The Last Detective (Peter Diamond #1)
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Read by.................. Simon Prebble
Total Runtime......... 11 Hours 28 Mins
Description: Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond is the last detective: a genuine gumshoe, committed to door-stopping and deduction rather than fancy computer gadgetry. So when the naked body of a woman is found floating in the weeds in a lake near Bath with no one willing to identify her, no marks and no murder weapon, his sleuthing abilities are tested to the limit. Struggling with a jigsaw puzzle of truant choirb ...more
I really enjoyed this first in a mystery series featuring Peter Diamond. I was introduced to it when I asked my friend Kathleen about her favorite books of 2015 and this was on the list. Diamond appears on the surface as a strong-arm, arrogant detective, but is shown to be more than what's on the surface in the course of this story. A woman is found naked in a lake at the beginning of the book and it appears that there are no clues to go on. Diamond to the rescue! He is old school, do ...more
Set in Bath, the nude body of a woman is f ...more
A naked woman is found dead. The first challenging is determining her cause of death; the second is finding out who she is. Eventually the identity is known and an obvious suspect presents itself. Or does it?
While the justice system is determined to convict their suspect, Diamond is so certain they are wrong, he makes an important personal decision that alters his life but not his det ...more
I went on to re-read two others, one lively one about a crime-book-club, 'The Bloodh ...more
Basically, I got this email from Netgalley, teasing me with the promise of getting to read basically a whole series for free so long as I read, reviewed with a specific sentence in it, sent the link off to this email, and they'd send me it. Probably electronically. So, I thought, what the hell? Could be fun.
I was wrong.
It took me 20% to really get interested into it. It was at ~40% where I realized I didn't know anyone's name and would not be able to answer it if someone asked me. It w ...more
Although the writing was very good, the one detail that nagged at me was the way many plot elements and back stories were revealed. Much of the story is told through statements made by suspects/witnesses being interviewed by the detective. When asked a simple question like "when did you meet the suspect?", the character would go into a pages-long, VERY detailed narrative going back several years before they ...more
I had so much fun recognizing the places in the story, but you don't have to be familiar with the delights of Bath to enjoy the book. I also appreciated how the author threw in references to Jane Austen, who lived in Bath for several years and made it the setting of two novels.
At first I wasn't sure I cared for the protagonist, Detective ...more
I actually liked Peter Diamond, although not so much his name, I admit. We share an apprehension of technology and a deep-rooted need to prove ourselves.
decent mystery and pacing, good characters, fast read
A fiendishly clever murder mystery
The Last Detective begins like a traditional murder mystery but quickly veers off course into a series of puzzling discoveries. The plot is full of suspense. It’s no wonder Loves ...more
[I read this for a mailing list discussion so comments may be out of context and will probably contain spoilers]
[on diamond, cliches]
I surprised myself by liking Diamond. At first I thought I wasn't going to hit it off with him and his anti-technology stance was going to bug the hell out of me. After a while though I felt that he wasn't totally against new ways of doing policework just sceptical of the way some of his co-workers thought of them as a *replacement* for old-fashioned policework r...more
This investigation of a nude dead wo ...more
Let's count the cliches, shall we?
Peter Diamond, the detective and main character
1. Is old*
2. Is grumpy--not in a cute curmudgeon sort of way but more in a punch-you-in-the-face sort of way
3. Doesn't like new-fangled technology like computers and microwave ovens (who didn't know how to work a microwave in 1991?)
4. Thinks his boss is an idiot
5. Thinks his co-workers are idiots
6. Has a past history of violence toward suspects and those he considers idiots
7. Has ...more