Peter Diamond may be my favourite fictional police detective - perky, dogged and very clever
A bravura performance from a veteran showman: slyly paced, marbled with surprise and, in the end, strangely affecting
Admirably unpredictable (Lovesey keeps you guessing until the very end) and entertaining all the way
A consummate storyteller
More twists and turns than the Snake Pass, a joy to the last page.
Mr Lovesey maintains a wonderful tone throughout . . . A comedy of bad manners, full of oddball characters and wacky events develops into a perfectly realised murder mystery whose skilful misdirection never oversteps the bounds of fair play
A terrific job