Peter Lovesey - Beau Death - Little, Brown Book Group

Beau Death

By Peter Lovesey

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  • £19.99

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.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9780751570687
  • Publication date: 14 Dec 2017
  • Page count: 416
  • 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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It is World War II and American soldiers stationed in rural England have made friends, especially with the local girls. After a dance to celebrate the pressing of the apples into cider, the resentment of the local men leads to violence and a murder. Later, a baby girl is born.Years later, Theo, a university lecturer, is approached by an American girl called Alice. She wants to be told about her father, a GI hanged for murder in Somerset during World War II. As a boy, Theo had been a principal witness for the prosecution.Alice persuades him to revisit the farm where Theo was evacuated, staunchly determined to discover the facts. The horrors of the past take on a frightening immediacy when long-forgotten jealousies come to the surface and another murder is committed.

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Bertie and the Tinman

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Abracadaver

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A practical joker is haunting the popular music halls of Victorian London - but far from being funny, his intentions are deeply sinister. A trapeze artist misses her timing when the ropes are shortened; a comedian who invites the audience to sing along with him finds the words of his song 'shamefully' altered; mustard has been applied to a sword swallower's blade; a singer's costume has been rigged; the girl in a magician's box is trapped.And then the mischief escalates to murder. Or was murder intended all along? The indomitable detective team of Sergeant Cribb and Constable Thackeray dive into the back rooms and dark alleyways of London as they pursue the elusive criminal.

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Mad Hatter's Holiday

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It's 1882 and Albert Moscrop is holidaying in Brighton, his time dedicated to taking in the seaside scenes, no matter how private. Marching down Queen's Road to the beach, he draws us straight into a compelling drama played out in the fashionable haunts of the nineteenth-century resort: beach, pier, promenade, swimming bath and Devil's Dyke. A keen observer, Moscrop is fascinated by one particular family - the Protheros; and in particular the beautiful Zena Prothero, excessively taken for granted by her husband. Gradually, Moscrop moves into the circle of the Prothero family, only to become involved in a sensational and gruesome murder which horrifies all of Brighton. The local police seek the help of Scotland Yard, provided in the persons of Sergeant Cribb and Constable Thackeray. Once there, they find themselves facing the strangest case of their careers, one just as mystifying as it is macabre.

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Invitation to a Dynamite Party

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'You must understand that we are not dealing with petty thieves or one of your backyard murderers, Cribb. We are fighting a secret society pledged to wrench Ireland from Her Majesty's dominion by every means at its disposal.'The year is 1884 and London is being terrorised by a series of bomb blasts. One of the 'infernal machines' has even bombed the CID office at Scotland Yard and, worst of all, Constable Thackeray is suspected of conspiring with the perpetrators. Determined to help Thackeray at any cost, Sergeant Cribb reluctantly agrees to attend a course on the science of bomb-making in a bid to gain the expert knowledge he needs to infiltrate the terrorists. But before he is ready, he is abducted at gun-point by an Irish-American hammer-thrower, and finds himself an unwilling but vital member of the Dynamite Party . . .

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The spiritualist movement has captivated Victorian society: 'sensitivities' and reaching out to the dead are highly in vogue. But the séance is also the perfect cover-up for fraud, or worse, by some decidedly less authentic individuals. As Sergeant Cribb and Constable Thackeray investigate one such instance resulting in an art-theft, they are drawn into a dark and unsettling world, where it is almost impossible to see who is telling the truth. A medium has been murdered, and the suspects are a mix of the eccentric and the highly unsavoury . . .

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Swing, Swing Together

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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.