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The House Sitter

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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, the Strand Magazine Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Macavity, Barry, and Anthony Awards, and many other honors. He lives in West Sussex, England. From the Hardcover edition.


In his eighth Inspector Diamond mystery (after 2002's Diamond Dust), Lovesey demonstrates, lest anyone doubt, how richly he deserves the British Crime Writers Association's Lifetime Achievement award. It's been about a year since Inspector Diamond's wife was murdered, and he's back at the helm of the Bath homicide squad when he hears from Inspector Henrietta "Hen" Mallin. Hen and her team have identified a murder victim found on a Sussex beach as Emma Tysoe, reported missing from her teaching position at the university in Bath. More interesting to both police units is Emma's side job as criminal profiler. Thus two puzzles neatly intersect: who killed the profiler, and who is the killer the profiler was tracking? The two detectives approach the question from opposite ends, slowly forging an effective, respectful partnership. Hen, a petite, cigar-smoking dynamo who gained her rank on sheer talent, offers something few in Bath CID would have believed possible-an equal match for Peter Diamond. Lovesey is a master of intricate plotting. A Paiute water basket is not more tightly constructed than this extraordinary story, nor more exquisite. The identity of the killer, when finally revealed, is genuinely startling, and not because of authorial obfuscation. The writing is as smooth as polished steel, and the small touches that reveal character, especially the memorable Hen, approach genius. This is Lovesey at his best. (June) Forecast: The unimaginative jacket art (a bikini-clad figure in one panel, two windows of a grand-looking house in another) won't attract casual browsers, but Lovesey fans will know better. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Initially brought in as an auxilliary police consultant, Bath's Inspector Peter Diamond soon proves himself indispensable to a missing person case-turned-murder investigation. A woman from Bath discovered dead on a Sussex beach turns out to have been strangled-apparently right there in the midst of a crowd. The main witnesses, a family of three, seem to be hiding something. The victim was a psychological offender profiler, apparently working on the case of a serial murderer-perhaps the one who claimed her life. Exacting but comfortable prose, careful detailing, and the more-than-competent Diamond give body to an excellent procedural, the eighth in Lovesey's series. For fans of British crime fiction. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Crime Writers' Association Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement Recipient Mystery Writers of America 2018 Grandmaster Praise for The House Sitter Winner of the Macavity Award A Publishers Weekly Best Mystery of the Year Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize Shortlisted for the Barry Award "Peter Lovesey loves strong women, cerebral killers and diabolical puzzles--the very ingredients that make The House Sitter one of the most cunning mysteries in his Inspector Diamond series." --Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review "Splendid . . . [an] elegant and suspenseful puzzle." --Los Angeles Times "An extraordinary mystery." --Chicago Tribune "Compelling . . . a tour de force." --Boston Herald "Lovesey demonstrates . . . how richly he deserves the British Crime Writers Association's Lifetime Achievement award . . . Lovesey is a master of intricate plotting. A Paiute water basket is not more tightly constructed than this extraordinary story nor more exquisite. The identity of the killer, when finally revealed, is genuinely startling." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review "An ingenious and complex novel, this is Lovesey at the top of his form." --Booklist, Starred Review "This deliciously intricate puzzle makes for very pleasurable reading. The plotting is airtight, and there are any number of arresting and interesting characters." --Denver Post "True wit is the hallmark of the classic British mystery, and Peter Lovesey delivers it, and a lot more, in The House Sitter . . . A literate and delightful mystery." --Baltimore Sun Praise for The Peter Diamond series "Peter Diamond is impatient, belligerent, cunning, insightful, foul, laugh-out-loud funny . . . A superb series." --Louise Penny "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 "What'll it be today? A knotty puzzle mystery? A fast-paced police procedural? Something more high-toned, with a bit of wit? With the British author Peter Lovesey, there's no need to make those agonizing decisions, because his books have it all." --The New York Times Book Review "Mr. Lovesey's narrative is swift, but he takes time out for local color and abundant humor, the latter springing from the book's quirky characters . . . Lovesey is a wizard at mixing character-driven comedy with realistic-to-grim suspense. And in a writing career spanning four decades, he has created a stylish and varied body of work." --The Wall Street Journal "Next to Jane Austen, Peter Lovesey is the writer the tourist board of Bath, England, extols most proudly . . . The enduring draw of the Peter Diamond books derives both from the beguiling Bath cityscape and the brusque character of Diamond himself." --NPR

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