The Tooth Tattoo (Peter Diamond Series #13)

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Peter Diamond, head of the Criminal Investigation Division in scenic Bath, England, is investigating the murder of a young woman whose body has been found in the canal, the only clue to her identity a tattoo of a music note on one of her teeth. For Diamond, who wouldn’t know a Stradivarius from a French horn, the investigation is his most demanding ever.

Meanwhile, strange things are happening to jobbing violist Mel Farran, who finds himself scouted by a very elite classical ...

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Peter Diamond, head of the Criminal Investigation Division in scenic Bath, England, is investigating the murder of a young woman whose body has been found in the canal, the only clue to her identity a tattoo of a music note on one of her teeth. For Diamond, who wouldn’t know a Stradivarius from a French horn, the investigation is his most demanding ever.

Meanwhile, strange things are happening to jobbing violist Mel Farran, who finds himself scouted by a very elite classical quartet—one whose previous violist disappeared without a trace. Despite the mystery shrouding the group, the chance to join is too good to pass up, and Mel finds himself in a cushy residency at Bath Spa University with the quartet—and embroiled in the unusually musical murder investigation. As the story unfolds in fugue-like counterpoint, Peter and Mel both learn frightening secrets about fandom and about what it takes to survive in the cutthroat world of professional musicians.

Peter Lovesey has been hailed by the critics as "superlative," "a master of the genre," who "never puts a foot wrong"; and the Peter Diamond series as "one of the most enjoyable police series around." This new case for the much-loved detective will bring new praise and much satisfaction for his legions of fans.

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Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post - Patrick Anderson
Lovesey has won many prizes for his crime fiction; we expect fine writing and devilish plots from him. But the wonder of this novel is how deep he carries us into the world of a string quartet. He knows the music, and he makes clear its beauty, its challenges and the passions it arouses in both musicians and their audiences…Lovers of good music and a good mystery should not miss this delightful tale.
Publishers Weekly
In the prologue, set in 2005, to Lovesey’s excellent 13th Peter Diamond whodunit (after 2012’s Cop to Corpse), a young Asian woman who appears to be a music student stops violist Mel Farran in the street after a concert at London’s Royal Festival Hall. Her autograph request proves to be only a diversion for an accomplice to steal Farran’s viola. Seven years later, an acclaimed string quartet, whose previous violist disappeared in Budapest in 2008, recruits Farran. Meanwhile, Bath CID’s Diamond, who’s having some trouble with his significant other, looks into the suspicious death of a woman found in a canal. The only clue to her identity is the tattoo of a musical note on one of her teeth. Lovesey neatly weaves Farran’s experiences with his eccentric new colleagues with Diamond’s investigation. A particularly crafty resolution of the enigmatic mystery shows that this long-running series still has plenty of life. Agent: Jane Gelfman, Gelfman Schneider. (Apr.)
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Praise for The Tooth Tattoo

"These erudite and wondrously witty books are unlike any police procedural you've ever read. THE TOOTH TATTOO is a case in point.... The murder investigation provides the structural framework for a group portrait of the eccentric members of this captivating ensemble and the music they play with such rapturous devotion."
Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

"Ingenious .... Lovers of good music and a good mystery should not miss this delightful tale."
—Washington Post Book World

"A particularly crafty resolution of the enigmatic mystery shows that this long-running series still has plenty of life."
Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

“Identifying the culprit takes something of a back seat to descriptions of the quartet and the difficult music its members play.... The insights into the personal dynamics of a string quartet are fascinating.
—PG Koch, The Houston Chronicle

"Lovesey is a puzzle master, and readers will happily chase his adroitly placed clues.... But Lovesey’s knowledge of classical music and his skill in describing it make 'The Tooth Tattoo' especially memorable and informative."
—Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Lovesey is the real deal .... [The Diamond novels] are deftly plotted, with strong characters and a good dollop of dry humor, especially the (generally) good-natured sniping among the members of his team.”
—The Seattle Times

"The old master does not disappoint. The Tooth Tattoo is a bravura performance." —Reviewing the Evidence

“I won’t string you along.  I won’t be Haydn my feelings about the book, which I did enjoy very much.  So just fugue-et about them and appreciate another entertaining Peter Diamond novel.”
—Ted Hertel, Deadly Pleasures

Praise for the Peter Diamond series
 
"Lovesey is a master."
—Sara Paretsky
 
"Witty.... A perfectly realized murder mystery."
—The Wall Street Journal
 
"Extremely stylish ... utterly surprising."
—Newsweek
 
"A bravura performance from a veteran showman."
—The New York Times Book Review
 
"Thickly textured, amusing, unpredictably mixing puzzle and procedural.... One of the best."
—Los Angeles Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620649244
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/25/2013
  • Series: Peter Diamond Series , #13
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Lovesey is the author of more than thirty highly praised mystery novels and has been awarded the CWA Gold and Silver Daggers and the Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement, as well as many US honors. He lives in West Sussex, England.

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  • Posted May 16, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    I don't agree with the other 2 reviewers...this is another examp

    I don't agree with the other 2 reviewers...this is another example to Lovesey's excellent style and creative set-ups.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    App den

    Jewelclan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    Scarlet

    She wipes her back and starts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    Gets sushi right

    The discussions of music and the music world are fun. (The mother of one of the victims is herself an expert violinist who studied at a Japanese music college: "Suzuki trained." Hey, that's possible.) But the solution to the book's mystery seems arbitrary, and the author's Japanese English ranges from unlikely ("You don't know who I am, dumbo!") to offensively bad (no sample here). He does, however, acknowledge that sushi is a rice dish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    The bad thing about reading Peter Lovesey¿s books is that they e

    The bad thing about reading Peter Lovesey’s books is that they end. This was particularly true of
    The Tooth Tattoo, which I could have kept reading for weeks without my attention flagging -- even though the book is about music, people who love music, people who love people who love music, and people who kill people who love music. I, personally, am not a great fan of string quartets, around which the action in this novels orbits. Which is why I was so surprised that The Tooth Tattoo held my attention throughout. I didn't even skim over the Beethoven parts! I was stunned by the depth of the author’s knowledge and by his empathy with musicians. His plotting was that of a true master craftsman. When, regretfully, I finished the last page, the first words that jumped into my mind were, "This is a perfect, classic mystery novel." And it is. Get your copy of the book now…with my blessings. Happy Reading!



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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Repetative

    Not at all up to his fast paced style He knows his music but he repeats his story adnauseum I wll certaiy pick up the .next one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    I love Lovesey's books but the tooth tattoo was a little slow fo

    I love Lovesey's books but the tooth tattoo was a little slow for me. There are two murders being investigated one in the present and one in the past. At the center of the story is a classical quartet who is looking for a viola player. This is where I got bored, pages and pages of discussion about music. I must say that I did enjoy the usual banter of Diamond and his squad and will continue to read Lovesey, This one gets an OK from me.

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