Book 14 in the Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond series, one of Soho's bestselling and most critically acclaimed series, this time including a Chauceresque twist. At a Bath auction house, a large slab of carved stone is up for sale. At the height of very competitive bidding, there is a holdup attempt by three masked robbers. They shoot and kill the highest bidder, a professor who has recognized the female figure carved in the stone as Chaucer's Wife of Bath. The masked would-be thieves flee, leaving the stone behind. Peter Diamond and his team are assigned to investigate, and the stone is moved into Diamond's office so he can research its origins. The carving causes such difficulties that he starts to think it has jinxed him. Meanwhile, as Diamond's leads take him to Chaucer's house in Somerset, his intrepid colleague Ingeborg goes undercover to try to track down the source of the handgun used in the murder.
About the Author
Peter Lovesey is the author of more than thirty highly praised mystery novels. He has been awarded the CWA Gold and Silver Daggers, the Cartier Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement, theStrand MagazineAward for Lifetime Achievement, the Macavity, Barry, and Anthony Awards, and many other honors. He lives in West Sussex, England."
Praise for The Peter Diamond series
“I’m jealous of everyone discovering Lovesey and Diamond for the first time—you have a wonderful backlist to catch up on. Me, all I can do is wait for the next book.” —Sara Paretsky
"These erudite and wondrously witty books are unlike any police procedural you've ever read." —The New York Times Book Review
“Thickly textured, amusing, unpredictably mixing puzzle and procedural.... One of the best.” —Los Angeles Times
“Witty…. A perfectly realized murder mystery.” —Wall Street Journal
“Extremely stylish, lighter than air ... utterly surprising.” —Newsweek
“Lovesey’s books are so beautifully constructed and cleanly written that they could be used as textbooks in a crime writing course.” —Chicago Tribune
"Ingenious ... Lovers of good music and a good mystery should not miss this delightful tale." —Washington Post Book World
"A particularly crafty resolution of the enigmatic mystery shows that this long-running series still has plenty of life." —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review