Praise for Beau Death
"Witty, stylish and a bit of a rogue—that's what people said about Richard Nash, known as the 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."
—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
"Peter Lovesey—the dean of English mystery novelists—remains as ingenious as ever in Beau Death."
—Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
"If you like real history turned into crime clues, this is your book . . . This is a great puzzle plot that will keep you guessing. Just what Lovesey does best."
—The Globe & Mail
"Peter Lovesey rarely puts a foot wrong."
—The Daily Mail UK
"For Anglophiles who like to leaven their whodunits with laughter, it’s hard to imagine a more pleasurable way to read away the long hours of a quiet, wintry night."
"The book, I am happy to say, is as tightly plotted and absorbing as the best of Lovesey’s long-running series."
—Adam Woog, The Seattle Times
"Lovesey employs his dry, caustic humor to cutting effect."
"I always look forward to new entries in this series."
—Salem Macknee, The News & Observer
"Highly readable . . . Mr. Lovesey moves from a hilarious launching of the plot to a delectable collection of vivid characters and an avalanche of clues."
—The Washington Times
"Astonishingly consistent and endlessly inventive."
—The Morning Star UK
"Lovesey moves from one dexterously nested puzzle to the next with all the confidence of a magician who knows the audience won't see through his deceptions no matter how slowly he unveils them."
—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"One of the best entries in a long-running series, this exceptional police procedural is packed with imperfect and engaging characters, sophisticated plotting, and abundantly detailed historical tidbits."
—Library Journal, Starred Review
"The intricate series of plot lines is seamlessly interwoven at the charged conclusion. Lovesey seems to have outdone himself with the labyrinthine maze of multiple murders and mysterious conundrums."
—The Strand Magazine
"There’s plenty of suspense here—action, too—all told in Lovesey’s effortlessly elegant manner."
"The plot is one of Lovesey’s cleverest, and the book is full of his trademark wry humor."
"Lovesey's signature understated humor, often historical and at times hysterical, finds its way onto pretty much every page."
"An intricate and multi-layered puzzle . . . Diamond's dry wit and perspicacity adds welcome levity to the story."
"Simply terrific. . . The humor is dry, but it is there in spades, as is the clever, puzzling and unforgettable mystery that beats steadily throughout the story."
"Peter Lovesey's characterisation, humour, and plotting are key, and I'm glad to report that these elements are here in abundance."
—Martin Edwards, Do You Write Under Your Own Name? (blog)
"As Beau Death elegantly demonstrates, nobody is better than Lovesey at mixing puzzle and procedural. Diamond, with his mordant humor as armor, is, as always, razor-sharp, erudite and thoroughly engaging."
—Open Letters Monthly
"His Grand Master award is well-deserved indeed."
"The plotting is deft and very intricate without being overdone, and the characters perform beautifully . . . a sheer delight to read."
"A rich and satisfying feast of eccentric and sometimes sweet, sometimes dangerous, quintessential British figures."
Praise for the Peter Diamond Investigations
“[An] impeccably constructed mystery featuring the unpredictable but ever-entertaining Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond . . . A classic whodunit.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Lively, surprise-filled . . . Peter Lovesey is himself a master of historical mysteries.”
—The Wall Street Journal
“Lovesey is the real deal . . . [The Diamond novels] are deftly plotted, with strong characters and a good dollop of dry humor, especially the (generally) good-natured sniping among the members of his team.”
—The Seattle Times
“The characters are colorful and engaging; the dialogue is witty; and Lovesey’s prose carries readers effortlessly along a fairly lengthy book. Plus, his puzzle-making skills are top-notch . . . Lovesey is a master of the genre.”
“Lovesey is a master of the intricately plotted murder mystery . . . Easily one of the best and most entertaining mysteries I've read in a long time.”
“Delightful . . . The brilliance of the slightly cantankerous and overweight detective superintendent still shines strong. [Brings] the beautiful city of Bath and the political problems plaguing modern police departments vividly to life.”
“Pacing, dialogue, exposition, backstory—nobody handles them better than Lovesey, who always writes elegantly while spinning a tough-minded police procedural.”
—Booklist, Starred Review