'The Detective Wore Silk Drawers will establish the historical thriller as securely as Mrs Christie established her own particular brand of whodunit'
'A rich and unusual mystery, with suspense enough for the most confirmed addict'
'A gorgeous piece of period reconstruction . . . worked into an exciting plot'
'Once in a while a writer enters the scene with a new slant on crime and Peter Lovesey has concocted such a tale with assurance and skill'