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The Summons (Peter Diamond #3)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  814 Ratings  ·  72 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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May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this third book in the Peter Diamond series. Peter is asked back to Bath to help find who kidnaped the daughter of the ACC Totts.

He is on a mission, a solo mission as a civilian who wants to get his badge and be reinstalled into the force.

The book focuses on one major crime. A cold case that’s related to the kidnapper, along with some updates about the Avon and Somerset CID.

This book keeps you hooked till the final chapter, there are many twists and turns than lead to few dead ends, a numb
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story about Mountjoy and how Peter Diamond was able to solve the old case even though he thought he had solved it before. This one had some really witty items and I was laughing at some of the things he came up with.

I really can't wait to find the next one and read it. Just the way Peter strives to find clues makes you want to keep reading.

I am giving this 4 out of 5 stars.
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audio
Peter Diamond may not like computers and prefers good old shoe-leather-detecting to modern scientific forensics, but he does work well with women--particularly his assistant detective Julie Harreaves in this story. The two re-investigate one of Diamond's old cases when the convicted felon breaks out of prison and asks for Diamond to prove him innocent. I also like Diamond's relationship with his wife, Stephanie. I'll read more of these.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 18tbr, mysteries
An escaped convict takes a young girl hostage and will only negotiate with ex-policeman Peter Diamond. The convict insists he’s innocent and demands that Diamond re-investigate the case. Fast-paced suspense combines with a tricky mystery for a very satisfying read.
Mar 27, 2016 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 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
Robert Gluck
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent mystery in every way. Look forward to reading more of Lovesey's Peter Diamond series.
May 31, 2010 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
Mal Warwick
A convicted murderer engineers a daring escape from prison in England. Instead of fleeing abroad or hiding out in an isolated location elsewhere in the country, he returns to Bath, the town in Southwest England where the murder was committed. There he kidnaps the nineteen-year-old daughter of the assistant police commissioner and demands to speak with the detective who put him away. Unfortunately, the detective, Peter Diamond, had resigned in fury from the police several years previously and was ...more

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Total Runtime......... 12 Hours 24 Mins

Description: John Mountjoy has done plenty of vile things to women, but he's always insisted that killing sexy journalist Britt Strand wasn't one of them. Now that he's broken out of Albany Prison and taken Assistant Chief Constable Tott's daughter hostage, the coppers will ruddy well have to listen to him. Mountjoy demands that the ACC bring in Peter Diamond as his negotiator, not knowing that Diamond quit the force
May 23, 2013 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
Mar 15, 2011 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
Apr 05, 2012 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
Jan 22, 2014 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
Aug 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diamond is brought back to Bath to appease an escaped convict who is holding a hostage claiming his innocence.

Diamond solves it all, with the help of a softspoken female detective with an wonderfully dry undercurrent of sassy.

Jane Austen shows up again, too.

And he finally has the sense to get his CID job back, which, I hope, will make for more classically constructed sequels.

Which, of course, I'm going to read. Right now.
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.
Kirsten Feldman
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Diamond in the rough indeed, civilian detective Peter brings quips, mulishness, and wayward charm a plenty to this super clever prison break-kidnapping-cold case intrigue and ties it all up in a charming Bath bow.
John Cain
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I am a Lovesey fan. I just like the Peter Diamond character and the regulars who he works with. This book did not have his usual supporting cast who appear in the later books.

I think one of the best I have read by him. The story is intriguing and, unlike many of his books, enough hints are given along the way that when the killer is revealed the path that led to the capture is plausible. As with any series I recommend starting with the first book and moving forward, but didn't and no great harm
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-series
A highly improbably jailbreak leads to a kidnapping, not for ransom but to get Peter Diamond to reopen the convict's case and unmask the real killer. Diamond, of course, has been away from Bath and out of police work, but the kidnapping victim is the daughter of a chief constable, so pressure is on him to meet with the kidnapper. As a civilian he doesn't have to follow orders, so he is free to pursue the original case. Suspenseful, and reveals more about the character of Peter Diamond.
Alyce Rocco
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Page 40 of Peter Lovesey's novel, The Summons reads:

"She was dangling a violin by her right leg and a boy by her left."

Someone circled the word "boy," and wrote, in pencil in the margin of this library book "bow?" I imagine the same person underlined "DIn't..." on page 24.

There are already plenty of Good Reads reviews of books, thus not adding one of my own.

Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even better than the first two books in the series. Lovesey's plot is outstanding, his characters are fascinating, and Diamond really is a diamond, in the rough maybe, but a diamond all the same. These mysteries are as good as Agatha Christie at her best. I'm heading directly to #4 in the series.
Gareth Evans
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid, well-paced, well-executed detective novel. It’s well-plotted (apart from a silly diversion near the end). It’s probably a 3.5 rather than a 4 as it is quite unexceptional. However, it makes sense to round up this competent and confident novel.
Reynolds Darke
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very fine Bath, England based police procedural in the Peter Diamond series.
Diamond must correct his own mistake of four years ago.
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes improbable, but thoroughly enjoyable. Diamond is an engaging character and I'm loving the series.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. It was a fun read and suspenseful to the end. I like the characters. A fun read.
Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoying this series more as it goes ...
Jan 09, 2013 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
Midwest Geek
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, mystery
A different kind of police procedural, since Peter Diamond isn't really an official detective, but is working for the police assisted by Inspector Julie Hargreaves, an up-and-coming detective who is one of the few who manages to tolerate the irascible old man without taking too much gaff from him. The plot is rather interesting, and there is an abundance of suspects. Like most procedurals, it is slow going at times. However, some of the situations seem too highly contrived, especially toward the ...more
Nov 22, 2013 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
John Lee
Jul 26, 2015 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
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