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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (255 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Lovesey Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Peter Diamond Investigations Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781482978964
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On Lansdown Hill, near Bath, England, 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

    Seattle Times

  • “His voice works well at blending the story’s intense moments, such as the shooting of a colleague, into the quieter aspects of English life.”

    AudioFile

  • “Thanks to Lovesey’s nonpareil deftness, however, Diamond ultimately prevails over murder past and present. History, humor, inspired clues, maniacal twists, and a paean to the beauty of the Bath countryside. Lovesey, who’s won every prize going, deserves another for Diamond’s tenth.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “[Lovesey] has no peer in presenting a traditional mystery with all the clues hiding in plain sight.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review), praise for the series

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Narnia | 2/17/2014

    " This book was just so bland. The ending was so obvious. The best part has to be all the Ukrainian references "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 1/28/2014

    " Enjoyed it but seemed to wrap up to quickly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paulina | 1/27/2014

    " I enjoyed it. It was a good quick read that engaged me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 1/11/2014

    " A great mystery, well written and plotted. Involves civil war enacters (the English one.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rog Harrison | 1/7/2014

    " Peter Lovesey has written many books over the years and I have liked most of them. Peter Diamond is an odd character but has become more believable over the series. This is a fascinating book and I really could not figure out where it was going. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 12/30/2013

    " Simon Preble (the narrator)was a bit difficult to understand at times, but I liked the characters and found them believable, the plot was intriguing, the story well-paced. A fair "read"! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barrett Brown | 12/29/2013

    " mmmmm simplicity. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 E | 12/27/2013

    " The details about re-enactors' escapades were more interesting than the characters and the plot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ambar Parashar | 12/24/2013

    " As a investigator protagonist i am disappointed by Peter diamond.This novel is below average,starting was promising as a but as story unfolded author made it lowpoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linden | 12/2/2013

    " Another Peter Diamond book with a background of middle ages battle re-enactments and good plotting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 11/27/2013

    " I like the way he throws lots of themes into the mix. Main one here being Civil War re-enactment, but also horse racing, golf, Ukraine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Wright | 8/29/2013

    " Good enough to want to read more of the series. Light and entertaining. Certainly not the deepest plots nor the most gripping characters but overall an enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Kay | 8/23/2013

    " Series protagonist Peter Diamond finds himself embroiled in two murder cases: a decapitated skeleton from 20 years ago & a history prof who is killed after a Civil War (British, not U.S.)reenactment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Papalodge | 6/24/2013

    " Peter Diamond amusing. Finally using cell phone, quirky about driving, trying to cross over to 21st century. Supporting staff enjoyable. Victims interesting, suspects fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley | 6/5/2013

    " A very good read as Peter Lovesey's books always are. Superintendent Peter Diamond is on top form. These bools are of particular interest to me as I know the area they are set in (Bath) very well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth Vanderhart | 12/22/2012

    " Not my favorite ofr the Peter Diamond mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 11/28/2012

    " This was enjoyable, but as the series goes, not one of my favorites. I think the thing that bugged me most was the fact that the woman he is dating had a major traumatic event in her life and in this book she is unrealistically normal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 11/10/2012

    " Peter Lovesey brings back Peter Diamond, hooray. If you're a fan you know what it means, and if not, become one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne | 8/18/2012

    " loved this mystery..peter lovesey keeps you guessing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie Wisniewski | 4/3/2012

    " It was a fun book. I love English detective stories. This had a lot of history, and also I discovered information about horses. This is the first Lovesey books I have read, and it won't be the last. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nina Levison | 3/6/2012

    " Really enjoyed this detective story as it was centred around Bath, an area of the country I know well as I spent my teenage years living nearby. The story kept me guessing who the killer was till the end and it was a surprise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail Dedrick | 12/8/2011

    " One of life's pleasures is a good mystery and if it is a police procedural, set in England, with a backdrop of History it is all the sweeter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vinay Payyapilly | 11/9/2011

    " A very well written whodunnit. I will surely look up more books by Lovesey. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista | 10/22/2011

    " Still plodding through these readable, workmanlike mysteries. This one involved Civil War re-enactments and historical preservation societies. British civil war, that is. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Narnia | 5/19/2011

    " This book was just so bland. The ending was so obvious. The best part has to be all the Ukrainian references "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne | 3/28/2011

    " loved this mystery..peter lovesey keeps you guessing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vinay | 3/7/2011

    " A very well written whodunnit. I will surely look up more books by Lovesey. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 9/29/2010

    " One of life's pleasures is a good mystery and if it is a police procedural, set in England, with a backdrop of History it is all the sweeter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Kay | 7/27/2010

    " Series protagonist Peter Diamond finds himself embroiled in two murder cases: a decapitated skeleton from 20 years ago & a history prof who is killed after a Civil War (British, not U.S.)reenactment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 E | 6/13/2010

    " The details about re-enactors' escapades were more interesting than the characters and the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 1/19/2010

    " Peter Lovesey brings back Peter Diamond, hooray. If you're a fan you know what it means, and if not, become one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 1/18/2010

    " Peter Diamond finally starting to use cell phone, quirky about driving, trying to cross over to 21st centruy. Supporting staff living through his work style with amusemnt. Victims interesting, suspects enoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Papalodge | 1/18/2010

    " Peter Diamond amusing. Finally using cell phone, quirky about driving, trying to cross over to 21st century. Supporting staff enjoyable. Victims interesting, suspects fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 1/9/2010

    " Enjoyed it but seemed to wrap up to quickly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 9/23/2009

    " Look out! He's using his cell phone.
    Always a fun break to catch up with Peter Diamond as he solves a challenging case. "

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