©2007 Peter Lovesey; (P)2007 Soundings
"[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)
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
"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.
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.
I've been working my way through all the Peter Lovesey books on Audible. I generally find them enjoyable, even though many include some plot elements that require a greater than usual suspension of disbelief.
Unfortunately, this one is just too far-fetched from start to finish. Christopher Scott is one of the better readers of Lovesey, but for some reason, all of his readers manage to make the females sound like drag queens to a greater or lesser extent.
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