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The Summons

By: Peter Lovesey
Narrated by: Simon Prebble
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The third Peter Diamond investigation.

John Mountjoy has escaped from prison and kidnapped the chief constable's daughter. The only person he'll parley with is Detective Peter Diamond, who arrested him four years earlier for the murder of a young journalist. Mountjoy, who still maintains his innocence, has a simple request for Diamond. All the detective has to do is find the real killer and clear Mountjoy's name, and the hostage will be free to go. But in the intervening four years, the trail has gone cold and memories have turned hazy, making the hunt for the killer even more complicated the second time around. Will Diamond get to the bottom of the cold case before another life is lost?

©1995 Peter Lovesey (P)2017 Recorded Books

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Almost didn't read, but glad I did!

After the lackluster second novel in this series, I didn't plan to read another. Fortunately for me, I ran out of good novels to read and decided to give Mr. Lovesey another chance. I'm glad I did.

This novel is exciting, thoughtful, and an example of excellent police work. The main characters are charming, likeable, and intelligent, and the villains are excellent and completely believable. Against nearly impossible odds, Peter Diamond sets out to solve another mystery and succeeds in thrilling fashion. I cannot give higher praise for a novel and highly recommend it!

Upon completing this novel, I immediately rushed to my audible account and bought the next book in the series. The only disappointing news I can report is that the next book in this series is not read by Simon Prebble, who I think has done an outstanding job over the first three novels. My only consolation is that Simon Prebble returns later in the series to resurrect his role as narrator.

If you liked either of the first two novels in this series, I think you'll love this one. Enjoy!

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British police procedural, somewhat contrived plot

A different kind of police procedure, since Peter Diamond isn't really an official detective, but is working for the police assisted by Inspector Julie Hargreaves. She is an up-and-coming detective who is one of the few who manages to tolerate the irascible old man without taking too much gaff from him. The plot is rather interesting, and there is an abundance of suspects. Like most procedurals, it is slow going at times. However, some of the situations seem too highly contrived, especially toward the end. It is as if the author sacrifices credibility in order to provide some final twists.

The story is much enhanced by the superb narration by Simon Prebble, one of my favorite readers.

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best story so far

lots of twists and turns a tremendous amount of suspects and then in the end a pretty good whodunit. good performance on the audio and a worthwhile read.

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Hard to pause for breaks

This series just gets better. The narrator is superior. And the writing is succinct and witty. The plot is plausible. Highly recommended.

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Simon Prebble the Magician

Simon Prebble brings all the characters to live no matter which sex or age and thus, their relationships unfold in front of the listener. His 0ne-Man-Show is a tour de art and force as he draws the listener in. He makes me "look forward" to my chores as I can listen to his magic evokation of another life, enjoyable in its drama as it is not really real , but could be ! It is a pity that he does not read all novels of the series!!! This is my second time and probably not the last I listen ...

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Strange start, but gets very good quickly

I loved this book, as I do the other audio books in this series. Recommended.

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Decent enough 

Lovesey does come up with interesting crime stories. I would rate this was worth my time. Simon Prebble is a great narrator. Not perfect, but pretty great! 

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Clever

I’m really enjoying this series and plan to read all the books in order.

Here in book three, a prisoner (Mountjoy) escapes and demands the detective (Peter Diamond) who originally put him away reopen the case. Problem is, Diamond is a civilian now.

The book has several plots. Was Mountjoy innocent of the murder he was convicted for? If so, can this murder case be reconsidered and solved? Can Diamond and his former superiors put their animosity aside to rescue a hostage and avoid a shootout?

The various scenarios all come together in a satisfying and very clever conclusion.

I liked Simon Prebble’s voice and narration.

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Mysterious mystery!

Love Simon Prebble narrating this story!
Enjoyed the entire audible story! Had me till the end!

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Best one yet!!

Love the humor, Simon is the perfect narrator. Can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

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