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Killing with Confetti

Narrated by: Simon Prebble
Series: Peter Diamond, Book 18
Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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Peter Diamond is tasked to run security for a wedding. Seems a bit beneath his extraordinary detective talents, as well as his title as head of Bath's CID, but this isn't your run-of-the-mill ceremony: the bride and groom belong to families on opposite ends of the law - and someone is trying to sabotage the nuptials by taking out a hit on the father of the bride. 

As a New Year begins in Bath, Ben Brace proposes to his long-term girlfriend, Caroline, the daughter of notorious crime baron, Joe Irving, who is coming to the end of a prison sentence. The problem is that Ben's father, George, is the Deputy Chief Constable. A more uncomfortable set of in-laws would be hard to imagine. But mothers and sons are a formidable force: a wedding in the Abbey and reception in the Roman Baths are arranged before the career-obsessed DCC can step in. 

Peter Diamond, Bath's head of CID, is appalled to be put in charge of security on the day. Ordered to be discreet, he packs a gun and a guest list in his best suit and must somehow cope with potential killers, gang rivals, warring parents, bossy photographers and straying bridesmaids. The laid-back Joe Irving seems oblivious to the danger he is in from rival gang leaders while Brace can't wait for the day to end. Will the photo session be a literal shoot? Will Joe Irving's speech as father of the bride be his last words? Can Diamond pull off a miracle, avert a tragedy and send the happy couple on their honeymoon?

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Lovesey is at the top of his game !

Every one of the books in this series is excellent and this is among the very best best! Lovesey is always surprising, always ingenious, always exciting and suspenseful, without excessive violence (I get so sick ofseries in which the protagonist gets beat up or nearly killed in every book). I loved it.

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Great puzzler

Another great Peter Diamond mystery. The narrator voices diamond superbly, other characters, especially women, not so much.

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Vintage Peter Diamond, clever plot

Congrats to the author and narrator, brilliant as always. The characters seem more realistic than ever. Eager for more.

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Hooray! Prebble and Diamond together again!

Simon Prebble IS Peter Diamond, the perfect narrator for the Lovesey detective. He embodies the character much as George Guidall embodies Walt Longmire. Prebble’s absence from the last few Diamond audio books was a deep disappointment and his return is cause for celebration. That said, this isn’t the best Diamond book. Diamond appears late and the stakes aren’t engaging enough because it’s tough to care much for a couple of the central characters. If you’re new to Diamond, start at the beginning of the series and you’ll have a grand time. Already a fan? It’s still worth revisiting an old friend.

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Another wonderful addition to this series

The plot review describes how Peter gets involved with the responsibility of protecting the father of the bride. The fun, of course, is Peter's personality, his interaction with his team, and his ability to manipulate Georgeanna. Not sure this would be delightful to a person not familiar with the series, but it could be enjoyed for the mystery.