- Series: A Detective Peter Diamond Mystery (Book 5)
- Paperback: 346 pages
- Publisher: Soho Crime (June 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1569473935
- ISBN-13: 978-1569473931
- Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 1.1 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Upon a Dark Night
“The threads of Peter Lovesey’s new Peter Diamond mystery, Upon a Dark Night, twist up so neatly they make a perfect hangman’s noose—another triumph of plotting from this master of the classic puzzle form.”
—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
“Lovesey is . . . master of the traditional crime novel.”
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“The characters are complex and well-drawn, the plot intricate but credible, the story well-told and the puzzles neatly tied up by the end.”
“An extraordinary combination of classic puzzle with a contemporary police procedural; an immensely satisfying work by one of Britain’s foremost mystery novelists.”
“Lovesey’s latest Peter Diamond novel offers everything a fan of classic detective fiction could want.”
Praise for The Peter Diamond series
“Peter Diamond is impatient, belligerent, cunning, insightful, foul, laugh-out-loud funny . . . A superb series.”
“I’m jealous of everyone discovering Lovesey and Diamond for the first time—you have a wonderful backlist to catch up on. Me, all I can do is wait for the next book.”
“What'll it be today? A knotty puzzle mystery? A fast-paced police procedural? Something more high-toned, with a bit of wit? With the British author Peter Lovesey, there's no need to make those agonizing decisions, because his books have it all.”
—The 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.”
—The Wall Street Journal
“Next to Jane Austen, Peter Lovesey is the writer the tourist board of Bath, England, extols most proudly . . . The enduring draw of the Peter Diamond books derives both from the beguiling Bath cityscape and the brusque character of Diamond himself.”
About the Author
Peter Lovesey is the author of more than thirty highly praised mystery novels. He has been awarded the CWA Gold and Silver Daggers, the Cartier Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement, the Strand Magazine Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Macavity, Barry, and Anthony Awards, and many other honors. He lives in West Sussex, England.
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Meanwhile, Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond is worming his way into a rival detective’s investigation of a supposed suicide nearby. A crotchety and antisocial old farmer has supposedly blown his head off with a shotgun while sitting on a chair in his cottage. Peter suspects there is more to the story.
No veteran reader of detective fiction will be surprised to learn that the two cases are linked — or that additional mysteries turn up in the course of the several ensuing investigations, all of which are connected as well. Author Peter Lovesey is skilled at offering up complex plots in the novels of the Peter Diamond series, of which Upon a Dark Night is the fifth. However, unlike many other prominent British mystery writers, Lovesey doesn’t devolve his stories into insipid whodunits. (I’ve had enough of Colonel Mustard in the Parlor with the Knife.) The case confronting Detective Superintendent Diamond is legitimately complicated and is a great deal of fun to follow through to the end.
Meanwhile, a few chapters later, Peter Diamond, head of the murder squad, is bored and fears he's going to be seconded to a larger city's team. But suddenly, 3 probable suicides in a row--two of them interesting--have him snooping about on his colleague's patch in CID. Eventually we get back to "Rose" (the girl with amnesia) and the tie-in to the suspicious deaths, but it takes plenty of twists and turns to get there. Really enjoying this series a lot!
consultant was a Peter Lovesey. A bit more research indicated that he was a mystery writer and so I decided to read
some of his works. They are good. I always check out the first in a series where the main character is introduced. Then
I check to find which in the series rates a 4 or 5 stars.