Peter Lovesey scores with a rattling good tale.
Peter Lovesey writes feel-good crime yet he never lets the comedy vitiate the mystery
Longtime PI buffs will take a shine to the dodgy Getz's wannabe ambitions, and procedural buffs should enjoy how Diamond and company work the case. It's the mutual aggravation society of the two mismatched sleuths, however, that really has me itching for a rematch.
Glory be! British crime novelist Lovesey is back, bringing along his beloved series hero, the grumpy, darkly funny, and - beneath it all - strictly business Peter Diamond, Detective Inspector with the Bath constabulary. It's all here: mystery, sparky writing, and a cast of characters who come alive on the page, moving through a tricky plot that we know is playing us for suckers
The action builds to a Poirot-like solution.
Diamond and the Eye is an almost non-stop giggle as well as a classic police detection episode . . It's the perfect prescription for those who've been taking their lives (or their crime fiction reading) too seriously . . . Through the non-stop campy humor runs a solid and clever little mystery with some great red herrings and a fine twist before solution.
It's one thing to be prolific. To be prolific and innovative is quite another. Yet Peter Lovesey, more than fifty years after he burst on to the crime writing scene, continues to try out new ideas - [a] good- natured jeu d'esprit.
As with all the Diamond books, the characterisation is superb. . . The plot is fascinating, with several subtle red herrings that keep the reader guessing until the end