The Vault (Peter Diamond, #6) by Peter Lovesey

The Vault (Peter Diamond, #6)

A skeletal hand is unearthed in the vault under the Pump Room in Bath, England, near the site where Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein. Then a skull is excavated. The bones came from different corpses, and one is modern. Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond must solve a series of crimes including murder and forgery, requiring a knowledge of history, nineteenth century art, literature . . . and human nature.


Details The Vault (Peter Diamond, #6)

TitleThe Vault (Peter Diamond, #6)
ISBN9781569472569
Author
Release DateJul 1st, 2003
PublisherSoho Crime
LanguageEnglish
GenreMystery, Fiction, European Literature, British Literature, Crime
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Reviews The Vault (Peter Diamond, #6)

  • LJ
    1970-01-01
    First Sentence: Some weird objects are handed in at Bath Police Stations.Bones—contemporary bones, not Roman bones--are discovered in a vault below the house in which Mary Shelly wrote most of her book “Frankenstein.” An American academic and Shelly fan, reports that his wife has gone missing at the time he was in an antique shop trying to buy a letterbox said to have belonged to the author. When the owner turns up dead, D.S. Diamond has to...
  • Eric_W
    1970-01-01
    Detective Superintendent Diamond, of Bath, has a peculiar crime on his hands. A pair of hands is discovered by workmen excavating a old cellar that turns out to be the vault of an old house that once had belonged to Mary Shelley, and it appears she had written Frankenstein while in residence there. Professor Joe Dougan from Ohio has found a book of Milton’s poetry with the initials M.W.G. inscribed inside the cover (Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin w...
  • Spuddie
    1970-01-01
    The bones from a human hand are found in a "vault" (sounds like a sub-basement, maybe) of a building under construction in Bath. Information comes to light that this is the house author Mary Shelley was living in when she wrote most of the book 'Frankenstein' back in the early 1800's, so of course speculation runs rampant, especially in the press. Only when tests show that the bones are only about 20 years old does DI Peter Diamond's job get a lo...
  • Susan
    1970-01-01
    When workmen uncover two buried skeletal hands in an ancient vault, Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond must untangle a complex chain of events with echoes of the English Romantics, leading to a very modern case of murder. The sixth outing in the series offers an engaging combination of suspense, mystery, literature, and art set in atmospheric Bath with the strong-willed (or should I say stubborn) DS Diamond coping (or should I say, clashing) ...
  • Donna
    1970-01-01
    Quite good. Did you know that Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein while living in Bath? Neither did most of the characters in this book and therein lies the motive for the murder.
  • Alan Cook
    1970-01-01
    Peter Lovesey is English, but he is well known in the US. He has won awards for his mysteries in both places. This one takes place in Bath, which dates back to Roman times. The protagonist, Peter Diamond, may be gruff on the surface, but you get the impression he wouldn't hurt a fly. (I'm always amazed at how British detectives go into dangerous situations without even carrying a gun.) A skeletal hand found in the building housing the Roman bath ...
  • Debbie
    1970-01-01
    "The Vault" was an enjoyable, but not really memorable, mystery set in the 1990's in Bath, England. The main character, Peter Diamond, was interesting, but a bit bluntly rude and overbearing when dealing with people. I did enjoy his low-key humor and word-play jokes, though.Peter Diamond was neither exceptionally smart or stupid. The reader always had more information than Peter Diamond, so we had the satisfaction of feeling smarter than him beca...
  • John
    1970-01-01
    Lovesey is among the very best writers of the modern British "cozy", and this novel is well up to his usual standards. A skeletal hand is dug out of a vault under the Pump Room in Bath; an antiques dealer is found in the river with her skull bashed in. Add lots of lovely details about Mary Shelley, William Blake, Frankenstein, art forgery and other good stuff, and you have the makings of a hugely enjoyable romp.
  • Kasa Cotugno
    1970-01-01
    This is the first Peter Diamond mystery I've read but certainly won't be the last. Lovesey's style proves more lighthearted than Peter Robinson but just as compelling. This book has several real puzzles that are satisfactorily resolved with characters and places bear names almost Dickensian with wit. The setting, Bath England, with its multilayered history promises to provide many opportunities.
  • Anne Slater
    1970-01-01
    I read Peter Lovesey's WHOLE Peter Diamond series (16 books in all) in June and July of 2017, sequentially and without an iota of boredom. Forgive me for posting this as a comment/review into each book's space: I didn't think to do it as I was reading morning to night with no intervening literature.The main detective, Peter Diamond, a few other police types, and a couple of non-police characters are incorporated into a series of crimes set in and...
  • Kathy
    1970-01-01
    One aspect of this series that intrigues me is the setting in Bath, and this one involves the discovery of bones found in an underground vault near the site of Mary Shelley's one-time home, long since demolished and built upon. An American professor has found a book that might have belonged to Shelley, and his efforts to trace its provenance leads to a murder and his wife's disappearance. Peter Diamond, meanwhile, is dealing with a new boss (a wo...
  • Vintagebooklvr
    1970-01-01
    He does a very good job of tying together an academic's interest in tracking down a book that possible belonged to Mary Shelly, writer of Frankenstein, the mutilated body from the 1980s and a contemporary murder. Many times a writer does not do a good job of tying different strands from different time periods together without it seeming to be a big stretch but it works here. I also liked the characterizations of the people in the story. I would d...
  • Dani
    1970-01-01
    Oh man! This book was so much fun! A murder mystery, with a smart, sometimes crotchety but still lovable and funny detective as well as relatable characters and seemingly well practiced writing, this book was a super enjoyable read.I actually found this book (like many of the books I read) on the side of the road in a box from people trying to get rid of their things, and I'm so glad I picked it up and read it!
  • Stephanie Stennett
    1970-01-01
    At first I wasn't sure I'd enjoy this. I remember reading another in this series yonks ago, but can't remember if I liked it. (Ok, if you can't remember, it must not have been memorable, good or bad, eh?) I stuck with this one, and can certainly recommend it. Murder, history, art, literature, forgery. Irascible detective inspector who, for once, is not depressed, alcoholic, or on the spectrum. Just a bit grumpy, with slightly inappropriate sense ...
  • Richard
    1970-01-01
    Slow to get started but definitely worth it to keep reading. Should get a 3.75 star's rating. Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond solves another murder mystery in Bath in his own way. The story weaves in several different strands relating to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, which she wrote while she lived in Bath.
  • John
    1970-01-01
    This is an interesting detective/mystery story that blends a bit of literary history (Frankenstein) and interesting locale in Bath England. I was looking for a light read and quite enjoyed the wide variety of interesting characters.
  • Christina
    1970-01-01
    This Peter Diamond was hard to put down. Lovesey has several plot lines that initially appear independent but converge by the end of the book. Bath, the Roman Baths, Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, and William Blake all put in an appearance.
  • AARON SINGER
    1970-01-01
    Another excellent read Fine dialogue lively characters, and an interesting story too!Peter Diamond at his best surrounded by a clever plot . Read the book casually over several days in a very relaxed manner that was well suited for the pace of the book
  • Alejandrina
    1970-01-01
    What a pleasure. A complex plot well developed, great characters (other than Peter Diamond, who we know already), a sprinkling of humor. You don't want to put this down!
  • Anne
    1970-01-01
    Another excellent installment in the series.
  • Richard
    1970-01-01
    Enjoyable entry in the series. Plenty about Bath and the writing of FRANKENSTEIN. Enough surprises and misdirection to provide an engrossing mystery.
  • Harry Addington
    1970-01-01
    Second time I've read it. Excellent mystery and fascinating detective Peter Diamond.
  • Rebecca Burke
    1970-01-01
    Good book but I have to admit I had to re-read certain chapters to follow how the narrative worked. Once I understood the flow of the plot I could not put the rest of the book down. I still highly recommend this book.
  • Bonnie
    1970-01-01
    The Vault takes place in Bath, England, a town steeped in history including Roman, Medieval and Georgian. Peter Diamond is Detective Superintendent in charge of the Murder Squad, so when a severed hand is found while renovating the vault beneath the Roman baths, he is called upon to investigate. When the hand is determined to be modern, Peter is given the case. When a professor from the United States shows up on a holiday looking for the house th...
  • Bettie☯
    1970-01-01
    Read by.................. Peter BarkerTotal Runtime......... 11 Hours 50 MinsDescription: A skeletal hand is unearthed in the vault under the Pump Room in Bath, England, near the site where Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein. Then a skull is excavated. The bones came from different corpses, and one is modern. Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond must solve a series of crimes including murder and forgery, requiring a knowledge of history, nineteent...
  • Megan
    1970-01-01
    This book was the contemporary offering in the most recent "then and now" book club at Mystery Loves Company. This tale shared some of the same elements of Northhanger Abbey, which was the "then" book it was pared with. Both stories are set in Bath, England, mention the Pump Room, and have literary elements as part of the plot. This one is part of a series featuring policeman Peter Diamond -- of which I've read a few. While I haven't read this se...
  • Elizabeth
    1970-01-01
    I'm continuing to enjoy this series. In this one a hand is uncovered in a vault under the Roman Baths in Bath and the bones are about 20 years old and an American Professor of English thinks he's uncovered a set of items owned by Mary Shelley when his wife goes missing. Diamond teams up with Halliwell now that Julie Hargreaves has gone on to greener pastures. During the course of the case, Diamond's rival, Wigfull, is attacked and spends the last...
  • Susan
    1970-01-01
    When a skeletal hand is found in a vault in Bath, no one is surprised since the location is so near the Abbey churchyard. It is a surprise, however, that far from being medieval, the hand was interred within the last twenty years. Chief Superintendent Peter Diamond is called in to investigate, but who can identify a victim with only the hand bones? Clearly not a priority case until American professor and tourist Joe Dougan discovers that the vaul...
  • Wisconsin
    1970-01-01
    This is the sixth book in the series I have read, did not start at the beginning, see no need to go back as I sometimes do. Lovesey is another author whose sentences flow freely, are a joy to read. I actually enjoy figuring out the "who done it" in his books. While the stories are in modern day Bath, I still feel the romance of Great Britan, the country I used to believe existed. Perhaps it is only the big cities that have been destroyed by polit...
  • Lesley
    1970-01-01
    Another solid mystery in the series. This was not my favorite so far, but I did really like certain elements of the story. I think characters have progressed and grown well and this was really a story to show that and move them on to future events. I also really enjoyed the setting and the literature and history elements of the mystery and murder. The ending also only partially ended as I suspected and the other half was a surprise. I will be int...