Brilliant and old fashioned,
This review is from: The Tooth Tattoo: 13 (Peter Diamond Mystery) (Hardcover)
Good Old Fashioned Detective Diamond
The Tooth Tattoo by Peter Lovesey is the thirteenth in the Diamond series but this was my introduction to Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond. I am glad to have finally been introduced to him as this while being set in Bath is a good old fashioned detective story and what sets it apart from other crime reading there is a good old fashioned reveal at the close of the book very much ala Agatha Christie.
A dead body floats up in the Avon canal in bed and it has been there a while and at first it may have been a suicide but when the autopsy has been completed we find she has been murdered. The body is not only female but she is a Japanese female with a tattoo on her tooth of a quaver. The more they dig the more they find out that she was a fan of a musical quartet of the classical variety, the Staccati who have recently taken on a new violist to replace one that had gone missing in Budapest.
This story primarily based in Bath takes us to a murder in Vienna while the Staccati were also playing a few concerts there. We run in to the dreaded yakuza and some of their finest work including dealing in ivory. All this while Peter Diamond is out of his normal comfort zone and his personal life is in free fall.
I really enjoyed the Tooth Tattoo in away Peter Diamond reminded me in a way of Poirot who views all the evidence that is building and only at the end of the book is the reveal of whodunit and the reason why. This was a complete pleasure to read and I cannot recommend it highly enough.