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  • The spiritualist movement has captivated a segment of society: manifestations, the occult, and sensitives are in vogue. But the séance sites seem to be targeted for burglaries. Then, while Cribb is on the case, someone murders the medium.
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  • A sadistic practical joker is haunting the popular music halls of London, interfering with the actors and interrupting their acts by orchestrating humiliating disasters that take place in view of the audience. A trapeze artist misses her timing when the trapeze ropes are shortened. A comedian who invites the audience to sing along with him finds the words of his song shamefully altered. Mustard has been applied to a sword swallowers blade. A singers costume has been rigged. The girl in a magicians box is trapped. Then the mischief escalates to murder. Or was murder intended all along? That indomitable detective team, Sergeant Cribb and Constable Thackeray of Scotland Yard, must track down the elusive criminal.
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  • [A] gem, catching to perfection the social atmospherics of Victorian Brighton and at the same time telling an ingenious story of murder and discovery.--Publishers Weekly His best yet.--H. R. F. Keating, The Times (London) The sleuthing is neat and satisfying: in the meantime, Victorian pleasures, permitted and illicit, are rendered up with gusto.--Guardian Brighton in 1882 is the setting of this novel of crime and tangled emotions. Albert Moscrop, a visitor whose holiday is dedicated to peering through a telescope at the seaside scene, marches down Queens Road to the beach and draws us through a sequence of disarmingly trivial observations into a compelling drama, played in the fashionable haunts of the nineteenth-century resort: beach, piers, promenade, swimming bath, aquarium, and Devils Dyke.
    A keen student of human nature, Moscrop concentrates his interest on one particular family of holidaymakers--the Protheros, and especially the beautiful Zena Prothero, whose husband appears to take her excessively for granted. Gradually Moscrop moves into the circle of the Prothero family, only to become involved in a sensational murder. All Brighton is horrified by the gruesome crime. The local police seek the help of Scotland Yard, which is provided in the persons of Sergeant Cribb and Constable Thackeray. These indomitable detectives soon find themselves challenged by the strangest case of their careers, one that is as mystifying as it is macabre.
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  • This entertaining period mystery, set in Victorian England, is lively, lurid, amusing.--Publishers Weekly These are humorous novels and the humour is character-based . . . mixed with the absurdities of the English class-system. . . . Cribb was the first of the new-wave Victorian crime-fighters and is arguably still the best.--Sherlock Holmes Magazine The second Sergeant Cribb mystery is set in the world of Victorian bare-fisted pugilism--an illegal sport. Constable Jago is sent, undercover, to Radstock Hall by Sergeant Cribb, who suspects that when fighters who train there lose, they are murdered.
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  • The corpse of a beautiful woman, clad in only a bathing suit, is found strangled to death on a popular Sussex beach. When she is finally identified, it turns out she was a top profiler for the National Crime Faculty, who was working on the case of a serial killer. And though she was a Bath resident, the authorities don't want Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond to investigate the murder. How strange. What could they be trying to hide?
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • Widowed Inspector Peter Diamond is being pursued by a secret admirer as he pursues a serial killer. Delia Williamson, a mother of two young girls who works as a waitress, is first reported missing by her own mother. She is found in a public park, hanged from the crossbar of a children’s swing set. There seems to be no reason for her to have committed suicide, and the postmortem reveals that she was murdered. Her present partner, her ex-husband, and a traveling salesman who dined at her table in the restaurant where she worked, are all suspects. Then her former husband is found in a cave, also hanged. A remorse suicide? Diamond doesn’t think so. When a well-to-do couple is found dead, both hanged, a suicide pact is suggested. Diamond is dubious; too many couples are dying by the same method. Before he can figure out what is going on, one more person will die.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • A fine case of murder, projected against a compelling historical background.--The New York Times Book Review Dont miss this.--Los Angeles Times In 1879, race walking competitions, known as wobbles, were all the rage. The death of a contender, followed by a second murder, introduces Sergeant Cribb, who goes on to investigate sports-related deaths in a series of eight books.
    Peter Lovesey is the author of twenty-five highly praised mystery novels and has been awarded the Crime Writers Association Gold, Silver, and Diamond Dagger awards as well as many US honors. This was his first mystery. He lives in West Sussex, England.
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  • Anglais Bloodhounds

    Peter Lovesey

    A rare stamp and a corpse are discovered in Bath within hours of each other. As he investigates, Inspector Peter Diamond discovers that both the person who found the stamp and the victim belong to the Bloodhounds, an elite group of mystery lovers, who now urge Diamond to bring the murderer to justice. But theres a hitch: the body lies inside a padlocked houseboat and the only key is in the pocket of a man with an airtight alibi.
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  • Anglais Diamond Dust

    Peter Lovesey

    Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond is confronted with a crime that comes too close to home. His beloved wife has been killed, apparently just the most recent victim in a series of murders of police spouses. Despite his superior's orders to leave the solution of this crime to other members of the force, he is determined to find the killer himself.

  • Fired from the police for insubordination, Peter Diamond is reduced to working as a security guard at Harrod's. There he finds an abandoned Japanese girl after the store closes. He must identify her in order to save her life.

  • Praise for The House Sitter:
    Lovesey loves strong women, cerebral killers and diabolical puzzles--the very ingredients that make The House Sitter one of the most cunning mysteries in his Peter Diamond series. --Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review The book sings along in great style.--Washington Post Book World Elegant and suspenseful.--Los Angeles Times An extraordinary mystery.--Chicago Tribune This is Lovesey at his best.--Publishers Weekly (starred review) An ingenious and complex novel.--Booklist (starred review) [A] tour de force.--Boston Herald When van driver Bob Naylor, who likes to write jingles, is prodded by his teenage daughter into joining the Chichester Writers Circle, he scarcely expects to find that, among the anticipated set of literary snobs, he will be rubbing elbows with one--or more--potential victims of murder by arson. The members come from all walks of life and practice all forms of writing, from torrid romances to household hints, but there seems to be nothing to cause a serial killer to choose his victims from among them. But as the killer strikes again and again, Bob becomes a suspect. In order to free himself from suspicion and save himself from going up in flames, he will have to cooperate with formidale CID Chief Inspector Henrietta Mallin--Inspector Peter Diamonds opposite number from The House Sitter. It begins to appear that amongst the potential victims in this circle are one or more murderers.
    Peter Lovesey is the author of 24 highly praised mysteries and has been awarded The Crime Writers Associations Gold, Silver and Diamond Daggers, as well as many US honors. He lives in West Sussex, England.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • Anglais The Reaper

    Peter Lovesey

    A dark, delicious tale of a popular village cleric who has no conscience.

  • John Mountjoy has escaped from prison and taken a hostage, and the only person he’ll talk to is Detective Peter Diamond, who arrested him four years earlier for the murder of a young journalist. Diamond must follow a cold trail to find another killer and clear Mountjoy’s name before another life is lost.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Anglais The Vault

    Peter Lovesey

    A skeletal hand is unearthed in the vault under the Pump Room in Bath, England, near the site where Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein’s Monster. Then a skull is excavated. The bones came from different corpses, and one is modern. Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond must solve a series of crimes including murder and forgery, requiring a knowledge of history, nineteenth century art, literature . . . and human nature.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • The late Victorian atmosphere and dialogue are beautifully and accurately rendered. The characters are done with a masterly hand. But perhaps the best thing about it is the way you feel all the time that this must be an account of a real-life crime, because nothing strikes a false note, nothing seems contrived.--Ruth Rendell An elementary school teacher in training takes a midnight swim in the Thames and witnesses a body being dumped. Cribb and Thackerey investigate and uncover strange parallels with the then-popular Jerome K. Jerome mystery Three Men in a Boat.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Anglais Rough Cider

    Peter Lovesey

    During World War II, American soldiers stationed in Somerset made friends with the locals, especially the local girls. After one apple harvest, a human skull is found in a cider barrel. An American solider is convicted of murder, and executed. Twenty years later, his daughter precipitates a new investigation which leads to more murders and a new solution to an old crime.

  • Praise for the Sergeant Cribb series:
    Sgt. Cribb and Constable Thackeray . . . went on to star in seven additional Victorian mystery novels and became the subjects of one of the first, and most entertaining, of the Mystery! series on PBS.--Otto Penzler, New York Sun In the fifth Sergeant Cribb mystery, either anarchists or Irish terrorists are setting off explosions in public places. Is the villain an American athlete? A beautiful Irish woman? Could Constable Thackeray be involved?
    Peter Lovesey is the author of twenty-six highly praised mystery novels and has been awarded the Crime Writers Association Gold, Silver, and Diamond daggers.
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  • The year is 1921. A passionate affair between a romantic woman and her dentist has led to his wife's murder. The lovers take flight aboard the Mauretania and the dentist takes the name of Inspector Dew, the detective who arrested the notorious Dr. Crippen. But, in a disquieting twist, when a murder occurs aboard ship the captain invites "Inspector Dew" to nvestigate. This ingeniously plotted mystery won Lovesey the CWA Gold Dagger.

  • Anglais Waxwork

    Peter Lovesey

    Beautiful Miriam Cromer seems confident that she will be acquitted of the murder of her husbands assistant despite her confession. She blames her husband although he has an alibi. Its up to Cribb and Thackeray to discover what really happened.
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  • A woman's body has been found floating in a large reservoir just south of Bristol. In order to solve the mystery of the "Lady in the Lake," Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond must locate two missing letters attributed to Jane Austen and defy his superiors on the force to save a woman unjustly accused of murder. This is the first of the Peter Diamond series; it won the 1992 Anthony Boucher Award for Best Mystery Novel.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Anglais Skeleton Hill

    Peter Lovesey

    “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.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • Praise for Peter Lovesey:
    Loveseys restrained wit and charming cast ensure him a place in the winners circle.--Entertainment Weekly A master of black humor and macabre plot twists.--The New York Times Book Review One of Britains foremost mystery novelists.--Houston Chronicle Lovesey is a master.--The Washington Post Book World One of the delights of contemporary crime fi ction.--The Wall Street Journal Gemma loathes her sleazy boss; Jo is her confidante. On a double date with Rick and Jake, they discuss forming a mutual murder society, in jest of course. The next day, Jo, walking on Selsey Beach, discovers the corpse of a drowned woman, a stranger. But one of the men in the lineup at the police station is Gemmas date Jake, who Jo rather fancies.
    Then Gemma and Jo discover the corpse of Fiona, Gemmas annoying colleague from work. And Gemmas boss is missing. When an older woman whom Rick was involved with is drowned in her pool, the police begin to close in.
    Can this outbreak of deaths by drowning be coincidental? Or has the joke gone too far?
    Peter Lovesey has been awarded the Silver, Gold, and Diamond Daggers by the British Crime Writers Association. This is his third mystery featuring Inspector Hen Mallin.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • Pop diva, Clarion Calhoun, has packed the house with a celebrity appearance in Bath's Theatre Royal production of I Am a Camera. But within moments of her much-anticipated onstage appearance, she's pulled out of character as she screams and claws at her face.
    When tainted stage makeup is found to have caused the disfiguring burn, fingers point to her makeup artist. Detective Peter Diamond investigates when the makeup artist is found dead, pushed from a catwalk far above the stage. As Diamond digs deeper, he uncovers rivalries among the cast and crew and is forced to confront his own mysterious and deep-seated theatre phobia to find the killer.

  • Peter Diamond, head of the Criminal Investigation Division in scenic Bath, England, is investigating the murder of a young woman whose body has been found in the canal, the only clue to her identity a tattoo of a music note on one of her teeth. For Diamond, who wouldn’t know a Stradivarius from a French horn, the investigation is his most demanding ever. Meanwhile, strange things are happening to jobbing violist Mel Farran, who finds himself scouted by a very elite classical quartet--one whose previous violist disappeared without a trace. Despite the mystery shrouding the group, the chance to join is too good to pass up, and Mel finds himself in a cushy residency at Bath Spa University with the quartet--and embroiled in the unusually musical murder investigation. As the story unfolds in fugue-like counterpoint, Peter and Mel both learn frightening secrets about fandom and about what it takes to survive in the cutthroat world of professional musicians. Peter Lovesey has been hailed by the critics as "superlative," "a master of the genre," "never puts a foot wrong" and the Peter Diamond series as "one of the most enjoyable police series around." This new case for the much-loved detective will bring new praise and much satisfaction for his legions of fans. From the Hardcover edition.

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