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The Secret Hangman: 9 (Peter Diamond Mystery) Hardcover – 1 Feb 2007


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (1 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847440096
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847440099
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 22.3 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 644,287 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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Praise for THE CIRCLE: 'Lovesey's writing is lucid and succinct, and he is a consumate story-teller.' Colin Dexter 'Pure joy.' The Scotsman 'Phone-off-the-hook time.' The Independent --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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From the author of the highly popular Peter Diamond series comes this thrilling tale of mystery, mayhem and murder most foul.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Iscamaid on 18 Feb 2007
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I had been eagerly awaiting "The Secret Hangman", having been a fan of the Peter Diamond detective series since being given a copy of the"The Vault". In this series Peter Lovesey has created a human and likeable hero whose stubbornness and bluff manner are his strongest points. He unfailingly provides us with a classic murder mystery in the truest sense of the word, with a strong plot, believable characters and storylines which keep you reading and guessing until the end. There is a lack of graphic blood and gore that you find in many recent thrillers, instead the writer gives an intellectual puzzle. In "The Secret Hangman" he has not let his readers down; here is another tale of murder in Bath, a serial killer hanging couples in a bizarre voyeuristic way from bridges near Bath beauty spots. If I have one slight criticism of this book it is due to the love interest from the "Secret Admirer". Having followed the series I was shocked and hurt by the murder of Peter Diamond's wife, Stephanie in one of the earlier novels. The love interest in this book seems a betrayal of her character and although this book is set 3 years after her death I found it uncomfortable to read. I almost felt as though Peter Lovesy had been persuaded by an editor looking for book sales to kill off Stephanie. It felt as though having a happily married detective was too staid and from her murder they could introduce a love interest and sex scenes. Instead they killed a main character from the series who gave peter Diamond credibility and a sounding board for his ideas. I would still recommend this book to anyone, though would suggest reading them in sequence.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ray Clark on 9 April 2009
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Peter Lovesey has written some superb books, probably none better than Bloodhounds. The Secret Hangman is no exception. Lovesey is an author whose style is reminscent of the old fashioned classic murder mystery that doesn't not rely on gore and sex to fill out the pages but intense plotting and the weaving together of intricate puzzles in which he allows Peter Diamond and his team to solve: another point to which the book is no exception. With well defined characters and vivid descriptions, those who admire the author's work will find the book a pleasure to read, as I did.
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Another great read from Peter Lovesey in his Diamond series. Convoluted plot and the usual unexpected twist in the tail.
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By Chris on 4 May 2013
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This book is hard to put down and the local detail adds greatly my enjoyment as I can picture where the events occur.
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Peter Diamond the feature character in these stories provides the reader with a credible touch of realism. The author manages to create a perfect image of Bath and surrounding area. The story line is gripping and the many twists and turns leave the reader hanging on to the end. As with all in this series, Great Character, great story, beautifully written.
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By susie elmes on 23 Nov 2012
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As usual I enjoyed this Peter Lovesey novel, trying to guess the outcome and then being surprised. The story flows well with plenty of suspence and and well written. You can't see the cogs whirring or find glaring errors in what you read. A good who dunit.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Claretta VINE VOICE on 24 Feb 2007
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Not quite one of Lovesey's best - the Vault was really superb - but still extremely enjoyable and entertaining, even if the villain's identity is fairly easily guessed. One thing that bothered me was that the motivation for the murders was very similar to that in an Ed McBain 87th precinct novel. Can't say more without giving the plot away ... I agree with the previous reviewer, I wasn't crazy about Diamond's new love interest. She just didn't convince me as a character, and the relationship between them didn't work for me. The scenes between Diamond and his team are what really carry the book along.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bluebell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 July 2009
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I've enjoyed several of Peter Lovesey's earlier books and was not disappointed by this one. It's a classic detective story in that the murders are carefully planned, there are red herrings and a definite motive is revealed near the end of the book. The author creates distinctive characters, including Diamond the chief detective in this series. My only criticism is over the depiction of his boss, whose behaviour towards him is a caricature of an over-bearing and irritable woman who tries to take the credit for successful operations.
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