The Secret Hangman

The Secret Hangman

Widowed Inspector Peter Diamond is being pursued by a secret admirer as he pursues a serial killer. Delia Williamson, a mother of two young girls who works as a waitress, is first reported missing by her own mother. She is found in a public park, hanged from the crossbar of a children’s swing set. There seems to be no reason for her to have committed suicide, and the postm...

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Title:The Secret Hangman
Author:Peter Lovesey
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The Secret Hangman Reviews

  • Spuddie

    Another wonderful entry in this British crime series featuring Supt. Peter Diamond in Bath. A woman is found hanged in a public park, initially thought to be suicide, but the medical examiner finds that she had been strangled prior to the hanging. Two days later, the body of her former partner and the father of her children is found hanging the same way, but with no evidence of being killed prior. The thought is that he killed her and then hung himself. But something doesn't quite add up to Diam

    Another wonderful entry in this British crime series featuring Supt. Peter Diamond in Bath. A woman is found hanged in a public park, initially thought to be suicide, but the medical examiner finds that she had been strangled prior to the hanging. Two days later, the body of her former partner and the father of her children is found hanging the same way, but with no evidence of being killed prior. The thought is that he killed her and then hung himself. But something doesn't quite add up to Diamond. His boss tells him to wrap it up and concentrate on finding a group of ram raiders who have been terrorizing local shops. Diamond is also distracted by his new lady friend, the first time he's had a date or even thought about it since his wife had been murdered three years previously.

    Then his new constable who had been a former newspaper reporter, comes to Diamond with evidence that two years prior, there had been a similar situation--two deaths by hanging, the first a wife and the second, her husband, just two days later. There's too many similarities for it to be a coincidence, but they can't find anything to connect the couples.

    I knew who the bad guy was almost right away, but it was still entertaining watching Diamond and his team get there.

  • Mike Gabor

    A young woman is found hanged in a very public place. Her ex-husband is the prime suspect but then he too is found hung again in a very public place. Was this a case of murder-suicide? Peter Diamond is in charge of the investigation and as he moves along in it he finds there may be more than what meets the eye here.

    This is another wonderful addition to the Peter Diamond series. The author does his usual excellent job of fleshing out the characters, keeping the plot moving along a a brisk place a

    A young woman is found hanged in a very public place. Her ex-husband is the prime suspect but then he too is found hung again in a very public place. Was this a case of murder-suicide? Peter Diamond is in charge of the investigation and as he moves along in it he finds there may be more than what meets the eye here.

    This is another wonderful addition to the Peter Diamond series. The author does his usual excellent job of fleshing out the characters, keeping the plot moving along a a brisk place and inserting the proper amount of black humor. This book also introduces Diamond's current love interest Paloma.

  • Bonnie

    Peter Diamond, Inspector Superintendent Of the Bath police, is pursuing a serial killer. The first victim was Delia Williams with two young daughters who reported missing by her mother. She is found dead in public park hung from the crossbar of a swing set. it looked like suicide, but the postmortem reveals she was murdered. Next, Delia's husband is found hanging and other supposed suicides are found to be work of the murderer. Peter receives a cake brought to the station with his name on it and

    Peter Diamond, Inspector Superintendent Of the Bath police, is pursuing a serial killer. The first victim was Delia Williams with two young daughters who reported missing by her mother. She is found dead in public park hung from the crossbar of a swing set. it looked like suicide, but the postmortem reveals she was murdered. Next, Delia's husband is found hanging and other supposed suicides are found to be work of the murderer. Peter receives a cake brought to the station with his name on it and later receives a letter asking to meet a woman. They begin a relationship and Peter meets her son who belongs to a church that believes in the "sanctity of life."

    Lovesey is a master storyteller and has invented the perfect detective in Peter Diamond, a blunt, burly man who is tenacious when pursuing the criminal, yet extremely likable and witty. I immensely enjoy Lovesey's characterization: "Jim was doing something called a square tango that seemed to require a tighter clinch than any of the dances up to now. He'd found the lady with the deepest cleavage and was holding her as it was mission to hide display from everyone else." The dialogue is realistic, the humor delightful and the plot perfected.

  • Bettie☯

    Read by............... Christopher Scott

    Total Runtime......... 10 Hours 25 Mins

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    Read by............... Christopher Scott

    Total Runtime......... 10 Hours 25 Mins

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    This is the one where we find out Peter is not fond of things that live in caves, and the three year widower finally gets a leg-over. Diamond's personal life kept me going as the crime story was ludicrous.

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

    2* Diamond Solitaire (Peter Diamond #2)

    3* The Summons (Peter Diamond #3)

    3* Bloodhounds (Peter Diamond, #4)

    3.5* Upon A Dark Night (Peter Diamond #5)

    3.5* The Vault (Peter Diamond, #6)

    3* Diamond Dust (Peter Diamond, #7)

    3.5* The House Sitter (Peter Diamond, #8)

    2.5* The Secret Hangman (Peter Diamond, #9)

    CR Skeleton Hill (Peter Diamond, #10)

  • Gerry

    'The Secret Hangman' begins with Bath detective Peter Diamond being asked by his boss to find a missing person, who is the daughter of one of the boss's friends in the choir that they both belong to.

    Meanwhile another woman who calls herself his 'Secret Admirer' targets Diamond with letters and telephone calls and asks for a meeting in a local public house. Having lost his wife some three years earlier, Diamond is looking for love in a low-key kind of way so he arranges to meet his admirer. The m

    'The Secret Hangman' begins with Bath detective Peter Diamond being asked by his boss to find a missing person, who is the daughter of one of the boss's friends in the choir that they both belong to.

    Meanwhile another woman who calls herself his 'Secret Admirer' targets Diamond with letters and telephone calls and asks for a meeting in a local public house. Having lost his wife some three years earlier, Diamond is looking for love in a low-key kind of way so he arranges to meet his admirer. The meeting goes well and before too long he and Paloma Kean become embroiled in a mild but passionate affair.

    Then the calmness is interrupted when a woman's body is found hanging from a playground swing in Sydney Gardens. Initially it is thought to be suicide but when a second ligature mark is found around the woman's neck, it is obvious that this may not be the case and that murder may well be involved. Shortly after the discovery of the woman's body, another hanging is discovered, a male who is publicly displayed for all to see. He turns out to be the partner of the lady who had been found hanging.

    This reminds Diamond of a previous case where two hangings of partners took place some time previously and there seems to be a similarity between the incidents. This makes Diamond and his team think that a secret hangman is at work in the city. But why?

    Then when another woman is found hanging, once more on public display, things become even more serious and Diamond begins to piece together a modus operandi of the criminal. An array of lively characters come into the tale, there is many a twist along the way and the well-planned plot has an exciting and surprising ending, which makes the book well worth the read.

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