Bloodhounds

Bloodhounds

A rare stamp and a corpse are discovered in Bath within hours of each other. As he investigates, Inspector Peter Diamond discovers that both the person who found the stamp and the victim belong to the Bloodhounds, an elite group of mystery lovers, who now urge Diamond to bring the murderer to justice. But there’s a hitch: the body lies inside a padlocked houseboat and the...

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Bloodhounds Reviews

  • Brian Oldham

    I took my son to the bookstore. He got done before I did. He found me in the Mystery Section, surprise. He did an internship at NPR in Sacramento and said he could pick me a good book. I said OK. He picked this one from a review he helped produce. This introduced me to the razor sharp style of Peter Lovsey and to Peter Diamond and his team. I have since visited Bath, England several times and feel like I am getting to know it.

    This book is particularly good because it is about a book club that re

    I took my son to the bookstore. He got done before I did. He found me in the Mystery Section, surprise. He did an internship at NPR in Sacramento and said he could pick me a good book. I said OK. He picked this one from a review he helped produce. This introduced me to the razor sharp style of Peter Lovsey and to Peter Diamond and his team. I have since visited Bath, England several times and feel like I am getting to know it.

    This book is particularly good because it is about a book club that reads Crime Fiction. They are involved in a wonderful mystery solved in this book. Additionally they have great discussions in their club about many other mystery authors that Lovsey chooses to endorse and promote. I wrote a list from his recommendations in the story and picked up some more authors I love.

    You will get to the point where you really look forward to a trip back to Bath and the Peter Diamond team. Like many European novels the hero does not always show up right away. In the book Upon a Dark Night that I just finished in December 2010, Peter Diamond did not really get going for over 130 pages. You will want to keep these books after you read them and won't really want to lend them even to your friends.

  • Tony

    BLOODHOUNDS. (1996). Peter Lovesey. *****.

    Here is an excellent mystery from Mr. Lovesey that has been meticulously plotted and stuffed with memorable characters. There are two facets of crime examined here: the theft of a very valuable first-day cover from the Post Office Museum, and the subsequent murder of one of the members of the Bloodhounds – a group that meets once every Monday to discuss mystery/crime novels. It turns out that the subject under discussion is that of “locked room mysteries

    BLOODHOUNDS. (1996). Peter Lovesey. *****.

    Here is an excellent mystery from Mr. Lovesey that has been meticulously plotted and stuffed with memorable characters. There are two facets of crime examined here: the theft of a very valuable first-day cover from the Post Office Museum, and the subsequent murder of one of the members of the Bloodhounds – a group that meets once every Monday to discuss mystery/crime novels. It turns out that the subject under discussion is that of “locked room mysteries,” and this particular type of mystery plays a big role in the subsequent murder of one of its members. Along the way, we learn a lot about rare stamps and the whole genre of mysteries dealing with locked rooms. John Dickson Carr is the major proponent of this style of classic mystery, and we hear quite a bit about him from the Bloodhounds during the course of the investigation by Inspector Peter Diamond of the Bath Police Force. This is both a very good novel on its own, and a tribute to certain novels of the Golden Age.

  • Jon

    A very skillful play-fair mystery with a wonderful locked-room puzzle. John Dickson Carr, the master of that kind of puzzle, wrote an essay about the genre in which he said that when the trick to the puzzle is finally revealed, it's almost always a disappointment. In this case, at least for me, it was not. It was plausible and ingenious, and I didn't figure it out before the detective explained it. All other aspects of the book were at least above average too. A very good read.

  • Trish

    What does it say about me that I love these silly little mysteries?

    and

    are perhaps not appropriate, as we are discussing

    after all. Well, one might say 1) that I [look like, act like, read like, or

    ] a little old lady, 2) with a dislike of forensic details, 3) but who gets pleasure from reading about a crotchety police detective inspector with a soft heart for children and animals. One or two of these may or may not be true...The Bloodhounds of the title are a mystery book

    What does it say about me that I love these silly little mysteries?

    and

    are perhaps not appropriate, as we are discussing

    after all. Well, one might say 1) that I [look like, act like, read like, or

    ] a little old lady, 2) with a dislike of forensic details, 3) but who gets pleasure from reading about a crotchety police detective inspector with a soft heart for children and animals. One or two of these may or may not be true...The Bloodhounds of the title are a mystery book club who meet in the crypt of an old church in Bath. "Crypt" may sound rather more interesting than it is in fact, for Lovesey describes it as a damp basement room with indoor-outdoor carpeting, a low ceiling, and too bright fluorescent lighting. The group is somewhat antagonistic among themselves...so much so that others find it daunting to enter, participate, and continue in the group. While discussing a “locked room mystery” so dear to the heart of one of the group participants, Lovesey treats us to a “locked room murder” which the Bloodhounds must solve.

    Diamond gets into the usual difficulties with his boss, and gives his assistant so much to do that she will be a fine detective if she can ever get out from under his hand. He still has no facility nor interest in computers, but agitates his “little grey cells” to achieve remarkable results, but only after a series of false starts.

  • Nick Betts

    I enjoyed reading this and there were some nice, in depth plots, but I can't help feeling the ending seemed a little rushed - almost like the author forgot he had a publishing date and had to throw an ending together. It left me slightly unfulfilled, particularly as so much detail had been used for some of the character and plot descriptions.

  • John Lee

    My bookshelf is full of books that I want to read. These may be books that have been recommended or they may be later books in a series that I have started and enjoyed. Yet when I am ready to start a new one, not all will fit the bill. Such was the case here. As I looked down the list of books and authors nothing attracted me until I saw this one. The next in a series which I have enjoyed. Characters that I know, set in a place I recognise and an easy style that wouldnt require too much effort o

    My bookshelf is full of books that I want to read. These may be books that have been recommended or they may be later books in a series that I have started and enjoyed. Yet when I am ready to start a new one, not all will fit the bill. Such was the case here. As I looked down the list of books and authors nothing attracted me until I saw this one. The next in a series which I have enjoyed. Characters that I know, set in a place I recognise and an easy style that wouldnt require too much effort on my part.

    The Bloodhounds of the title is a reading group but one that is solely concerned with detective fiction. I would like to bet that if members of The Bloodhounds were to read this book , they would want to solve the puzzle before the answer was revealed - as I do. Here, I am not convinced that it was possible. Vague references were dropped through the narrative but I am not sure that the case could have been solved with them alone.

    Having said that,it didnt detract from the excitement and suspense of the final chapter.Most enjoyable and I will soon be opening the next.

    As a postscript, my reading time last night was limited as we watched on TV the 2012 film of Les Miserables ( again) where, towards the end ( spoiler alert - spoiler alert) Javert commits suicide by diving into the cascading waters of a french river. The scene was shot in Bath and the cascading waters were the famous town weir - which also features in the previous novel in the series The Summons

  • Mal Warwick

    Writers of genre fiction tend to be widely read within their own narrow field. The British detective novelist Peter Lovesey is a prime example. In Bloodhounds, Lovesey demonstrates his familiarity with his genre, referring by name to a large number of prominent mystery writers. His novel is a send-up of several formulas familiar to readers of popular detective fiction. The locked room murder is the most notorious of these, and it figures as a central element in the novel’s convoluted plot.

    A vene

    Writers of genre fiction tend to be widely read within their own narrow field. The British detective novelist Peter Lovesey is a prime example. In Bloodhounds, Lovesey demonstrates his familiarity with his genre, referring by name to a large number of prominent mystery writers. His novel is a send-up of several formulas familiar to readers of popular detective fiction. The locked room murder is the most notorious of these, and it figures as a central element in the novel’s convoluted plot.

    A venerable series in detective fiction

    Bloodhounds is the fourth book in Lovesey’s venerable series featuring Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond of the Avon and Somerset Constabulary, where he heads up the murder squad. Diamond, recently reinstated and promoted, is his usual irascible self. Though he is clearly a brilliant detective, his enormous size and his brusque treatment of those around him frequently inspire fear rather than respect. The sole exception is his favorite investigator and sidekick, Detective Inspector Julie Hargreaves. Bravely, she sometimes dares to talk back. Hargreaves, too, we know, is a brilliant detective—though perhaps a tad less so than her boss.

    Three baffling riddles

    In Bloodhounds, a taunting riddle sent to the police and to all local news media seems to predict the imminent theft of the one extraordinarily valuable painting in Bath’s art museum. (It’s a typically gloomy landscape by the overrated British artist, J.M.W. Turner.) This is the first of three such riddles, each one of which serves as the key to one of the novel’s three parts. Though the early focus is on the promised theft, it’s no surprise that soon a murder takes place—perhaps related to the theft, or maybe not.

    The Bloodhounds of the book’s title are a small group of mystery fans who meet weekly to recommend books to one another and argue about the relative merits of the field’s many subgenres (whodunits, thrillers, police procedurals, stories about amateur detectives, etc.). As the novel unfolds, the seven members of the group become the chief suspects in the theft—naturally, one does take place—and later fall under suspicion in the murder mystery as well. The Bloodhounds, four women and three men, include a cast of eccentric characters that could only be assembled in Great Britain.

    The tensions and suspicions among them enliven the story.

    Bloodhounds is written with a lighter touch than the earlier Peter Diamond novels. Both the interactions among the amateur sleuths in the group and Diamond’s clumsy and sarcastic commentary are frequently funny. Any fan of mystery novels will enjoy reading Bloodhounds. Lovesey obviously had fun writing this book!

  • John Frankham

    The fourth (my second) in this Bath-based whodunnit series. The author pays affectionate and delightful homage to the inter-war locked-room golden age crime novels and its authors in spicing up a slightly plodding police procedural.

    The GR blurb (corrected - why can't GR ever get police ranks correct?):

    'A rare stamp and a corpse are discovered in Bath within hours of each other. As he investigates, Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond discovers that both the person who found the stamp and the v

    The fourth (my second) in this Bath-based whodunnit series. The author pays affectionate and delightful homage to the inter-war locked-room golden age crime novels and its authors in spicing up a slightly plodding police procedural.

    The GR blurb (corrected - why can't GR ever get police ranks correct?):

    'A rare stamp and a corpse are discovered in Bath within hours of each other. As he investigates, Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond discovers that both the person who found the stamp and the victim belong to the Bloodhounds, an elite group of mystery lovers, who now urge Diamond to bring the murderer to justice. But there’s a hitch: the body lies inside a padlocked houseboat and the only key is in the pocket of a man with an airtight alibi.'

  • LJ

    First Sentence: Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond was suffering in the rear seat of a police car scorching toward Bath along the Keynsham bypass with the headlamps on full beam, blue light pulsing and siren wailing.

    Peter Diamond is back with the Bath police as a DS in charge of homicide. The media and police receive a poem which seems to indicate that a valuable painting, in the town’s museum, by Turner will be stolen. Instead, it is the theft of a Penny Black, one of the world’s most valua

    First Sentence: Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond was suffering in the rear seat of a police car scorching toward Bath along the Keynsham bypass with the headlamps on full beam, blue light pulsing and siren wailing.

    Peter Diamond is back with the Bath police as a DS in charge of homicide. The media and police receive a poem which seems to indicate that a valuable painting, in the town’s museum, by Turner will be stolen. Instead, it is the theft of a Penny Black, one of the world’s most valuable stamps. The stamp turns up in the possession of a member of the town’s mystery club, “The Blookhounds,” and the body of another of the group’s ends up on the suspect’s boat.

    Lovesey’s wry humor and use of metaphors is delightful. It is a wonderful send-up of book groups and on-line groups, and I thoroughly enjoyed the all the references to mystery authors and their books.

    Lovesey provides a very full construction of each character in very few works. He accurately depicts the pettiness, jealousy and fight for power which seem to be part of any group of people. He clearly exemplifies the tendency of those who are insecureto public degrade others in order to feel better about themselves.

    Diamond is a delightful character; he can seem brusque, yet is aware of his flaws and can be kind. I am particularly taken with his very understanding wife, Stephanie, and his young policewoman, Julie Hargraves.

    The story provides some interesting, amusing, and lesser known, history about Bath. The inclusion of those small details adds richness to the setting and a variance from the common inclusion of the Roman Baths. It is not all lightness, however, as there is murder and deception. As a John Dickson Carr fan, I found the set up of doing a locked-room, in this case boat, mystery and learning the solution to be fascinating.

    The plot was filled with red herrings and twists; so much so, I found the lead-up to the resolution a bit confusing, which caused this to not be my favorite book in the series. I do, however, like the characters enough that I shall continue with the series.

    BLOODHOUNDS (Pol Proc-Peter Diamond-Bath, UK-Cont) – G+

    Lovesey, Peter – 4th in series

    The Mysterious Press, ©1996, US Hardcover – ISBN: 0892966459

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