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Winner of the Crime Writers Association Silver Dagger and shortlisted for the Edgar Award.

The summons comes at night. Two policemen collect Peter Diamond from his West London flat and drive him to Bath. Once head of the murder squad there, he is now out of touch in his retirement, unaware of an audacious escape from Albany Prison.

Four years previously, Diamond headed the investigation of the bizarre murder of a Swedish woman journalist, her mouth stuffed with red roses. Now the convicted murderer is at large and has already kidnapped the daughter of the Assistant Chief Constable. He is demanding that the case be reexamined, and he will deal only with Diamond.

©1995 Peter Lovesey (P)2015 Hachette Audio UK

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  • Caroline Adams
  • 02-07-17

Another chance find!

Wish I'd discovered Peter Lovesey years ago! I look forward to listening to all the Peter Diamond stories. Clever stories and very good narration. First two books most enjoyable!

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  • Martyn
  • 02-19-16

Summons to the Kill

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a series by Peter Lovesay and as always keeps you guessing to the end. Wonderful story teler

Who was your favorite character and why?

Obviously Peter Diamond

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The final confrontations with the murderer

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

It holds one attention all the way. Some great funny moments and others that make you jump

Any additional comments?

Peter Lovesey is a great writer.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-30-16

Fantastic

I enjoyed listening to the story the detective is funny make me laugh also Michael Tudor barns is a great a great story Narrator

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  • Rogayah
  • 04-13-16

Dodgy detective work

Unemployed and living in West London with Steff when a late night visit from the Bath police takes him from bed to Bath, much against his will. The kidnapping of the daughter of his detested former chief forces Diamond to review an old murder case he was in charge of. With reluctance, and very little police support, he has to review his investigation while the escape prisoner with his hostage puts pressure on both Diamond and the Bath police.

A good story with a good narrator brings the characters and the town of Bath to life making this an enjoyable listen. Diamond's sly humour adds a lightness of touch to the otherwise grim work of rooting through the past of those involved.

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  • Belinda Norton
  • 06-06-20

Very human lead character and plenty of surprises

I've enjoyed all of these so far, and will keep on reading them. I also think they will be very re-readable after a while despite knowing whodunnit. I recommend

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  • A. Foley
  • 04-30-18

Didn’t disappoint

I enjoy the Peter Diamond series and this one kept me guessing until the end. It was well read by Michael Tudor Barnes

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  • fotini
  • 11-13-17

Another enjoyable Peter Diamond book

I am becoming rather addicted to Mr Diamond and his long suffering wife. Each book follows on with his story, though it is not necessary to have read previous books to be entertained and gripped by this one which features a kidnapping and a possible wrong arrest. I,am looking forward to hearing about the detectives next adventure

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  • Eleanor
  • 10-13-16

Another cliffhanger which kept us guessing to the end

We enjoy the local settings as we know them all. Diamond is an engaging curmudgeon!

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  • Peter Evans
  • 09-13-16

Always good

Nice to have West Country setting. Always extra twists. Hope real cops are more like Diamond. The baddies have got it coming.

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  • prof100
  • 09-06-16

CLASSIC DETECTION

Recommended to those who enjoy a well structured detective tale. Hero is a grumpy English West Country Colombo personality. The story is almost Agatha Christie-like in its structure. it is genuinely possible to deduce the murderer during the story but I didn't!

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 07-30-20

Didn’t finish

Have flung this book back over the wall as it’s too boring too disappointing. What a shame