Updated: Dec 10, 2021
By Peter James
Here’s a quirky little kidnap thriller that STARTS with a twist: Michael Harrison is locked in a coffin with a flashlight, walkie talkie, and dirty magazine. It’s a dumb, but hopefully harmless, prank right up until all the blokes who know where Michael is trapped are killed in a car crash. Now we have a distraught fiancée, a suspicious survivor, a clever and believable cop, and Michael buried alive somewhere in the British countryside. Dead Simple is a novel as clever as it is engaging, right from the first chapter.
Peter James is one of the UK’s biggest thriller writers for a good reason. His novels host relatable but realistic police solving mysteries that are just absurd enough to be true. James’s novels, while clearly fiction, holds the reader at the brink of belief. Sure, a bachelor party prank could totally go wrong and leave the husband-to-be buried somewhere. Why not?
Dead simple is the first of Jame's Roy Grace series (currently boasting over seventeen titles). It’s got all the hallmarks of a great British mystery, including a bleak countryside and a blackness in the hearts of people claiming to be the buried man’s mates. Dead Simple is a great read to start you off on a new series.