The twelfth in the Roy Grace series and they just keep getting better and better.

“Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is feeling the pressure from his superiors…there have been major developments with his missing wife Sandy, and…he now believes a Black Widow is operating in his city…Soon Grace comes to the frightening realization that he may have underestimated just how dangerous this lady is.”

The amount of research the author undertakes shines from the pages of this book. Whether it’s the detailed description of snakes and other venomous creatures or the laws surrounding marriage on board a cruise ship, the authenticity prevents the plot becoming far-fetched.

Twelve books into a series the recurring characters could easily have become stale, but the author’s skill lies in developing even minor characters. This makes the reader engage with them and keep on coming back for more. I always avoid spoilers so I’ll just say that some questions are answered in this book while others are left tantalisingly open.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to all crime fans. If, however, you haven’t read the others in the series (where have you been?) then I urge you to start from the beginning with Dead Simple.

Thank you to the author and publisher for the advance copy to review. And finally, thank you again to Peter James for signing my copy at Crimefest.