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The Secret Hangman | [Peter Lovesey]

The Secret Hangman

Peter Diamond, the Bath detective, is having woman trouble. His boss wants him to find a missing person, the daughter of one of her friends in the choir. Another woman, who calls herself his secret admirer, wants to set up a meeting in a local pub. Then there is sexy Ingeborg Smith, the ex-journalist detective constable, distracting the murder squad from their duties.
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Peter Diamond, the Bath detective, is having woman trouble. His boss wants him to find a missing person, the daughter of one of her friends in the choir. Another woman, who calls herself his secret admirer, wants to set up a meeting in a local pub. Then there is sexy Ingeborg Smith, the ex-journalist detective constable, distracting the murder squad from their duties. Murder is suspected when a woman's body is found hanging from a playground swing in Sydney Gardens and a suspicious second ligature mark is found around her neck. As Diamond investigates the victim's colourful past, more hangings are discovered. And soon he is certain that a secret hangman is at work in the city.

©2007 Peter Lovesey; (P)2007 Soundings

What the Critics Say

"[A] master of the classic puzzle." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Lovesey's delicate balance of humor and suspense [is] one of the delights of contemporary crime fiction." (The Wall Street Journal)
"A master storyteller." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    David East Lindfield, Australia 07-07-07
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    "Good character development"

    This is a classic modern english police murder mystery. The hero is the usual fat, grumpy, partly clever, partly stupid detective superintendent aided by a big squad.

    Despite the predictability of some elements of the plot I enjoyed the book. Certainly very well read, but also reasonable character development, some reasonable elements of humor and some ideas developed. Worth a listen and I am almost over the line to listening to another by the same author

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  • Sue
    Torquay, DEVON, United Kingdom
    3/29/08
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    "A highly enjoyable read"

    A really enjoyable book. The characters seemed very real and human, and the daily life at the police station convincing. Although I do not know Bath as a city, the descriptions indicated that the author had intimate knowledge of the place, and made one want to explore for oneself!

    The plot was original and fascinating, with plenty of twists and turns to keep up one's interest. Beautifully narrated. Definitely recommended.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    7/8/09
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    "Intricate plot"

    I've enjoyed several of Peter Lovesey's Inspector Daimond novels and was not disappointed by this one. It has all the hall-marks of detective fiction: carefully planned murders, a series of red herrings, a definite motive for the killings revealed near the end of the book and lots of tensions between the members of the police force. Diamond the main character is a bluff, no-nonsense detective with a sad past (no surprise there!) who has a difficult relationship with his boss who is a bit of caricature of an irritable, bossy female who tries to take the credit for successful operations. Despite these character cliches it is a gripping story that keeps you listening.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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