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Peter Lovesey

Author of The Last Detective

102+ Works 9,622 Members 424 Reviews 27 Favorited

About the Author

Peter Lovesey was born in Whitton, Middlesex in 1936. He was a teacher before becoming a full-time writer. Lovesey's first mystery novel was Wobble to Death which introduced Victorian detective Sergeant Cribb. He later introduced Peter Diamond and Bertie in his novels to follow. He also writes show more under the pseudonym Peter Lear. His works have been translated into 22 languages and several of them were adapted for television and film. Lovesey's works have earned him numerous awards. He is a three time winner of the CWA Silver Dagger. He also won the CWA Gold Dagger in 1982 and the 2000 CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award in recognition of his career in mystery writing. He is the recipient of the Anthony Award, McAvity Award, Ellery Queen Readers' Award and the Mystery Writers of America Golden Mysteries Short Story Prize. Internationally, he has won the Grand Prix de littérature Policiére and the Prix du Roman d'Adventures. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Disambiguation Notice:

also used pen name Peter Lear

Image credit: (c) Mike Eddowes, Mike Eddowes Photography

Series

Works by Peter Lovesey

The Last Detective (1991) 847 copies
The False Inspector Dew (1982) 440 copies
Diamond Solitaire (1992) 382 copies
Bloodhounds (1996) 367 copies
Wobble to Death (1970) 339 copies
The House Sitter (2003) 339 copies
The Vault (1999) 314 copies
The Summons (1995) 309 copies
Skeleton Hill (2009) 296 copies
Diamond Dust (2002) 284 copies
Upon a Dark Night (1997) 271 copies
The Secret Hangman (2007) 264 copies
Stagestruck (2011) 257 copies
Rough Cider (1986) 223 copies
Cop to Corpse (2012) 219 copies
The Circle (2005) 219 copies
The Tooth Tattoo (2013) 217 copies
Waxwork (1978) 206 copies
Swing, Swing Together (1976) 204 copies
The Reaper (2000) 201 copies
Down Among the Dead Men (2015) 199 copies
The Stone Wife (2014) 185 copies
Bertie and the Tinman (1987) 180 copies
Bertie and the Seven Bodies (1990) 176 copies
Abracadaver (1972) 172 copies
Mad Hatter's Holiday (1973) 164 copies
A case of spirits (1975) 163 copies
The Headhunters (2008) 162 copies
Beau Death (2017) 159 copies
Another One Goes Tonight (2016) 157 copies
The Usual Santas: A Collection of Soho Crime Christmas Capers (2017) — Foreword & Contributor — 125 copies
On the Edge (1989) 120 copies
The Finisher (2020) 113 copies
Killing With Confetti (2019) 111 copies
Keystone (1701) 97 copies
Diamond and the Eye (2021) 69 copies
Showstopper (2022) 62 copies
Goldengirl (1977) 42 copies
Reader, I Buried Them & Other Stories (2022) — Editor — 41 copies
3rd Culprit: An Annual of Crime Stories (1994) — Editor and Contributor — 41 copies
Murder on the Short List (2008) 34 copies
Remaindered (2014) 33 copies
Bloodhounds | Diamond Dust (2004) 32 copies
The Secret of Spandau (1986) 31 copies
The Verdict of Us All (2006) — Editor — 21 copies
Spider Girl (1980) 15 copies
The Black Cabinet (1989) — Contributor — 7 copies
In Suspense (2001) 7 copies
Five kings of distance (1981) 3 copies
Se i syne (1984) — Author — 2 copies
Bertie and the Boat Race (1997) 2 copies
Say That Again 2 copies
The Bathroom 1 copy
Marea 1 copy
The Field 1 copy
The Blue Hammer (1981) 1 copy
Ghosted 1 copy
Bullets 1 copy

Associated Works

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1976) — Contributor — 355 copies
The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries (2013) — Contributor — 289 copies
Mistletoe Mysteries (1989) — Contributor — 234 copies
Cat Crimes (1991) — Contributor — 161 copies
More Holmes for the Holidays (1999) — Contributor — 154 copies
Crime Through Time: Original Tales of Historical Mystery (1997) — Contributor — 128 copies
The Best British Mysteries 2005 (2005) — Contributor — 127 copies
The Folio Book of Christmas Crime Stories (2004) — Contributor — 117 copies
The Mammoth Book of Roaring Twenties Whodunnits (2004) — Contributor — 116 copies
Past Poisons (2005) — Contributor — 110 copies
A New Omnibus of Crime (1771) — Contributor — 96 copies
Malice Domestic 6 (1997) — Contributor — 92 copies
Crime Through Time III (2000) — Contributor — 82 copies
The Best British Mysteries (2003) — Contributor — 77 copies
A Classic Christmas Crime (1995) — Contributor — 76 copies
Fifty Best Mysteries (1991) — Contributor — 71 copies
2nd Culprit: A Crime Writers' Association Annual (1993) — Contributor — 64 copies
The Best British Mysteries 2006 (2005) — Contributor — 63 copies
The Mammoth Book of Best British Mysteries (2008) — Contributor — 61 copies
Master's Choice, Volume 1 (1999) — Contributor — 60 copies
Murderous Schemes (1996) — Contributor — 58 copies
A Century of British Mystery and Suspense (2000) — Contributor — 57 copies
Murder Through the Ages (2000) — Contributor — 54 copies
Deadly Anniversaries (2020) — Contributor — 53 copies
Murder for Halloween: Tales of Suspense (1994) — Contributor — 53 copies
The Mammoth Book of Comic Crime (2002) — Contributor — 47 copies
Merry Murder (1994) — Contributor — 40 copies
The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 7 (2010) — Contributor — 38 copies
Mystery Tour (2017) — Contributor — 35 copies
Mysterious Pleasures (2003) — Contributor — 34 copies
Malice Domestic 10 (2001) — Contributor — 33 copies
A Century of Mystery 1980-1989 (1997) — Contributor — 33 copies
Murder under the Mistletoe and Other Stories (1992) — Contributor — 32 copies
Murder Most Merry (2002) — Contributor — 30 copies
The Sinking Admiral (2016) — Contributor — 30 copies
The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 9 (2012) — Contributor — 29 copies
The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 8 (2011) — Contributor — 28 copies
The Best British Mysteries 4 (2006) — Contributor — 25 copies
Perfectly Criminal (1996) — Contributor — 23 copies
Crème de la Crime (2000) — Contributor — 23 copies
Great detective stories (1998) — Contributor — 20 copies
New Crimes 1 (1989) — Contributor — 20 copies
Deadly Pleasures (2013) — Contributor — 19 copies
Royal Crimes (1994) — Contributor — 17 copies
Green for Danger (2003) — Contributor — 16 copies
The Man Who ... (1992) — Contributor — 13 copies
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1985 (1985) — Contributor — 13 copies
The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 11 (2014) — Contributor — 13 copies
Crime Waves: No. 1 (1991) — Contributor — 12 copies
Original Sins (2010) — Contributor — 11 copies
The Rigby File (1989) — Contributor — 11 copies
A 1940s Childhood (2014) — Foreword — 10 copies
Writing Mystery and Crime Fiction (1985) — Contributor — 9 copies
Winter's Crimes 20 (1988) 8 copies
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1983 (1983) — Contributor — 8 copies
Crimes of Passion: Twenty-Three Tales of Love and Hate (1993) — Contributor — 8 copies
The Year's Best Mystery and Suspense Stories, 1990 (1990) — Contributor — 7 copies
Winter's Crimes 10 (1978) — Contributor — 7 copies
ID: Crimes of Identity (2006) — Contributor — 7 copies
Scenes of Crime (2000) — Contributor — 6 copies
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1989 (1989) — Contributor — 5 copies
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1990 (1990) — Contributor — 5 copies
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1987 (1987) — Contributor — 5 copies
Winter's Crimes 15 (1983) 5 copies
Winter's Crimes 19 (1987) 5 copies
Winter's Crimes 14 (1982) — Contributor — 5 copies
Winter's Crimes 17 (1985) — Contributor — 5 copies
Best Detective Stories 1981 (1981) — Contributor — 5 copies
Perfectly Criminal 2: Whydunit? (1997) — Contributor — 4 copies
Winter's Crimes 22 (1990) 4 copies
Du sang sous le sapin (2001) 2 copies
Winter's Crimes 23 (1991) 2 copies
Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine - 1988/03 — Contributor — 2 copies
Bibliomysteries Volume 2 (2021) — Contributor — 1 copy

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Well written, convoluted but rewarding
 
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ChrisGreenDog | 19 other reviews | Feb 19, 2024 |
To be clear, I am a huge fan of Peter Lovesey and I had hoped that I would eventually read everything he ever wrote. I picked up Bertie and the Tinman and was looking forward to a historical mystery that I could sink my teeth into. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with the book and will not be reading any further in this series that features HRH Albert Edward, Prince of Wales.

The story takes place in 1886 and concerns the death of a famous jockey, Fred Archer, who apparently committed suicide. The Prince is suspicious. He knew and admired Archer so he decides to investigate further into the mystery. I found it rather unbelievable that the Prince of Wales could wander around the country as freely as he was able to. But my biggest quibble with the book was I didn’t really like HRH and disliked having to spend so much time with him.

Although the book is well written I just wasn’t that interested in the world of horse racing or in Bertie’s bumbling ways. The author remains a favorite however and I will continue to explore his other series and stand-alones.
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DeltaQueen50 | 6 other reviews | Dec 29, 2023 |
A police procedural in a long running series, set in the city of Bath and the surrounding area. Peter Diamond is a Chief Superintendent in CID, the plain clothes police department, and is called in to assist when the third uniformed officer in a row is shot by a sniper. The others were killed in nearby towns but this time the victim is killed in Bath while on the beat (foot patrol).

There are some good aspects such as the wry humour of a Chief Superintendent who gets car sick during car chases, and some of the banter between the police characters, but other aspects struck me as unconvincing. This included the hostility of Diamond's team to the possibility that it is an inside job - that the murders are connected and that either a police person or a civilian working at a police station is involved. Diamond seems to blunder from one mishap to another, including going on stake out in unsuitable clothing, and ending up on crutches after assault by the apparent perpetrator. Leaving aside the point that someone of his senior rank wouldn't be involved in such hands-on police work (since all police procedural novels and TV shows also ignore this), it's difficult to see how he has managed to keep the respect of his team up to now. But their hostility is also a bit ridiculous as there are plenty of real-life instances of police who have not measured up to their calling so they should have had the open mindedness to at least consider it even if they were determined to find evidence to prove their boss' theory wrong.

There is also an unexplained (until the end of the book) and rather boring blog inserted at various points along the way. A young woman apparently does some amateur sleuthing with two friends into the behaviour of a man who books short trips abroad. The blog hints that another character who is ex-army may be suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and could therefore be the sniper responsible for the police deaths.

The actual denouement I found totally unconvincing. I won't say more as it would give too much away, but it seemed far fetched across the board, with the motives of those concerned failing to justify their actions.
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kitsune_reader | 14 other reviews | Nov 23, 2023 |
All in all, it was a good book. The start was confusing, but after the story progressed, you were able to pick up the threads and make sense of it. I'm sure this was intentional.

The story dragged just a bit in the middle but it had some excellent twists in the end. Not fantastical, but believable and yet unexpected - all the more satisfying. Well written.

I'd definitely recommend this book
 
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dresdon | 17 other reviews | Nov 13, 2023 |

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