Bath detective Peter Diamond finds himself at a prestigious wedding that ends in murder...
As a New Year begins in Bath, Ben Brace proposes to his long-term girlfriend, Caroline. The problem is that she's the daughter of notorious crime baron, Joe Irving, who is coming to the end of a prison sentence. And Ben's father George is Bath's Deputy Chief Constable. But mothers and sons are a formidable force: a wedding in the Abbey and reception in the Roman Baths are set in place before the career-obsessed DCC can step in.
Peter Diamond, Bath's head of CID, is appalled to be put in charge of security on the day. Ordered to be discreet, he packs a gun and a guest list in his best suit and must somehow cope with potential killers, gang rivals, warring parents, bossy photographers and straying bridesmaids. The laid-back Joe Irving seems oblivious to the danger he is in from rival gang-leaders, while Brace can't wait for the day to end. Will the photo-session be a literal shoot? Will Joe Irving's speech as father of the bride be his last words? Can Diamond pull off a miracle, avert a tragedy and send the happy couple on their honeymoon?
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.
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