Lovesey, Peter. Beau Death.

NY: SohoPress, 2017.

This series about Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond of the Bath CID has been generally pretty good. The first couple of volumes were problematic, frankly, but then the author got a handle on his characters and now he’s up to adventure no. 17. Diamond runs into oddball situations in nearly every book, and this one is no different.

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Lovesey, Peter. Another One Goes Tonight.

NY: Soho Press, 2016.

When this series started, back in the early ’90s, I wasn’t at all sure it was going to work. Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond, head of Bath CID, in the West Country, was an abrasive and overweight bully. In fact, his high-handedness got him sacked and he spent the second book working security for a London department store. But Lovesey got him under control and Diamond settled down to a continuing and successful police career chronicled in writing and plots of generally high quality.

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Lovesey, Peter. The Stone Wife.

NY: Soho Press, 2014.

This fourteenth episode in the investigative adventures of Superintendent Peter Diamond, head of the Bath CID, is partly pretty good and partly not so good, but it certainly starts with a bang — literally.

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Lovesey, Peter. The Tooth Tattoo.

NY: Soho Press, 2013.

This twelfth book about Detective Superintendent of Bath CID is one of the more successful ones in the latter part of the series. (Diamond wasn’t a very sympathetic character in the first couple, but he got better.) The topical theme this time is classical chamber music, a very attenuated world which Lovesey obviously knows a good deal about. (He’s big on theater, too.)

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Lovesey, Peter. Cop to Corpse.

NY: Soho Press, 2012.

“Hero to zero. Cop to corpse.” That’s how it starts. One minute PC Tasker of the Bath police is on night patrol, the next minute he’s lying on the pavement with a sniper’s bullet through his head. Cop-killing is always a bad thing and other cops won’t let up until they’ve caught the shooter. In this case, Tasker is the third dead uniformed constable in a couple of months, all in different towns in the area.

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Lovesey, Peter. Skeleton Hill.

NY: Soho Press, 2009.

The author lives (or used to) in the Roman-founded spa city of Bath, which is mostly why his Detective Superintendent Diamond series is set there, and it makes a nice change from London and Yorkshire.

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Lovesey, Peter. The Secret Hangman.

NY: Soho Press, 2007.

It’s been three years since the wife of Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond was murdered in Bath’s Victoria Park, and he thought he had come to grips with his loss, but being called out to view the body of another woman in the same park early one morning is very unsettling. This one is hanging by the neck from a piece of playground equipment, but what was at first assumed to be a suicide quickly proves (of course) to be murder.

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Lovesey, Peter. The House Sitter.

NY: Soho Press, 2003.

It’s been a year since Superintendent Peter Diamond’s wife was murdered in a public park in Bath, and he’s finally beginning to come to terms with his loss, though the killer’s trial and then the appeals aren’t helping much. But this eighth book in the series actually begins with the strangling of a sunbather at a crowded beach down in Sussex, and that’s not his patch at all.

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Lovesey, Peter. The Vault.

London: Little Brown, 1999.

Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond was pretty much of an unsympathetic ass in the first couple of books in this series (he lost his job for two years, and deserved it), but the author has had the good sense to mellow him out.

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Lovesey, Peter. Bloodhounds.

NY: Mysterious Press, 1996.

Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond is back in charge of the murder squad in Bath after a couple of years on the sidelines (due largely to his own abrasive personality), and he’s itching for a good murder case. Unfortunately for him, Bath isn’t a hotbed of homicide.

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