Diamond Solitaire

Diamond Solitaire

The second Peter Diamond investigationFired from the police force for insubordination, Peter Diamond is reduced to working as a security guard at Harrod’s. Turns out he can’t even hold that job—he gets fired after finding an abandoned Japanese girl in the store after closing. “Naomi,” as he calls her, exhibits strong signs of autism, and he devotes himself to communicating...

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Title:Diamond Solitaire
Author:Peter Lovesey
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Diamond Solitaire Reviews

  • Janet

    One of my all time favorite mysteries. The final scene has stayed with me for years.

  • Lynn

    Diamond Solitaire is the second book in the Peter Diamond series. Peter lost his detective job in the first book. Diamond Solitaire starts out with Peter being a security guard at Harrods on floor seven. Floor seven is the furniture store and computer security goes off regarding movement on that floor. The police arrive and a small Japanese girl is discovered under the cushions. Peter loses his job at Harrods. He and his wife 's standard of living has gone down considerably since the loss of his

    Diamond Solitaire is the second book in the Peter Diamond series. Peter lost his detective job in the first book. Diamond Solitaire starts out with Peter being a security guard at Harrods on floor seven. Floor seven is the furniture store and computer security goes off regarding movement on that floor. The police arrive and a small Japanese girl is discovered under the cushions. Peter loses his job at Harrods. He and his wife 's standard of living has gone down considerably since the loss of his detective job. Peter is overweight, gruff, with a hidden soft interior and a tenacious personality when he is on the trail of solving a mystery.

    He becomes involved with finding out who the child is. The child is exhibiting autistic tendencies. The intrigue begins-travel to several countries, a fire, murder and a star sumo wrestler. I enjoyed this read very much and am looking forward to continuing the series. I can see why it is a long lasting series.

  • John

    I loved Lovesey's

    , which introduced the character Peter Diamond. This follow-up, while palpably more far-fetched, is even more entertaining. Fired (er, "resigned") from the cops, Diamond is reduced to working as a night security man at Harrods. One night the alarm goes off, and it's discovered an autistic Japanese toddler has been dumped in Diamond's area. Sacked for negligence, he decides to solve the mystery of where the little girl came from, a quest that takes him eventual

    I loved Lovesey's

    , which introduced the character Peter Diamond. This follow-up, while palpably more far-fetched, is even more entertaining. Fired (er, "resigned") from the cops, Diamond is reduced to working as a night security man at Harrods. One night the alarm goes off, and it's discovered an autistic Japanese toddler has been dumped in Diamond's area. Sacked for negligence, he decides to solve the mystery of where the little girl came from, a quest that takes him eventually to NYC and to Japan. There are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments (some to do with Diamond's non-prowess as a home handyman, others concerning this very British bobby's interaction with the NYPD), but what stick more in the mind are the moments of genuine emotion. This is a gloriously fast read: get it and read it gloriously fast!

    I have a confession to make. Many years ago I took a small daughter to an Author Event at the Exeter (UK) Waterstones. One of the authors was Peter Lovesey. He has the look of an English vicar whose tea parties are the scandal of the parish. He also has extraordinarily bushy eyebrows.

    said my daughter in one of those whispers that may one day reach Alpha Centauri. Lovesey looked across at us and, if ever eyebrows could be said to twinkle, his did.

  • Trish

    I loved this dang thang. Diamond is such a curmudgeonly old pushover--what is it that reminds me of the best of men? I don't mind someone being impatient with the slowest among us, as long as they have a better idea. And Diamond always does. And not only that: he is kind, and well-meaning, and willing to put his mouth...well, where his mind [read:stomach] is, anyway. This is one mad-cap race around New York and Tokyo. His observations about NYC manners and cops are priceless, and sumo wrestlers

    I loved this dang thang. Diamond is such a curmudgeonly old pushover--what is it that reminds me of the best of men? I don't mind someone being impatient with the slowest among us, as long as they have a better idea. And Diamond always does. And not only that: he is kind, and well-meaning, and willing to put his mouth...well, where his mind [read:stomach] is, anyway. This is one mad-cap race around New York and Tokyo. His observations about NYC manners and cops are priceless, and sumo wrestlers also come in for some good-natured jabs--with chopsticks--in their amply-displayed naked buttocks.

    Best of all, Lovesey combines some pretty wide-ranging events, i.e., a Japanese autistic child abandoned in Harrods in London, with a stock manipulation in New York, a factory fire in Italy, and a researcher at a Japanese university. It's a wild and improbable ride, but there is something recognizable and quite vulnerable about old Diamond being fired (yes, again) for the second time. I

    the guy, and what an ol' softie he is when it comes to children.

  • Deanna

    3.5 stars. More of a hopscotched story than others I’ve read in the series. This was distracting for me, and I was more interested in some of the story lines than others. A fairly interesting and loveable detective just manages to hold the book together.

  • Faith

    I love this series. Diamond is such a solid presence. This one has an abandoned autistic girl, corporate chicanery and a sumo wrestler.

  • Ammar

    Interesting sequel to The Last Detective

    two separate storylines

    one is English

    the other American

    they merge somehow

    a child mute

    autistic

    found in Harrods

    and a pharmaceutical giant shady business with

    the mafia

    Book 3 soon

  • Abbey

    1992, #2 Peter Diamond, ex-CID, London, NYC, Tokyo; professional as amateur sleuth.

    When an autistic child is found hidden in Harrods, Diamond tries to find her family and winds up in an international brou-ha-ha that includes Mafiosi, pharmaceutical scams and coverups, arson, and murder, and a spectacular star turn by an enormous Sumo wrestler. More thriller than mystery, and extremely well-paced and solidly plotted, but somehow lacks heart. Diamond doesn’t seem “at home” in any of it, and his m

    1992, #2 Peter Diamond, ex-CID, London, NYC, Tokyo; professional as amateur sleuth.

    When an autistic child is found hidden in Harrods, Diamond tries to find her family and winds up in an international brou-ha-ha that includes Mafiosi, pharmaceutical scams and coverups, arson, and murder, and a spectacular star turn by an enormous Sumo wrestler. More thriller than mystery, and extremely well-paced and solidly plotted, but somehow lacks heart. Diamond doesn’t seem “at home” in any of it, and his motivation for getting involved in the beginning is incredibly slim, yet he goes on to suffer myriad beatings and troubles in his travels.

    Lovesey’s professional pacing and smooth writing made me want to keep turning the pages, but this is a “train wreck” sort of book, not one in which you empathise with the protagonists or victims. Entertaining, but not Lovesey’s best.

    The first in series was far better IMO. I hope Lovesey puts Diamond back in London or Bath as a PI, think that will work well, far better than this attempt at “super sleuthing” Diamond.

  • Susan

    In the second book in the series, former Detective Superintendent Diamond tracks a missing child wherever the trail leads. This book isn’t exactly a mystery like the first book in the series because there isn’t a case the reader can solve from clues and deductions, but it isn’t exactly a suspense/thriller because, despite the serious nature of the crimes involved, there is a lot of incidental humor. Diamond is an engaging character, but the resolution of the plot had some major holes.

  • Bettie☯

    Read by.................. Simon Prebble

    Total Runtime......... 10 Hours 46 Mins

    Description:

    Read by.................. Simon Prebble

    Total Runtime......... 10 Hours 46 Mins

    Description:

    No part of this story is the least part realistic which meant total immersion was impossible. That is not to say Diamond Solitaire was a total waste of time, there were redeeming sections, however overall, this wasn't my cup of tea.

    On an up-note, Prebble makes Diamond sound like Hoskins.

    3* The Last Detective (Peter Diamond, #1)

    2* Diamond Solitaire (Peter Diamond #2)

    3* Bloodhounds (Peter Diamond, #4)

    3* Diamond Dust (Peter Diamond, #7)

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