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The Summons (Peter Diamond #3)

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  547 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
When convicted murderer John Mountjoy escapes prison, he heads straight for Bath, kidnaps the daughter of an Assistant Chief Constable and demands an audience with the policeman who originally arrested him--Peter Diamond--to proclaim his innocence. Now an unemployed, ex-policeman, Diamond agrees to meet with him for one reason--Mountjoy might actually be innocent.
Hardcover, 359 pages
Published October 1st 1995 by Mysterious Press (first published 1995)
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Mar 27, 2016 Francis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So ....Peter Lovesey is a British writer who has won both the Gold and Sliver Dagger awards along with the Cartier Diamond award for lifetime achievement. This particular novel was awarded a Silver Dagger Award in 1996.

Mr. Lovesey's detective is Peter Diamond - but don't let the name fool you. Mr. Diamond is not your studly James Bond type of character. No, he is an older, overweight, balding, homely and a bit of a self-righteous curmudgeon who has a hard time sharing happy thoughts. Nonetheless
May 30, 2013 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter Lovesey's Peter Diamond Mystery series is one of the best I have read. The main character is a 250 pound, bald-headed CID Inspector working in Bath, England. In the first two books we learn he has quit his job after being criticized by his commanding officer and performed lowly jobs as a Christmas Santa, working with an autistic student, and guarding at Harrods. In The Summons, Diamond is awakened at three in the morning and taken to the precinct where he learns that the daughter of the Ch ...more
Mar 15, 2011 Trish rated it really liked it
Peter Diamond is proof positive that one can be very wrong about something important and still make a comeback, if we still needed to be reminded. Once again he has managed to claw his way back to the top of the heap, though one cannot help but wonder how long he'll last. He doesn't always make friends on the way up--in fact he manages to alienate just about everybody. I was just getting used to his switching jobs every couple of months, and here he is...but that would be telling.

A busker is kid
May 23, 2013 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inspector Diamond resigned from the CID, and being somewhat miserable living in a basement apartment with his wife, is summoned back to the crime division by the Chief because a man he helped put away for murder has escaped, kidnapped the a young woman, and refuses to give himself up or release the woman until Diamond agrees to meet with him.

Diamond is now faced with a new challenge ... although no longer with the police force, he is being asked to locate the missing woman and help facilitate th
May 31, 2010 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovesey, Peter. THE SUMMONS. (1995; this edition 2004). ****. Peter Diamond is at home with his wife, lamenting the petty jobs he has had to take on after resigning from the CID in Bath. It seems he got into an argument with one of his supervisors and turned in his badge in moral indignation. Over tea (of course) he gets a knock on the door and finds two policemen there. They have been instructed to take him to HQ in Bath immediately. They don’t know why, only that they have their orders. Once t ...more
John Lee
Jul 26, 2015 John Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Its a long time since I read three books in a series in succession. it must show how much I like them.
This one had a big plus for me in that very early in the book, the action moved back to Bath. I like a tale set in a place I know.
As with the previous two books the characters are well described and so are easy to picture.
The authors style of writing appeals to me. It is almost as if you are involved in the investigation too. Clues are given for the reader to solve the puzzle but are cleverly co
Mar 14, 2015 Val rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Peter Lovesey novel which keeps you intrigued to the very end. A convicted killer escapes prison and takes as hostage the daughter of the policeman who caused Peter Diamond to walkout on his murder squad. When called in to help, his first response is not printable but when he finds out that the convicted killer was a man he put away himself he reluctantly becomes involved. The killer wants Diamond to prove his innocence and overturn his conviction then he will release the hostage but the ...more
Jan 22, 2014 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter Diamond has resigned from the Bath police force in a fit of pique and is barely making ends meet. His old colleagues come pleading for his help when an escaped convict kidnaps the daughter of the Assistant Chief Constable. His demand is that the police reopen the case and that Diamond find the real killer. During the course of the investigation Diamond recognizes that his resignation was a mistake and negotiates a return to the force in exchange for his help. Although story of the investig ...more
Nov 22, 2013 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is getting better as it goes along. The protagonist is an older man, happily married who can poke fun at himself and is driven to solve crimes. Not everyone likes him and he gives them good reason. He's not good at following orders and he works the people under him too hard but he's not putting his feet up at home while they toil on.

In this book, Diamond is called back to Bath in the middle of the night because the daughter of one of the detectives there has been kidnapped by an esc
Jan 30, 2013 Annina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really quite liked this and the first book in the series, which I have also read. But somehow I feel like the rating should be somewhere between three and four. The story pulled me in, but there was something that was lacking, which made it just a little less of a pleasure to read than my favourite mysteries like Christie's. It lacked maybe some kind of warmth in the writing that would really have pulled me in completely to everything in the book and somehow I was at least sometimes to some ex ...more
Steve Black
Mar 25, 2016 Steve Black rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit I have finally been won over to Peter Diamond. I was far from sure after book one, enjoyed book two, and now I m completely won over. This is a classic detective story, maybe slightly dated now but none the worse for that.
This story was full of twists and turns, and while the basic premise of Diamond being asked, or even begged, to help out the police is unbelievable, prided you accept that then the rest of the plot is woven together in excellent fashion. OK, I'm in now, so on t
Aug 19, 2015 Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-crime
This series is a favorite, partly because of the setting--Bath--and partly because of the detective, Diamond, who resigned from the police force in anger at the end of the novel that preceded this one. He's reluctantly asked to help because a man he convicted of murder 4 years ago has escaped and has taken the police chief's daughter hostage.
The writing is top notch, as always.
Aug 11, 2008 Susy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovesey, as Harvey, is one these writers that always interest me. This was the third Diamond novel, a hole in the series for me. It tells of the time when Diamond was out of the police, and of the way he gets his job back. A convicted man escapes from a prison and forces the Bath police to reopen his case by kidnapping the daughter of the ACC. Since Diamond was the policeman on the case, he is forced to investigate again whether he was right or wrong. Diamond is a lovable guy, though he’s a bit ...more
Judy Kelley
I'm not really a great Peter Lovesey fan but I must admit I keep reading until the very end. The Peter Diamond books are a series of very quirky British police procedurals which occasionally elicit a giggle or two. These are so unlike the Adam Dailgleish, Alan Banks and Inspector Lynley stories. But they do have their own odd charm.
Apr 24, 2012 Peter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, read-in-2012
A very original idea for a mystery! Peter Diamond is no longer on the force, but is called back to work on a case, by the request of an escaped convict.

The story plays out almost entirely in conversation. Lovesey writes mysteries almost in the 'drawing room' style. Not a lot of gory details about the crime, just great conversations and insight into the way people think. There's a great collection of characters here and lots of details of the Bath area. Soho Crime always publishes good mysteries
Feb 04, 2015 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am really enjoying getting into the Peter Diamond series and this one (number 3) is the best yet! Kept me guessing right to the very end. Well put together plot with just enough clues for you to "get there" if you manage to pick them all up but the very clever explanations at the end couldn't be worked out. Looking forward to the next one!
Diane Heath
Oct 26, 2014 Diane Heath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Peter Diamond lost his position with the police in The Last Detective. I have not read book 2. Book 3 "The Summons" finds the police in Bath requesting Diamond's assistance in locating an escaped prisoner who has kidnapped another policeman's daughter. Peter has to re-investigate a case wherein he may have sent an innocent man to prison
Camille Stanford
Oct 24, 2011 Camille Stanford rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This was actually a very enjoyable read! Mystery is not my typical genre, mostly because it drives me crazy when I don't know what's going on. but this book had enough action and information without making you suspect EVERYONE in the book. There is a very good chance that I will read other books by this author.

Oh, of course, there were some cultural references I didn't understand (since I'm American and I don't really know anything about London), but I felt great when I knew what a "lorry" and a
May 01, 2015 mim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm enjoying this series and hope to continue, as long as my library has it. They are quick reads for me and fill my need for a fast story between reading longer books. The main character, Diamond, is portrayed in a believable way, as is his wife. I'm interested in how things turn out for him.
Jul 09, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admit this one was kind of a sleeper at the beginning. I liked how there were more than one suspect and how we eventually got the one it was, although there were some distinct hints.
Dec 07, 2015 Richard rated it liked it
Good story in the series and more of a 'series' novel than stand-alone. The plot concerns an old case that got Peter Diamond in trouble, and solving it could bring him back.

Worth reading for a completeness of the series, but not one of the best.
Peter Diamond is an old-fashioned cop who seems at least 20 years older than his chronological age. This is the third in this series I have read and particularly like the setting of the story being in Bath, England. Diamond is still a civilian after quitting the police department, but is back on a special assignment. The book is a little slow in parts, but is a nice change of pace from some of the more dark mysteries I have read lately.
Joan Colby
Oct 16, 2015 Joan Colby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
. The first book I’ve read of this excellent series starring Peter Diamond. Good characterization throughout and a fast-moving plot with a real surprise ending
Mar 09, 2016 Gail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peter Lovesey is fabulous. I have read many of his books and particularly like the Peter Diamond. So nice that he is prolific.
Angela Holtzman
Aug 26, 2014 Angela Holtzman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this series. I cannot identify the culprit until the reveal! Really enjoy being kept guessing.
Brian Oldham
May 10, 2012 Brian Oldham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peter Lovesey can write. His use of the English language is beautiful. Do you want to spend time in Bath, England? Do you want to meet interesting people and work your way through a proper mystery? This one is full of his talent. This is the one where Detective Peter Diamond has quit his job with the police and is living in London at the beginning. He is drawn back into a case 4 years old and is free to say whatever he wants as he is not part of the police. He is diligent and eccentric and human ...more
Oct 03, 2014 Verusex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read, not one of the better Lovesey books. But Lovesey is still the best. So glad to see Diamond back.
Sandy Page
Jan 19, 2015 Sandy Page rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good mystery in the Peter Diamond series.
G Hodges
Nov 09, 2013 G Hodges rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I really like Peter Diamond. There is zero pretense to the guy. Ego, intolerance, and other vices men are heir to, but no pretense. I am thankful to a goodreads moderator for putting me on to this series. Quit his job out of pride, called back to help with a case because the person he locked up got out and is holding the daughter of one of the ACC's hostage, Diamond makes mistakes, but the reader is not really led off the track. You are following behind him. He is a prickly character. So far, re ...more
Sep 18, 2013 Lesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good Inspector Diamond mystery! This is the first of the series that I have actually read and not listened to on audio, but I still really liked the book! While I missed the narrator from the audio I thought this was an interesting and complex mystery that was very different than the last one because he has come back to working in Bath with the police and introduced the idea of him having "a sidekick." I am curious to see how the next story works now that he has his old job back.
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Peter (Harmer) Lovesey (born 1936 in Whitton, Middlesex) is a British writer of historical and contemporary crime novels and short stories. His best-known series characters are Sergeant Cribb, a Victorian-era police detective based in London, and Peter Diamond, a modern-day police detective in Bath. Lovesey's novels and stories mainly fall into the category of entertaining puzzlers in the "Golden ...more
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