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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The House Sitter is the latest Peter Diamond mystery and fans of Peter Lovesey's flawed detective, will not be disappointed. As ever, the Bath locations are skillfully recreated and Lovesey's warmth for the city certainly comes through. The plot, concerning the apparent murder of a psychologist whilst sunbathing on the beach, is well constructed, with plenty of twists to keep the reader wrong-footed. At first it appears that the case isn't going to allow Diamond to take centre stage, with much of the action centred on the south east coast. But that soon changes, and with his usual tact, Diamond once again solves the mystery. For me, one of the high points is his love-hate relationship with his superior office, Georgina Dallimore - their scenes are brilliant.
For fans and those new to Lovesey's work alike, read this book - it's up there with his best. This is an intricate and involving story from a highly skilled crime fiction practitioner. Read it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 July 2003
Count me as one of Peter Lovesey's Yank fans who reads everything he writes. That said, although I enjoyed his latest Peter Diamond mystery, I was less than enthralled with the character of Emma, the profiler whose murder opens the novel. Her sophomoric gushings over a handsome detective, as revealed in personal notes on her laptop, showed her to be shallow, immature, insensitive, and possessed of very little insight. This, in turn, caused me to doubt her skill as a profiler and to wonder why the police thought she was a star in her field. The character, in short, lacked credibility.
Lovesey's development of Peter Diamond's character, on the other hand, was skillful and evocative. Diamond is a flesh-and-blood personality, growing with each book. I expect his next outing to be more to my liking, since the one character in this one that didn't ring true is conveniently dead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I have only recently started reading Peter Lovesey and this is the first one I've read featuring Diamond. This is an excellent story with two distinct strands to it which may or may not be connected. There is also the added interest of the relationship between Hen Mallin from Bognor CID and Diamond. This is well drawn and is not all sweetness and light as might be expected from two such prickly personalities. That Hen Mallin was in this book was a bonus as far as I was concerned as I have read 'The Circle' and 'The Headhunters' where she appears without Diamond, and found her an interesting character. In this book the plotting is excellent and I found it difficult to work out who the murderer was. What I especially liked was that there is very little 'on screen' violence. There is plenty to keep you interested in this story and it is well written. If you want an antidote to all the violent stories out there, then this is one for you.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 16 September 2004
've long fondled Lovesey's books at the library, but this eighth in his Peter Diamond series is the first I've actually read. It starts with a family on an outing to the beach near XX. The all-too-typical day on the beach suddenly becomes creepy when the couple's young daughter goes missing. At the end of a frantic search, a more troubling discovery is madeóthe body of a dead woman. It's a nice little trick to draw the reader in, using one situation as the warm up to the main course.
The dead woman is soon determined to have been strangled while lying on the beach in plain view. This is a sort of reversal of the traditional locked-room mystery, with the added complications of the tide having washed away all forensic evidence, and no clue as to the victim's identity. Tough, cigarillo-smoking D.I. Hen Mallin is assigned to the case, and the difficulties just keep on multiplying even once the victim is identified as a psychologist from Bath who consulted with the police as a criminal profiler. The Bath connection brings with it the involvement of the acerbic Peter Diamond, and the two strong personalities must figure out a way to work with each other.
When they discover that the woman had been working on a hush-hush serial killer case, Diamond subtlety hijacks that case as well. This strand of the book gets a little baroque, as the serial killer invokes "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" in a quest to kill Britain's leading film director, a professional golf phenom, and a libidinous ex-pop star turned industrialist. Whether this fantastical case is related to the profiler's death is a key question, and one that isn't answered until the climax.
The investigation is fairly interesting, as encrypted files on the psychologist's computer are decoded, two key witnesses to the beach affair go missing, and all manner of complications are strewn in Diamond and Hen's path. And while this procedural stuff is good, the larger matter of the serial killer left me rather cold. The serial killer is an overused character in fiction, and I tend to find plots revolving around them rather boring. The twisted madness to their methods always come across as over-the-top, and motivations always seem disproportionately thin. This book is no exception, which is too bad, because otherwise, it's quite a good read and the characters draw one in. I will definitely seek out others in the series.
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on 13 October 2013
If you like some nice old fashioned story telling which steers clear of unnecessarily graphic violence or unwanted gruesome detail Lovesey is your man. A nicely paced gentle ride with characters you care about and enough mystery to keep you guessing.
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on 8 August 2013
I do find this demand for writing long reviews most annoying when all I want to write is that I enjoyed the book. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys this type of detective story.
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on 29 December 2012
Again have got to say the books always arrive on time and the second hand ones are very good value,The House Sitter is a good example of everything i have said
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on 23 July 2015
I wish I had met Lovesy many many Years ago!!!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 April 2013
Very good thriller, keeps you guessing to the end. One of the better Peter
diamond mysteries well worth a look.
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on 16 November 2013
A good read and nice to encounter Peter Diamond trying to solve another crime and the hurdles along the way
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