I have read every book in Peter Lovesey’s wonderful Peter Diamond series so I was absolutely overjoyed to receive this e galley to review. As always, the story takes place in Bath, England; the setting is vividly brought to life with its unique architecture and planned design. Imagine my surprise and delight when I found that a significant location in this title was the very street that I had lived on in Bath. It just added extra joy for me as I read this.
Peter Lovesey has a sardonic, playful sense of humor which was very present in this book. The title has several meanings as becomes clear as one reads. There are police officers, most already known to the devoted readers of the series, along with other characters who are vividly brought to life including a criminal from an old case of Diamond’s, a murder victim, the Russian Olga, teacher Maeve, illegal immigrants and many more. Some of these characters are in a half marathon that is central to the action of the story.
Lovesey spins plates in the air as the plot evolves and he manages to get to the end of the novel without dropping any of them. I loved this book and hope that Lovesey, who is in his 80s, will just keep on writing.
Many, many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest view. I adored my virtual trip to Bath and the time spent with this book and its characters.