The Secret Hangman (Peter Diamond Series #9)

The Secret Hangman (Peter Diamond Series #9)

by Peter Lovesey

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ISBN-13: 9781569474884
Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/01/2008
Series: Peter Diamond Series , #9
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 274,820
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Peter Lovesey is the author of more than thirty highly praised mystery novels. He has been awarded the CWA Gold and Silver Daggers, the Cartier Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement, the Strand Magazine Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Macavity, Barry, and Anthony Awards, and many other honors. He lives in West Sussex, England.

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The Secret Hangman (Peter Diamond Series #9) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Read this last week, then read another, and am now finishing The Vault, one more of the Diamond mysteries. Addictive, great plotting, intriguing and fast paced. Diamond is a very human character, too smart to be where he is, but he could never be anything but this. Lovesey's writing is intelligent and often very funny. Everything fits and flows making Lovesey's books so enjoyable. Years ago I read 'The False Inspector Dew,' the most amusing mystery I've ever read, then lost track of the author. So glad to have rediscovered him.
Troon62 More than 1 year ago
Somewhat of an Angolphile, I am naturally drawn to mysteries set in the UK, whether hundreds of years ago or in the midst of today's headlines. Not knowing what to expect from author Lovesey, I ventured into The Secret Hangman with minimal expectations. Those soon went by the wayside as I took a keen interest in the middle-aged, curmudgeonly Chief Inspector Diamond, his sad personal history, and his edgy relationships with his very human staff at the nick. Lovesey's inventive mystery kept all of Diamond's team on tenterhooks, as it did me, until the last few pages. Delighted by my new find, I am now onto the Peter Diamond trail, eager to read much more of Mr. Lovesey's marvelous works.
LARA335 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Interesting detective: Peter Diamond. Very human as he mourns his wife and is nervous about starting a new relationship. As his love-life progresses, so do the hangings taking place in Bath. Plenty of clues and red herrings, which kept me guessing till the race against time finale.
gercmbyrne on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A slight enough offering, but with flashes of excellent humour and a neat storyline
smik on LibraryThing 10 months ago
It is 3 years since Peter Diamond's wife was killed and he is being stalked by a woman who wants to become better acquainted. ACC Georgina Dalley's friend's daughter has gone missing . A woman's body is discovered hanging from a public playground swing, at first sight a suicide, but then it seems she may already have been dead when hung there. The discovery of a second body seems to signal that they have a "hangman" on the loose. Very very readable.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Bath Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond still grieves the death of his wife even as he feels some guilt over her being murdered. He currently pretends to not be excited over a secret admirer sending him notes, but inside he is thrilled and albeit a shade more guilt.--------- On the job, Diamond investigates the public park hanging death murder of waitress Delia Williamson, a mother of two young girls. He quickly finds three prime suspects: her former spouse, her current significant other, and a traveling salesman witnessed as having dined with her just before she died. When they find the ex Danny dead hanging in a cave, Diamond believes two murders occurred while his boss Assistant Chief Constable Georgina Dallymore insists it was a murder-suicide. As he digs deeper to prove his theory, Diamond uncovers a shocker of similar double murders by a serial killer on the loose.-------- THE SECRET HANGMAN is an exciting Diamond English police procedural. The serial killer case is cleverly dawn so that Diamond and Dallymore can argue over the deaths of Delia and Danny whereas all these Ds mean delightful to fans as the crusty widower soon seeks a diabolical brilliant serial killer who hides his or her work in the guise of murder-suicide. This is a wonderful entry in a strong crime series.---------------- Harriet Klausner