Books by Peter Lovesey

COP TO CORPSE by Peter Lovesey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 12, 2012

"Nobody but Lovesey could thump out a gritty procedural yet instill Bath with so much charm and history that readers will have to put it on their bucket lists."
How many mistakes can Detective Superintendent Diamond make and still catch the Somerset Sniper? Read full book review >
STAGESTRUCK by Peter Lovesey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 2011

"Far from Lovesey at his best, without the wit, trickery and demonic plotting that has earned him silver, gold and diamond daggers from the British Crime Writers' Association."
Backstage hugger-mugger at Bath's Theatre Royal. Read full book review >
SKELETON HILL by Peter Lovesey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"History, humor, inspired clues, maniacal twists and a paean to the beauty of the Bath countryside. Lovesey, who's won every prize going, deserves another for Diamond's tenth."
Inspector Peter Diamond, in full curmudgeon mode, detects a fresh corpse at a Civil War (that's the Cavaliers versus the Roundheads) reenactment. Read full book review >
MURDER ON THE SHORT LIST by Peter Lovesey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2009

"A roundup of the most genial puzzles from Lovesey (The Headhunters, 2008, etc.) presents a welcome relief from the noir psychodramas so many other practitioners have on offer."
Fourteen short stories originally published between 2003 and 2007—with one exception harking back to 1989—that do full credit to Lovesey's reputation as a Diamond Dagger winner. Read full book review >
THE HEADHUNTERS by Peter Lovesey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2008

"Lovesey makes it virtually impossible to figure out whodunit before he reveals all. Catnip for enthusiasts of the classic puzzler."
Master craftsman Lovesey (The Secret Hangman, 2007, etc.) flaunts his deviousness with a plethora of wickedly plausible suspects. Read full book review >
THE SECRET HANGMAN by Peter Lovesey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 2007

"Lovesey (The Circle, 2005, etc.), master of the switchback twist, has several in store here, but savvy readers may find them a notch or so below his crafty best."
Inspector Peter Diamond, three years a widower, gamely accedes to a lady's advances. Read full book review >
THE VERDICT OF US ALL by Peter Lovesey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 24, 2006

"Though many of the contributions are slight, foolish and unlikely to be reprinted, their kaleidoscopic portrait shows why Keating is worth such an affectionate celebration."
Seventeen Detection Club colleagues join together to create a surprise 80th birthday tribute to H.R.F. Keating that may be the most unusual festschrift ever assembled. Read full book review >
THE CIRCLE by Peter Lovesey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 2005

"Lovesey, who can out–Christie Dame Agatha when he sets his mind to it, offers a smorgasbord of red herrings, a nifty plot twist, charming bits of doggerel and delicious digs at writers of the unpublishable."
An old-fashioned whodunit with the style and deviousness you'd expect from a master storyteller. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE SITTER by Peter Lovesey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 2003

"Brusque Diamond and plainspoken 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 rereading the English classics from Austen to Coleridge."
The master of the cozy cerebral mystery pairs the Bath Murder Squad's cantankerous Peter Diamond (Diamond Dust, 2002, etc.) with cigar-smoking Henrietta "Hen" Mallin, Senior Investigating Officer at Bognor Regis, and sets them loose to find the audacious murderer of crime profiler Emma Tysoe, who was strangled on a Sussex beach alongside other bathers who noticed nothing amiss. Read full book review >
IN SUSPENSE by Peter Lovesey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Any psychiatrist who calls his dinner companion "little lady" ought to be defrocked, but Lovesey does offer a perceptive analysis of TV types, university infighting, and sublimations that barely mask psychosis."
First published in Great Britain a dozen years ago, this minor work by Diamond Dagger winner Lovesey is set, atypically for him, in New York City, where doctoral candidate Sarah Jordan's preeminence in spider research is being challenged by Don Rigden, a new graduate student at Henry Hudson University. Read full book review >
THE SEDGEMOOR STRANGLER by Peter Lovesey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2001

"A brightly malicious change of pace from the psychological short studies of Ruth Rendell, Ed Gorman, and Lawrence Block."
Except for the prodigious Edward D. Hoch, Lovesey (The Reaper, p. 218, etc.) is the cleverest contemporary writer of crime short fiction. Read full book review >
DIAMOND DUST by Peter Lovesey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 2001

"Fully dimensional characters, juicy plotting, and more twists than the Hampton Court maze."
About to be shunted off to Bristol and replaced as the head of Bath's Murder Squad on the eve of his 50th birthday, irascible Peter Diamond is gleeful at the reprieve a body found in Royal Victoria Park buys him—until he gets a good look and realizes it's his own wife Stephanie with two bullet holes in her head. Read full book review >
THE REAPER by Peter Lovesey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Gleefully demonic, offsetting church homilies with garden poisons, piety with avarice, and a proper tea with a libido-unleashing tumbler of Scotch."
Lovesey, a recipient of the British Crime Writers' Lifetime Achievement award, proves his mettle here with a deliciously wicked village mystery centering on Otis Joy, the rector of St. Read full book review >
THE SECRET OF SPANDAU by Peter Lovesey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A bit too much Goodbody derring-do, however, but Lovesey adds nice classic-puzzle elements."
Lovesey, honored this year with the British Crime Writers Association's Diamond Dagger award for lifetime excellence, sets three reporters loose to discover why Hitler confidante Rudolf Hess, the Nazi who secretly reoutfitted a Messerschmitt and flew it from Germany to Scotland to establish peace negotiations during WW11, was the sole occupant of Spandau prison never to be released. Read full book review >
THE VAULT by Peter Lovesey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Everything the cerebral puzzle-addict craves, from tempting red herrings to literary arcana to deliciously plotted surprises."
Nobody is better at misdirecting the gentle reader and snaking together multiple storylines than the wily Lovesey, who in his sixth case for Peter Diamond, tendentious head of Bath's Murder Squad (Upon a Dark Night, 1998, etc.), unearths various body parts underneath number five, Abbey Churchyard, the former home of Frankenstein's creator Mary Shelley. Read full book review >
UPON A DARK NIGHT by Peter Lovesey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 15, 1998

"As Diamonds go, give it, maybe, a couple of carats."
It's tough heading a murder squad when nobody's getting murdered, and the good people of Bath persist in being good. Read full book review >
BLOODHOUNDS by Peter Lovesey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 5, 1996

"Adequate Lovesey, then, but hardly destined to be a favorite."
 The fourth of Lovesey's contemporary Peter Diamond procedurals (The Summons, 1995, etc.)—a series that has added substantially to his collection of awards—is cast in the form of a homage to mystery fans. Read full book review >
THE SUMMONS by Peter Lovesey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 6, 1995

"Full marks to Diamond (Diamond Solitaire, 1993, etc.) and his inventive creator."
 John Mountjoy has done plenty of vile things to women, but he's always insisted that killing sexy journalist Britt Strand wasn't one of them. Read full book review >
3RD CULPRIT by Liza Cody
Released: Jan. 7, 1995

"Not up to last year's vintage, but still as inventive and various a bundle as you'd expect from this consistently striking series."
 Twenty-two stories, 16 of them new, by the members of the British Crime Writers' Association. Read full book review >
BERTIE AND THE CRIME OF PASSION by Peter Lovesey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Foolish, lighthearted Bertie's distinctive edges have worn so smooth by now that he seems no more quaint than any other historical detective, and hardly more than any detective at all."
 Over the epistolary protests of his wife in Copenhagen, Bertie, the Prince of Wales (Bertie and the Seven Bodies, 1990, etc.), is up to his stiff upper lip in murder again. Read full book review >
DIAMOND SOLITAIRE by Peter Lovesey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Polish up the Gold Dagger; Lovesey's angling for another."
 Curmudgeonly Peter Diamond (The Last Detective, etc.) returns, now ex-CID and recently fired from Harrods' security force for failing to discover an abandoned Japanese girl left overnight in the furniture department. Read full book review >
THE LAST DETECTIVE by Peter Lovesey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 8, 1991

"Top-form Lovesey."
 Doubleday inaugurates their ``Perfect Crime'' imprint with a body in a lake, soon identified as former soap-opera actress Gerry Snoo. Read full book review >