which is literally 5 mins from us! And of course Peter James famously lives in West Sussex, near Brighton, so knows the county well. I can vouch that his locations are genuine, even down to the roundabouts and junctions he recalls during car chases!
You don't have to read these in order, though there is a clear timeline running through the series, and I found it easy to catch up on the characters and history. Yes, these crime thrillers do follow a formula but the writing is intoxicating. The chapters are short and well paced so you simply fly through the novels, even though they are usually over 400 pages long.
WARNING: these books are addictive ... one is never enough.
Other titles in the Roy Grace series are:
- Dead Simple (2005)
- Looking Good Dead (2006)
- Not Dead Enough (2007)
- Dead Man's Footsteps (2008)
- Dead Tomorrow (2009)
- Dead Like You (2010)
- Dead Man's Grip (2011)