Amazon.com Review Peter Diamond of the Bath Police returns in the fourth installment in this marvelous detective series. The plot for this mystery is well thought-out and cleverly developed with puzzling turns that keep you guessing. A rare stamp is stolen from a museum, only to appear between the pages of a mystery book under consideration by a group of wing-chair sleuths known as the Bloodhounds. The intrigue deepens when one of the mystery buffs winds up dead. The cat-and-mouse game plays out with plenty of twists and turns. Mystery lovers will enjoy the debates over classic mystery plots that the Bloodhounds engage in, and the careful reader will wisely follow them to glean clues to solving the mystery. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition. Read more From Publishers Weekly The Last Detective (1992) inaugurated this series with a bang. It was followed by Diamond Solitaire (1993) and 1995's Edgar-nominated The Summons. With this fourth installment, veteran English author Lovesey gives us his laconic Bath policeman Peter Diamond in full dazzle. The Bloodhounds are a diverse group of mystery fans who meet in a dark crypt and talk. One night before the subject of locked-room puzzles is brought up, Milo, one of the group, opens a prized book and finds the rare Penny Black stamp recently stolen from a nearby museum. Milo is suitably puzzled. A little later, Milo is found dead in his tightly locked riverboat. The coppers have two perplexing puzzles to solve, and Diamond's sharp temper is soon sorely tested by the thief/killer, who sends the police and the media cute riddles. Diamond comes up with a perfectly workable scenario for what happened, which readers are given just enough time to swallow before Lovesey reveals the real thief and killer. With this especially effective conclusion, Lovesey demonstrates that his embrace of crime fiction reaches from John Dickson Carr to Andrew Vachss as he skillfully pays homage to the old style whodunit in this thoroughly modern mystery. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition. Read more See all Editorial Reviews
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