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Cop to corpse (Peter Diamond #12)

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  474 ratings  ·  75 reviews
PC Harry Trasker is the third policeman in the Bath area to be shot dead in less than twelve weeks. THe assassinations are the work of a sniper no one has been able to pin down. The younger detectives are no match for this murderer and his merciless agenda. This is a job for Chief Superintendent Peter Diamond, and it might be the most dangerous investigation of his life.
Hardcover, 362 pages
Published April 2012 by Spher Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Well..........I have read all the Peter Diamond's to date and by comparison this is not as good.
It starts like a scene from a TV Police show. All drama and action and never really recovered.

There was much less descriptive text about Bath, which I missed.
Also, some of the previous characters were almost cameo parts only.

The conclusion seemed rushed and was not overly satisfying.

A great shame, but only being honest here.
Shirley Schwartz
I love Peter Lovesey's Peter Diamond series. For those of you who don't know Inspector Diamond, you are in for a wonderful discovery if you begin to read this series. Diamond is a real "diamond-in-the-rough". A cop's cop who uses old fashioned policing and a lot of natural savvy to solve some pretty high-level cases. The setting is present-day Bath, England. Mr. Lovesey has a unique way with plots. They are fairly fast-moving, quite funny and with lots of unexpected surprises. The dialogue is qu ...more
Sam Sattler
Because Cop to Corpse is my first exposure to Peter Lovesey’s Peter Diamond series, I am certainly no expert on the character or its development over the course of the series’s eleven previous books. But if the other eleven are as entertaining as this one, this detective series should be investigated by all police procedural fans looking for a new detective to follow. Chief Superintendent Peter Diamond is far closer to the end of his career than to the beginning, and it shows in his attitude and ...more
COP TO CORPSE. (2012). Peter Lovesey. ****.
This is a police procedural from Mr. Lovesey featuring Inspector Peter Diamond. Most of the action takes place in Bath and its surrounding towns. There’s a sniper on the loose, one who is targeting policemen. It seems as if the targets are picked at random since no relationship among the victims is to be found. They are all killed using an automatic assault rifle, a type that is used by the armed police and the military divisions of several countries. D

Read by.................. Simon Prebble
Total Runtime......... 11 Hours 25 Mins

Description: In the small hours of a Sunday morning in the city of Bath a policeman on beat duty is shot dead by an unseen gunman - the third killing of an officer in Somerset in a matter of weeks. The emergency services are summoned. Ambitious to arrest the Somerset Sniper, the duty inspector, Ken Lockton, seals the crime scene, which is confined by the river on one side and a massive retaining wall on the other. He d
Gloria Feit
There’s an old saying (sort of): If you throw enough mud against the wall, some of it will stick. Well that is the approach Chief Superintendent Peter Diamond takes in this, the 12th novel in the series, to solve the case of three shooting murders of patrolling bobbies. Most of his theories turn out to be meaningless, but, after all, as another old saying goes, you can’t otherwise get there from here.

The investigation is complicated by the fact that the third cop killed is from Diamond’s own off
Harry, a local bobby, is walking his beat like he normally does. Suddenly he's shot apparently by a sniper who has already taken out two other police officers. DI Peter Diamond's team is a part of the investigation which he is working with Serial Crimes head, Jack Gull. The problem is, of course, that Diamond sees things differently. When he sees things so differently that he suspects that Harry, may have been "bent" as the Brits say, he becomes very unpopular with his team. However, that doesn' ...more
Hero to zero.

Cop to corpse.

This is how the latest Peter Diamond novel begins….

While on foot patrol, a young beat cop named Harry Tasker is picked off by a sniper. This would be awful enough if it were an isolated instance. But it is not: Tasker is the third member of the Avon and Somerset force to be killed in this manner in the past twelve weeks.

Located in the South West of England, the police force known as The Avon and Somerset Constabulary covers the county of Somerset as well as the citie
Jon Frum
I read a few other books in this series, but I'm pretty sure I stopped going back for more when the female detective started talking like a feminist cartoon character. Maybe such women exist, but I have no interest in reading about them. It's not the 'woman in a man's world' matter I dislike, it's the stereotype language/attitudes used in the book - it just wasn't handled seriously.

This was an average police procedural/mystery, and for the most part I don't have much to complain about. There is
Alison C
Cop to Corpse, by Peter Lovesey, is the twelfth in his long-running Peter Diamond series. There have been two seemingly random cop killings in the towns around Bath, England, and when a third occurs in Bath itself, CID Chief Diamond must defend his turf from Jack Gull, head of the serial crimes unit, while puzzling out the motives of the killer. Unless, of course, there is more than one killer at work. Meanwhile, a young blogger calling herself Ishtar is, with a couple of female friends, playing ...more
The plot opens with the sniper killing of a policeman as he walks his rounds in Bath. This is the third such sniper shooting of uniform policemen in the Bath area by a sniper who has so far eluded authorities. The Serial Crimes Unit has the lead in all three cases, but so far, they have not located a suspect. Enter Chief Superintendent Peter Diamond and his CID unit. What is the connection among the cases? The politics of the British police system are interesting to observe. There are a number o ...more
Read for this month's reading group. I was disappointed in this one. It started well, with a good mystery and a detective who is as much a thinker as a doer, but it just didn't grip me from the start. I felt detached from the characters, especially Peter Diamond.

I assume this is one of a series, and perhaps if I'd already read some others I might have felt a bit more connected to Diamond, but to be honest I don't feel I want to read another.

The plot was interesting, and I didn't work out the e
Robert Dunlap
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Mike Gabor
This wasn't a bad book but I've enjoyed his previous works in this series much more.
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Clare O'Beara
I've liked other books in this series more.

The solidarity of the police team in Bath is shaken by the possibility that either a police officer is killing police, picking them off with a rifle, or that a police officer was on the take from minor criminals, or both.

Diamond, the main character, comes across as rather daft for twice getting a suit and shoes ruined by wearing them to outdoor assignments where much searching of woodland, riverbanks and gravel was involved. He must have had other clo
Suspense Magazine
Cop to Corpse
By Peter Lovesey
As this British police procedural opens, PC Harry Tasker is the third cop to suffer a clean shot to the head by a deadly sniper. Chief Superintendent Peter Diamond is called in to ferret out the killer, but winds up facing grave danger as well as a staff insurrection. Modern life interjects itself into this twelfth Peter Diamond mystery as bloggers inadvertently become involved investigating area crimes, sometimes even influencing the police. It’s almost impossible t
Cathy Cole
First Line: Hero to zero. Cop to corpse.

Three policemen have been killed in the Bath area in the past three months. A sniper is at work; someone who seems to be anywhere and everywhere, able to avoid CCTV cameras and to leave no traces of evidence behind.

Leave it to Chief Superintendent Peter Diamond to begin piecing together clues once he's assigned to the case. How does he do it? By doing things his way, which sounds like radical thinking but isn't. You see, he's actually following procedure b
Donna Riley-lein
Cop to Corpse

Peter Diamond

Three sniper victims in a relatively small city in a relatively short period of time.

All are police officers.

To say that the local and national police are going a little nuts is an understatement. Career-minded officers see this as a way to promotion. Others just want to see this wrapped up as quickly as possible. The chaos is bad for order

For Peter Diamond, it’s a matter of getting it right.

This is my first exposure to the Diamond series, and I plan to raid my local
Bernie Gale
When one of their own is killed its bound to make the whole thing a very hard chase
And in this book we find Peter Diamond taken from Hero to zero will he become another victim?

I have to say I read this one very quickly needed to see just where it would go again we have wonderful links to the countryside around bath
Sandy Neal
This book was provided as part of the Goodreads Giveaways program in exchange for a review.

I enjoyed this book. It took me awhile to suspect the right person.

It is set in England so there are alot of geographic references that were lost on me, in America.

A good read.
Every now and again, I like to listen to one of the audiobooks in this series as a change of pace. Inspector Diamond is an old-fashioned detective, a little behind the times as far as technology is concerned. I enjoy the narrator's presentation of the story and the location of the action, Bath, England. If not modern, Diamond's dogged determination always results in a case solved.
I'm not, as a rule, a big fan of procedurals, but I received this book for Christmas with an enthusiastic recommendation and so went in with an open mind. Very glad that I did—it was fast-paced, decently twisty, well-plotted with well-drawn characters and just generally a whole lot of a fun. Painted a nice portrait of Bath, as well, which up until this point, I was only familiar with from Jane Austen novels. I had no problem jumping into the series from this point, and would recommend it as an e ...more
A sniper is killing policemen in Bath, England and Peter Diamond's job is to discover the culprit.
He finds curious connections between the officers after talking to the widows. An elaborate police stakeout fails to capture the elusive killer and Peter in injured. When evidence starts to suggest the sniper may be one of their own, Peter's colleagues find the suggestion unpopular. Evidence proves two of the officers were killed with the same gun, but the first officer shot cannot be included in th
Rouven Cyncynatus
As usual an entertaining read by Peter Lovesey. Like his other books it is a quick read, good mystery and somewhat surprise ending.
The Somerset sniper has killed two policemen already; when a third dies, this time in Bath, Peter Diamond is assigned to work on the investigation. Somehow he is not satisfied with the prevalent theory that the murdered men were chosen at random. Yet he can find no connections among the three men. Interspersed with the story of the police investigation are blogs by a young woman, hiding her name and location, who, along with her two friends, is investigating a mysterious man. This doesn't seem t ...more
wasn't his best work, but Peter Diamond was good. the last page was tacked on for what??
Joy Stephenson
This book is the latest in Peter Lovesey's series about his detective superintendent Peter Diamond. It's best to read the Diamond books in order as his life changes through the series. I've greatly enjoyed all of them so far but thought this one wasn't quite so good as some of the previous ones. I think it's because there's too much luck involved in the solving of this crime, rather than a real puzzle to solve as in most of the other books in this series.
However I still read it eagerly and, as a
Nina Levison
A really good detective story with lots of red herrings. I must admit that I didn't guess who had killed the cop-it was a surprise at the end-although I did think afterwards that of course it was that person!(I'm trying not to give the story away!) Loved all the references to the different places around Bath as I lived near there as a teenager. The only bits I didn't like were the blogs. At first I thought I'd opened the wrong book as they didn't seem to relate to the story. I eventually made se ...more
Ana Menendez-tuckman
Solid British police procedural with an unexpected twist.
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