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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (162 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Lovesey Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2006 ISBN: 9781482976465
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Widowed van driver Bob Naylor is prodded into joining the Chichester Writers’ Circle by his teenage daughter. Bob writes limericks and jingles, and fears he will be out of his class among the literati. But the members of the circle come from all walks of life and practice many forms of writing, from fantasy to household hints. There seems to be nothing about any of them to incite a serial killer. However, there is an arsonist in their midst, burning his victims to death, and Bob becomes a suspect. To clear himself, he must cooperate with formidable Detective Chief Inspector Henrietta Mallin.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lovesey employs the device of competing amateur detectives to good effect, increasing suspense and conveying valuable clues through their efforts.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Lovesey’s portrait of the Chichester Writers’ Circle and its members is agreeable and amusing, and the mystery itself is engaging enough to keep us turning the pages.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 1/18/2014

    " I don't know why it took me so long to find this author but I am a die hard fan and will be adding more of his books to my shelves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kit | 1/16/2014

    " A British mystery set in a small village with amusing, quirky characters. Peter Lovesey keeps you guessing right to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 11/11/2013

    " I checked thisout since the next in the Peter Diamond series was checked out, and I prefer to read a series in order. This was not quite as up to the mark as The Last Detective, but still a great mystery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol Naquin | 8/7/2013

    " I found this to be somewhat slow and I did not care for most of the characters. The twist at the end was good, but that's about all. I doubt I will be reading any more Peter Lovesey books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra Morris | 4/29/2013

    " A twisty, entertaining mystery; the ending was a surprise. A good, solid piece of detective fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine Woodman | 10/20/2012

    " Peter Diamond is a complicated cop in a lovely British backdrop--these are very enjoyable murder mysteries that are well written. Not to heavy and not too light "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesley | 9/14/2012

    " A detective story with a twist. Thoroughly believable and a can't-put-it-down book. Need to catch up on some sleep now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 7/7/2012

    " Thoroughly the twists and turns of this mystery. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Les | 7/31/2011

    " I couldn't get into this book at all. I couldn't even skim it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charly | 5/17/2011

    " This was a really interesting mystery piece about a serial killer who has put a writer's circle in his/her sights for arson murders. I must admit I didn't have it until the very end. A clever and entertaining work with occasional touches of humor. for the most part a good mystery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy Swift | 4/18/2011

    " Another NPR summer recommendation - like Agatha Chrisite. "

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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.