I wish Lovesey would have continued Sergeant Cribb in at least a few more novels, but at least I get to see him in action again in this short story collection. He actually appears in two of the short stories, but the second is as a part of another Lovesey novel character's short story. Still, I liked most of the others, though I felt that a few had been written too hastily and lacked depth of character and plot. However, the others had tighter writing and a nice twist at the end, which made this Lovesey book worth adding to my collection.
Peter Lovesey, the master of the surprise ending once again gives us a collection of his short stories. So for those of you who can't subscribe to every mystery fiction magazine here is your chance for some excellent reading time.
Peter Lovesey is one of the reasons I became a mystery author. His easy writing style, taut plots, and dry Brit wit charmed me from the first. This is a collection of short stories that shows his range of abilities. Truly enjoyable.
This is a marvellous collection of short stories by Peter Lovesey featuring some of his series characters though Peter Diamond does not make an appearance in this selection. Bertie - the Royal detective - is bumbling around as usual and failing to find the villain or the swag but Sergeant Cribb is as resourceful as ever. There are murders in unlikely places such as a tennis match at Wimbledon and Beachy Head - that favourite haunt of suicides.
Rosemary and Thyme make an appearance in the final - longer - story in this marvellous collection in a case involving dubious mince pies. The author writes excellent novels but I sometimes thing his short stories are even better than the novels. There is something for everyone in this collection and stories which have both modern and historical setting. I particularly liked the stories with the twist at the end which always neatly upsets any conclusions the reader might have come to about the villain.