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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (261 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: June 2011 ISBN: 9781482980738
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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 is 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 phobia to find the killer.

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  • “A brilliantly conceived and smartly executed mystery set in the hallowed Theater Royal of Bath...As always, the plot’s the thing with Lovesey, and the solution to the mystery of Clarion’s disfigurement, while arrived at fair and square, is stunning. But the story also has genuine depth and dimension."

    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...That Mr. Lovesey would make a midcareer transition from period fiction to contemporary police investigations is just as surprising as one of the sudden mood shifts in any of his idiosyncratic works—and just as satisfying.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Lovesey, as always, uses his wit like a whip and whirls through the theater scene like a scourge. Bodies drop, clues appear, and it’s all done with the master’s perfect touches, including witty dialogue, smart plotting, and superior characters. Definitely one of Lovesey’s best.”

    Toronto Globe and Mail

  • “Superb…After the clever reveal of the main criminal, many readers will go back to the beginning to see how artfully a major clue was planted. Once again, Lovesey proves he has few peers as a crafter of contemporary fair-play whodunits.”

    Publishers Weekly, (starred review)

  • “In top-notch, Simon Brett manner, Lovesey serves up threatrical superstitions, rituals, and diehard rivalries as Diamond overcomes his own phobia about being backstage in a theater to find the killer. Vivid and fun.”

    Booklist

  • “A new Peter Diamond mystery is always cause for celebration. Lovesey’s lovable technophobe believes in investigating the hard way, and the result is a classic police procedural filled with red herrings, unexpected twists, and a delightful cast. The author is adept at the sleight of hand that keeps even the most experienced mystery reader guessing right up to the dénouement, and the plotting is enhanced by deft characterizations, masterful use of the theatrical setting, and a narrative laced with sly wit.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “Diamond is a classic.”

    New York Times Book Review

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesley | 2/17/2014

    " Yet another excellent read from Peter Lovesey. His protagonist, Peter Diamond is a very believable and likeable character and the book kept me gripped throughout. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joanne | 2/7/2014

    " Thbbbpt. (raspberry) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 2/4/2014

    " This was my first Peter Lovesey read and I liked it. The characters are real and the story has enough twists to keep it interesting. I will certainly be adding more of his novels to my "to read" list! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rog Harrison | 2/2/2014

    " Another compelling read with an ending which certainly surprised me. Peter Lovesey is a great writer provided you go along for the ride and enter his world. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amweatherill | 1/25/2014

    " Peter Diamond investigation in Bath, England "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Red Ferry | 1/17/2014

    " A really enjoyable English murder mystery set in Bath, a place I visited several years ago & never forgot it's beauty...fun, English, murder, what more do you want? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Judy | 1/15/2014

    " Disappointing. Written for octagenerian males. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy Plonka | 1/7/2014

    " Quintessential Lovesey where the golden age puzzle mystery meets the present day. This one has a theater setting which reveals one of Diamond's phobias, that certain types of theaters make him nervous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 12/16/2013

    " 3 1/2 An enjoyable, well written mystery involving a pop star who is hired by a theater company simply because of her popularity. She can't act, and is maimed opening night.... the mystery involves the entire company. I like a good mystery once in a while, and this fit the bill. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Murphy | 12/12/2013

    " I love the Peter Diamond series; the protagonist is so imperfect and sometimes so curmudgeonly. But it gives a great dimension to these mysteries. I didn't like this one quite as much as "The Last Detective," but it was still very good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krista | 12/10/2013

    " Spoiled by Ngaio Marsh's theatrical mysteries, so this one was a disappointment. And the side story of Diamond's suppressed childhood memories was poorly handled. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 9/5/2013

    " Very good mystery, but not one of my favorites. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paulina | 7/10/2013

    " Pretty disappointed. I have liked other books by Peter Lovesey and I am found of the theater so I thought this would be fun. Totally failed to engage me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Evans | 5/22/2013

    " Inspector Cribb first hooked me on writer Peter Lovesey. His Peter Diamond series is equally appealing. Enjoyed the book from beginning to end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shifra | 1/15/2013

    " Ok...definitely the twists and turns kept my curiosity. A theater in Bath, murder mayhem and we aren't clear who is behind it until the very end. A fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Berninger | 11/5/2012

    " I didn't figure it out . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rory Mcnicol | 9/20/2012

    " Good British detective book by a very good author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Narnia | 8/18/2012

    " Not my favourite Peter Diamond, but still highly intriguing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee Holz | 1/10/2012

    " A first class British police procedural. Highly enjoyable and recommended to fans of the genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 E Goldberg | 10/10/2011

    " Well plotted. Excellent character development. Entertaining. What you expect from Lovesey. (Spoils you for a lot of other authors though.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 9/14/2011

    " It was indeed a very fairly plotted mystery and it still surprised me who the killer was. Lots of red herrings, of course. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skye | 7/14/2011

    " I've come to the conclusion that Peter Lovesey doesn't write bad books. Another good Peter Diamond mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Salli | 7/5/2011

    " Latest (2011) Peter Diamond is a pip -- set at the theatre royal in bath it concerns a company of acors and crew. Plus some delightfully dotty police. Diamond also solves his life-long fear of theaters. "

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About the Author
Author Peter Lovesey

Peter Lovesey began writing mysteries in 1970 and has won the British Crime Writers’ Association Silver and Gold Dagger awards as well as the Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement and the Strand Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. In the United States, he has received Edgar and Dilys nominations, an Anthony Award and a Macavity Award, and the Ellery Queen Readers Award, among others. He lives near Chichester in West Sussex, England.

About the Narrator

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received over twenty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.