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Published by Sphere, 2 July 2015. ISBN: 978-0-7515-5887-6
I read crime fiction not
for the crime, but for the mystery - I love a mystery.And that is what Peter Lovesey has certainly
given in this book, it’s packed full of mystery.
We open in Brighton in 2007 with the demonstration to a car
thief on the great new gizmo that can unlock cars from a distance.I have now decided to go back to the
old-fashioned method of just using a key.
In Chapter 2 we are at a girl’s school in Chichester where
the students are delighted to hear that there art teacher Miss Gibbon has left and
been replaced by a dreamboat called Tom Sandforth who drives an MG!
In Bath Det. Peter Diamond is informed by his boss Assistant
Chief Constable Georgina Dallymore that she has been requested to conduct a
sensitive investigation for another force.Peter was on cloud nine, he hadn’t had a break from Georgina in years.
The he fell off the cloud when she informs him that he is to assist her, in
short they are going away together.Being told he was next in line to being thrown to the lions would have
given him greater pleasure.
Georgina gives him scant information about their mission but
when she does disclose the target, he realises that it is the investigation into
an officer he has worked with in the past.
As Diamond studies the circumstances surrounding the
suspended officer, whom we feel Georgina has already convicted, we switch back
to the art students as they revel in their new teacher who is broadening their
art education in many ways – no longer vases of flowers, but nude models.
As the book progresses I became fascinated by the different
facets, the characters of the students, the situation of the officer that is
being investigated and Peter attempting wherever possible not to dine with
Georgina, but in true Diamond fashion conducting his own investigation which we
know will be fair, and for which eventually he will most likely let Georgina
take the credit’.
I knew that a crime lurked somewhere, but couldn’t quite
work out where, or what manner of crime it would be. Eventually Lovesey begins
to skilfully pull together the threads of these unrelated incidents to reveal
the crime, but there are many twists along the way before the satisfying
conclusion is reached.
The book is rich in clues and humour, and above all mystery.
This is a wonderful and compelling read crafted by a master of mystery and
intrigue and I urge you all to read it.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.