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Publisher's Summary

A rare stamp and a corpse are discovered in Bath within hours of each other. As he investigates, Inspector Peter Diamond discovers that both the person who found the stamp and the victim belong to the Bloodhounds, an elite group of mystery lovers, who now urge Diamond to bring the murderer to justice. But there's a hitch: the body lies inside a padlocked houseboat and the only key is in the pocket of a man with an airtight alibi.

©1996 Peter Lovesey (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Lovesey demonstrates that his embrace of crime fiction reaches from John Dickson Carr to Andrew Vachss as he skillfully pays homage to the old style whodunit in this thoroughly modern mystery." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Narrator Ruined It

I enjoyed the first three Diamond novels very much.. and the storyline in this one is great as well. I have no doubt that I will continue to READ the books. However, the narration leaves much to be desired. The narrator sounds bored and uninspired. There’s hardly a distinction between characters. I miss Simon Prebble’s narrating style. He was much better suited for this series. I may have purchased my last Peter Diamonds Audible book.

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Oh no! The reader! I cannot listen to another word

What did you like best about Bloodhounds? What did you like least?

The reader's inflection is not remotely related to what he is saying. It is sing-song and boring

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cannot listen to enough to say

What didn’t you like about Michael Healy’s performance?

Everything!

Did Bloodhounds inspire you to do anything?

Find another book to listen to.

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Narration is AWFUL

I cannot believe someone thought this narrator was acceptable. I almost quit several times, but ended up slogging through it. In the end, I couldn't really tell if it was a good story because the narration was done like someone reading a legal document. Characters weren't differentiated. The narrator sounds bored and cynical with the whole idea of reading aloud. I loved this series until now. This new narrator totally ruined this book.

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Couldn't hear the sound after chapter 19

The "audible" part of the recording stopped running after chapter 19. Reported to Audible, but no fix as yet.

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The Narrator makes this book unbearable

I'm not half way though this book and I've blocked most of it out. I read the other reviews and I still wanted to give this a chance. I wish I hadn't. Audible will not let me return it so I guess I'm going to slog through. Michael Healy sounds incredibly bored, monotone and has no different voices for different characters. His narrating is slow and mind numbingly boring. I feel bad rating the story so low as I think it could be interesting but I've missed half of it trying to block out Michael Healy's nasally voice. I like Peter Lovesey and I'm invested in the Peter Diamond series but I think I'll read the physical copies instead. I have wasted a credit on this one.

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Clever plot with great suspects

Well written, the plot development is intricate and the characters richly explored. The investigative process stays at the center despite the clear sense that Diamond will succeed.

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Needed a different narrator

I really wanted to enjoy this book at least somewhere near as much as I had the first three. Numerous reviewers warned that the narrator ruined the book but I listened to the sample and decided to chance it. What a frustrating experience. While parts of the narration were pleasant enough, the voicing of Peter Diamond was characterless, uninteresting and usually hard to differentiate from several of the other male characters. The ending came across as abrupt and flat. Perhaps this was not Peter Lovesey's best writing but it is hard to tell with such an unsympathetic reading. Much as I would like to read all of the series, I will be skipping over the rest of those read by this narrator and hoping that the gap in continuity will not put me off the series entirely. Such a shame.

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terrible narrator...pompous., editorial reading to

terrible narrator... as if he's editing story as he reads... good story... could barely listen
as narrator didn't appear to be listening himself to what he was reading

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Bad narration, boring puzzle story

This novel reads as if it were a thought experiment for the author. Undoubtedly some people enjoy this sort of puzzle. As the novel itself points out, it was a common thread throughout many of the classic murder mysteries from nearly a century ago. But if I wanted to read that type of mystery, I have several hundred classic novels at my disposal. I was attempting to read a modern police procedural novel. This novel fails as both a classic mystery and a police procedural. I could list off all the reasons why, but not without excessive spoilers.

While the novel does have some redeeming qualities, the narrative performance does not. The narrator sounds bored out of his mind throughout the reading, doing an accurate impersonation of a puffed-up, upper crust butler whose disdain for this mundane manuscript he has been forced forced to read for his master's pleasure brings him not an ounce of joy. This would be okay if the characters in the novel came from the aristocratic Oxford educated rich, but they weren't. With the exception of a single, somewhat minor character, the book was populated with working class folks with a variety of accents. Unfortunately, the narrator mimics accents worse than I do. He also made repeated mistakes where he read lines of dialogue in the wrong person's voice. Granted, there weren't many differences between any of characters' dialogues, but there was just enough to register when the narrator used the wrong person's voice for a line. Since Michael Healy narrates the next two books in this series, I definitely won't get those as audible books even though that's the form I overwhelmingly prefer for all of my reading. I wouldn't bother getting any of the additional books in this series at all, but Peter Lovesey hit a six with his first and third novels and lost a wicket with his second and fourth. I'm hoping he continues that pattern and book five will turn out to be an absolute corker.

This is not to say that Michael Healy can't narrate other work successfully, but I sincerely wish the publisher had seen the error of their ways before having him do another two Peter Diamond mysteries.

The biggest shortfall of this novel, beyond the disappointing narration and the blatant homage to classic mystery novels, are the blood hounds. No spoilers here, as you immediately find out that the blood hounds are a discussion group. Unfortunately, their viewpoints also comprise about half the novel. It would have been fair to title this novel: "A Blood Hounds Mystery." It shows little resemblance to a Peter Diamond mystery. The problem is that I'm not a fan of the Blood Hounds, or the repetition that inevitably followed as we were "treated" to having the same scene constantly retold by each member of the group.

Additional problems with this novel involve artificial constraints. No one ever has an alibi, everyone has a motive, etc. While these conditions are common with many mystery novels, they seemed much more forced in this novel than most. Again, this hearkens back to those classic mysteries of yesteryear, and as such, seems intentional. My final irritation regarding this novel concerns the ending. Several important items are left unexplained. I can only assume those items are left unexplained because the author knew the whole mystery was contrived to the point of incredulity. For example, what kind of murderer would concoct overly elaborate crimes designed to distract suspicion, yet not once consider his/her own alibi as worth even a cursory thought.

Overall, reading this novel was an unpleasant experience. It's not all bad, but the gems are few and far between unless you happen to be an ardent fan of Agatha Christie and PD James. It might also help your enjoyment if you loathe Ian Fleming.

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Simply awful narration - it spoils the story!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The narrator is terrible! The series is fantastic - one of my favorite authors and choices from Audible - but this narrator fails to read it well at all. It's a shame - I downloaded two of the series recently to find them both narrated by the same person and I cannot even get to chapter 3 it's so bad. I am sure the story is good - I just can't stand to listen!

3 people found this helpful