Skeleton Hill (Peter Diamond, #10)
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Skeleton Hill (Peter Diamond #10)

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On Lansdown Hill, near Bath, a battle between Roundheads and Cavaliers that took place over 350 years ago is annually reenacted. Two of the reenactors discover a skeleton that is female, headless, and only about twenty years old. One of them, a professor who played a Cavalier, is later found murdered. In the course of his investigation, Peter Diamond butts heads with the g...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Soho Crime (first published January 1st 2009)
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Wonderful. I found it a little slow between pages 50 and 100 and almost gave up, but I'm very glad that I didn't. The subsequent plot twists were great, and I love this ensemble of characters. I guessed around the middle that Tipping's being a former racehorse owner was a key fact, but I didn't foresee the entire "solution" -- not by a longshot.

I think that this Peter Diamond series by Lovesey is in the same class as the Wexford series by Ruth Rendell. Why isn't it better known and more popular...more
Zeb Kantrowitz
During a re-enactment of the British Civil War (roundheads v cavaliers) a skeleton is found buried on the battlefield. Could it be from the original battle almost 400 years ago? The headless body is found to be that of a woman in her twenties and dead less than twenty years. Three weeks later the body of a college professor is found just beyond the battlefield. His head has been bashed in.

Turns out that IDing the skeleton will be difficult because there is no head. When the autopsy is performed...more
Candy Wood
This is an enjoyable Peter Diamond outing, beginning in the middle of a Civil War reenactment (Cavaliers and Roundheads, not involving Diamond, I hasten to add) and going on from there. Interpersonal dynamics play a significant role, whether it’s Diamond and his team, Diamond and his boss, Georgina, or the Bath detectives and their counterparts in Bristol. There’s even a brief trip to London. The title is appropriate, coming from a hill that was part of a seventeenth-century battlefield but wher...more
Never having read any books by Peter Lovesey, I was hooked. Well written, and an ending I didn't guess, meant it was a hard book to put down. Definitely an author to read again.
I skipped a few in this series because it is not very easy for me to find all the books in order. But I discovered when I picked up this latest in the series that Diamond is getting old. He always had a little of the old man about him, but in the earlier books I've read he was really at the edge of his skills and in a profession where experience counts for something. Now, several books later, he takes no little pride in not participating in the technology revolution, though I'm sure it just mask...more
Ed Clinton
This is a police procedural written by Peter Lovesey. The book is the tenth in the Peter Diamond series. Diamond is an overweight, out-of-shape, irascible detective who always presents as a determined figure fighting the bureaucracy to get the mystery solved.

These books are excellent, among the very best detective stories ever written. Lovesey always designs a complicated plot with twists and turns that follows in a logical fashion. Diamond has plenty of flaws and comes across as someone you wou...more
During a re-enactment of the English Civil War on a hill, 2 Cavaliers who were among those downed by the Roundheads snuck off to an old oak tree to sneak in a couple of beers from a six-pack that had been hidden prior to the battle. In the process of searching for additional cans of beer, they find an old bone, which appears to be a femur. They bury it back, thinking it belongs to a skeleton of an actual soldier during the battle and go on their merry way. Wouldn't you know, a dog being walked b...more
Lovesey, Peter. SKELETON HILL – A Peter Diamond Investigation. (2009). ****. Lovesey has a marvelous imagination and a superb way of telling a story. His character, Peter Diamond, is now a dinosaur within the CID of Bath, England, and is faced with a double murder separated by twenty years. I’ve missed a few of the Diamond books in the process that I’ll have to make up for, but this is a stand-alone novel in the best sense. On Lansdown Hill, just outside of Bath, a re-enactment of the battle bet...more
Kathleen Hagen
Skeleton Hill, by Peter Lovesey, B-plus, narrated by Simon Prebble, Produced by BBC Audio-America, downloaded from

This is my first Peter Diamond mystery. I will read more of these. In this one, Superintendent Diamond is called to Bath when a skeleton is found-that of a female, who died about 20 years ago, and who is headless. The skeleton had been found by two men who were engaging in a civil war reenactment of a 350-year-old battle between the Roundheads and the Cavaliers. The two f...more
Jun 11, 2010 rabbitprincess rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to rabbitprincess by: the Globe and Mail
I wasn't really expecting overly much from this book, so I can't say I was disappointed with what I found. This is a police procedural in the vein of Rebus or Banks, except that Diamond doesn't have quite the same forceful presence or commanding knowledge of music that the former two detectives possess (especially Banks with his music). There's a 20-year-old skeleton and then a more recent corpse, both tied in with a historical site where a battle between Roundheads and Cavaliers is re-enacted....more
A pair of English Civil War reenactors discovers evidence of a decades old murder buried beneath a fallen tree on Lansdown Hill, site of a famous battle. The skeleton is headless, and some painstaking investigation reveals the victim to be a twenty year old Ukrainian immigrant escaping the sex trafficking trade in London. Two weeks after the exhumation, one of the reenactors is found dead in a Landsdown cemetery, his head bashed in.

What follows is a case lead by old pro Peter Diamond, who insist...more
Another great read by Peter Lovesey. Skelton Hill tells the story of Lansdown Hill near Bath where the battle of Roundheads and Cavaliers took place over 350 years ago. During a reenactment of the battle, the body of a female, minus the head, is discovered in a hole created by a fallen tree and Peter Diamond heads up the investigation team. One of the discoverer of the body is later murdered and Peter is now faced with two murders to solve. A group called the Lansdown Society keeps tabs on the a...more
Mike Gowan
Aug 04, 2014 Mike Gowan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mike by: It was a birthday present. It turned out to be good.
Good police procedural detective story. I like the setting in Bath, England. This is the first of Peter Lovesey's novels read. I'm going to read more and see if I like them enough to read them all.
I think I liked other Peter Diamond mysteries better than this one. I wasn't anxious to find out who the killer was or why?
A history professor disappears after participating in an English Civil War battle reenactment just outside of Bath. Then a dog finds a skeleton leg in the same area. The leg is probably a remnant of the battle, police think--until forensics tells them differently. Now Peter Diamond and his team have a cold-case murder to solve, and a missing person to find. Diamond is sure--or wants to be sure--that the cases are linked, because he's reluctant to give up either one. The hunt takes him from a bro...more
One of those authors I tend to forget about until they come out with a new book. I have read a few of these in the past, but it was a while ago and I had forgotten all about him. This is a good mystery; bones are discovered under an uprooted tree during a battle re-enactment--discovered by 2 participants retrieving beer stashed there. One of the men ends up murdered, and it isn't certain that the bones and the murdered man have anything to do with each other. Are they 2 separate cases? Or one ca...more
During a recreation of an English Civil War battle outside Bath, Rupert Hope, an academic playing a cavalier, and another participant discover a human femur while on a beer break. The bone turns out to be part of a headless skeleton buried some 25 years earlier. After someone murders Rupert, Diamond wonders whether his murder and the skeleton are connected. A zipper found near the skeleton leads to a link with London's Ukrainian community and the plight of the numerous young emigrant women from...more
Ron Chicaferro
If you've read and liked any of the Peter Diamond series you'll love Skeleton Hill. The protaganist, Chief Inspector Peter Diamond, may be older, overweight and lacking any computer or cell phone skills but he sure has honed his crime-solving abilities. Diamond's a straight forward, no nonsense copper. The reader will feel like part of the investigative team in this fast-paced police procedural. If you like British mysteries you won't be dissapointed with any of the Peter Lovesey books.
This was not my favorite Peter Diamond. I had a hard time staying interested in the story. It might have something to do with listening to it on audiotape. I liked the reader but I found myself realizing that I've let him natter on a bit and haven't paid any attention.

This is the one where a skeleton is found under a fallen tree on the Landsdowne fields. Also a professor goes missing who was near that tree shortly before he disappeared.
Just the thing for a lazy weekend recovering from a busy week, complete with civil war reenactors (since it's a british mystery, they're not rebel and union, but roundheads and cavaliers), racehorses, and Ukrainian prostitutes. The older supervisor and his clever young detectives are engaging, you can practically taste the bangers and mash and the ale.
I really liked Peter Diamond, the detective. He is grumpy and over-weight and a workaholic. I always that kind of person. The story revolves around war re-enactors who find a skeleton while they are sneaking out from a re-enacted battle to have a beer. It is solved bit by bit by good police work. If you like police procedurals, you'll like this book
Catherine Woodman
I usually love this series--but this one I had a hard time getting through. Maybe it was me, because the plot seemed competent enough--just not good engaging characters, and even Peter Diamond wasn't as likable as he usually is to me (in his slightly abrasive way).
Rog Harrison
Peter Lovesey has written many books over the years and I have liked most of them. Peter Diamond is an odd character but has become more believable over the series. This is a fascinating book and I really could not figure out where it was going.
An enjoyable police procedural, with some interesting plot twists and nice historical and local information. I found the final reveal a bit rushed, and was not completely satisfied at the end. But a good read, I enjoyed it a lot. A real page turner
This was enjoyable, but as the series goes, not one of my favorites. I think the thing that bugged me most was the fact that the woman he is dating had a major traumatic event in her life and in this book she is unrealistically normal.
Nina Levison
Really enjoyed this detective story as it was centred around Bath, an area of the country I know well as I spent my teenage years living nearby. The story kept me guessing who the killer was till the end and it was a surprise.
A very good read as Peter Lovesey's books always are. Superintendent Peter Diamond is on top form. These bools are of particular interest to me as I know the area they are set in (Bath) very well.
Mary Kay
Series protagonist Peter Diamond finds himself embroiled in two murder cases: a decapitated skeleton from 20 years ago & a history prof who is killed after a Civil War (British, not U.S.)reenactment.
Connie Wisniewski
It was a fun book. I love English detective stories. This had a lot of history, and also I discovered information about horses. This is the first Lovesey books I have read, and it won't be the last.
Janet Zanotti
I really enjoy this series. I started with the first book and am working my way towards the latest. The growth of the characters is fascinating. Peter Lovesey is a very, very talented writer.
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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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