Diamond Dust

Diamond Dust

Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond is confronted with a crime that comes too close to home. His beloved wife has been killed, apparently just the most recent victim in a series of murders of police spouses. Despite his superior's orders to leave the solution of this crime to other members of the force, he is determined to find the killer himself....

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Title:Diamond Dust
Author:Peter Lovesey
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Edition Language:English

Diamond Dust Reviews

  • Alejandrina

    One of the best detective stories in recent times. Lovesey threads several story lines so expertly you really have no clue where the thing is going until almost the very end; characters are very credible.

  • Corny

    I think this one was the best in the series so far with its multiple twists and turns. A shocking event occurs early in the book, something totally unexpected. Thereafter Diamond hunts for the perpetrator overcoming a number of obstacles. There is a wonderful subplot as well, involving a jewel heist. I found the story enjoyable from start to finish. Added bonuses in this series is an education in British slang and much about the history of Bath.

  • Spuddie

    Supt. Peter Diamond of the Bath Murder Squad is on the sidelines for this case...well, officially, at least. That's because the murder victim is his own beloved wife, Stephanie. Devastated and reeling, Diamond knows intellectually that he needs to step aside and let the team do their jobs, that he's too close to the situation. But emotionally, his heart disagrees. And when he is suddenly in the frame as the chief suspect, he knows he has to strike out on his own to discover his wife's killer.

    Dev

    Supt. Peter Diamond of the Bath Murder Squad is on the sidelines for this case...well, officially, at least. That's because the murder victim is his own beloved wife, Stephanie. Devastated and reeling, Diamond knows intellectually that he needs to step aside and let the team do their jobs, that he's too close to the situation. But emotionally, his heart disagrees. And when he is suddenly in the frame as the chief suspect, he knows he has to strike out on his own to discover his wife's killer.

    Devastating for those of us who have come to love Steph Diamond along with her grumpy, no-nonsense husband, this was a tough book to get through, and with enough plot twists and turns to keep you guessing for quite awhile.

  • Snap

    Probably more a 3 1/2 stars, but I'll give it the whole 4. Peter Diamond is a very human detective...never more so than in Diamond Dust. Fully dimensional characters, juicy plotting, emotionally wrenching. Murder. Betrayal. Tension. Diamond Dust has it all.

  • Bonnie

    Detective Inspector Peter Diamond of the Bath CID is turning fifty and his wife is planning a surprise party for him. Peter has recently solved a crime of murder and after watching the man sentenced for life, he is assaulted on the courthouse steps by the convicted man's girlfriend who scratches his face with her long nails and then starts hitting him causing him to fall down. As she continues pummeling him, he realizes he is being watched and does not retaliate for fear someone will snap a pict

    Detective Inspector Peter Diamond of the Bath CID is turning fifty and his wife is planning a surprise party for him. Peter has recently solved a crime of murder and after watching the man sentenced for life, he is assaulted on the courthouse steps by the convicted man's girlfriend who scratches his face with her long nails and then starts hitting him causing him to fall down. As she continues pummeling him, he realizes he is being watched and does not retaliate for fear someone will snap a picture. Then when he reports to the CID, his Assistant Chief Constable tells him he is transferring him to Bristol to form part of an organized task force. Although he is disappointed, he rushes to a murder scene and discovers the victim is his wife Stephanie. One would think this would surely end his streak of bad luck, but next he is being investigated for her murder. He swears to find her killer even though he is barred from the case and partners up with a cop from a previous precinct. When another wife of a policeman is found murdered with two shots to the head like his wife, he realizes he is facing major crimes to solve. Peter Lovesey is among the top of crime novelists and his intricate plots and witty dialogue make him irresistible to readers of this genre.

  • zenbren

    My first introduction to DI Peter Diamond and the writer. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience and will be searching more of this series. Well paced thriller,hard to predict plot outcomes and cleverly weaves characters. A perfect crime book.

  • Kathy

    This is the shocker in which Peter Diamond is called to the scene of a murder and finds his own wife, Stephanie, shot in the head. Of course, he's not allowed anywhere near the investigation, but of course he conducts his own. And then he has to be ruled out as a suspect, so much endure the questioning, the search of his house, and the confiscation of his service revolver. He is the first one to connect Stephanie's murder to another case, and aside from her killing, it's pretty predictable but a

    This is the shocker in which Peter Diamond is called to the scene of a murder and finds his own wife, Stephanie, shot in the head. Of course, he's not allowed anywhere near the investigation, but of course he conducts his own. And then he has to be ruled out as a suspect, so much endure the questioning, the search of his house, and the confiscation of his service revolver. He is the first one to connect Stephanie's murder to another case, and aside from her killing, it's pretty predictable but also heart-wrenching.

  • Rita

    I think this is the best Diamond novel I've read so far. A really shocking start.

  • Richard

    A little slow at first, however Diamond fights through his grief and instructions to stay off the case of his wife's murder. Lots of red herrings and misdirection that is brought to a satisfying conclusion.

  • Elizabeth

    Peter Lovesey cannot go the distance with his recurring female characters. Book 5 has the sudden departure of Julie Hargreaves, a talented officer who is a great counterpoint to Diamond. Diamond takes her for granted and sensibly she takes a better job in a different area. I'm used to long-suffering detective duos though and her realistic break from Diamond was jarring. I miss her. She's been replaced by Keith who is quite competent but doesn't handle Diamond with the delicious finesse that was

    Peter Lovesey cannot go the distance with his recurring female characters. Book 5 has the sudden departure of Julie Hargreaves, a talented officer who is a great counterpoint to Diamond. Diamond takes her for granted and sensibly she takes a better job in a different area. I'm used to long-suffering detective duos though and her realistic break from Diamond was jarring. I miss her. She's been replaced by Keith who is quite competent but doesn't handle Diamond with the delicious finesse that was such a great thing with Julie.

    And now in book 7 Lovesey kills off Diamond's lovely big-hearted, strong wife. And it was so upsetting! At least Julie is called into the stories now and then. But not Steph. No more working at the charity shops or talking through the cases with Diamond or telling him when he's wrong-footed himself so badly that he's twisted his legs into pretzels.

    I'll be reading the next in the series but I'm not sure I'll like Diamond the bachelor with constant foot-in-mouth disease and no one to cure him with a well timed quip. The only woman left in the series is his boss who's been present for two books now. She orders him around and does her bossly best but she's removed from his day to day nonsense and can't be expected to have the same impact.

    So now about this particular book. I guessed that the ending would be a huge twist. I still expected a different one than what happened. So high marks for unpredictability. Diamond was isolated as well he would be since he was specifically prohibited from investigating. He called Julie three times for advice and I give him a lot of credit for listening to her. She's a good egg and he treats her better now that she's at a distance. I was heartbroken for Diamond for a good third of the book. Then time passed. So much time. With very little progress and it turned into a regular investigation. Lovesey did not do a good job maintaining the emotional side particularly at the end. Especially at the end when we finally know everything and it's all stupid and meaningless just like real life can be. Diamond is angry but I expected a return of his initial sadness and horrible sense of loss. The situation warranted it and it would have been something of a tribute to that warm wonderful woman.

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