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Just as the bidding gets exciting in a Bath auction house, three armed men stage a hold-up and attempt to steal Lot 129, a medieval carving of the Wife of Bath. The highest bidder, appalled to have the prize snatched away, tries to stop them and is shot dead.

Peter Diamond, head of the murder squad, soon finds himself sharing an office with the stone wife - until he is ejected. To his extreme annoyance the lump of stone appears to exert a malign influence over him and his investigation. Refusing to be beaten, he rallies his team and begins finding suspects and motives.

The case demands that someone goes undercover. The dangerous mission falls to Sergeant Ingeborg Smith, reverting to her journalist persona to get the confidence of a wealthy local criminal through his pop star girlfriend. And soon, murder makes a reappearance...

©2014 Peter Lovesey (P)2014 Soundings

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  • Phillip Brookes
  • 04-06-14

Excellent, but...

Where does The Stone Wife rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very good story, more like the earlier Diamonds.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Peter Diamond is a good creation, who should have been on TV years ago.

What about Michael Tudor Barnes’s performance did you like?

Michael Todor Barnes reads very well indeed, except for Peter Diamond's accent. Diamond is a Londoner (something made a lot of in the early books). He is not from the West Country.

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  • Rogayah
  • 06-08-16

A Good Wif was there...

Of course a series about a Bath detective should have a tale with at least passing reference to Chaucer's Wife of Bath, one of the more memorable characters of the Canterbury Tales.

Diamond is led through a series of incidents and yet somehow manages to untangle the false leads and catch the culprit, sorting out truth from lies and fact from fiction. The narrator is excellent and the best of all the Diamond story tellers.

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  • Elaine Calderwood
  • 08-09-15

Inspector Diamond series is my favourite

I love all the Inspector Diamond series books and have all the ones available on Audible.

I recommend these books as they are always good stories with a great narrator


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  • fotini
  • 06-08-18

Rather an amusing story line

I always enjoy a Peter Diamond book, it is like meeting an old friend, this clumsy but highly intelligent policeman. Here he is somewhat haunted by the lady in the title. I found it quite funny in some places as he wrestles with her. Paloma did not figure much though, and I missed the feminine touch. But all in all it kept me interested to the end.

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  • D R
  • 02-13-18

not believable and reader same voice for all

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

not possible

Has The Stone Wife put you off other books in this genre?

much more selective not a consistent writer

Would you listen to another book narrated by Michael Tudor Barnes?

possibly

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Stone Wife?

the whole premise is poor from start to finish

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  • Learning is fun!
  • 02-11-17

Back on form

A better storykine with a little humour thrown in. No way for the reader to work out who the murderer was but I like it that way!

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  • Jon Ellis
  • 08-04-15

Great stuff... if weak ending?

kept me going along the motorway miles - usual great narrative but ending was a little lacking - loose ends to tie up and just ended too abruptly.

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  • IRS
  • 04-30-15

Not his best Diamond novel

Not his best work. The plot does not convince. Seems like two distinct stories stuck together with the joints visible.


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  • Claire
  • 06-24-14

Good Meaty Story

Where does The Stone Wife rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Near the top

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not sure really, it was a good story, quite long but had momentum.

Have you listened to any of Michael Tudor Barnes’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

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  • Jean
  • 05-16-14

A disappointment

What did you like best about The Stone Wife? What did you like least?

Nothing much to like.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Poor attention to detail. The part where Diamond goes to the University and searches an office and uses a computer without any sign of interest by the Head of Department would just not happen.

How could the performance have been better?

The reading was ponderous and in the style of Dixon of Dock Green.

Did The Stone Wife inspire you to do anything?

Return it.

Any additional comments?

One of the few books I couldn't finish