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In the 17th installment in Peter Lovesey's timeless British detective series, Peter Diamond digs deep into Bath history to ferret out the secrets of one of its most famous (and scandalous) icons: Richard "Beau" Nash, who might have been the victim of a centuries-old murder.

Bath, England: A wrecking crew is demolishing a row of townhouses in order to build a grocery store when they uncover a skeleton in one of the attics. The dead man is wearing authentic 1760s garb, and on the floor next to him is a white tricorn hat - the ostentatious signature accessory of Beau Nash, one of Bath's most famous historical men-about-town, a fashion icon and incurable rake who, some say, ended up in a pauper's grave. Or did the Beau actually end up in a townhouse attic? The Beau Nash Society will be all in a tizzy when the truth is revealed to them.

Chief Inspector Peter Diamond, who has been assigned to identify the remains, begins to fantasize about turning Nash scholarship on its ear. But one of his constables is stubbornly insisting the corpse can't be Nash's - the nonbeliever threatens to spoil Diamond's favorite theory, especially when he offers some pretty irrefutable evidence. Is Diamond on a historical goose chase? Should he actually be investigating a much more modern murder?

©2017 Peter Lovesey (P)2017 Recorded Books

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Enjoyed the story...disliked the narration

I very much enjoyed the story and continued character development. However, I really disliked the narrator's interpretation of the characters. They all sounded like they were slow. I much prefer Simon Prebble.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Terrible narration

What did you love best about Beau Death?

The story.

What other book might you compare Beau Death to and why?

I'm a lovesey fan. Have listened to all of his peter diamond books.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narrator ruins it for me. Loved simon prebble narrations.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no

Any additional comments?

Do it again with a good narrator. Makes all the dif.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Narration editing weirdness

This didn’t listen smoothly. It sounded as if the narrator recorded all the voices separately & then they were poorly spliced together —with too much space between voices/speakers — so that the dialogue didn’t flow. That, in turn, was exacerbated by too many “bumpkin” voices. In sum, the narration was annoying rather than captivating. Too bad because it’s a great, fun story.

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Peter Lovesey on top form!

Loved everything about this. I've read all the Diamond books and this newest one has everything that makes Peter Lovesey great: complex story, keeping you guessing, all the regulars, interesting cast of new characters, his signature humor - I laughed out loud so many times. Thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. My only quibble, this narrator was good but not great, I prefer Simon Prebble. But once I got used to Crossley, he was pretty good. If you are already a Detective Superintendent Diamond fan, you are in for a treat.