A woman's naked body is found floating in the weeds of a lake near Bath by an elderly woman walking her Siamese cats. No one comes forward to identify her, and no murder weapon is found, but sleuthing is Superintendent Peter Diamond's speciality. A genuine gumshoe practising door stopping and deduction: he is the last detective.
Struggling with office politics and a bizarre cast of suspects, Diamond strikes out on his own, even when Forensics think they have the culprit. Eventually, despite disastrous personal consequences, and amongst Bath's rambling buildings and formidable history, the last detective exposes the uncomfortable truth....
©1991 Peter Lovesey (P)2015 Hachette Audio UK
"A brilliant performance." (Times Literary Supplement)
"A terrific job." (The Times)
"Mr Lovesey maintains a wonderful tone throughout.... A comedy of bad manners, full of oddball characters and wacky events develops into a perfectly realised murder mystery whose skilful misdirection never oversteps the bounds of fair play." (The Wall St Journal)
"A bravura performance from a veteran showman: slyly paced, marbled with surprise and, in the end, strangely affecting." (New York Times Book Review)
This a fascinating story, well narrated, with great characters that all get a chance to tell their own story. The ending was a real surprise, not something that happens that often.
This book was nothing like I expected ie it had no connection with the TV series however, the story line and narration was excellent. I'll definitely get the next book in the series
Very enjoyable 'who done it'. Well read, full of expression. My only reservation was that everyone sounded as if they came from Yorkshire. Being local(ish) to Bath it's always nice to read books set in the area. Not quite in the Michael Robotham league but an excellent read none the less.
I have to say I don't bond with the last detective in any way - terrible bigoted old bugger that he is. But strangely once I had got past the 'I'm going to bin this' cut off I couldn't help but get drawn into the story which isn't bad at all. It may not rate 5 stars but I think I will very probably download the next in the series - just to see how things go!!!!
I am not a literary academic but just love clever complicated gritty mysteries with strong characters. Such as Hayder ,Robotham & Jussi
Crime fiction is my favourite Genre so I've listened to a lot this was a little outside my usual style ....struggled a bit at first but soon became compelling interesting twists and turns humour splattered throuhout
Intriguing storyline, competent narration. Some of the outcomes could be predicted before reaching that point in the plot, but overall an enjoyable listen.
Glued to a story, but could also be knitting , unknitting, cooking, drawing cats or doing Chinese Calligraphy and learning a language or try
This does much to enhance Bath as a special place. The story is about crimes committed for love but Diamond with his doggedness gets to the bottom of the tangled tale in the end, but not without much agro from his superiors.
The story is a little slow to start. The backstory is sketched in so that in the end the reader understands the motives and actions of the protagonists leading to the sorry, unfortunate conclusion of the story outside the West front of the Abbey.
As the narrator is Michael Tudor-Barnes the telling of the tale cannot be faulted.
So glad I have discovered Peter Lovesey and his Peter Diamond books. I was put off initially as I thought it was the dreadful TV series, but no resemblance at all. Peter Diamond is literally a gem. Proper detective fiction, no gratuitous gore, sex of swearing, just great characterisation and plot. Not mad about the narrator as accents seemed to wander about a bit... but otherwise, excellent.
Wasn't sure I was going to enjoy this one but, after a slow start, the story captured my interest and came to a surprisingly good conclusion
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