Beau Death

Beau Death

Peter Diamond, British detective extraordinaire, must dig deep into Bath history to ferret out the secrets of one of its most famous (and scandalous) icons: Richard “Beau” Nash, who might be the victim of a centuries old murder.Bath, England: A wrecking crew is demolishing a row of townhouses in order to build a grocery store when they uncover a skeleton in one of the atti...

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Title:Beau Death
Author:Peter Lovesey
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Beau Death Reviews

  • Cynthia

    Richard “Beau” Nash was an 18th century dandy who had the resort town of Bath wired. He set fashions and garnered attention for himself and for his town which is why unexpected events happen when a body is found that might be his is discovered. Peter Lovesey is always an engaging tale teller and this is one of his best. It’s the most recent installment in his Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond series. Don’t be afraid to plunge in with this book, this is only the second or third I’ve read in

    Richard “Beau” Nash was an 18th century dandy who had the resort town of Bath wired. He set fashions and garnered attention for himself and for his town which is why unexpected events happen when a body is found that might be his is discovered. Peter Lovesey is always an engaging tale teller and this is one of his best. It’s the most recent installment in his Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond series. Don’t be afraid to plunge in with this book, this is only the second or third I’ve read in this series and I didn’t feel lost.

    As always in a Lovesey book the characters are as developed as the plot with Peter being his moody yet lovable self. There are Lords and Ladies and representatives of lower classes some struggling and poor, others reformed or reforming or unrepentantly criminal. Best of all Beau Death is fun to read.

    Thank you to the publishers for providing an advance reader’s copy.

  • Susan Johnson

    This is the seventeenth book in the series but it's the first one I have read. I am really kicking myself. How did I miss this series? It's fun. First of all it's set in Bath, a delightful town in England. I loved roaming the historic streets with Peter Diamond as he investigates the discovery of a skeleton found in a building being demolished. The catch is the skeleton is dressed in authentic eighteenth century clothes. Could it be the famous Beau Nash?

    As Diamond struggles to solve the myster

    This is the seventeenth book in the series but it's the first one I have read. I am really kicking myself. How did I miss this series? It's fun. First of all it's set in Bath, a delightful town in England. I loved roaming the historic streets with Peter Diamond as he investigates the discovery of a skeleton found in a building being demolished. The catch is the skeleton is dressed in authentic eighteenth century clothes. Could it be the famous Beau Nash?

    As Diamond struggles to solve the mystery of such an old murder (and it is a murder) and tries to learn how old that skeleton actually is, a fireworks event comes to town and there is another murder. And they may be connected? How can this be?

    A really fun book with lots of interesting history thrown in and a setting in a really unique place and an interesting protagonist made for an entertaining read. I can't wait to read more.

  • John Bohnert

    I thoroughly enjoyed this police procedural set in Bath, England.

    I've now read all seventeen (17) novels in this series.

    I'm looking forward to reading the next book when it's published.

  • Maine Colonial

    I’ve read all the books in the Peter Diamond series and, while this isn’t a real standout, its a decent read in spite of some flaws.

    There are two mysteries to be solved in this book. First is to identify the old corpse found in the attic of a building being demolished. That mystery takes up about half the book, while the other half is the whodunnit plot.

    I was irritated a few times with the identification plot. Diamond’s team of detectives behave badly to each other, with John Leeman being so rud

    I’ve read all the books in the Peter Diamond series and, while this isn’t a real standout, its a decent read in spite of some flaws.

    There are two mysteries to be solved in this book. First is to identify the old corpse found in the attic of a building being demolished. That mystery takes up about half the book, while the other half is the whodunnit plot.

    I was irritated a few times with the identification plot. Diamond’s team of detectives behave badly to each other, with John Leeman being so rude to his colleagues that I’d have removed him from the team. There was never anything that advanced the plot or the characters’ development in this squabbling. It just felt like annoying padding. Unfortunately, Lovesey has never done much to develop Diamond’s team as characters. I’m willing to live with that for the sake of a good police procedural, but if he is going to have action with the secondary characters, please don’t have it be pointless conflict among them.

    The other irritation about the identification plot was how slow the detectives were on some key clues, in particular on how some evidence could be used to date the time of the murder. Yes, they got around to figuring that out, but one in particular of these things was something that anybody who has so much as watched the occasional TV crime drama would know instantly.

    Once you get to the whodunnit plot, the book is much more enjoyable. The clues are dropped judiciously and the stories the investigation reveals are interesting. The descriptions of Diamond’s involvement in the Beau Nash Society as part of the investigation are particularly vivid and lively.

    All in all, a decent police procedural once you get to the whodunnit. If you decide to read it, I can’t recommend the audiobook. The male reader uses a screechy falsetto for nearly all the female voices.

  • Jill Hutchinson

    This is not my favorite of the Peter Diamond books. The first half limped along as Diamond and his team are called in when a skeleton is found in a condemned building. It appears that it has been there for quite a while and is dressed in clothes from the 18th century. Who is this dead man, how did he get there, and why does his clothing pre-date the building by 150 years? Pretty slow going to say the least. The plot picks up toward the end as there are clues and connections to modern times but t

    This is not my favorite of the Peter Diamond books. The first half limped along as Diamond and his team are called in when a skeleton is found in a condemned building. It appears that it has been there for quite a while and is dressed in clothes from the 18th century. Who is this dead man, how did he get there, and why does his clothing pre-date the building by 150 years? Pretty slow going to say the least. The plot picks up toward the end as there are clues and connections to modern times but there are too many coincidences for my liking. Lovesey is an excellent writer and his Diamond series is one of my weaknesses but this one disappointed me.

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