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Reader, I Buried Them and Other Stories

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3rd February 2022

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Selected: Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9780751585902

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A twisty collection of short stories from the master of classic crime fiction, Peter Lovesey, one of which stars his most popular creation, Peter Diamond.

More than fifty years ago, Peter Lovesey published a short story in an anthology. That short story caught the eye of the great Ruth Rendell, whose praise ignited Lovesey’s life-long passion for short form crime fiction.

More than a hundred stories later, Peter Lovesey has assembled this devilishly clever collection, fifteen yarns of mystery, melancholy, and mischief, inhabiting such deadly settings as a theatre, a monastery, and the book publishing industry. The collection includes that first story that launched his story-writing career as well as three new stories exclusive to this volume. In addition, Lovesey fans will delight in a personal essay by the author about the historical inspirations for his creation – and in an appearance by the irascible Bath detective Peter Diamond, who has, in the author’s words, ‘bulldozed his way’ into this collection.


Morning Star
It's a measure of the impact that award-winning novelist Peter Lovesey has made on the short form over the last 50 years that Reader, I Buried Them And Other Stories will be considered an essential purchase by readers all over the world.
Publishers Weekly
Throughout, Lovesey delivers crisp dialogue, effortless narration, appealing characters, ingenious plots, and effervescent whimsy. . . This is a thoroughly entertaining compendium of the best of the best by one of the best
A celebratory display of the many things an accomplished veteran can do with the short mystery
Wall Street Journal
A modern master who combines wit with suspense . . . a sparkling collection