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Published by Sphere, 3 April 2014. ISBN:
At the Bath auction house things begin to get exciting when the bidding
on medieval carving of the Wife of Bath lot 129 attracts high bids.Whilst
the auctioneer takes bids from New York and Tokyo, one man unknown to the
regular bidders seems determined to outbid them all. Just as the bidding
reaches twenty-four thousand and the prize is within his grasp, three masked
armed men enter the auction room and reach for Lot 129.Incandescent with rage at the thought of the
prize being stolen away from him the high bidder remonstrates with the gunman,
who fatally shoots him, and then flees empty handed.
As head of the Murder squad
and the investigating officer, the Wife of Bath resides in Detective
Superintendent Peter Diamond’s office.Surprisingly, he finds ‘the lump of stone’
makes him uncomfortable and rallies his team to find these masked men in order
that he can get the object out if his office.
As his team begin their
investigations, Peter Diamond investigates the background to his lump of stone
which he discovers is an etching of Chaucer's Wife of Bath. I foundthe
Chaucer information most interesting. Eventually they turn up several suspects who
harbour motives of jealousy and revenge. A leading authority on Chaucer, and an ex-tramarital affair. Could the killing have been
There is a secondstring when Sergeant Ingeborg Smith, goes
undercover using her journalist persona to contact a pop star, but in reality
to get close to her boyfriend, a local criminal. I know it’s all part of the
story but sometimes these girls take silly risks that no one in their right
mind would do. Well I wouldn’t, maybe I am not adventurous enough.
This is the 14 book in the
series, and is well-plotted, with that lovely twist at the end that makes
mystery fiction so fascinating. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes
Loveseywas born in 1936, and attended Hampton Grammar School
before going to Reading
University to study fine
art. He soon switched to English. National Service followed before Peter
qualified as a teacher. Having already published The Kings of Distance,
named Sports Book of the Year by World Sports, in 1969 he saw a
competition offering £1,000 for a first crime novel and decided to enter. Wobble
to Death won and in 1975 Peter became a full-time crime writer, winning
awards including the Cartier Diamond Dagger in 2000 in recognition of his
career in crime writing.