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Publisher's Summary

Detective Inspector Peter Diamond is keen to get his teeth into a new case. So, when a call comes in that a woman's body has been found in one of Bath's parks, he arrives quickly at the scene - only to discover that the victim is his wife.
©2002 Peter Lovesey;

Critic Reviews

"Diamond Dust is an absolute gem." (Library Journal)
"Fully dimensional characters, juicy plotting, and more twists than the Hampton Court maze." (Kirkus Reviews)

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  • Victoria
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 11-24-08

A lovely read

Peter Lovesey was a new discovery for me, and I immediately listened to the other books available on Audible. Wish there were more!! The characters are well developed and complex, the plot moves right along, and there's a human quality to the entire enterprise.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Bob
  • Takoma Park, MD, United States
  • 01-21-14

A Mystery of Many Layers Right to the End

This is the most outstanding entry yet in the fine series featuring Peter Diamond, a beautifully told, highly engaging story with shocks, twists and turns and stories within the story. I just wish Audible carried more of the series, and that I encountered this narrator Steve Hodson more often. He delivers a range of distinctive voices and accents, which bring characters fully to life. The author Lovesey created a rich and compelling character in Diamond, distinctive for his very human flaws. Nothing pat about the characters or the story, unlike the formulaic approach of lesser mystery/crime fiction writers. But while some of the Diamond novels have been thinner (such as Bloodhounds) this is substantial and satisfying.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Well paced and easy to follow. Good audible book

Not full of huge surprises, but an entertaining read and good narration. I would look at another book by this author/narrator combination.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • ch
  • Portland, OR USA
  • 08-30-15

No Shakespeare here please

Any additional comments?

This is an important part of the Diamond series as it goes through a turbulent period of the detective's life. Unfortunately it is not read by the narrator who does the bulk of the later books (Simon Prebble) who does an excellent job with character voices and especially the West Country accents (to my USA ears). I have heard Steve Hodson before and he has done some creditable work in other readings but his obvious Shakespearean trained voice does not do him any credit in this reading, and I found that it was grating to listen to.<br/><br/>The story has a number of twists and turns and misdirections, which may or may not fool the readers. In particular, the last several chapters attempts to misdirect the readers in a rather blatant fashion and drags the book out way more than necessary. Otherwise it is a very good read. <br/><br/>*possible spoiler alert*<br/> Just skip ahead to the confrontation scene when you figure out what's going on.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Cliffhanger to the very last chapter! Excellent!

I really enjoyed this book. We see the human side of Peter Diamond as he deals with tragic news, and soldiers on. The plot twists and false trails are well-laid and keep you guessing to the end. Narration was top-notch, again adding extra value to a thrilling tale!

This is another audio book I will enjoy listening to again!

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Always A Fan Of Peter Lovesey

Would you listen to Diamond Dust again? Why?

I move on. So many books, so little time.

If you’ve listened to books by Peter Lovesey before, how does this one compare?

Excellent. They keep my attention and the character is so smart but so exasperating. Our hero has many foibles, but you are rooting for him all along. I think those of us who worked for politically motivated sorts, can commiserate with our hero. I have loved all Mr. Lovesy's books.

Have you listened to any of Steve Hodson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Don't really know. I chose books based on the author and subject matter. I really don't recall bad narrators. They are professionals and do audition.

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

Never. I have a real life.

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to all of the other Lovesy books in my wish list. The narrator is good, so, Nothing but anticipation here.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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How I wish Simon Prebble had narrated this.

Brilliant book. Heartfelt and great mystery. Narrator isn't as bad as Michael Healy but he's no Simon Prebble either. Prebble brings Diamond to life. Here he's just more narration. Please bring back Prebble.

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Narration bland

The narrator is too bland for my taste. He reads a bit too slowly. Otherwise I do enjoy this series.

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Another great Peter Diamond mystery

It' a book full of twists and turns that makes for an enjoyable read. The performer has a voice that captures the characters so well that listening to this mystery was more enjoyable than actually reading the story.

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  • M.
  • Round Rock, TX, United States
  • 09-19-16

Good story

It was a good story and kept me guessing until the end, but it seemed to go too slowly. Still, a good Peter Diamond story!!

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  • Jules
  • 05-15-08

Super reading and a great story - recommended.

This is really well read by Stephen Hodson, a really good story with an interesting twist at the end. For once DI Diamond finds himself a suspect in the murder case and needs to do some private sleuthing. Set in Bath and Bristol so I found it particularly enjoyable.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Kirstine
  • 07-11-08

Keeps one listing

I've only listened to one other book by this author, The House Sitter, which I enjoyed. Diamond Dust is a similarly well-constructed and gripping, but entirely different, story with believable characters who are brought to life by the writer and the excellent reader. If you enjoy modern crime fiction, you'll enoy this book.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • PeterB - MK
  • 04-21-10

Excellent story

Having just finished this the second book I have listened to written by Peter Lovesey, I can honestly say I really enjoyed it.

Well scripted and excellent narration with an unexpected twist at the end, totally recommended.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Gill in Gloucs
  • 04-07-13

Engaging whodunnit (and why!)

This was my first taste of the Diamond series, and it was a great start. I got drawn into the narrative from the outset, and found the tale perfect for accompanying me on my many dog walks. I also enjoyed trying to picture the locations depicted in the book - sometimes using real places can be a distraction but living not too far away from this lovely town, I found they added depth to the story.



I appreciated the creation of a central character with whom I didn't always feel empathy - the author paints Diamond as a warts and all character which makes him seem all the more 'real'.



I was kept guessing as to the perpetrator of the crime until towards the final chapters of the book, and it was both the 'whodunnit' and the 'why dunnit' that kept me engaged until the end



Listening to this made me want to download other Peter Lovesay / Diamond titles.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Ernest
  • 01-07-13

Gripping!

I enjoyed this book so much I was so engrossed I didn't expect all the amazing twists and turns. I will read this again it was so complex and at times I could almost believe it was true life it was gripping.

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  • Eleanor
  • 07-28-15

Gold star Peter Lovesey

A particularly good Peter Diamond story with a complex plot which held one's interest to the end. Sense of place is always strong.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Suzie
  • 12-04-16

More twists and turns than a rollercoaster...!

Really enjoyed this story. Lots of twists and dead-ends but all convincing ones. I couldn't stop listening...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-25-15

A diamond tale.

story kept me interested,a good listen.will listen to more of this author.Good twists and turns.

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  • A.G.Raynor-Krill
  • 05-19-15

Very good whodunnit

Some really big red herrings in this whodunnit about a policeman's wife being murdered. Good story though, nice twist at the end and well narrated.