Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond is the last detective: a genuine gumshoe, committed to door-stopping and deduction rather than fancy computer gadgetry. So when the naked body of a woman is found floating in the weeds in a lake near Bath with no one willing to identify her, no marks, and no murder weapon, his sleuthing abilities are tested to the limit. Struggling with a jigsaw puzzle of truant choirboys, teddy bears, a black Mercedes and Jane Austen memorabilia, Diamond persists even after the powers-that-be have decided there's enough evidence to make a conviction.
Crack another case with Peter Diamond.
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I am a voracious reader (average about 4-5 Audible books a week, in addition to those I "eyeball".) I have been hooked on recorded books since the time of cassettes/CDs and was thrilled when I became an Audible member in 2007. I find reader reviews good guides to spending my credits, so have finally decided to write a few (although, I would rather be reading!)
After reading a few of the reviews, I was worried about taking a chance with this series debut, as others found the protagonist, Inspector Diamond, completely irredeemable. I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, Diamond is pompous, irascible and a bit of a Luddite -- but I thoroughly enjoyed him and can't understand why others found him so unlikeable. I also enjoyed the wonderful English setting -- it is good to see Bath as the setting for murder and mayhem and not another period romance. I will definitely be downloading others in this series!
I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.
In that Diamond is so unlikeable that he becomes likeable. I enjoyed the story, loved the narration and will read more Diamond stories.
Retired "Okie" librarian & happy to have found Audible for good stories & staying in touch with new authors & books.
Yes, after a while, of course. This would be a story to listen again to for the details and to catch the foreshadowing I missed the previous listen.
But after listening to this first installment in the series, I will be acquiring more Inspector Diamond books.
Inspector Diamond, especially after I learned of his very common job dissatisfaction level.
Many scenes with Diamond & his joy of food, such as when he finishes Mathew's cake. My most favorite scene I can't say because it would be a spoiler for that enjoyable moment. But the book is GP in my opinion & I like Inspector Diamond.
I enjoyed the author's style of having a person of interest tell his side of the story as if giving a statement.
Simon Prebble is excellent.
good writing, interestin characters, good plot
Simon Prebble is an excellent performer. He brings drama, subletly, richness toi characters in a very pleasing style and voice
My first (and last) Peter Lovesey mystery, I found Inspector Diamond to be totally unlikable. I kept waiting for the revelation of some positive character trait to emerge, but none were forthcoming. Bitter, angry, ill-tempered, self-centered and rude, was he. Kept asking myself, "Why am I listening to this?" I vow to reinstate an earlier strategy that got lost after over 200 really good audiobooks: If the book, movie, or program is dull, boring, unentertaining or uninformative by a quarter of the way through, don't waste time with the remainder, clinging to the hope that it will somehow magically become worthwhile.
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