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Perfect Murder [Paperback]

Peter James
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Murder rocks Nov. 18 2010
Format:Paperback
I have always enjoyed Peter James. Most of his books have been great. But this one is fantastic. Very funny, great pace. Even when you think you know what's coming next, it's so delicious just to sit back and enjoy. Very highly recommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good story June 12 2014
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I enjoyed this book and it was a good story but it is really too short (just over 100 pages) to be classed as a novel and I think it should be thought of as a short story. I was very disappointed when I saw the length of it. Peter James never disappoints.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star Sept. 8 2014
By wenzo
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Very disappointing!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Husband Plans to Murder His Wife, Unbeknownst to Him, She's Also Planning to Murder Him March 19 2011
By James N Simpson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When you start reading the back of the covers of the Quick Reads, The Perfect Murder is certainly one of the more, if not the most interesting back cover blurbs. It's by also one of the few quick reads, by big name already highly successful authors. The Perfect Murder started off well, it's basically the tale of a married for almost twenty years couple, who don't just not love each other anymore, but have come to resent each other. Both are disappointed their lives haven't turned out the way they thought they would and know if the other would just die, then they could live the life they always dreamed. Both are having affairs and want to live the rest of their lives with their new bedroom partner. So both make plans to murder the other, both know they have to be careful so as not to be caught. However only one can obviously be successful.

Unfortunately this, who will kill who interesting reading plot, is over pretty early on in the word count. I won't tell you who was successful but the quality of the story does drop a little when there's only one left. The stupidity of the characters lessens the enjoyment as you read thinking, as if you'd do that, no one could be that stupid. It's still a fun short read but doesn't maintain the very high quality and tension of the first few chapters all the way to the end.

The Perfect Murder is part of the Quick Reads series of books to increase literacy levels by encouraging those who don't like to read beyond magazines and comic books to try fiction through cheap priced short story length fiction and non fiction. Like a various author anthology collection novel, some of these individual short story books are really good, and others not that great.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but predictable Dec 16 2013
By Shelley McReader - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this book but the further I read I realized what the outcome would be, it was a quick read and I don't regret buying it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Had to keep reading!!! Sept. 2 2013
By Maggie W - Published on Amazon.com
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Really enjoyed this short story , very clever with a few twists along the way, reminded me of Tales of the Unexpected ( If anyone can remember that )
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! July 14 2013
By PKVERMA - Published on Amazon.com
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A fast moving and exciting story, related with all of James' skill. You will start and finish it in a single sitting, like I did.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who will murder whom first? March 8 2012
By Lance Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A married couple, Victor and Joan, have grown apart over the years. They have become bored with each other and have sought, and found, extra-marital stimuli. Each plans to murder the other so that they can begin new lives with their respective lovers. The planning is meticulous. It has to be to fall in line with the book's title, The Perfect Murder.

The big question, right from the very beginning, is who will succeed in murdering the other first? Or will the murders be so perfect that they occur simultaneously.

To find out the answer to that question, and many others that this story raises, you'll just have to invest an hour of your time to read it.
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