Peter Diamond investigates a mystery of the past in the seventeenth case for the brilliant Bath detective.
A wrecking ball crashes through the roof of a terraced cottage in Bath and exposes a skeleton in eighteenth-century clothes. Can these possibly be the remains of Beau Nash, the so-called King of Bath, whose body is said to have ended up in a pauper’s grave?
Peter Diamond, the city’s most experienced detective, is ordered to investigate, but grappling with historical events causes ructions in his team until everyone is diverted by a modern killing during a fireworks display on the Royal Crescent lawn.
But Beau Nash refuses to be ignored – and when astonishing new facts emerge about the case, Bath’s history is rewritten and mysteries ancient and modern are fused in a devastating climax.
Peter Lovesey has a knack - to borrow a phrase from the Roman philosopher Seneca - for grabbing readers by the lapels and leading or dragging them on, willy-nilly, through a maze of blind-corner surprises and unexpected plot twists . . . it's hard to imagine a more pleasurable way to read away the long hours of a quiet, wintry night * Richmond Times Dispatch * It's a mystery that could easily be played for farce, but Lovesey employs his dry, caustic humor to cutting effect * Chicago Tribune * Witty, stylish and a bit of a rogue - that's what people said about Richard Nash, known as Beau, the notorious dandy who transformed the English city of Bath into 'the 18th-century equivalent of Vegas'. The same might be said of Peter Lovesey, whose elegant mysteries pay tribute to the past glories of this beautiful city * New York Times * The book, I am happy to say, is as tightly plotted and absorbing as the best of Lovesey's long-running series * Seattle Times * Peter Lovesey is one author who can grab me on the title page . . . he's very, very good and knows his Bath history inside out . . . This is a great puzzle plot that will keep you guessing. Just what Lovesey does best * Toronto Globe and Mail * Beau Death is a doozy . . . Lovesey seems to have outdone himself with the labyrinthine maze of multiple murders and mysterious conundrums * Strand magazine * Peter Lovesey - the dean of English mystery novelists - remains as ingenious as ever in Beau Death * Washington Post * Astonishingly convincing and inventive * Morning Star * Peter Lovesey's characterisation, humour, and plotting are key, and I'm glad to report that these elements are here in abundance * Martin Edwards * 'You won't want to put it down' * Peterborough Evening Telegraph * 'This is a mystery story complete with clues and red herrings; it is also a crash course in 18th-century manners. All very enjoyable' * Literary Review * 'If you like your police procedurals intriguing, solid and well-written, Lovesey's your man' * Weekend Sport * 'One of Lovesey's cleverest . . . full of his trademark wry humour' * Publisher's Weekly * 'There's plenty of suspense here - action too - all told in Lovesey's effortlessly elegant manner' * Booklist * 'Lovesey moves from one dexterously nested puzzle to the next with all the confidence of a magician' * Kirkus Reviews * A case that has all the ingredients of a first-rate mystery. Peter Lovesey rarely puts a foot wrong * Daily Mail *
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