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Stagestruck (Peter Diamond #11)

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Pop diva Clarion Calhoun has packed the house with a celebrity appearance in Bath's Theatre Royal production of I Am a Camera.  But within moments of her much-anticipated onstage appearance, she's pulled out of character as she screams and claws at her face. 

When tainted stage makeup is found to have caused the disfiguring burn, fingers point to her makeup artist.  Detect
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Soho Crime (first published 2011)
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Description: Pop diva, Clarion Calhoun, has packed the house with a celebrity appearance in Bath's Theatre Royal production of I Am a Camera. But within moments of her much-anticipated onstage appearance, she's pulled out of character as she screams and claws at her face. When tainted stage makeup is found to have caused the disfiguring burn, fingers point to her makeup artist. Detective Peter Diamond investigates when the
Jan C
May 01, 2011 Jan C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2013
I like the Peter Diamond stories. This was the first time I tried to listen to one. Not sure who the reader was but felt that he was pretty effective.

There are actually two mysteries here. The primary one involves the local theater. They brought in an over the hill pop star. Somehow she gets a burning sensation on her face after she goes onstage. Personally, I thought of Margaret Hamilton and Buddy Ebsen in The Wizard of Oz when they had trouble with their makeups. I think Margaret Hamilton cau
May 28, 2011 Caroline rated it really liked it
Shelves: murder-mystery
Amidst the many police procedurals that grace the bookshelves in bookstores the world over, Peter Lovesey, brings into our lives thrilling stories with subtle lessons.

In this novel, a fading rock star climbs the boards to make her debut as an actress in a play, but on opening night, before she's even on stage for more than a few minutes, she grimaces, claws at her face and falls to the ground, screaming. It's not part of the act, her face was being eroded by acid in her make up. As evidence con
Nov 17, 2011 Ed rated it liked it
Not really in the top rank of Peter Lovesey's Bath based Inspector Peter Diamond although the ending is excellent--the author gives you just enough to figure out who was behind the series of murders at the Bath Theater Royal but you will have to be alert and attuned to the nuances of this series to see the ending before the big reveal. I wasn't and so was pleasantly surprised.

The difficulty is getting there. While there have to be some implausible events in a mystery and particularly in a serie
Jun 26, 2011 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Clarion Calhoun is a rock star whose concerts filled stadiums. She has performed live and loved every minute of it. But...rock stars age and fans can be fickle, so it is sometimes necessary to get a name back in lights in an unexpected way. Clarion Calhoun is a rock star whose curriculum vitae includes "stage training", although the where and the when of this training is lost in the fog of selected publicity.

The vehicle Clarion chooses as a showcase for her talent is I Am A Camera, the play upo
Apr 25, 2015 Gerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The backdrop to this thriller is the 200-year-old Theatre Royal, Bath, where a production of 'I Am A Camera' is about to be performed.

A fading pop star, Clarion Calhoun, is recruited for the principal role as Sally Bowles but she performs none too well in the dress rehearsal and behind the scenes there had been much bickering about her choice for the role.

Then on first night she enters stage left and suddenly has a screaming fit as she clutches her face. The curtain is hastily dropped and she is
Zeb Kantrowitz
Apr 26, 2014 Zeb Kantrowitz rated it really liked it
Once again the title of one of Peter Lovesey’s Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond is a double entendre. The title refers to the two main mysteries of this installment in the Bathe detective series. The first one refers to the maiming of the lead to a play at a local theatre. The lead is a famous rock star at the end of her singing career who is trying to make a transition to the stage. On first night it is found that someone has put caustic lye in her make-up, burning her face and forcing he ...more
Shirley Schwartz
Sep 07, 2011 Shirley Schwartz rated it really liked it
Another Peter Diamond "Diamond"! I love Peter Diamond, and it's been awhile since I've had the pleasure of reading him. This latest addition in the series is a good place for a newbie to get acquainted with him. This book will stand alone on its own merits and you don't have to read the previous books in the series to enjoy this one. But I will warn you that once you've sampled Diamond you'll be heading straight for the backlist books. Diamond is a copper's copper-a little gruff round the edges, ...more
Thomas Bruso
Jan 12, 2014 Thomas Bruso rated it really liked it
Theaters are magical places, sometimes spooky.

Which is the case with Peter Diamond's latest case, STAGESTRUCK. I really enjoyed the ambiance and characterizations of most of its people.

A famous actress takes the stage for the first time in a lead role and the opening night reviews are lukewarm, at best. But when the actress is brutally disfigured by acid--who would go to such extremes?--the stage lights are temporarily dimmed.

Peter and his entourage of investigators are on the path of a madma
Lee Holz
Jun 01, 2011 Lee Holz rated it really liked it
A first class British police procedural. Highly enjoyable and recommended to fans of the genre.
Jan 23, 2017 Corny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thrillers
One of the best in the series although once again Diamond pulls a rabbit out of the hat to solve the crime. This one involves the Theater Royale in Bath and there are enough suspects for anyone's liking. Lovesey weaves the story of the theater into a plot which is full of red herrings. In the course of the story, we learn a lot about how a theater piece is staged, while Diamond tries to overcome a childhood fear of theaters that resolves in a most fascinating manner.
Diamond is his usual nasty se
Jun 12, 2011 Angie rated it liked it
In this eleventh mystery in the Peter Diamond series, Detective Superintendent Diamond looks into some highly suspicious incidents at the Bath Theatre Royal. First, aging pop star Clarion Calhoun, who is trying to reinvent her sagging career by becoming an actress , suffers disfiguring burns on opening night from tainted stage make-up. The next night her make-up artist dies of an apparent suicide apparently motivated by guilt over her carelessness or malevolence. Diamond suspects that there may ...more
First Sentence: ‘People keep asking me if I’m nervous.’

The Bath Theatre Royal is staging a production of “I Am a Camera” with pop artist Clarion Calhoun in the starring role. Before she can deliver her first line, she starts screaming from caustic burns on her face and neck. Was it accidental or intended? A death soon follows which appears to be a suicide…or was it? Detective Peter Diamond and his team, including the annoying Constable Dawkins who has been assigned to him. Peter knows how to con
Andrew Macrae
Oct 17, 2011 Andrew Macrae rated it liked it
While he may not have invented it, Peter Lovesey is the master of what could be called the British cozy police procedural. Over the past forty years he has managed to craft and combine the best of both genres in one story after another. Picking up a new Lovesey is like dining at a favorite restaurant, you are blessed with a confidence going in that the experience will be worth it.

In all good cozy’s the setting is as important as any human character and in “Stagestruck” the setting is Bath’s vene
Clare O'Beara
Sep 18, 2013 Clare O'Beara rated it liked it
Shelves: british-crime
I preferred The Secret Hangman, another recent instalment in this series. Diamond, the main detective, lives in Bath so Lovesey takes us on a tour of a different part of scenic, historic Bath in each novel.

This one is set in an atmospheric theatre and there is no floor plan so a lot of the running around or meandering around is hard to follow. I also didn't take to many of the characters - I suppose theatre folks are a cliche but they do come across as individuals, easy to keep straight as there
Gloria Feit
Oct 28, 2011 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it
What a pleasure to find a book which includes two of my favorite things: a crackling good mystery, filled with humor, and a tribute to the theater. As the title might imply, the author obviously has much respect for the theater, with both a lower case “t” and upper case as well [see below]. His protagonist, on the other hand, not so much. In the newest book featuring Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond, head of Bath’s CID, the reader learns that Diamond has always suffered from a phobia, what ...more
Sep 12, 2013 Allison rated it liked it
Stagestruck is the 11th book by Lovesey featuring Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond of the Bath Police. The story centers around an aging pop singer who is mysteriously burned by acid in her stage makeup on her opening night performance at Bath’s Royal Theatre. Her dresser and makeup person is the prime suspect, but she turns up dead, hanging in the theater’s rafters the next day. Is it suicide from guilt or a cleverly staged homicide? Det. Diamond is called in to supervise the case but fin ...more
Mickey Hoffman
Before I get to the actual book, if you are thinking of buying this on Kindle, you might want
to buy the printed version instead. The formatting is way off. The paragraphs run into each other,
especially within dialogue so you have to read very slowly and carefully to figure out who is speaking.
The spaces between words are also missing in many spots. Disappointing with a book from a "major" publishing
house. They obviously didn't take the time to check how the book looks after they got it "Kindleiz
Feb 10, 2012 Rosemarie rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This book is well written and has an ingenious plot, but could not manage to sustain my interest. The kind of tension that has me carrying a book around and sneaking a quick read at odd moments just wasn't there. I kept putting it down and forgetting about it for several days.

The minor thread of the detective's phobia provided a novel complication, but his instant recovery after tracking down the cause, while amusing, was very improbable. I don't think it works quite like that.

The descriptions
Soho Press
Apr 08, 2011 Soho Press rated it it was amazing
In this mystery, curmudgeonly inspector Peter Diamond of the Avon and Somerset Murder Squad (based in scenic Bath, England) is put in charge of a delicate case: a very famous pop star has been injured (by her makeup!) during her opening night starring in a play at the Bath Playhouse. Of course suspicion falls on her makeup artist, but when she is found dead, it is clear something more sinister than bad makeup is afoot.

Peter Lovesey's series is a perennially popular and beloved fair play/puzzle m
Jun 07, 2013 Bonnie rated it really liked it

Stagestruck by Peter Lovesey relates another case for Detective Peter Diamond of the Bath Police Department. Pop diva , Clarion Calhoun, has packed the house in the production of I Am a Camera at Bath's Theatre Royal. Within in minutes of her appearance onstage, she screams and claws at her face. After being rushed to the hospital, it is discovered that tainted makeup caused disfiguring burns and all fingers point to her makeup artist. After the makeup artist is found dead, pushed from a catwalk
Glenda Alexander
May 01, 2011 Glenda Alexander rated it it was amazing

Yet another page turner my husband snatched from me, he read it in one night and really enjoyed it, and gives it a high recommendation and said you will really enjoy this.

Again I must tell you my husband is an attorney and reads very fast, but when he reads a book in one night it's the highest praise.

Be prepared it's a page turner so plan on reading when you have time to read it from start to finish. I had not read Peter Lovesey books so I'm very pleased to add a new author for us and I'm looki
Mar 19, 2011 Janet rated it really liked it
I love this series and was not disappointed with the latest entry.

It all begins with fading pop star Clarion Calhoun's theater debut. She's hoping her star turn as Sally Bowles will breathe new life into her career, but instead she's the victim of a particularly nasty piece of sabotage on opening night. The police become involved and Peter Diamond catches the case. What follows is typical Lovesey. A good plot with lots of red herrings, a large cast of suspicious characters, great dialogue, and
Tobyann Aparisi
May 09, 2011 Tobyann Aparisi rated it really liked it
Recommended to Tobyann by: FIRST READS.
Thank you again, for this opportunity. I won this book on Good reads/ first reads and now have found a new favorite in this writer and these mysteries. The flow of this book was perfect. It grabs you in an instant and holds you till the very end. This is my first book read by Peter Lovesey, but I do not feel it will be my last. I really appreciate the real life feel of this book. Like you are talking with friends and they are sharing this story with you. You become very invested in the character ...more
Ryan Mishap
Feb 04, 2012 Ryan Mishap rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-crime
One of those lovely British mysteries with characters and a sense of place that could be set anywhere in the last 150 years despite the presence of mobile phones (that's moe-bile, by the way, jolly good).

Tracy started it and made a good point: she said authors like Connelly and Paretsky are good writers who pull you right in and make you forget you are reading whereas Lovesey's book makes it clear YOU ARE READING A STORY. I say about these novels that they are like "reading a play" as it seems m
Jill Hutchinson
I like the Peter Diamond series and this one finds Diamond a little mellower (not much) and having a relationship with a local artist. The story takes place in the Royal Theater in Bath where a pop star has taken the lead in a play and it looks like she is going to be a disaster as an actress. When she receives severe facial burns caused by caustic soda on the opening night, things begin to get dicey. Then an apparent suicide adds to the confusion and Diamond is on the case. I thought the author ...more
Aug 13, 2011 Martina rated it really liked it
#11 in the Peter Diamond series. This is a favorite character, a location I really like, and again we are learning more about Diamond's past and seeing him in the midst of working with CID on a horrendous case, a murder, and the craziness of a new person foisted on Diamond in the midst of these investigations. At times you think you are in the midst of madness! : }

The tale became more complex and then at the end unfolded in such a satisfying way. Glad for a really good story from Lovesey.
Jul 22, 2011 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-england
DCI Peter Diamond has a curious dislike--it makes him physically ill to even enter a theater. So when a strange accident sends an actress to the hospital, Diamond has several different problems: find the cause, and psych himself up to find the origin of his phobia. As things at the theater heat up and a death follows the original accident, Diamond and his team find themselves seriously puzzled. It's wrong to give away too much of one of Lovesey's twisty plots, but I did come up with the guilty p ...more
Aug 06, 2014 Jane rated it liked it
I checked out Lovestruck because I love the audio narrator, Simon Prebble, and was about to go on a long car trip. I bailed after six chapters despite Simon Prebble because of the incredibly annoying character of Sargeant Dawkins. (Note to authors: don't write a character who is so obnoxious and annoying the character turns off readers as well as the other characters.)

I finished reading the print book. It was okay. It got better toward the end, and I enjoyed the climax. Perhaps I would have like
Jun 25, 2011 Kay rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I love Peter Lovesey, but this one isn't as good as its predecessors. In a way, I think the series has been losing steam ever since the author bumped off Peter Diamond's wife Stephanie.

Maybe if I were a big theater-goer I would have become more involved in this tale, but something about it just didn't engage me the way a good mystery usually does. A new character, Sgt. Dawkins, was entertaining in a very maddening way, but the ending didn't quite work, in my opinion, and the subplot involving Di
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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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