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Publisher's Summary

On Lansdown Hill, near Bath, England, a battle between Roundheads and Cavaliers that took place over 350 years ago is annually reenacted. Two of the reenactors discover a skeleton that is female, headless, and only about twenty years old. One of them, a professor who played a Cavalier, is later found murdered. In the course of his investigation, Peter Diamond butts heads with the group of vigilantes who call themselves the Lansdown Society, discovering in the process that his boss Georgina is a member. She resolves to sideline Diamond, but matters don't pan out in accordance with her plans.
©2009 Peter Lovesey. All rights reserved. (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks America

Critic Reviews

"Diamond remains one of the most realistic and human of fictional sleuths....While some readers will anticipate the solution with little trouble, sharp prose and characterization make this another winner in this enduring series." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Nice job

I enjoy these Peter Diamnomd mysteries read by Simon Prebble. Makes covid seem farther away. thank goodness.

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Twists and turns,but ends in a 2 chapter blitz!

I'm a fan of the series,overall a good listen
Just kind of slams shut in hurry

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Really twists and turns

I like the entire story and the presentation. Especially like bringing in diverse characters. I love Diamond's human qualities.

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Skeleton Hill

Once I adjusted to the new reader I did enjoy the
story. Most unusual ending.

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twists and turns but another great story

Better than Sherlock holmes. Diamond is a very complex character with many sides. it's great to see how he develops. love how the Paloma relationship is progressing.
yet again Simon Prebble does not disappoint. was narrated perfectly!

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Sooo sloowww....

Not a bad book, but too slow even for me. If you like having a voice in the background as company, this might be for you, and I've actually listened to three Lovesey books all the way through. Ho-hum-ever, don't know I'll go further. I think one reviewer described these books as realistic to real-life police inquiries, and I agree. But as editor, I would have cut 3 hours. To put it another way, this is like a Vera Stanhope (Ann Cleeves) story (with a lot less personality) if you added 3 hours of unnecessary filler.

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maybe the best of the series

This is my third or fourth read in the series, and it's maybe the best. Strong 4 stars, maybe 4.5.

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Cold Case Heats Up

Grumpy Diamond follows the clues to solve two murders that appear unrelated by time. When a history instructor unearthens a bone, thinking it belongs to a long ago battle and he can use it in his class, he is murderered. Money really is the root of evil.

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One of the Best.

Glad I came across this remarkable novel. History, horses and costume design mix with full characters and settings beautifully. I look forward to more of this great series.

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Hard to follow

Struggled to finish listening. the pliot was all over the place.will have to get a hard copy.