Peter Diamond

31 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 3,624 ratings

The Last Detective Publisher's Summary

Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond is the last detective: a genuine gumshoe, committed to door-stopping and deduction rather than fancy computer gadgetry. So when the naked body of a woman is found floating in the weeds in a lake near Bath with no one willing to identify her, no marks, and no murder weapon, his sleuthing abilities are tested to the limit. Struggling with a jigsaw puzzle of truant choirboys, teddy bears, a black Mercedes and Jane Austen memorabilia, Diamond persists even after the powers-that-be have decided there's enough evidence to make a conviction.

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  • Book 1

    • The Last Detective

    • An Inspector Peter Diamond Investigation
    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 546
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 484
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 479

    Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond is the last detective: a genuine gumshoe, committed to door-stopping and deduction rather than fancy computer gadgetry. So when the naked body of a woman is found floating in the weeds in a lake near Bath with no one willing to identify her, no marks, and no murder weapon, his sleuthing abilities are tested to the limit.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Pleasantly surprised -- loved Inspector Diamond!

    • By Tracey on 01-06-13

    Regular price: $18.17

    • The Last Detective

    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes
    • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    A woman's naked body is found floating in the weeds of a lake near Bath by an elderly woman walking her Siamese cats. No one comes forward to identify her, and no murder weapon is found, but sleuthing is Superintendent Peter Diamond's speciality. A genuine gumshoe, practising door stopping and deduction: he is the last detective. Struggling with office politics and a bizarre cast of suspects, Diamond strikes out on his own, even when Forensics think they have the culprit.

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  • Book 2

    • Diamond Solitaire

    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 280
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 248
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 250

    One time police detective Peter Diamond loses his job as a security guard when he fails to spot a small Japanese child hiding in the furniture department of Harrods. Weeks later, she's still unclaimed; Diamond is unable to forget the frightened eyes of the silent little girl and takes on the challenge of uncovering her identity.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • You have to like Peter Diamond

    • By Amazon Customer on 04-15-15

    Regular price: $18.17

    • Diamond Solitaire

    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes
    • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Peter Diamond, ex-CID and notoriously difficult to work with, is sacked from his latest job as a security guard in Harrods. Doggedly he turns his sleuthing skills to unraveling the mystery of a little Japanese girl abandoned in London. Naomi, as she is known, exhibits the classic symptoms of an autistic child. Diamond regards her first as a challenge and soon as someone he cares passionately about and devotes himself to communicating with the child.

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  • Book 3

    • The Summons

    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes
    • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    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.

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    • The Summons

    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • British police procedural, somewhat contrived plot

    • By MidwestGeek on 08-19-17

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 4

    • Bloodhounds

    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Winner of the Crime Writers Association Silver Dagger, the Barry Award and the Macavity Award. 'Darling, if ever I've met a group of potential murderers anywhere, it's the Bloodhounds.' Thus says one of the members of the Bloodhounds of Bath, a society that meets in a crypt to discuss crime novels. But to their latest recruit, they seem just a gaggle of dotty misfits, until one of them reveals that he is in possession of an immensely valuable stamp, recently stolen from the Postal Museum.

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    • Bloodhounds

    • Inspector Peter Diamond Investigation Series, Book 4
    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Michael Healy
    • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 72
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 65

    A rare stamp and a corpse are discovered in Bath within hours of each other. As he investigates, Inspector Peter Diamond discovers that both the person who found the stamp and the victim belong to the Bloodhounds, an elite group of mystery lovers, who now urge Diamond to bring the murderer to justice. But there's a hitch: the body lies inside a padlocked houseboat and the only key is in the pocket of a man with an airtight alibi.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Oh no! The reader! I cannot listen to another word

    • By Gregory Wollon on 03-20-17
    • Inspector Peter Diamond Investigation Series, Book 4
    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Michael Healy
    • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
    • Release date: 03-14-17
    • 4 out of 5 stars 72 ratings

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  • Book 5

    • Upon A Dark Night

    • Peter Diamond Series, Book 5
    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6

    A young woman emerges from a coma. Who is she, and why was she dumped unconscious in a hospital car park upon a dark night? She is unable to recall anything, even her name. Then Ada Shaftsbury, a boisterous shoplifter she meets in a homeless hostel, takes up her cause and names her Rose. Peter Diamond is already investigating a suspicious death - a woman has plunged from the roof of Bath's Royal Crescent during a party, and none of the guests seem to know who she is.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Surprisingly boring

    • By Geebs on 06-06-18

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    • Upon a Dark Night

    • Inspector Peter Diamond Investigation Series, Book 5
    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Michael Healy
    • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    A young woman is dumped, injured and unconscious, in a private hospital's parking lot. She is an amnesiac with no memory prior to her discovery by hospital personnel. Detective Inspector Peter Diamond of the Bath homicide squad is unwilling to become involved. He has other, more important cases to solve: a woman has plunged to her death from the roof of a local landmark while half the young people of Bath partied below, and an elderly farmer has shot himself.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Ada Shaftsberry is the best!

    • By Amazon Customer on 05-19-17

    Regular price: $30.09

  • Book 6

    • The Vault

    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    When a severed hand from the vault of Bath Abbey Churchyard arrives on Peter Diamond's desk, he is delighted to hear that, far from being a medieval relic, it is from the 1980s. But the vault is part of the house where Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was written, and a fanatical American professor is thwarting their investigation. Events are complicated even further when the professor's wife goes missing....

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    • The Vault

    • Inspector Peter Diamond Investigation Series, Book 6
    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Michael Healy
    • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Grumpy Detective

    • By Chalis on 06-24-17
    • Inspector Peter Diamond Investigation Series, Book 6
    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Michael Healy
    • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
    • Release date: 05-09-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 52 ratings

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 7

    • Diamond Dust

    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Steve Hodson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 256
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 188
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187

    Detective Inspector Peter Diamond is keen to get his teeth into a new case. So, when a call comes in that a woman's body has been found in one of Bath's parks, he arrives quickly at the scene - only to discover that the victim is his wife.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A lovely read

    • By Victoria on 11-24-08

    Regular price: $20.34

  • Book 8

    • The House Sitter

    • Peter Diamond, Book 8
    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 218
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 197
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 194

    The corpse of a beautiful woman, clad in only a bathing suit, is found strangled to death on a popular Sussex beach. When she is finally identified, it turns out she was a top profiler for the National Crime Faculty who was working on the case of a serial killer. And though she was a Bath resident, the authorities don't want Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond to investigate the murder. How strange. What could they be trying to hide?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another excellent installment of the series

    • By Annette on 11-22-16

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 9

    • The Secret Hangman

    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Christopher Scott
    • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    Peter Diamond, the Bath detective, is having woman trouble. His boss wants him to find a missing person, the daughter of one of her friends in the choir. Another woman, who calls herself his secret admirer, wants to set up a meeting in a local pub. Then there is sexy Ingeborg Smith, the ex-journalist detective constable, distracting the murder squad from their duties.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good character development

    • By David on 07-07-07

    Regular price: $25.45

    • The Secret Hangman

    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 198
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 183
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 182

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Really Excellent Wring & Narration

    • By Kathryn E. Keeling on 01-01-17

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 10

    • Skeleton Hill

    • An Inspector Peter Diamond Investigation
    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 236
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 179
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 179

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Twists and turns,but ends in a 2 chapter blitz!

    • By four string thump on 11-18-16

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    • Skeleton Hill

    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes
    • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Battle and burial are built into the history of Lansdown Hill, so it is no great shock when part of a skeleton is unearthed there. But Peter Diamond, Bath's Head of CID, can't ignore the fresh corpse found close to the folly known as Beckford's Tower. The hill becomes the setting for one of his most puzzling cases, involving golf, horseracing, Civil War re-enactment and the Cyrillic alphabet.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A very entertaining puzzler

    • By Douglas on 01-02-11

    Regular price: $15.17

  • Book 11

    • Stagestruck

    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 163
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 144
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 144

    Pop diva Clarion Calhoun has packed the house with a celebrity appearance in Bath's Theatre Royal production of I Am a Camera. But within moments of her much-anticipated onstage appearance, she's pulled out of character as she screams and claws at her face. When tainted stage makeup is found to have caused the disfiguring burn, fingers point to her makeup artist. Detective Peter Diamond investigates when the makeup artist is found dead, pushed from a catwalk far above the stage.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Plot With Many Surprises

    • By Chalis on 04-22-16

    Regular price: $20.72

  • Book 12

    • Cop to Corpse

    • An Inspector Peter Diamond Investigation, Book 12
    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 198
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 179
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 179

    In the small hours of a Sunday morning in the city of Bath a policeman on beat duty is shot dead by an unseen gunman - the third killing of an officer in Somerset in a matter of weeks. The emergency services are summoned. Ambitious to arrest the Somerset Sniper, the duty inspector, Ken Lockton, seals the crime scene, which is confined by the river on one side and a massive retaining wall on the other. He discovers the murder weapon in a garden - and is himself attacked and left for dead. Enter Peter Diamond, Bath's burly CID chief....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Keeps you guessing.

    • By Lorriee on 07-30-12

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