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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Soundings Ltd; New edition edition (Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860429289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860429286
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 17.7 x 5.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,694,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Lovesey was born in Middlesex and studied at Hampton Grammar School and Reading University, where he met his wife Jax. He won a competition with his first crime fiction novel, Wobble to Death, and has never looked back, with his numerous books winning and being shortlisted for nearly all the prizes in the international crime writing world. He was Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association and has been presented with Lifetime Achievement awards both in the UK and the US.

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The Reaper is a chilling tale of murder amidst the tea and cakes of the Wiltshire countryside. Villagers in Foxford are shaken by the news of their bishop's unexpected "suicide" in a "leap of shame" following revelations linking him with a certain Madam Swish.

Luckily, the brilliantly named Reverend Otis Joy "young, still in his twenties, and wicked" is on hand to deliver a few well-chosen words to the mourners. Foxford's female parishioners are thoroughly charmed by Joy who bears more than a passing resemblance to "the young Harrison Ford". Unfortunately, the reverend is unquestionably wicked. He dispatches his victims with casual aplomb and, for a man with a calling, shows a surprising lack of remorse "after a wedding rehearsal in the church--but before the rigor mortis set in--Joy returned to the rectory, his pastoral duties over for the day". Initially at least he is above suspicion, after all "nobody expects the priest to slip them poison in the communion wine". However, a second untimely death sets the village rumour mill in motion. Tension rises as more deaths follow.

The Reaper is a clever and engrossing thriller which proves once again that Peter Lovesey is worthy of his Cartier diamond dagger award. --Sarah Crawford --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Larky and deft; very funny, too. (LITERARY REVIEW)

No one has done this kind of thing better since Dorothy L. Sayers (MAIL ON SUNDAY)

One of the very best of the current generation of crime writers (EVENING STANDARD)

Satisfyingly complex and suspenseful. (DAILY MAIL) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Baz on 17 Dec 2006
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Otis Joy, that is. The rector or Foxford. And a more noteworthy and flamboyant man of the cloth you wouldn't wish to meet. But I'm not going to give away any of the plot of this intriguing book. Don't you just hate it when reviewers tell you the story?

I'm in two minds whether Lovesey's 'other' novels are better than the Peter Diamond series. After reading 'Dead Gorgeous', also by Lovesey, and unable to put it down (definitely his best novel, though this is an award winner), I had to read the rest of his stuff and this magnificent tale has one major, appalling disappointment. You come to the end. And often in the small hours when you've got to be up for work at seven... There should be a health warning printed on the cover of his books.

What's so extraordinary about Lovesey is the fluency of his writing, especially the dialogue. His characters live and breathe, and you're with them all the way to the last page. If, like me, you're into such things, you'll find that the weaving of the different strands of the story, the pacing and the plotting are just about flawless. And in 'The Reaper' even more than a few laughs, too.

So, do yourself a huge favour, and get this. Turn off the tube for once (yes, you do watch too much crap), get a glass or a mug of your fave beverage, and be thoroughly entertained by a true master. Just remember to have a good excuse when you phone in sick because you didn't get to bed till three in the morning...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. R. Hudson on 23 Jan 2006
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This is only my second Peter Lovesey book but I really enjoyed it. The plot was very different to recent books I have read. Rather than a who-dunnit, it was we know who did it but will be get caught, and in some ways hoping he didn't!
Well worth a read and I shall now decide on my third Peter Lovesey.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Sep 2000
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To the reader from Leeds and Bradford, you have indeed missed something in Peter Lovesey's earlier books. However, you haven't missed perhaps the best story of his entertaining career. I've been reading him from "Wobble to death" (highly recommended) and this story of the wicked vicar is superlative. Otis Joy isn't an anti hero, he is just splendidly self-obsessed and wicked, sharp as a tack and gloriously amoral in a tender, caring sort of way. I can't say any more, its one of those books where a slight hint becomes a spoiler. Please just make sure you don't miss this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Rees on 19 Nov 2008
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A difficult book to catagorise, this - a quote on the back cover describes it as a 'black comedy' which is about right given the book's light tone. It is essentially a study of how charisma can be corrupting, and it works on that level; there are also two very good pieces of misdirection contained within and from the half-way point onwards the book does become gripping. But it takes a fair while to get there, and the characterisation is cartoonish and two-dimensional compared with Lovesey's Peter Diamond series. That's in keeping with the author's intention, I'm sure, but it does lend a certain lack of credibility to proceedings. A decent, diverting read - but not Lovesey's best by a long shot
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Jun 2010
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Otis Joy is a very popular clergyman in a rural parish. But even from the first page of this book the reader knows he is not a normal clergyman. In fact I can't really tell you anything more about the plot without giving the whole thing away! When we first meet him he is having a confrontation with the Bishop over the accounts for his previous parish. What follows is not really a crime novel in any conventional sense of the word because there is little mystery - the reader knows what is happening as it happens.

What makes the book worth reading is the way the story unfolds and the fascinating and eccentric village characters. There is the flamboyant and charismatic Joy himself; the members of the PCC, Burton Sands the humourless accountant, the landlord of the village pub, Rachel the wife of jazz fiend Gary and Cynthia the well-off divorcee with an eye for the men. Village life is well portrayed with all the petty jealousies and fallings out which happen in any small community. I found it an intriguing book to read, though on balance I prefer Peter Lovesey's Peter Diamond or Hen Mallin crime stories. It is worth reading - it just isn't my favourite.
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A refreshing change from the Diamond novels and also rather unusual. Sympathy seems to be with the baddies. It is a very interesting novel.
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By Sydney on 29 Mar 2014
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I thought this book was another Peter Diamond mystery! I enjoyed the book, especially the twist at the end but not as much as Lovesey's other books.
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