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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Book Review: Down Among the Dead Men by Peter Lovesey

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Soho Crime, via Edelweiss, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

Today is Mystery Thursday!

I've got four great new mysteries to share with you- and all take you to different locations in the US and Europe- consider them your staycation vacation!

Down Among the Dead Men cover


In a Sussex town on the south coast of England, a widely disliked art teacher at a posh private girls’ school disappears without explanation. None of her students miss her boring lessons, especially since her replacement is a devilishly hunky male teacher with a fancy car. But then her name shows up on a police missing persons list. What happened to Miss Gibbon, and why does no one seem to care?

Meanwhile, detective Peter Diamond finds himself in Sussex, much against his wishes. His irritating and often obtuse supervisor, Assistant Chief Constable Georgina Dallymore, has made Diamond accompany her on a Home Office internal investigation. A Sussex detective has been suspended for failing to link DNA evidence of a relative to a seven-year-old murder case—a bad breach of ethics. Diamond is less than thrilled to be heading out on a road trip with his boss to investigate a fellow officer, but he becomes much more interested in the case when he realizes who the suspended officer is—an old friend, and not a person he knows to make mistakes.

As Diamond asks questions, he begins to notice unsettling connections between the cold case and the missing art teacher. Could the two mysteries be connected? How many other area disappearances have gone unnoticed and un-investigated? Diamond and his hapless supervisor have stumbled into a web of related crimes. Will Diamond be able to disentangle them?


This is Book 7 in the Det. Peter Diamond mystery series. The play between Diamond and his boss Georgina may seem odd at first, if you haven't read any of the other books in the series. But once you start to understand their relationship, then the pieces start to fill in and you understand their dynamic. Diamond is a bit of a throwback detective, liking to work on his own, in his own way, to find the pieces of the puzzle that might otherwise elude him. In this case he is determined to clear his old friend from any wrong doing, while solving the mystery at hand. Lovesey gives us am intricate mystery, that is much more than it seems on the surface. if you haven't read any of the books in the series, this is a great one to start off with, and then go back and read the rest! I highly recommend it!

About the Author:

Peter Lovesey is the author of more than thirty highly praised mystery novels. He has been awarded the CWA Gold and Silver Daggers; the Cartier Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement; the Strand Magazine Award for Lifetime Achievement; the Macavity, Barry, and Anthony Awards; and many other honors. He lives in West Sussex, England. Check out his website, for more info.

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