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Waxwork (Sergeant Cribb #8)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  102 ratings  ·  9 reviews
By her own confession, Miriam Cromer is a murderess. She is sentenced to death and the hangman travels to London to earn his fee. Then the Home Office is sent a photograph that casts doubt on the confession. The matter must be investigated, and fast. Sergeant Cribb is called in and his investigations produce nothing to ease the minds of the authorities. As he plunges deepe...more
Paperback, Reprint of the Pantheon Books ed., 239 pages
Published 1980 by Penguin Books (first published 1978)
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Marfita
At last another one of Lovesey's Sgt. Cribb mysteries came available!
I'm sure I read this over 30 years ago, but fortunately I have the memory of a sieve and after a few months these books are often a delightful surprise to me ... although there might be a nagging suspicion in the back of my mind that something's awfully familiar about it.
There are three parallel narratives: the hangman going about his daily business, lightly nagged by his wife; the condemned woman experiencing life in Newgate...more
Bonnie
By her own admission, Miriam Cromer is guilty of murder and sentenced to hang. James Berry, the public hangman, is on his way to London to perform the execution and make extra money by having his likeness cast for entrance in Madame Tussaud's. Miriam is guilty of poisoning her husband's assistant in his photography business. The back story reveals that Miriam and two friends had posed for seminude pictures in their youth and the assistant had located them and was blackmailing her. Sergeant Cribb...more
Cindy
Aug 31, 2009 Cindy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Nancy
Really, the more I read Peter Lovesey, the more I like him.

Sergeant Crabb has been asked to look into a case. That's not so odd. But the case has already been closed, a murderer arrested, and the sentence of death passed. So why look into it now? Plainly put, because Scotland Yard has had a few delicate hints dropped that they might have arrested the wrong person. And since the person is a woman, public sympathy is running high. So Inspector Jowett, who has never liked Crabb and whom Crabb think...more
Stefanie
I really do adore a good British historical crime novel, and this definitely falls into that category. I've been watching the Sgt. Cribb Mysteries on DVD, and they're delightful 1-hour dramatizations of a number of the Cribb novels. The books have more of a chance to explore the inner thoughts and logic of the detective, as can be expected, and are rendered darker by this difference. That is not a criticism (far from it!), just an observation. This particular book starts with the confession and...more
Betty
I prefer a mystery set in another time or another country. That is no guarantee of a good read, and I have been disappointed, but I was not disappointed in Lovesey's Waxwork. I felt great sympathy for Sgt. Cribb, wondering how he would be able to balance his ethics against the political set up assigned to him.

This was my first Sgt. Cribb, but it is the last in the series. Part of his appeal is that he is an underdog having been passed over for promotion to Inspector for so many years. At the en...more
stormhawk
A Victorian Mystery that starts with a confession of murder should end in a hanging, shouldn't it?

Sergeant Cribb follows a trail of clues to see if a pardon can be secured for a notorious murderess. Will he be able to complete his investigation before the hangman does his job?

Lovesey again gives us a deftly written, gripping tale of murder and the lives of those touched by it, with a number of unexpected twists and turns of the plot to keep the reader guessing!
Anne Edmunds
This book is an old friend. Victorian detective Sgt. Cribb, a mystery that takes a twist near then end... the twists again. Very glad I reread it. Will have to reread more Cribb now.
Lori
May 13, 2009 Lori added it
Not really stimulating, not into Victorian mysteries.
Bonna Hardy
I just adore Victorian novels!
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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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