Skeleton Hill :ba Peter Diamond Investigation

Skeleton Hill :ba Peter Diamond Investigation

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Random House, Inc.
On Lansdown Hill, near Bath, a battle between Roundheads and Cavaliers that took place over 350 years ago is annually reenacted. Two of the reenactors discover a skeleton that is female, headless, and only about twenty years old. One of them, a professor who played a Cavalier, is later found murdered. In the course of his investigation, Peter Diamond butts heads with the group of vigilantes who call themselves the Lansdown Society, discovering in the process that his boss Georgina is a member. She resolves to sideline Diamond, but matters don’t pan out in accordance with her plans.

Baker & Taylor
Detective Diamond and a historian uncover a skeleton at an English Civil War reenactment and, while investigating the case, Diamond must handle snags such as the historian's murder and a local vigilante group's interference.

Perseus Publishing

“Peter Lovesey is the real deal. A top master of the police procedural British subgenre, he's an ace at spinning out teasingly slow plot revelations . . . crisp prose and humane characterizations.”—The Seattle Times

Praise for the Peter Diamond series:

“Catnip for enthusiasts of the classic puzzler.”—Kirkus Reviews

“[Lovesey] has no peer in presenting a traditional mystery with all the clues hiding in plain sight.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The suspense will keep readers turning pages long into the night.”—Library Journal

“The author has the gift of making the most ordinary characters interesting and engaging, and knows how to ratchet up the suspense. . . . Nobody can write the modern traditional detective novel as perfectly as Lovesey.”—The Denver Post

On Lansdown Hill, near Bath, a battle between Roundheads and Cavaliers that took place over 350 years ago is annually reenacted. Two of the reenactors discover a skeleton that is female, headless, and only about twenty years old. One of them, a professor who played a Cavalier, is later found murdered. In the course of his investigation, Peter Diamond butts heads with the group of vigilantes who call themselves the Lansdown Society, discovering in the process that his boss Georgina is a member. She resolves to sideline Diamond, but matters don’t pan out in accordance with her plans.

Peter Lovesey is the author of ten mysteries in his best-loved Peter Diamond series as well as two in the Hen Mallin series and eight in the Sergeant Cribb series. He has been awarded Silver, Gold, and Diamond daggers by the Crime Writers’ Association and the Award for Lifetime Achievement by Malice Domestic. He lives in Chichester, England.


Inspector Diamond is faced with a headless female skeleton and the body of a war reenactor.


Blackwell North Amer
On Lansdown Hill, near Bath, a battle between Roundheads and Cavaliers that took place over 350 years ago is annually reenacted. Two of the participants discover a skeleton that turns out to be female, headless, and only about twenty years old. Two weeks later, the body of one of them, a professor who played a Cavalier, is found nearby, at Beckford's Tower, a local folly. He has been murdered.
This turns out to be one of the most puzzling cases that has ever confronted Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond, involving golf, horseracing, Civil War reenactment, and even the Cyrillic alphabet. In the course of his investigation, he butts heads with a group of vigilantes who call themselves the Lansdown Society, discovering in the process that his boss, Georgina, is a member. She resolves to sideline Diamond, but matters don't pan out in accordance with her plans.

Publisher: New York : Soho, 2009
ISBN: 9781569475980
1569475989
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY LOVES...P
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 20 cm

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captbligh
Jul 19, 2017

Excellent as usual.

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zipread
Mar 16, 2017

True to form, Lovesey has assembled another compelling narrative. This is another of his Peter Diamond series and Diamond is engaging to say the least. This novel takes horse;, Ukrainian "refugees" of dubious mien; an errant simpleton; English countryside; a battle over three hundred years old and a headless skeleton and cooks them all up together to serve up a tasty stew.
It just begs to be wolfed down, er, read.

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cheadlebeagle
Apr 17, 2011

The Peter Diamond series is terrific and this is a great addition to it. I think this series deserves more attention than it gets as it is right up there with a lot of the great British detective series.

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