Beau Death (Peter Diamond, #17) by Peter Lovesey

Beau Death (Peter Diamond, #17)

Peter Diamond, British detective extraordinaire, must dig deep into Bath history to ferret out the secrets of one of its most famous (and scandalous) icons: Richard “Beau” Nash, who might be the victim of a centuries old murder.Bath, England: A wrecking crew is demolishing a row of townhouses in order to build a grocery store when they uncover a skeleton in one of the attics. The dead man is wearing authentic 1760s garb and on the floor next ...

Details Beau Death (Peter Diamond, #17)

TitleBeau Death (Peter Diamond, #17)
Release DateDec 5th, 2017
PublisherSoho Crime
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Emergency Services, Police

Reviews Beau Death (Peter Diamond, #17)

  • Susan Johnson
    This is the seventeenth book in the series but it's the first one I have read. I am really kicking myself. How did I miss this series? It's fun. First of all it's set in Bath, a delightful town in England. I loved roaming the historic streets with Peter Diamond as he investigates the discovery of a skeleton found in a building being demolished. The catch is the skeleton is dressed in authentic eighteenth century clothes. Could it be the famous Be...
  • Cynthia
    Richard “Beau” Nash was an 18th century dandy who had the resort town of Bath wired. He set fashions and garnered attention for himself and for his town which is why unexpected events happen when a body is found that might be his is discovered. Peter Lovesey is always an engaging tale teller and this is one of his best. It’s the most recent installment in his Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond series. Don’t be afraid to plunge in with...
  • John Bohnert
    I thoroughly enjoyed this police procedural set in Bath, England.I've now read all seventeen (17) novels in this series.I'm looking forward to reading the next book when it's published.
  • Gloria Feit
    From the publisher: A wrecking crew demolishing a row of centuries-old townhouses in Bath, England uncovers a body in one of the condemned buildings’ attics. The dead man has been in the attic a long time: all that’s left is a skeleton dressed in authentic 1760s garb, and a distinctive white tricorn hat. Could the body be that of Richard “Beau” Nash, Bath’s most famous historical dandy, the 18th-century Master of Ceremonies who turned B...
  • Louise
    Terrific readThis book was really a great read. The combination of historical characters and modern day police procedure was right up my alley. I love reading about the city of Bath, a place I fell in love with when I visited. All of this combined with really good characters and an ending I didn’t guess until the last pages. Terrific book.
  • Susan
    The skeleton found in an abandoned house is dressed in an authentic 18th century costume that could only belong to Beau Nash, onetime social arbiter of Bath. But the autopsy shows that the body is much more recent, and had been murdered. Peter Diamond, head of the homicide squad, makes those dry bones live, figuring out who had disappeared about twenty years before, despite an odd spirit of discontent among his team. But he and his team are calle...
  • Lexxi Kitty
    I’ve read every book by Lovesey, put out under that name at least (and not counting short story collections), except for the last two books in the Bertie series. Well, there are a few others – at some point a ton of nonfiction sports books suddenly appeared on his profile here at GoodReads, no idea if those books are really by him or not (I think I looked it up once and found that they were in fact by the same author who writes mysteries) and...
  • Theunis
    Excellent as with almost all of Lovesey's books.
  • Toni
    “It was one diabolically difficult cryptic challenge, with the difference that the clues weren’t conveniently listed and numbered. He had to find them and when he got that far in the cryptic crossword puzzle, the obvious answer was likely to be a distraction. You had to spot the real meaning behind the words, filling the gaps down and across with confidence. The demon who delights in tormenting detectives had struck a match and held the flame...
  • Larry
    Superintendent Peter Diamond's boss, the Assistant Chief Constable, wonders at one point whether her chief detective draws weird crimes to her jurisdiction (Bath and its surrounding counties). Whatever the truth of it, the latest crime, a real murder, has unusual aspects. It also ties into Bath's rather famous historical nature, which commenced in the eighteenth century. The crime is odd. A corpse is found in the attic of a demolition site that h...
  • Ian Brydon
    This is the latest in Peter Lovesey’s extensive and entertaining series of crime novels featuring the frequently querulous Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond, head of CID in Bath.The novel opens with a crowd of people watching in almost hypnotic awe as a construction crew wield an old-fashioned wrecking ball to demolish a dilapidated tenement block in Twerton, near Bath. All at once, while the crowd looks on, a figure dressed in eighteenth ...
  • Ron Chicaferro
    Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond is a thinking man's detective - - no athletic jumping around for this man - - he is as smart as can be and it shows in how he build his cases - - he has a good staff under him all supplying him with details - but, it's his brain that completes the puzzle. Beau Death starts off about a real British character from the 18th century named Beau Nash - - A fashion dandy who lived in Bath, England, Peter Diamond's ...
  • Martina
    Another Peter Diamond set in Bath, England.... While this is one of my favorite series, this was not my favorite book of the series. I barely gave it 4 stars... At least half the book seemed to be about the story of Beau Nash, one time the leading man of Bath society. Interesting, but so much Beau buried the investigations. 2017 wasn't a loss for Lovesey by any means. His editor's role and short story in Soho Crime's "The Usual Santas" was at lea...
  • Georgia
    I have not read any Peter Lovesey's books before. After reading so many other mysteries this one moves at a much slower pace, wordy, lots of dialogue etc.; however, the idea for his plot is very good: take a figure from history, Richard Nash of Bath, esq. 1762. Have a skeleton dressed like him found in an old attic hundreds of years later when his death and interment are questionable and a group called the Beau Nash Society is still active in pre...
  • Jennifer Kepesh
    Peter Lovesey is a great craftsman. While I think his first few Peter Diamond books were the best, I always enjoy his knotty mysteries as well as the way he depicts working relationships—insecurities, frustrations, rivalries, loyalties, mindsets. I also enjoy the way he uses the city of Bath as a central aspect of the story, allowing both new and old aspects to play roles in the stories. This is one of his best recent efforts.
  • Moirad
    Learned more than I will ever need about Beau Nash. Finding a skeleton dressed in 18th century clothes should (in my view) lead the police to look at fancy dress/re-enactors etc. rather than the leap this novel made into assuming very early on that the corpse was Beau Nash's. This erroneous view takes up about half the book's investigation. An unconvincing story.
  • Sylvia Dugan
    The history of Bath and the real life character of Beau Nash who "ruled" the social scene there in his time is woven throughout this mystery. As fascinating as it was, a good editor could have eliminated some of it and kept the murder mystery moving along a bit quicker. The last half of the book picked up and the finale was interesting...wish I could say the same about the first half.
  • Mike Briggs
    An interesting and good extension of the series. Some riveting moments here or there. A few dull moments as well. Packed with certain information about a guy named Beau Nash - who, apparently, helped turn a one horse town into a destination city. Or something like that. Back in the 1700s, I mean, he did this.
  • Alonzo Church
    This is a smooth series entry, well written but not well plotted. It’s hard to explain that without spoilers, but there are two serious flaws — one involving the most annoying cliche of the police procedural, and the other being an utterly foolish assumption of the investigation that takes up the first 100 pages or so. A suspenseful conclusion does not make up for the plot problems.
  • Susan Cabaniss
    It’s not a bad book, it just took forever to get through. I’m not sure why it was such a slog, as it follows a conventional mystery path and the premise is quite interesting. It picks up a bit in the second half of the book, but I still wouldn’t recommend this one.
  • Annabelle Solt
    An old building in Bath is being demolished. When one of the walls is knocked down, it reveals a skeleton sitting on the top floor dressed in clothing from the 1800's. The police must determine who the man is, who murdered him and then the murder of a pyrotechnics expert.
  • Beth
    I usually love the books in this series but this installment was a slow start for me. Still a fun read, but not as good as the last two.
  • Jean
    This is the first Peter Diamond book I've read. It's not a bad book but I'm not rushing out to read the series from book one. Which is what I do if I like a new author enough.
  • Edna
    Like this series...this is one of is better ones...
  • Lynn Meidam
    Highly recommend
  • Evelyn Sander
    I love the series, but this one wasn’t quite as fun as the earlier books.
  • Alaina Maxam
    Peter Lovesey is great. Beau Death is not his greatest.
  • Midori
    2.5 stars, not the most scintillating story unless you are wanting an in-depth bio of beau nash. I wondered how well he is known outside of bath.
  • Mary Ann
    It was entertaining but not worth more than three stars. This was the first book by Lovesey I've read and I probably won't read any of the earlier ones.