The Last Detective (A Detective Peter Diamond Mystery #1) (Paperback)

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By Peter Lovesey, Louise Penny (Introduction by)
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This is book number 1 in the A Detective Peter Diamond Mystery series.

Staff Reviews


Peter Lovesey is my
favorite living British mystery writer. The series featuring Detective
Superintendent Peter Diamond of the Bath Police Department has the with
and style of the great Golden Age writers, and they are also perfectly
crafted puzzle mysteries. Though they are set in contemporary Bath,
England, Lovesey uses to great effect elements from the city's deep
historical roots. One book (The Last Detective, which is the first in the series) involves missing Jane Austen letters, while another (The Vault)
skeletal remains found in what was once Mary Shelley's cellar. My
personal favorite, and a particular treat for avid mystery readers, is The Bloodhounds,
which centers around an oddball group of crime fiction aficionados who,
while caught in the middle of a real locked room mystery, are busy
arguing over who wrote the best locked room mystery.

— Rachel

Peter Lovesey is my favorite living British mystery writer. The series featuring Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond of the Bath Police Department has the wit and style of the great Golden Age writers, and they are also perfectly crafted puzzle mysteries. Though they are set in contemporary Bath, England, Lovesey uses to great effect elements from the city's deep historical roots. One book (The Last Detective, which is the first in the series) involves missing Jane Austen letters; another (The Vault) centers around skeletal remains found in what was once Mary Shelley's cellar. My personal favorite, and a particular treat for avid mystery readers, is The Bloodhounds, which centers around an oddball group of crime fiction aficionados who, while caught in the middle of a real locked room mystery, are busy arguing over who wrote the best locked room mystery.

— From Rachel's Picks

Description


"I am so excited for you to be at the very beginning of this trend-setting, beautifully written, vivid series."—from the introduction by LOUISE PENNY

In the first entry to the series and winner of the 1992 Anthony Boucher Award for Best Mystery Novel, Diamond must locate two missing letters attributed to Jane Austen to solve the murder of the "Lady in the Lake."

A woman’s body has been found floating in the weeds in a lake near Bath. There are no marks on her and no murder weapon. No one will identify her. It looks like Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond has his work cut out for him. Diamond is one of the last detectives of his kind, a gumshoe whose heroes solved crimes by question and answer, door stepping and deduction. To unravel this one, Diamond must locate two missing letters attributed to Jane Austen and defy his superiors in order to save a woman unjustly accused of murder.

About the Author


Peter Lovesey is the author of more than thirty highly praised mystery novels. He has been awarded the CWA Gold and Silver Daggers, the Cartier Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement, the Strand Magazine Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Macavity, Barry, and Anthony Awards, and many other honors. He lives in West Sussex, England.

Praise For…


Crime Writers' Association Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement Recipient
Mystery Writers of America 2018 Grandmaster

Praise for The Last Detective


“The first volume in Lovesey’s beloved Peter Diamond series has a handsome new 20th-anniversary edition.”
Entertainment Weekly

"A bravura performance . . . slyly paced, marbled with surprise and in the end, strangely affecting."
The New York Times Book Review

"Thickly textured, amusing, unpredictably mixing puzzle and procedural . . . One of the best."
Los Angeles Times

"A treasure."
Chicago Sun-Times

"Not only a good story but a compelling one."
Boston Globe

"Top-form Lovesey."
Kirkus Reviews

"Witty . . . One surprise after another."
—Publishers Weekly


Praise for The Peter Diamond series

“I’m jealous of everyone discovering Lovesey and Diamond for the first time—you have a wonderful backlist to catch up on. Me, all I can do is wait for the next book.”
—Sara Paretsky

“What'll it be today? A knotty puzzle mystery? A fast-paced police procedural? Something more high-toned, with a bit of wit? With the British author Peter Lovesey, there's no need to make those agonizing decisions, because his books have it all.”
—The New York Times Book Review

“Mr. Lovesey's narrative is swift, but he takes time out for local color and abundant humor, the latter springing from the book's quirky characters . . . Lovesey is a wizard at mixing character-driven comedy with realistic-to-grim suspense. And in a writing career spanning four decades, he has created a stylish and varied body of work.”
The Wall Street Journal

“Next to Jane Austen, Peter Lovesey is the writer the tourist board of Bath, England, extols most proudly . . . The enduring draw of the Peter Diamond books derives both from the beguiling Bath cityscape and the brusque character of Diamond himself.”
—NPR



Product Details
ISBN: 9781616955304
ISBN-10: 1616955309
Publisher: Soho Crime
Publication Date: August 19th, 2014
Pages: 408
Language: English
Series: A Detective Peter Diamond Mystery