Arab Today, arab today whodunit by peter james
Last Updated : GMT 19:19:57
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Whodunit by Peter James

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Whodunit by Peter James

London - Arabstoday

It was a strange experience, as I sat in my favourite chair, reading Peter James’s Not Dead Yet. It was being promoted as a thriller. I adore a good whodunit, just as any other person. I presumed it would be a fun read, fast and clever. The book deals with stalkers and is quite unlike any other police investigation work that I have read. It is more a collection of cases in the work life of Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. The plot moves from film stars to crazed former wives, all in a day’s effort. The writing is full of complex terminology that might enthuse a fan but for a first-time reader is a bit confusing. I am not much a fan of abbreviations. I firmly believe if you can talk straight, then do that; save the jargon for those who believe incomprehensible capital letters is the best form of communication. We have a few of those around but, as you might have guessed, I usually give them a wide berth. To paraphrase from Calvin and Hobbes, language should not be an impediment to understanding. I think James desperately needs to catch up on the young boy and his stuffed tiger. The eloquence of the strip would definitely help make following Grace’s investigations easier.So there was a bit of a drop in the fun level there. But it was becoming a bit of a fast read, as I started speed-reading parts with just too much jargon for me to cope. That leaves us with the “clever” bit. Well, the numerous cases are interesting but then you have a whole strange element being added in with Grace suddenly cast as a policeman gaining the attention of a film star because of his “Paul Newman eyes”. Huh? Suddenly the eyes become a recurring theme with the star dropping hints in his direction. Completely unnecessary in what is necessarily more of a police-case book. Why did the author have to toss that in? The only answer I could come up with was that he was setting the plot up for his next book, as a nasty former wife is back and stalking him. She was the first to describe his eyes in a similar manner, when they were together. I guess keeping a series going is necessary but such obvious tactics feel a bit disrespectful of the reader’s intelligence. Perhaps a quick chat with Ruth Rendell and P.D. James might help the author in more subtle progressions. Having said that, Grace is not uninteresting as an investigating officer, although he does spend more time doing paperwork than is necessary in a work of fiction. He is clever and does believe in his battle against evil. He is a career policeman who likes pursuing the bad boys in a bid to clean up society. The book is long, but not unpleasant. It is, though, not my kind of book. I’m sure it will appeal to others who are keen to learn more about police procedures. There are villains, and cases do get solved. There is also a dash of romance between Grace and a colleague from the forensic sciences. But, if I am asked to read another Grace book, I would definitely ask — is it necessary? from gulfnews.com

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today whodunit by peter james Arab Today, arab today whodunit by peter james

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Prepares to present her new collection

GMT 14:29 2017 Monday ,20 February

Prepares to present her new collection
Arab Today, arab today Tourism shows signs of recovery

GMT 09:59 2017 Monday ,20 February

Tourism shows signs of recovery
Arab Today, arab today To release new antiques collection

GMT 20:33 2017 Friday ,17 February

To release new antiques collection
Arab Today, arab today Optimism on the front line

GMT 07:24 2017 Monday ,20 February

Optimism on the front line
Arab Today, arab today Murder of 2 reporters in Dominican Republic

GMT 22:45 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Murder of 2 reporters in Dominican Republic

GMT 15:04 2017 Wednesday ,04 January

Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ becomes German bestseller

GMT 23:50 2016 Thursday ,08 December

UAE is helping the Arab world read more books

GMT 11:07 2016 Monday ,07 November

Sheikh Zayed Book Award announces first longlist

GMT 10:03 2016 Thursday ,13 October

A new illustrated book compares Beirut and New York

GMT 08:55 2016 Sunday ,25 September

Chinese Book Fair kicks off in Kathmandu
View News in Arabic - Culture: مراجعة كتب
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Kidogo provides childcare for underserved

GMT 20:24 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Kidogo provides childcare for underserved
Arab Today, arab today Tragic fluctuations of Bakhtiari's life revealed

GMT 06:50 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Tragic fluctuations of Bakhtiari's life revealed
Arab Today, arab today London to tax old cars

GMT 14:06 2017 Friday ,17 February

London to tax old cars
Arab Today, arab today Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today Nissan enhances sales in most markets

GMT 14:08 2017 Monday ,20 February

Nissan enhances sales in most markets
Arab Today, arab today Competes Sweden and Germans by S90

GMT 22:36 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Competes Sweden and Germans by S90
Arab Today, arab today Egypt to hold first session of Arab film festival

GMT 21:11 2017 Saturday ,18 February

Egypt to hold first session of Arab film festival
Arab Today, arab today Teach monkeys to recognize themselves in mirror

GMT 20:41 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Teach monkeys to recognize themselves in mirror

GMT 07:30 2017 Saturday ,18 February

Actress Nadeen Al Rassi views art as her entity

GMT 06:40 2017 Friday ,10 February

MP calls for removing text from Islamic story

GMT 19:10 2017 Friday ,17 February

Hats, scarves add beauty to women

GMT 10:26 2017 Tuesday ,14 February

Emergency UN meeting in Harare

GMT 14:04 2017 Tuesday ,14 February

"Lagom" new Swedish concept in interior design

GMT 21:49 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Scientists develop new therapy

GMT 19:16 2017 Friday ,17 February

Aziz House ready to host the tourists

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre

GMT 12:39 2017 Monday ,20 February

newest smartphone another winner for Huawei

GMT 13:16 2017 Tuesday ,14 February

First fashion model with Down syndrome
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday