Reading roundup 15/09/21

This will be a short post this week. It’s Lovely Husband’s birthday today so I am quite busy for once! More about that in Friday’s post. Anyway, I have one book to tell you about…

Find Them Dead by Peter James

I have already read quite a few books in Peter James’s Roy Grace series. This one, Find Them Dead, is actually the 16th! Here is the blurb:

Ending his secondment to London’s Met Police, Roy Grace gets a tip-off about a county lines drugs mastermind operating out of Brighton. On his first day back in his old job in Sussex, he is called to a seemingly senseless murder.

Separately, Meg Magellan finally has her life back together, five years after the car crash that killed her husband and their son. Her daughter, Laura, now 18, is on her gap year travelling in South America with a friend, and Meg misses her badly. Laura is all she has in the world.

In between jobs, Meg receives a summons for jury service. She’s excited – it might be interesting and will help distract her from constantly worrying about Laura. But when she is selected for the trial of a major Brighton drugs overlord, everything changes.

Gradually, Grace’s investigation draws him increasingly into the sinister sphere of influence of the drug dealer on trial. A man utterly ruthless and evil, prepared to order the death of anyone it takes to enable him to walk free.

Just a few days into jury service, Meg arrives home to find a photograph of Laura, in Ecuador, lying on her kitchen table. Then her phone rings.

A sinister, threatening stranger is on the line. He tells her that if she ever wants to see Laura alive again, it is very simple. At the end of the trial, all she has to do is make sure the jury says just two words . . . Not guilty.”

And this is what I wrote on the Goodreads website in response:

Find Them Dead (Roy Grace, #16)Find Them Dead by Peter James
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was an OK read. I have read other books in this series before, so the main recurring characters were all pretty familiar. Most of the plot took place in a courtroom, which was quite interesting, although there were passages that felt too long.

Most of the issues in the book were wrapped up neatly, with a couple hanging around to be resolved later in the series. There were certainly some dark foreboding clouds on the horizon!

This is the kind of series that you can slip into like a familiar police soap opera on TV. It’s an easy read, with some challenges along the way.

View all my reviews
The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

After that book, I decided to completely change genres, so I am currently reading The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. It is really engaging so far and I will let you know how I get on with it in next week’s Reading Roundup post.

Until then:

Happy Reading to you all!

Love and best wishes,



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