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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:
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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.”


  • “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 by 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 by Joanne | 2/7/2014

    " Thbbbpt. (raspberry) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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. "

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