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Delia Williamson, a waitress and mother of two young girls, is reported missing. She is soon found in a public park, hanging from the crossbar of a children's swing set. The postmortem reveals that she has been murdered. Her current partner, her ex-husband, and a traveling salesman who frequented her restaurant are all suspects. Before Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond can solve the mystery, more will die. But even as he pursues a killer, he finds himself pursued by a secret admirer.

©2007 Peter Lovesey (P)2016 Recorded Books

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Excellent read!

Simon Prebble is a masterful reader. The plot is an usual type of murder mystery and also brings into focus Diamond’s humanity.

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Engaging and unusual plot

Well written and captivating. A mystery that ultimately is not brilliantly resolved but well worth the read.

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Good story with twists, keeps your interest

Interesting plot, narration exceptional. Peter Diamond is a curmudgeon but a very likable one. Must get more of the series.

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Really Excellent Wring & Narration

These are serial books. I found the first book and began listening by accident, having crossed up the name of one author with Peter Lovesy. I was hooked immediately. This first book was not the beginning of the series. Normally I would have gone to the beginning book. For some reason, maybe earlier books were not yet in recorded books. I listened to all from that point on though. I count get enough. I have loved the processes of the DIC Peter Lovesy's personal life especially but also the revealing of and developments among this co workers. There's humor, tension suspense and one feels annoyance, agonies, a full spectrum of emotions. There's a subtle poignancy in the writing by Peter Lovesey. There's a keen thoughtfulness to his writing, that manages to reveal detail in a sort of concise and natural way, without slowing the action. The procedural and relational features of the investigative, and policing seems very credible and well researched, truly and insiders view.

I'm certain that it is this amazing and deft writing as well as the crime and suspense that hooks the reader into wanting more and dreading reaching the end of the series...like you know that you'll miss Peter Dismond and his team, your people and team! Withdrawal

Oh and can't forget the superb Narrative performance of , Simon Prebble in this book and most others.

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Good story!

A good story, although a little slow in getting going.
A real surprise ending.
Enjoyed it!!

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awwww

I thought something something was up. sheesh. well. good job. again. great narrator. as usual.

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Overly long, unconvincing

While I have enjoyed another title in this series, this book is really bad. It is nauseatingly melodramatic. Its plot is not remotely plausible—nor is the romantic relationship at the book’s center. These faults are made all the more painful by the excessive length of the listless narrative. I can’t recommend enough against purchasing this book.

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a good but distressing story

a good with distressing story that takes us into modern times and the conflict in values conflict of religion versus modern Western thought. lots of character development if you're someone who reads the shoes almost think the author is being abusive to some of his characters especially the main one. the performance was good the narration in all of his books is very difficult because of so many characters in the prequel in the actual story try to provide different voices for all of them is difficult.

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Plot contrived, Performance top notch

The Secret Hangman is the first Peter Diamond book that has struck me as overblown. While I loved as always the scenic elements of life in Bath, the mystery just didn't come together. Diamond's personal plight seemed almost operatically fraught toward the end - it stretched my ability to suspend disbelief. Diamond sounded and acted like a 1930's movie cop in one chapter. This book is NOT my favorite in the series (which I love BTW.) Best part: Simon Prebble's great performance.