The House Sitter: 8 (Peter Diamond Mystery) Paperback – 5 Jun 2014
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The writing is as smooth as polished steel, and the small touches that reveal character, especially the memorable Hen, approach genius. This is Lovesey at his best (Publishers Weekly)
Brusque Diamond and plain-speaking Mallin make an engaging team, and few, if any, can top Lovesey in not only creating believable red herrings and plot twists but whetting an appetite for reading the English classics (Kirkus Reviews)
No-one has done this kind of thing better since Dorothy L. Sayers . . . A must for crime buffs (Mail on Sunday)
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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I have read a number of Lovesey's books now. Not in order but that doesn't seem to matter too much. All his books are good, but I found this one of my favourite.Published 5 days ago by Archie
Great crime thriller as all 'Peter Diamond' mysteries are.Published 24 months ago by Gillian Hockerday
A good read and nice to encounter Peter Diamond trying to solve another crime and the hurdles along the wayPublished on 16 Nov. 2013 by P. Marsh
Very good thriller, keeps you guessing to the end. One of the better Peter
diamond mysteries well worth a look.