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Summary

A nightmare discovery in the boot of a stolen BMW plunges car thief Danny Stapleton into the worst trouble of his life. What links his misfortune to the mysterious disappearance of an art teacher at a private school for girls in Chichester? Orders from above push Peter Diamond of Bath CID into investigating a police corruption case in the Chichester force, and he soon finds himself reluctantly dealing with spirited schoolgirls, eccentric artists and his formidable old colleague, Hen Mallin.

©2015 Peter Lovesey (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"In his lengthy career, veteran novelist Peter Lovesey has supplied the most diverting (and elegantly written) crime fiction." ( Good Book Guide)
"Diamond is a wonderfully rounded character whose lines are witty and whose observations about people's characters and motives are brilliantly insightful. Vintage Diamond mystery, spiced by his comic encounters with his supervisor: a must for devotees of character-driven British crime fiction." ( Booklist)

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Loved this book - perfect listening whilst crafting

I have a few audio and kindle books by Peter Lovesey but my most favourite are the Inspector Diamond series and this one did not disappoint.

Download it and enjoy a few ours if great narration with a story that keeps you guessing to the end !

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So far this is my favourite Peter Diamond book!

I loved this book. The interplay between Peter Diamond and his boss is just hilarious with Peter's machinations to keep her at bay. The story was so addictive I was taking my iPad from room to room sp that I could keep on listening. I do enjoy Peter Lovesey's detective but this has been my favourite listen - and oh dear I think there are only two more in the series.

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Excellent!

This one was great fun despite the disturbing plot being gradually uncovered. Intriguing storyline and interesting relationship with the ACC being developed.

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Brilliant!

A well written and woven story. The humour is well placed and dry (do snails pray?!!). Excellently read by Michael Tudor Barnes who brings each character alive and kicking into the imagination To understand some of the storylines and character motives it would be best to start listening with the first book in the series but ... you could give it a go without!

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Disappointed

I have enjoyed reading these books ,set in Bath. Unfortunately the actor has managed to make all the parts sound very similar. The local police officers in the different locations,with same slow elderly sounding West Country burr. The other parts difficult to discern too. It was like listening to Hot Fuzz and took away my usual enjoyment of these books.

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Georgy Girl

Diamond's worse nightmare could be working as an investigative team with his boss Georgina. When it happens they are sent to review the conduct of a police officer in West Sussex accused of misconduct. Diamond has to manipulate his boss, tiptoe around the hostile local force and try to clean the suspended officer whom he knows from a previous investigation involving the two police forces.

Sticky, tricky and difficult not to be on his patch but also because the picture is bigger than it first appears. Diamond has to show he is right to expand his investigation while trying to expose a much bigger racket; no easy task but Diamond is as tenacious as a bulldog.

I found it enjoyable to see Diamond off his usual patch and working without a buffer between him and Georgina.

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Another great story from Peter Lovesey.

I was captivated from start to finish. This excellent book is well recommended . The narration by Michael Tutor Barnes was faultless and was the icing on the cake. A must listen.

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  • Jane
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  • 26-10-15

Brilliant

Well read kept you guessing all the way through. Within minutes of starting it I just couldn't stop listening. This was my first Peter Lovesey novel, but it won't be my last.

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Really enjoyable

Read this far too quickly - but it is really gripping. Would highly recommend. And excellently read - as ever - by Michael Tudor Barnes - think he must be one of the best narrators going.

Loved it!!!

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  • peter
  • Plymouth, United Kingdom
  • 23-08-15

Quite enjoyable, if a bit long winded.

This is my first Superintendent Peter Diamond story. I enjoyed it. The storyline is interesting and the characters are engaging and well fleshed out by the author. It is not a work of 'literature' by any stretch of the imagination (in the sense that works by Mankell, Herron and Rankin transcend the genre) but I found myself thinking I wouldn't mind listening to another Peter Lovesey story in due course.