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A skeletal hand is unearthed in the vault under the Pump Room in Bath, England, near the site where Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein. Then a skull is excavated. The bones came from different corpses, and one is modern. Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond must solve a series of crimes including murder and forgery, requiring a knowledge of history, 19th-century art, literature...and human nature.

©1999 Peter Lovesey (P)2017 Tantor

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"Everything the cerebral puzzle-addict craves, from tempting red herrings to literary arcana to deliciously plotted surprises." ( Kirkus)

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Grumpy Detective

Peter Diamond is grumpy and sometimes self serving. But he's clever and determined and I like him. I started reading these books many years ago and have revisited them in audio format.

You won't find non-stop action in these stories. You will fine intricate plots, and interesting, sometimes humorous, characters. I'd describe this series as a cozy police procedural - no graphic violence, no rough language, good stories, a bit a humor, and very entertaining.

Michael Healy's narration is excellent.

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I think Diamonds best cases ever!

I've very much enjoyed this series having accidentally started into the first book thinking it was one of another authors books! Didn't mind because I really liked Inspector Diamond.

Every now and again I find one of them available on Audible which either hadn't been available when I cruised through the series originally. This story was just great as Ingeborg gets her break. Subtle tongue in cheek present as ever.

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Love lovesey, not healy

After adoring the Simon prebble-narrated Peter diamonds, I couldn't have been more disappointed in this. Whereas Prebble creates a full-bodied Diamond whose company is a pleasure to be in, Healy's Diamond blends into the narration to the point of invisibility. You get no sense of the great detective's character here. The character voices are generally undistinguished and indistinguishable. I still have a few Prebble Diamonds to listen to and then I'll find Bath's finest on the page.

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another good story in the series

that's typical of some of these British novels the backstory is pretty extensive and all the characters and everything that happens woven together for a nice good yarn