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?
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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