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
'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'
A case that has all the ingredients of a first-rate mystery. Peter Lovesey rarely puts a foot wrong
'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'