I found the premise of The Perfect Murder by Peter James to be implausible – two people in an unhappy marriage plotting to kill each other. Why didn’t they just get a divorce or separate? Apart from the constant bickering there seemed no motive for murder, no great monetary incentive and no children to consider.

However I have since read some reviews and discovered that those who enjoyed it found it amusing, something that was completely lost on me. The characters while not inherently evil were not likeable and at times were particularly stupid – perhaps this is what some found funny. I also found it a bit lazy to introduce a slightly ghostly aspect to the story.

Nevertheless James spins a good story. I found it is easy to read and mildly entertaining.