In a Sussex town on the south coast of England, a widely disliked art teacher at a posh private girls' school disappears without explanation. None of her students miss her boring lessons, especially since her replacement is a devilishly hunky male teacher with a fancy car. But then her name shows up on a police missing-persons list. What happened to Miss Gibbon, and why does no one seem to care?
Meanwhile, detective Peter Diamond finds himself in Sussex, much against his wishes. His irritating and often obtuse supervisor, Assistant Chief Constable Georgina Dallymore, has made Diamond accompany her on a home-office internal investigation. A Sussex detective has been suspended for failing to link the DNA evidence of a relative to a seven-year-old murder case - a bad breach of ethics. Diamond is less than thrilled to be heading out on a road trip with his boss to investigate a fellow officer, but he becomes much more interested in the case when he realizes who the suspended officer is - an old friend and not a person he knows to make mistakes.
As Diamond asks questions, he begins to notice unsettling connections between the cold case and the missing art teacher. Could the two mysteries be connected? How many other area disappearances have gone unnoticed and uninvestigated? Diamond and his hapless supervisor have stumbled into a web of related crimes. Will Diamond be able to disentangle them?
©2015 Peter Lovesey (P)2015 Recorded Books
"...the real fun is in Prebble's subtlety as a performer. He's a master of accents; with the slightest inflection he gives you class, age, sex, education, ethnicity, and personality, a Rembrandt of vocal portraiture." (AudioFile)
Writer, painter and unabashed romantic with passion for history and mystery.
...and Simon Prebble narrates with panache. Great plot & great narrator had me staying up all night to listen. This book brings back together two of Lovesey's best characters, Diamond - and I won't name the other because that would be an early reveal of part of the plot's tension. Having mourned the loss of two of the British Detective Novel's greatest writers recently (Ruth Rendell & PD James), I am heartened that Lovesey has in his last three books developed layers, style, and cultural references while maintaining the complexity of his plots and the endearing personalities of his leads.
This is my first inspector diamond novel. I enjoyed it immensely and will probably listen to other books by the author involving this character. The whodunit was well plotted and not obvious until towards the end.
I enjoyed this listen immensely. I kept listening and finished it in one day. I admit I did wonder how the author was going to tie together the various character and subplots. For the most part, I found the solutions satisfying. There are plenty of plot twists and surprises along the way. The ending did seem a bit forced, which is why I gave the book only four stars overall.
Simon Prebble is one of the best. His voices are distinct and individual.
YES, Am looking forward to them. Kept me involved. Enjoyed throughout.
Maybe another from this author...
Say something about yourself!
At first I spent a lot of time wondering how the different strands would come together - or even if they would come together. Have faith, they will, and very cleverly. This was my first book by Lovesey bet it won't be my last. Prebble is great with just subtle changes in accent and tone.
Maybe it's just that I've read so many Peter Diamond books that I know how they are written, but for the past 3 books I've figured out not only who the killer is but most of the plot twists very early on. Still, I like the characters and the writing style, so I'll probably read the next one, too.
Simon Prebble, as always, does a wonderful job in his narration. The gritty detective who actually has a heart, the bureaucrat who cannot see her own inadequacy, and a whole panoply of other characters, all of whom Mr. P brings to life. This is solid British detective work, unraveling a murder mystery in its own time--very satisfying.
A well told story but with a few odd twists to the plot that NO detective, even Peter Diamond, would pull. Like failing to acknowledge a former relationship with one of the characters under investigation. Interesting story, it did not feel like it was written to be a major motion picture, a liability among modern crime writers. Believable?? No but a good summer read.
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