Summary

An ugly duckling as a child, Jodie Bentley had two dreams in life - to be beautiful and rich. She's achieved the first, with a little help from a plastic surgeon, and now she's working hard on the second. Her philosophy on money is simple: you can either earn it or marry it. Marrying is easy; it's getting rid of the husband afterwards that's harder. That takes real skill. But hey, practice makes perfect....
Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is feeling the pressure from his superiors; his previous case is still giving him sleepless nights; there have been major developments with his missing wife, Sandy; and an old adversary is back. But worse than all of this, he now believes a black widow is operating in his city. One with a venomous mind...and venomous skills. Soon Grace comes to the frightening realization that he may have underestimated just how dangerous this lady is.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Bibiqueue on 31-05-16

Another engrossing Roy Grace story

Loved this! The story is, as always, beautifully told, with the different strands being interwoven skilfully. I was hooked from the word go and wonder where Peter James will take his hero next after the events in Grace's personal life take such an interesting turn.
Daniel Weyman's narration is first class. His ability to voice different characters so cleverly, and his mastery of so many different accents, was superb and very much enhanced my enjoyment of the tale. Highly recommended.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kirstine on 06-06-16

Inventive plotting that kept me gripped

I’ve read/listened to Peter James’ entire series featuring detective Roy Grace and am amazed how the author keeps coming up new scenarios. The present book has one of the most imaginatively plotted: involving snakes, spiders and scorpions that will give some listeners nightmares. A rapacious young widow preys on elderly, rich men and who, once hooked, she murders in outlandish ways. One has to suspend belief that the men would be so gullible, the murders so elaborately contrived, and the coincidences as far-fetched, but this is fiction and it certainly kept me listening eager to find out what she got up to next.

Two criminals on the run from previous novels re-appear and tracking them down is woven into the main story. Those who have followed the series will also know that there is a back-story of Grace’s first wife, Sandy, who disappeared over 10 years earlier. She reappeared in the previous novel and there is a certain resolution in this book, but there will obviously be further ramifications revealed in future novels.

The narrator is excellent and a fine mimic of different accents, ages and genders to bring to life the larger than life characters inhabiting the story.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Sheila on 19-11-17

Enjoyably Unpredictable

My first book by this author, I enjoyed the many intertwined subplots as much as the main storyline. The narrator had to enunciate many different accents, which he managed very well. I could not put the book down after the mid-way point. I expect that I will be buying a few more by this author.

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3 out of 5 stars
By AK Raven on 06-08-17

I liked it better than other James Books

If you think this series is for you then start with a book from the beginning of the series rather than the middle or end. The main character, Roy Grace's personal life is a big part of all the books in the series, as well as the lives of the secondary characters as well.

The story's twisted black widow helped me enjoy this book better than the other James book I have read in the Roy Grace series. I find the series however to much life a soap opera so I've given up on reading more.

The dialogue at times is cheesy and just does not ring true. There is a lot of thoughts and phrases are are repeatedly over and over again in most of the James books I've read. The narration is good and the recording is good. The book is a crime fiction that's NOT gritty, gory or dark.

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