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Down Among the Dead Men (A Detective Peter…

Down Among the Dead Men (A Detective Peter Diamond Mystery) (2015)

by Peter Lovesey

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When Peter Diamond is called in to investigate another officer he becomes involved in a girls school and an artists' community, and has to spend more time with his female superior than he would care to. Good humoured writing, well-drawn characters, and an increasing puzzle as a teacher then a pupil go missing. ( )
  LARA335 | Oct 4, 2017 |
Tthis a jolly good mystery although once again Lovesey telegraphs the ending. But that' does not harm the tale at all for the ending is where the juicy parts are found. Perhaps Lovesey purposely telegraphed the ending in order to make the real ending more delicious. ( )
  DeaconBernie | Jan 25, 2017 |
A nightmare discovery in the boot of a stolen BMW plunges car thief Danny Stapleton into the worst trouble of his life. What links his misfortune to the mysterious disappearance of an art teacher at a private school for girls in Chichester? Orders from above push Peter Diamond of Bath CID into investigating a police corruption case in the Chichester force, and he soon finds himself reluctantly dealing with spirited schoolgirls, eccentric artists and his formidable old colleague, Hen Mallin.

After Danny Stapleton steals a BMW he is shocked when the cops pull him over on his way to a dubious car dealer to change the registration plates. Unfortunately for Danny it turns out the car he lifted was already stolen, and worse than that, there is also a dead body in the trunk. Danny might protest as much as his wants, but he is looking at a sentence for murder or in best case accessory to murder.

15 years later while Danny is spending his jail sentence an anonymous letter arrives at Sussex police hinting that the investigating officer might have mishandled the case to protect a relative of hers.

Asisstant Chief Constable Georgina Dallymore is asked by the Sussex police to investigate this possible case of police corruption and she wants Superintendent Peter Diamond to accompany her.

Soon the original crime turns out to be one in a series of disappearances with links to organised crime. Diamond and Dallymore have to race to unmask the real killer while they cannot trust anyone, not even their own colleagues.

Meanwhile a new arts teacher arrives at a private school of girls in Chichester. The girls immediately go crazy for the handsome man who drives a sports car and lives in a manor house. But is he really who he claims to be and what happened to his predecessor who just disappeared without a trace?

Down Among The Dead Man starts out really strong and about the first half of the book is immensely entertaining. Peter Diamond has never gotten along particularly well with his boss and now having to work together they get caught up in some amusing situations. The funniest scene occurs perhaps when Diamond and Dallymore pretend to be painters and are confronted with a nude male model.

Once the times comes however to answer all our questions the book does so in a not very original way. I was expecting something far more sinister than the actual solution which is really a bit of a let-down after the suspenseful investigation

Another solid entry in the Peter-Diamond-series, but not quite as good as earlier books from the author. ( )
  TheRavenking | Aug 16, 2016 |
Peter Lovesey’s series of novels featuring the irascible Superintendent Peter Diamond is marvellous, and I have always wondered why it hasn’t received greater public acknowledgement. With the glorious setting of Bath and Diamond’s often comical idiosyncrasies, the books also seem tailor made for television adaptation.

As it happens, the action in this latest volume moves away from Bath to the almost equally photogenic city of Chichester where Peter Diamond accompanies his Assistant Chief Constable, Georgina Dalrymple, to conduct a disciplinary review of an officer whose has been suspended following allegations of misconduct relating to a murder investigation seven years previously . Readers of earlier books in the series will be aware that ACC Dalrymple and Peter Diamond have markedly different approaches to police work: he is an old fashioned ‘thief taker’, while she is more concerned with meeting targets, public relations and political accountability.

Lovesey is a master at constructing plausible yet engaging plots, and he delivers again here. Diamond and Dalrymple meet predictable resistance from the suspended officer’s colleagues, but also find themselves being drawn into a current investigation into the disappearance of several underworld figures. They also become involved, to Diamond’s delight but Dalrymple’s extreme displeasure, in the investigation into the disappearance of a local schoolgirl.

Lovesey succeeds in blending a police procedural novel with a ‘vintage’ crime novel, harvesting the best aspects of both genre without compromising his plot or characters. This was very entertaining, as are all of Lovesey’s books. ( )
  Eyejaybee | May 6, 2016 |
I thought the first few chapters were boring, but after the mystery finally kicked in I enjoyed the book. ( )
  fhudnell | Apr 21, 2016 |
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In a Sussex town on the southeast coast of England, a widely disliked art teacher at a posh private girls' school disappears without explanation. 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 follow up on DNA evidence that linked a relative to a seven-year-old murder case. As Diamond asks questions, he begins to notice unsettling connections between the seven-year-old murder and the missing art teacher. Could the two cases be connected?… (more)

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