Battle and burial are built into the history of Lansdown Hill, so it is no great shock when part of a skeleton is unearthed there. But Peter Diamond, Bath's Head of CID, can't ignore the fresh corpse found close to the folly known as Beckford's Tower. The hill becomes the setting for one of the most puzzling cases he has investigated, involving golf, horseracing, Civil War re-enactment and the Cyrillic alphabet.Inevitably, Diamond butts heads with the group of vigilantes who call themselves the Lansdown Society, discovering in the process that his boss Georgina is a member. She resolves to sideline Diamond by sending him to Bristol and handing the skeleton investigation to his deputy, Keith Halliwell. Fortunately matters don't pan out as Georgina plans...
"Peter Lovesey is the real deal. A top master of the police procedural British subgenre, he's an ace at spinning out teasingly slow plot revelations . . . crisp prose and humane characterizations."--The Seattle Times Praise for the Peter Diamond series: "Catnip for enthusiasts of the classic puzzler."--Kirkus Reviews "[Lovesey] has no peer in presenting a traditional mystery with all the clues hiding in plain sight."--Publishers Weekly, starred review "The suspense will keep readers turning pages long into the night."--Library Journal "The author has the gift of making the most ordinary characters interesting and engaging, and knows how to ratchet up the suspense. . . . Nobody can write the modern traditional detective novel as perfectly as Lovesey."--The Denver Post On Lansdown Hill, near Bath, a battle between Roundheads and Cavaliers that took place over 350 years ago is annually reenacted. Two of the reenactors discover a skeleton that is female, headless, and only about twenty years old. One of them, a professor who played a Cavalier, is later found murdered. In the course of his investigation, Peter Diamond butts heads with the group of vigilantes who call themselves the Lansdown Society, discovering in the process that his boss Georgina is a member. She resolves to sideline Diamond, but matters don't pan out in accordance with her plans. Peter Lovesey is the author of ten mysteries in his best-loved Peter Diamond series as well as two in the Hen Mallin series and eight in the Sergeant Cribb series. He has been awarded Silver, Gold, and Diamond daggers by the Crime Writers' Association and the Award for Lifetime Achievement by Malice Domestic. He lives in Chichester, England.From the Hardcover edition.
Pop diva, Clarion Calhoun, has packed the house with a celebrity appearance in Bath's Theatre Royal production of I Am a Camera. But within moments of her much-anticipated onstage appearance, she's pulled out of character as she screams and claws at her face. When tainted stage makeup is found to have caused the disfiguring burn, fingers point to her makeup artist. Detective Peter Diamond investigates when the makeup artist is found dead, pushed from a catwalk far above the stage. As Diamond digs deeper, he uncovers rivalries among the cast and crew and is forced to confront his own mysterious and deep-seated theatre phobia to find the killer.
Book 14 in the Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond series, one of Soho's bestselling and most critically acclaimed series, this time including a Chauceresque twist. At a Bath auction house, a large slab of carved stone is up for sale. At the height of what turns into very competitive bidding, there is a hold-up attempt by three masked robbers. They shoot and kill the highest bidder, a professor who has recognized the female figure carved in the stone as Chaucer's Wife of Bath. The masked would-be thieves flee, leaving the stone behind. Peter Diamond and his team are assigned to investigate, and the stone is moved into Diamond's office so he can research its origins. The carving causes such difficulties that he starts to think it has jinxed him. Meanwhile, as Diamond's leads take him to Chaucer's house in Somerset, his intrepid colleague Ingeborg goes undercover to try to track down the source of the handgun used in the murder.From the Hardcover edition.
"Good stuff . . . Breezy, British, and as comfy as a Cotswold cottage."--The New York Times Book Review "Written with energy and style, a masterly performance."--Rocky Mountain News John Mountjoy has escaped from prison and taken a hostage, and the only person he'll talk to is Detective Peter Diamond, who arrested him four years earlier for the murder of a young journalist. Diamond must follow a cold trail to find another killer and clear Mountjoy's name before someone else dies. Peter Lovesey is the author of 23 highly-praised mysteries and has been awarded the CWA's Gold, Silver, and Diamond Daggers, as well as many U.S. honors. He lives in West Sussex, England.From the Trade Paperback edition.
The seventh Sergeant Cribb Investigation set in the seedy underbelly of Victorian London London, 1889: An elementary school teacher in training takes a midnight swim in the Thames and witnesses a body being dumped. Sergeant Cribb and Constable Thackerey investigate and uncover strange parallels with the enormously popular Victorian mystery Three Men in a Boat.From the Trade Paperback edition.
In the seventh Sergeant Cribb Victorian Mystery, only a daring skinny dipper can identify three murderers.
In the fifth Sergeant Cribb mystery, either anarchists or Irish terrorists are setting off explosions in public places. Is the villain an American athlete? A beautiful Irish woman? Could Constable Thackeray be involved? <P> Peter Lovesey is the author of twenty-six highly praised mystery novels and has been awarded the Crime Writers' Association Gold, Silver, and Diamond daggers.
The next installment in Peter Lovesey's bestselling Peter Diamond series, set in scenic Bath, England. A weekend vacation in Vienna shakes loose detective Peter Diamond's recollections about a case he'd heard about: the mysterious suicide of a Japanese tourist in the Danube Canal two years earlier. Meanwhile, a professional violist goes to an audition for a string quartet only to find himself tangled up in something sinister.
"The threads of Peter Lovesey's new Peter Diamond mystery, Upon a Dark Night, twist up so neatly they make a perfect hangman's noose--another triumph of plotting from this master of the classic puzzle form."--Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review "Lovesey is . . . master of the traditional crime novel." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) "The characters are complex and well-drawn, the plot intricate but credible, the story well-told and the puzzles neatly tied up by the end."--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "An extraordinary combination of classic puzzle with a contemporary police procedural; an immensely satisfying work by one of Britain's foremost mystery novelists."--Houston Chronicle "Lovesey's latest Peter Diamond novel offers everything a fan of classic detective fiction could want."--Booklist A young woman is dumped, injured and unconscious, in a private hospital's parking lot. She is an amnesiac with no memory prior to her discovery by hospital personnel. Detective Inspector Peter Diamond of the Bath homicide squad is unwilling to become involved. He has other, more important cases to solve: A woman has plunged to her death from the roof of a local landmark while half the young people of Bath partied below, and an elderly farmer has shot himself. Are these apparent suicides really so, or are there sinister forces at work? And then he finds a connection to the amnesiac woman named, temporarily, Rose. Peter Lovesey is the author of 24 highly praised mysteries and has been awarded The Crime Writers' Association's Gold, Silver and Diamond Daggers, as well as many US honors. He lives in West Sussex, England.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Bath is a town layered in history: Roman, Medieval, Georgian. Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond is a bluff, old-fashioned policeman. When he is presented with a skeletal hand dug up in the course of renovations taking place in the vault under the Pump Room, he assumes it is merely of archaeological interest. But when the bones prove to be modern, Diamond must dig further. His inquiries cross those of a visiting American academic in pursuit of the diary of Mary Shelley, whose Frankenstein was written in the house right next to the Pump Room vault. Can that fact have anything to do with a modern murder . . . or murders?
The eighth Sergeant Cribb Investigation set in the seedy underbelly of Victorian London Though the beautiful Miriam Cromer has confessed to the murder of her husband's assistant, she is still confident of her acquittal. But then she is sentenced to hang. She blames her husband, but he has an alibi. Sergeant Cribb and Constable Thackeray must discover what really happened at Park Lodge on 12th March, 1888, and quickly.From the Trade Paperback edition.
When a photographer's assistant is poisoned, his employer's wife is tried for murder. Is she guilty?
The death of a contender, followed by a second murder, introduces Sergeant Cribb, who goes on to investigate sports-related deaths in a series of eight books. Peter Lovesey is the author of twenty-five highly praised mystery novels and has been awarded the Crime Writers#x19; Association Gold, Silver, and Diamond Dagger awards as well as many US honors. This was his first mystery. He lives in West Sussex, England.
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