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The Tooth Tattoo

The Tooth Tattoo Author Peter Lovesey
ISBN-10 9781616952310
Release 2013-04-30
Pages 348
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Peter Diamond, head of the Criminal Investigation Division in scenic Bath, England, is investigating the murder of a young woman whose body has been found in the canal, the only clue to her identity a tattoo of a music note on one of her teeth. For Diamond, who wouldn’t know a Stradivarius from a French horn, the investigation is his most demanding ever. Meanwhile, strange things are happening to jobbing violist Mel Farran, who finds himself scouted by a very elite classical quartet—one whose previous violist disappeared without a trace. Despite the mystery shrouding the group, the chance to join is too good to pass up, and Mel finds himself in a cushy residency at Bath Spa University with the quartet--and embroiled in the unusually musical murder investigation. As the story unfolds in fugue-like counterpoint, Peter and Mel both learn frightening secrets about fandom and about what it takes to survive in the cutthroat world of professional musicians. Peter Lovesey has been hailed by the critics as "superlative," "a master of the genre," "never puts a foot wrong" and the Peter Diamond series as "one of the most enjoyable police series around." This new case for the much-loved detective will bring new praise and much satisfaction for his legions of fans. From the Hardcover edition.

The Stone Wife

The Stone Wife Author Peter Lovesey
ISBN-10 9781616953942
Release 2014-09-16
Pages 368
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Book 14 in the Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond series, one of Soho's bestselling and most critically acclaimed series, this time including a Chauceresque twist. At a Bath auction house, a large slab of carved stone is up for sale. At the height of very competitive bidding, there is a holdup attempt by three masked robbers. They shoot and kill the highest bidder, a professor who has recognized the female figure carved in the stone as Chaucer’s Wife of Bath. The masked would-be thieves flee, leaving the stone behind. Peter Diamond and his team are assigned to investigate, and the stone is moved into Diamond’s office so he can research its origins. The carving causes such difficulties that he starts to think it has jinxed him. Meanwhile, as Diamond’s leads take him to Chaucer’s house in Somerset, his intrepid colleague Ingeborg goes undercover to try to track down the source of the handgun used in the murder. From the Hardcover edition.


Remaindered Author Peter Lovesey
ISBN-10 9781453206355
Release 2014-08-26
Pages 56
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A puzzler of a tale about a dead bookshop owner, a priceless cache of first editions, and a deadly secret taken to the grave. It’s no mystery who killed Robert Ripple, owner of Precious Finds Bookstore in Pokesville, Pennsylvania. It was Agatha Christie—or rather, a large carton of valuable Christie hardcovers that the not-so-young Ripple was attempting to lift when his heart gave out. The real question is why the so-called Friends of England, who meet regularly in the back room of Ripple’s literary emporium, are so eager to keep the place open after its proprietor’s death. Certainly it must have something to do with the Friends’ past lives as the associates of a slain New York mobster. Whatever their plan is, they’ll need the help of Tanya Tripp, Ripple’s recently hired and completely unsuspecting assistant, if they want to pull it off. But despite her trustworthy appearance, Tanya may well be hatching a scheme of her own. For over four decades, Peter Lovesey has occupied an honored place as one of crime fiction’s best and brightest. With Remaindered, he offers his readers a delectable tidbit about books and those who live—and die—for them. The Bibliomysteries are a series of short tales about deadly books, by top mystery authors.

Rough Cider

Rough Cider Author Peter Lovesey
ISBN-10 9781569472286
Release 1986
Pages 206
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As Dr. Theo Singer reluctantly investigates the mysterious details that led to a twenty-year-old murder conviction, the horrors of the past take on a frightening immediacy when another murder is committed. Reprint.

Skeleton Hill

Skeleton Hill Author Peter Lovesey
ISBN-10 9781569475980
Release 2009
Pages 326
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When two reenactors of a battle that took place over 350 years ago discover a skeleton that is female, headless, and only about twenty years old, and one of them is later found murdered, Peter Diamond investigates and butts heads with the group of vigilan

Another One Goes Tonight

Another One Goes Tonight Author Peter Lovesey
ISBN-10 9781616957599
Release 2016-07-05
Pages 400
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In the sixteenth entry of Peter Lovesey’s timeless British detective series, Peter Diamond wrestles with his own moral compass, struggling to protect police prestige while debating what it means to do right by a serial killer. En route to investigate a late-night disturbance, a patrol car spins off the road, killing one of the cops and leaving the other in critical condition. Detective Peter Diamond is assigned to look into the case. His supervisor is desperately hoping Diamond will not discover the officers were at fault. Instead, he discovers something even worse—a civilian on a motorized tricycle was involved in the crash and has been lying on the side of the road for hours. Diamond administers CPR, but the man’s fate is unclear. Soon, though, Diamond becomes suspicious of the civilian victim and begins a private inquiry that leads to a trail of uninvestigated deaths. As the man lingers on life support, Diamond wrestles with the fact that he may have saved the life of a serial killer.

Down Among the Dead Men

Down Among the Dead Men Author Peter Lovesey
ISBN-10 9781616956271
Release 2015-07-07
Pages 384
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Peter Diamond takes a dive down among the dead men to solve a seven-year-old murder case in the latest installment of Peter Lovesey's classic procedural series. In a Sussex town on the south coast of England, a widely disliked art teacher at a posh private girls’ school disappears without explanation. None of her students miss her boring lessons, especially since her replacement is a devilishly hunky male teacher with a fancy car. But then her name shows up on a police missing persons list. What happened to Miss Gibbon, and why does no one seem to care? Meanwhile, detective Peter Diamond finds himself in Sussex, much against his wishes. His irritating and often obtuse supervisor, Assistant Chief Constable Georgina Dallymore, has made Diamond accompany her on a Home Office internal investigation. A Sussex detective has been suspended for failing to link DNA evidence of a relative to a seven-year-old murder case—a bad breach of ethics. Diamond is less than thrilled to be heading out on a road trip with his boss to investigate a fellow officer, but he becomes much more interested in the case when he realizes who the suspended officer is—an old friend, and not a person he knows to make mistakes. As Diamond asks questions, he begins to notice unsettling connections between the cold case and the missing art teacher. Could the two mysteries be connected? How many other area disappearances have gone unnoticed and uninvestigated? Diamond and his hapless supervisor have stumbled into a web of related crimes. Will Diamond be able to disentangle them?

Cop to Corpse

Cop to Corpse Author Peter Lovesey
ISBN-10 9781616950798
Release 2012-06-12
Pages 304
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PC Harry Trasker is the third policeman in the Bath area to be shot dead in less than twelve weeks. The assassinations are the work of a sniper no one has been able to pin down. The younger detectives are no match for this murderer and his merciless agenda. This is a job for Inspector Peter Diamond, and it might be the most dangerous investigation of his life.

Upon a Dark Night

Upon a Dark Night Author Peter Lovesey
ISBN-10 9781569473931
Release 1997
Pages 344
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“The threads of Peter Lovesey’s new Peter Diamond mystery, Upon a Dark Night, twist up so neatly they make a perfect hangman’s noose—another triumph of plotting from this master of the classic puzzle form.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review “Lovesey is . . . master of the traditional crime novel.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) “The characters are complex and well-drawn, the plot intricate but credible, the story well-told and the puzzles neatly tied up by the end.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “An extraordinary combination of classic puzzle with a contemporary police procedural; an immensely satisfying work by one of Britain’s foremost mystery novelists.”—Houston Chronicle “Lovesey’s latest Peter Diamond novel offers everything a fan of classic detective fiction could want.”—Booklist 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. Are these apparent suicides really so, or are there sinister forces at work? And then he finds a connection to the amnesiac woman named, temporarily, Rose. Peter Lovesey is the author of 24 highly praised mysteries and has been awarded The Crime Writers’ Association’s Gold, Silver and Diamond Daggers, as well as many US honors. He lives in West Sussex, England.

Beau Death

Beau Death Author Peter Lovesey
ISBN-10 9780751570663
Release 2017-12-14
Pages 416
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A wrecking ball crashes through the roof of a terraced cottage in Bath and exposes a skeleton in eighteenth-century clothes. Can these possibly be the remains of Beau Nash, the so-called King of Bath, whose body is said to have ended up in a pauper's grave? Peter Diamond, the city's most experienced detective, is ordered to investigate, but grappling with historical events causes ructions in his team until everyone is diverted by a modern killing during a fireworks display on the Royal Crescent lawn. But Beau Nash refusesto be ignored - and when astonishing new facts emerge about the case, Bath's history is rewritten and mysteries ancient and modern are fused in a devastating climax.

The False Inspector Dew

The False Inspector Dew Author Peter Lovesey
ISBN-10 9781569478073
Release 2003-07-01
Pages 256
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The year is 1921. A passionate affair between voracious romance reader Alma Webster and her dentist, Walter Baranov, has led to his wife’s murder. The lovers take flight aboard the Mauretania and the dentist takes the name of Inspector Dew, the detective who arrested the notorious wifekiller Dr. Crippen. But, in a disquieting twist, a murder occurs aboard ship and the captain invites “Inspector Dew” to investigate. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Circle

The Circle Author Peter Lovesey
ISBN-10 9781569474327
Release 2006-06-01
Pages 358
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Will writers really kill to be published?

Diamond Dust

Diamond Dust Author Peter Lovesey
ISBN-10 9781569473221
Release 2003-06-01
Pages 304
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When his beloved wife becomes the latest victim in a string of police-spouse killings, Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond becomes determined to track down the murderer despite his superior's order to leave the case to someone else. Reprint.

Diamond Solitaire

Diamond Solitaire Author Peter Lovesey
ISBN-10 9781569477991
Release 2003-07-01
Pages 336
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Fired from the police for insubordination, Peter Diamond is reduced to working as a security guard at Harrod's. There he finds an abandoned Japanese girl after the store closes. He must identify her in order to save her life.

The Secret Hangman

The Secret Hangman Author Peter Lovesey
ISBN-10 9781569474884
Release 2008-04
Pages 316
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“A special treat.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review “Peter Lovesey has cloaked the classic ‘puzzle’ mystery in a fully realized world of coppers and local landmarks.”—Houston Chronicle “Lovesey . . . should be on every British mystery lover’s short list, and this is a fine place to start.”—Rocky Mountain News “Lovesey deftly blends suspense and humor in this excellent ninth whodunit to feature Peter Diamond.”—Publishers Weekly (starred) “Lovesey continues to excel, with cleverly plotted mysteries filled with detailed behind-the-scenes police work. Patrons who like Reginald Hill, Ian Rankin, and Stephen Booth will snap this one up.”—Library Journal (starred) Widowed Inspector Peter Diamond is being pursued by a secret admirer even as he pursues a serial killer. Delia Williamson, mother of two young girls, is reported missing. She is found in a public park, hanged from the crossbar of a children’s swing set. There seems to be no reason for her to have committed suicide, and the postmortem reveals that she was murdered. Her present partner, her ex-husband, and a traveling salesman who dined at her table in the restaurant where she worked are all suspects. Then her former husband is found in a cave, also hanged. A remorse suicide? Diamond doesn’t think so. When a well-to-do couple is found dead, both hanged, a suicide pact is suggested. Diamond is dubious; too many couples are dying by the same method. Before he can figure out what is going on, one more person will die.

The House Sitter

The House Sitter Author Peter Lovesey
ISBN-10 9781569473610
Release 2004-05-01
Pages 346
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In this mystery, Detective Peter Diamond investigates why a top profiler for the National Crime Faculty has been strangled to death and why the NCF is thwarting his attempts to catch her killer. Reprint.

The Last Detective

The Last Detective Author Peter Lovesey
ISBN-10 9781569478080
Release 2003-07-01
Pages 336
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Introduction by Louise Penny A woman's body has been found floating in a large reservoir just south of Bristol. In order to solve the mystery of the "Lady in the Lake," Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond must locate two missing letters attributed to Jane Austen and defy his superiors on the force to save a woman unjustly accused of murder. This is the first of the Peter Diamond series; it won the 1992 Anthony Boucher Award for Best Mystery Novel. From the Trade Paperback edition.