• Diamond and the Eye

  • Peter Diamond, Book 20
  • By: Peter Lovesey
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (99 ratings)

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Diamond and the Eye

By: Peter Lovesey
Narrated by: James Langton
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Publisher's Summary

A Bath antiques dealer has disappeared, and detective Peter Diamond has been saddled with the “help” of a hardboiled Philip Marlowe wannabe private investigator in cracking the case. 

MWA Grand Master Peter Lovesey’s 20th installment in the award-winning series will have listeners laughing from the first word.   

If there’s one thing detective Bath Peter Diamond has no patience for, it’s a dumb git trying to get involved in one of his investigations - for example, a Philip Marlowe-wannabe private investigator like the self-styled Johnny Getz (his card claims he Getz results). But fate has saddled Diamond with this trial. A Bath antiques dealer, Septimus “Seppy” Hubbard, has disappeared without a trace, and his daughter, Ruby, has hired Johnny Getz to find him. When a dead body is discovered in Seppy’s locked-up store, the missing persons case becomes a murder investigation, and now Diamond has to collaborate with the insufferable private eye.

©2021 Peter Lovesey (P)2021 Recorded Books

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Mixed feelings about Book 20

Simon Prebble is Peter Diamond in my head. Having said that, James Langton was ok in the previous book he read. His interpretation of the PI was extremely off putting. I almost quit and returned the book, but I did not want to give up on Lovesey. As the story continued, my enjoyment diminished even further as Peter is turning into a woke detective. His charm is gone. If you are a fan of the series, as I am, having read or listened to every book in the series, spend the credit and decide for yourself. If you have never read a Peter Diamond book, skip this edition.

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Better than no new Diamond, however...

Congratulations to Peter Lovesey on the occasion of publishing the 20th book in his mostly superb Peter Diamond detective series. I forgive him for larking about with gumshoe conventions in this book. I do not like the performance. It's distracting to have the plot interrupted by the fake voice of a tough guy cinema noir American PI from some 1940s B movie. This proved to be my least favorite Diamond book, but I still enjoyed it. Listeners new to the series: this is not very representative of it.

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Difficult

I have not finished the book. Truly struggling. The book itself is actually good. It is the narrator who makes DCI Banks sound stupid the PI sound really childish. I miss Sumone Prebble.

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Disappointed

I agree that Simon Prebble is the voice of Diamond. Although James Langton is good for DCI Banks, not for this book. He read well but somehow did not get the characters personality into it. Also I did not care for the PI as part of the story. It does seem to change the character of Diamond. Diamond loses the pizazz of his character.

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A very mixed bag.

Peter Lovesey was doing a thing, but I hope he doesn't do it again. It was hard for me to get into and I almost quit the book in the first few chapters. The "Eye" in the story was annoying and cliche. The story was interesting overall and it grew on me, but definitely not one that I would listen to or read again.

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Very enjoyable performance

Very enjoyable performance. The story had interesting historical background. Contains the usual Peter Lovesey wit.

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Different Approach

Although the dual characters were interesting and the narrator did a terrific job, I hope PL does not adopt this format for future books.

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Missed the mark

Not his usual quality. I was sure someone else had written it. Also narrator really didn't bring across a true Diamond persona.

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I loved it!

it was great. As a fan of old time radio I appreciated the hard-boiled detective Johnny.

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humor and wit is back

the last several Diamonds were not nearly as entertaining as the first 5, so it is with relief and a grin that I say of Lovesey, "Heeee's baaaaaackkkk!"