Peter Lovesey - Beau Death - Little, Brown Book Group

Beau Death

By Peter Lovesey

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Peter Diamond investigates a mystery of the past in the latest 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 refusesto 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.

Biographical Notes

Peter Lovesey was born in Middlesex and studied at Hampton Grammar School and Reading University, where he met his wife Jax. He won a competition with his first crime fiction novel, Wobble to Death, and has never looked back, with his numerous books winning and being shortlisted for nearly all the prizes in the international crime writing world.

He was Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association and has been presented with Lifetime Achievement awards both in the UK and the US.

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  • ISBN: 9780751570663
  • Publication date: 14 Dec 2017
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  • Imprint: Sphere
A case that has all the ingredients of a first-rate mystery. Peter Lovesey rarely puts a foot wrong — Daily Mail
'Lovesey moves from one dexterously nested puzzle to the next with all the confidence of a magician' — Kirkus Reviews
'There's plenty of suspense here - action too - all told in Lovesey's effortlessly elegant manner' — Booklist
'One of Lovesey's cleverest . . . full of his trademark wry humour' — Publisher's Weekly
'If you like your police procedurals intriguing, solid and well-written, Lovesey's your man' — Weekend Sport

'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
'You won't want to put it down' — Peterborough Evening Telegraph
Peter Lovesey's characterisation, humour, and plotting are key, and I'm glad to report that these elements are here in abundance — Martin Edwards
Astonishingly convincing and inventive — Morning Star
Peter Lovesey - the dean of English mystery novelists - remains as ingenious as ever in Beau Death — Washington Post
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 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
The book, I am happy to say, is as tightly plotted and absorbing as the best of Lovesey's long-running series — Seattle Times
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
It's a mystery that could easily be played for farce, but Lovesey employs his dry, caustic humor to cutting effect — Chicago Tribune
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
A case that has all the ingredients of a first-rate mystery. Peter Lovesey rarely puts a foot wrong
'Lovesey moves from one dexterously nested puzzle to the next with all the confidence of a magician'
'There's plenty of suspense here - action too - all told in Lovesey's effortlessly elegant manner'
'One of Lovesey's cleverest . . . full of his trademark wry humour'
'If you like your police procedurals intriguing, solid and well-written, Lovesey's your man'

'This is a mystery story complete with clues and red herrings; it is also a crash course in 18th-century manners.
All very enjoyable'

'You won't want to put it down'
Peter Lovesey's characterisation, humour, and plotting are key, and I'm glad to report that these elements are here in abundance
Astonishingly convincing and inventive
Peter Lovesey - the dean of English mystery novelists - remains as ingenious as ever in Beau Death
Beau Death is a doozy . . . Lovesey seems to have outdone himself with the labyrinthine maze of multiple murders and mysterious conundrums
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
The book, I am happy to say, is as tightly plotted and absorbing as the best of Lovesey's long-running series
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
It's a mystery that could easily be played for farce, but Lovesey employs his dry, caustic humor to cutting effect
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
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By her own confession, the beautiful Miriam Cromer is a murderess. She is sentenced to death for the killing of her husband's assistant, and the hangman travels to London to earn his fee. Then the Home Office is sent a photograph that casts doubt on her confession, and the matter must be investigated - fast. Sergeant Cribb is called in, but his investigations produce nothing to ease the minds of the authorities. As he plunges deeper into the relationships and history of the intimate group connected with the murder, he becomes increasingly suspicious that something very different indeed happened at Park Lodge, Kew Green, on that March day in 1888.

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