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

  • Corny

    One of the best of the series so far, this one involves Diamond in a series of hangings that plague Bath and also in a romantic affair, the first since his wife's death 3 books back. Mobile phones appear for the first time in the series, creating some interesting situations. The story is well-plotted and features Diamond at his intuitive best and irascible as ever. The ending, although perhaps guessable, is preceded by the usual number of red herrings which keep the reader on the edge of his sea

    One of the best of the series so far, this one involves Diamond in a series of hangings that plague Bath and also in a romantic affair, the first since his wife's death 3 books back. Mobile phones appear for the first time in the series, creating some interesting situations. The story is well-plotted and features Diamond at his intuitive best and irascible as ever. The ending, although perhaps guessable, is preceded by the usual number of red herrings which keep the reader on the edge of his seat. An excellent example of a police procedural with great characters and some good black humor.

  • John Lee

    After starting to read another unsatisfactory book, I needed one that I could rely on and so it was a natural choice to move onto the next in the series about Bath crime fighter Peter Diamond.

    There is something about the authors storytelling style that appeals to me and I know the area enough to picture some of the scenery of the story and have even been in one of the tunnels under the city.

    I think that I picked up on one of the major clues quiet early on but something else happened and I forgot

    After starting to read another unsatisfactory book, I needed one that I could rely on and so it was a natural choice to move onto the next in the series about Bath crime fighter Peter Diamond.

    There is something about the authors storytelling style that appeals to me and I know the area enough to picture some of the scenery of the story and have even been in one of the tunnels under the city.

    I think that I picked up on one of the major clues quiet early on but something else happened and I forgot it. As the story unfolds you believe that you can see through it. This has happened with previous books in the series and although I am aware that the author is an artist in misinformation, but I still fall for it.

    Certain pieces of the jigsaw hover tantilisingly over their place on the table in the finished puzzle but once again I didnt see the complete picture until it was all explained after a thrilling climax.

    At the moment this is my 'comfort read'

  • 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.

  • Jan C

    I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed Lovesey's Peter Diamond series.

    A discussion came up somewhere about a book with people found hanging about. And someone suggested it might be this book where people are found hanging from bizarre public places throughout Bath.

    Is there a serial killer on the loose?

    And Diamond's boss wants him on some crime spree called a "ram raider". I think they ram jewelry stores with a vehicle - SUV or other big vehicle - and run off with the loot.

    He takes much more seriously

    I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed Lovesey's Peter Diamond series.

    A discussion came up somewhere about a book with people found hanging about. And someone suggested it might be this book where people are found hanging from bizarre public places throughout Bath.

    Is there a serial killer on the loose?

    And Diamond's boss wants him on some crime spree called a "ram raider". I think they ram jewelry stores with a vehicle - SUV or other big vehicle - and run off with the loot.

    He takes much more seriously the hangings than the ram raider. She thinks hangings are just public suicides.

    I read this book out of order - the last one I'm reading he'd gotten kicked off the force for something and is driving his wife crazy. Here, his wife has apparently died and he has a female after him. So he gets a little romance out of this.

    I've got to catch up on these stories. Especially the one where his wife dies. And there's a new one now, too.

  • 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.

  • Kathy

    The first hanging is a young mother who worked as a waitress. The second is her ex-husband, but then Peter Diamond uncovers connections to other hangings that were assumed to be suicides. Meanwhile, he is being stalked by a woman who "wants to get to know him," and Paloma is actually able to help him zero in on the suspect.

  • 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.

  • Julie Tridle

    I'm surprised I can still focus my eyes after rolling them so much at the plot of this ridiculous book. I didn't expect to love it by any means. I read it because it was free and handy and I was looking for something not too taxing. But jeez-Louise!

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