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    • Diamond Solitaire

    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes
    • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66

    Peter Diamond, ex-CID and notoriously difficult to work with, is sacked from his latest job as a security guard in Harrods. Doggedly he turns his sleuthing skills to unraveling the mystery of a little Japanese girl abandoned in London. Naomi, as she is known, exhibits the classic symptoms of an autistic child. Diamond regards her first as a challenge and soon as someone he cares passionately about and devotes himself to communicating with the child.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By Jenny Hodgkins on 10-10-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Summons

    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes
    • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95

    Winner of the Crime Writers Association Silver Dagger and shortlisted for the Edgar Award. The summons comes at night. Two policemen collect Peter Diamond from his West London flat and drive him to Bath. Once head of the murder squad there, he is now out of touch in his retirement, unaware of an audacious escape from Albany Prison. Four years previously, Diamond headed the investigation of the bizarre murder of a Swedish woman journalist, her mouth stuffed with red roses.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Summons to the Kill

    • By Martyn on 19-02-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Beau Death

    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 52

    A wrecking ball crashes through the roof of a terraced cottage in Bath and exposes a skeleton in 18th-century clothes. Can these possibly be the remains of Beau Nash, the so-called King of Bath, whose body is said to have ended up in a pauper's grave? Peter Diamond, the city's most experienced detective, is ordered to investigate, but grappling with historical events causes ructions in his team until everyone is diverted by a modern killing during a fireworks display on the Royal Crescent lawn.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • totally formulaic!

    • By gaynor on 18-01-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Last Detective

    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes
    • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 158
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 142
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 142

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Last Detective

    • By winny on 04-03-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Diamond Dust

    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Steve Hodson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 150
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95

    Detective Inspector Peter Diamond is keen to get his teeth into a new case. So, when a call comes in that a woman's body has been found in one of Bath's parks, he arrives quickly at the scene - only to discover that the victim is his wife.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Super reading and a great story - recommended.

    • By Jules on 15-05-08

    Regular price: £19.69

    • Bloodhounds

    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    Winner of the Crime Writers Association Silver Dagger, the Barry Award and the Macavity Award. 'Darling, if ever I've met a group of potential murderers anywhere, it's the Bloodhounds.' Thus says one of the members of the Bloodhounds of Bath, a society that meets in a crypt to discuss crime novels. But to their latest recruit, they seem just a gaggle of dotty misfits, until one of them reveals that he is in possession of an immensely valuable stamp, recently stolen from the Postal Museum.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Utterly Spoilt By Narration

    • By Christopher on 06-10-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Stone Wife

    • A Peter Diamond Mystery
    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes
    • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 115
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 104

    Just as the bidding gets exciting in a Bath auction house, three armed men stage a hold-up and attempt to steal Lot 129, a medieval carving of the Wife of Bath. The highest bidder, appalled to have the prize snatched away, tries to stop them and is shot dead. Peter Diamond, head of the murder squad, soon finds himself sharing an office with the stone wife - until he is ejected. To his extreme annoyance the lump of stone appears to exert a malign influence over him and his investigation.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent, but...

    • By Phillip Brookes on 06-04-14

    Regular price: £17.99

    • Down Among the Dead Men

    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes
    • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved this book - perfect listening whilst crafting

    • By Elaine Calderwood on 05-08-15

    Regular price: £18.99

    • The Detective Wore Silk Drawers

    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Forbidden in Victorian England, the grim and violent world of bare-knuckle fighting has gone underground. So when a headless body is found floating in the Thames, his hands “pickled” for fighting, Sergeant Cribb knows he is facing a challenge. Desperate for information, they select the young constable Henry Jago to infiltrate the gang, subjecting him to a rigorous programme of purging, pickling and training. Cribb is certain that the losing fighters are being killed or worse, so getting Jago out just in time is crucial.... 

    Regular price: £17.89

    • The House Sitter

    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Steve Hodson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 201
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 91
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 89

    A woman is found strangled on a beach in Sussex. It takes the police 12 days to discover she was a top profiler for the National Crime Faculty. Why was she killed? And why is the NCF thwarting Detective Peter Diamond's efforts to unmask her murderer?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A good listen

    • By Sue on 14-03-06

    Regular price: £18.79

    • Wobble to Death

    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    In Victorian London, race-walking, or 'wobbles', is all the rage. So on a Monday morning in November 1879, the crowds gather for Islington's bizarre six-day endurance walking race. By Tuesday, one of the contestants is dead. Tetanus from a blister is assumed, but then there is a second death, and this time it's definitely murder. A bemused Sergeant Cribb from Scotland Yard is called in, along with Constable Thackeray, and they soon discover that something foul is at play.

    Regular price: £17.89

    • Another One Goes Tonight

    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 146
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 127

    Peter Diamond, the Bath detective brilliant at rooting out murder, is peeved at being diverted to Professional Standards to enquire into a police car accident. Arriving late at the scene, he discovers an extra victim thrown onto an embankment - unconscious and unnoticed. Diamond administers CPR, but no one can say whether the elderly tricyclist will pull through. But why had the man been out in the middle of the night with an urn containing human ashes?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Corkscrew plot

    • By Mrs J M Sewell on 03-08-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Tooth Tattoo

    • Peter Diamond, Book 13
    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes
    • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87

    Peter Diamond, head of Bath CID, takes a city break in Vienna, but everything goes wrong and his companion, Paloma, calls a halt to their relationship. Meanwhile, strange things are happening to jobbing musician Mel Farran, who finds himself scouted by methods closer to the spy world than the concert platform. The chance of joining a once-famous string quartet in a residency at Bath Spa University is too tempting for Mel to refuse. Then a body is found in the city canal, and the only clue to the dead woman's identity is the tattoo of a music note on one of her teeth.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Classical Diamond

    • By Susan on 08-01-14

    Regular price: £16.99

    • Cop to Corpse

    • Book 12 in the Peter Diamond Mysteries
    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes
    • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 91

    In the small hours of a Sunday morning in the city of Bath a policeman on beat duty is shot dead by an unseen gunman - the third killing of an officer in Somerset in a matter of weeks. The emergency services are summoned. Ambitious to arrest the Somerset Sniper, the duty inspector, Ken Lockton, seals the crime scene, which is confined by the river on one side and a massive retaining wall on the other. He discovers the murder weapon in a garden - and is himself attacked and left for dead.Enter Peter Diamond, Bath's burly CID chief.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Lovesey always has good story to tell

    • By Peter Evans on 01-06-13

    Regular price: £16.99

    • The Vault

    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63

    When a severed hand from the vault of Bath Abbey Churchyard arrives on Peter Diamond's desk, he is delighted to hear that, far from being a medieval relic, it is from the 1980s. But the vault is part of the house where Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was written, and a fanatical American professor is thwarting their investigation. Events are complicated even further when the professor's wife goes missing....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best yet

    • By Learning is fun! on 12-12-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Upon a Dark Night

    • Peter Diamond Series, Book 5
    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55

    A young woman emerges from a coma. Who is she, and why was she dumped unconscious in a hospital car park upon a dark night? She is unable to recall anything, even her name. Then Ada Shaftsbury, a boisterous shoplifter she meets in a homeless hostel, takes up her cause and names her Rose. Peter Diamond is already investigating a suspicious death - a woman has plunged from the roof of Bath's Royal Crescent during a party, and none of the guests seem to know who she is.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • More believable than the last one!

    • By Learning is fun! on 28-11-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Secret Hangman

    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Christopher Scott
    • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72

    Peter Diamond, the Bath detective, is having woman trouble. His boss wants him to find a missing person, the daughter of one of her friends in the choir. Another woman, who calls herself his secret admirer, wants to set up a meeting in a local pub. Then there is sexy Ingeborg Smith, the ex-journalist detective constable, distracting the murder squad from their duties.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Intricate plot

    • By Kirstine on 08-07-09

    Regular price: £23.39

    • Skeleton Hill

    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes
    • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 151
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69

    Battle and burial are built into the history of Lansdown Hill, so it is no great shock when part of a skeleton is unearthed there. But Peter Diamond, Bath's Head of CID, can't ignore the fresh corpse found close to the folly known as Beckford's Tower. The hill becomes the setting for one of his most puzzling cases, involving golf, horseracing, Civil War re-enactment and the Cyrillic alphabet.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Well read entertaining detective story.

    • By Karis on 08-03-17

    Regular price: £14.69

    • Abracadaver

    • A Sergeant Cribb Mystery
    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: John Kennedy Melling
    • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    Performers in London’s music halls have been falling victim to a series of bizarre and humiliating practical jokes. When a young women is murdered during her disappearing act, Sergeant Cribb must go undercover in the riotous music halls of 19th-century London to catch a vicious killer.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Rattlin' Good Yarn

    • By Sian on 09-07-14

    Regular price: £13.49

    • Bertie and the Tin Man

    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: Terrence Hardiman
    • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    It is 1886 and the greatest of all jockeys, Fred Archer, has put his gun to his head and shot himself. An inquest is arranged with indecent haste. His mind was unhinged by typhoid, say the jury, despite conflicting evidence. The Prince is suspicious. He admired Archer. He knows the Turf better than anyone on that jury and he has personal experience of typhoid. When he learns that Archer’s last words were, ‘Are they coming?’ he decides on action.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Imaginative and entertaining

    • By Kirstine on 28-09-13

    Regular price: £17.19

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