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You Are Dead: Suspense Magazine

By Mary Lignor

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Logan is on her way home after a miserable day at work. All she wants is to get home, have a glass of wine and smoke a cigarette out on her balcony. As she drives into her condo’s garage, however, she sees out of the corner of her eye a man lurking, and his presence scares her enough to call her fiancé, Jamie. Just as she begins telling Jamie about the man, she screams and the phone goes dead. To add in even more creepiness, at just about the same time that this occurs, some workmen drilling in another location unveil a skeleton that will be an interesting link, to say the least.

Detective Superintendent Roy Grace (this, his eleventh novel), is back. Grace is one of those people who has everything: a beautiful wife, Chloe, and baby boy, Noah. Right now, they are moving into a new home in the country that will be their ultimate dream house. Grace is Senior Investigator of his Major Crime Team, and cannot wait to have some relief in this new house. Of course, just as Roy gets home, the phone rings and he learns that a young woman has gone missing.

It seems that a suspected serial killer is on the loose and the city goes on high alert as the ‘Brighton Brander’ roams…picking out lone females and dragging them away. When the case begins to unfold the police find likenesses between their case and the skeletal remains that were recently found. Now, these two crimes should have no possible connection, seeing as that the bones found are of a woman who has been dead for thirty years. But as DI Grace knows, nothing is impossible when it comes to murder.

Mr. Peter James is a master researcher and writer who hands out thrills, chills, and perfect plots. This novel just proves that James is all that and more!

Reviewed by Mary Lignor, Professional Librarian and Co-Owner of The Write Companion for Suspense Magazine