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Killing with Confetti

(Peter Diamond #18)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  590 ratings  ·  110 reviews
Peter Lovesey, MWA Grand Master and titan of the English detective novel, returns readers to Bath with the eighteenth mystery in his critically acclaimed Peter Diamond series.

As a New Year begins in Bath, Ben Brace proposes to his long-term girlfriend, Caroline, the daughter of notorious crime baron Joe Irving, who is coming to the end of a prison sentence. The problem is
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published July 9th 2019 by Soho Crime
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Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I do enjoy the Peter Diamond series but must admit there were some sections of this latest offering that did not hold my interest. The background presented initially is the foundation that is all important for what follows, a rather nasty planned prison break that was foiled by bravery of a female governor of the prison at great cost to her.
A wedding is planned, and the introduction to this young couple seems a bit out of place initially. Things get a big fluffy for me with lots of nonsensical
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Four years ago, immobilized while recovering from knee surgery, I came across a book by Peter Lovesey, an author with whom I was not familiar. When I closed the cover, I thought, Where has this man been all of my life? A Google search revealed a mother lode of a backlist, so I went on a digital hunt at libraries and used bookstores. Zip, nada. It turns out that he wasn’t published in the U.S. until around 2016. I did learn that he was a multi-award-winning mystery writer in Great Britain, but ...more
First Sentence: The two short words Warren doesn't wish to hear: "It's on."

Ben Brace, son of Deputy Chief Constable George Brace, and Caroline Irving, daughter of professional criminal Joe Irving, are getting married as soon as her father is released from prison. Besides their son marrying a criminal's daughter, Brace is worried the rivals may see this as a perfect opportunity to remove Irving. In order to ensure everyone's safety, Senior Detective Peter Diamond is assigned to see that all goes
A lot of people liked this book. However, I was one of the few that didn't care for it. Really there was nothing special about. I felt there just wasn't a lot to the mystery. I didn't even really find anything exciting about any of the characters. I would have given this 1 star but everything did work out in the end.
Red Wedding

Michael Corleone's daughter is marrying the son of the Chief of Police.
Detective Peter Diamond is security to make sure one of the other families don't turn it into a 'Red Wedding'.
Which one of the families would try? Tattaglia is a pimp so i thought Barzini all along. Well i was wrong.

This was an ok read. This is the 18th Peter Diamond book, my first. I would have enjoyed it more if i started from the beginning. Even so i found the plot to be dull at times and there was a lot of
Maine Colonial
I enjoy a mystery that IDs the killer through a climactic reenactment. That’s the best part of this latest Peter Diamond mystery. Up until then it’s a little on the slow-moving side, and without as much police procedural detail as normal.

The reason for the relative lack of police procedural detail is that the murder doesn’t take place until about halfway through the book. Before then, it’s almost all about the arrangements for the wedding security on the one hand and a sniper setting up for a
Lexxi Kitty
There are two things about Lovesey that I’ll mention upfront: Peter Lovesey is one of the few authors who are on my ‘auto-buy’ list (I do not recall if I included his name when I did a list the other day); and he is one of the few authors I’ve been reading for a good long while now. I’ve read, I believe, all but three of his fiction books – two are books 2 & 3 in a three book series in which I rather disliked the first book, and the other is a book he released eons ago under a different ...more
Mike Finn
Filled with surprising plot twists, illuminated with tense, well-written scenes between interesting but easy-to-relate-to people and set against a Bath I know well, "Killing With Confetti" was excellent entertainment.

I only discovered Peter Lovesey's series about Bath-based police detective Peter Diamond last year. For once, I didn't go back to the beginning but dived it at book seventeen in the series, "Beau Death" because I couldn't resist the premise of a long-dead body, dressed as Beau
Paul Grubb
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another very enjoyable entry in the tremendous Peter Diamond series. Lovesey does a terrific job of building characters that are unique and interesting. Our hero, Peter Diamond, doesn't even appear until about page 76, but the stage-setting that occurs prior to that is very engaging and interesting. From that point on, the suspense he's able to generate is incredible. I was worried about pretty much everyone through the heart of the book, and I was deliciously confused (as usual) about the ...more
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Not my favorite of the Peter Diamond series, but as is with most series I follow, it's like meeting an old friend: you know everything about them by now and the characters as well. I adore Peter, the anti-hero chief detective, and his eclectic team; and especially the sense of place in historic Bath, England. It took 76 pages before Diamond enters the story, which the author has done in a few previous books, so there's different points of view. But it took forever for the mystery to roll out; ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was torn between two stars (it was o.k.) and three stars (I liked it). The writing was very smooth and fun to read, but I never felt much for the characters. When I started this book, I was very excited because I thought I was going to enjoy it much more than I ended up doing, and that would have been great since Lovesey has written a gazillion books. However, after the disappointment that this one incurred in me, I doubt I will invest any more time with Peter Diamond.
Andrea Larson
I can’t believe it took me this long to read Lovesey. This book has everything I want in a crime novel: interesting setting, unexpected and clever puzzle, slightly curmudgeonly cop, dry humor, and yes, it’s British. I have to go back to the beginning of this series.
Oct 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can give it a 3.5, but not a 4 because there was not, IMO, enough substance to it. How many times can you describe Peter’s suits? I liked the kitten and I thought the ending was very good.
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has felt like forever since I have had the time to sit down and write a review. This time it is for a book kindly sent to me by Soho Press in May. I only got the chance to read this book a week ago. Once I picked it up I kept wondering why I had not picked it up sooner! This was my first ever physical ARC and it is safe to say I was a little bit overwhelmed. The rough plot line of the book is as follows, a notorious prisoner’s daughter is set to wed the Deputy Chief Constable’s son. The ...more
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I have been a Peter Lovesey and Peter Diamond fan for years. Peter Diamond is the surly, disagreeable detective in Bath, England. He runs the homicide squad. Over the years he has mellowed maybe a little too much. I enjoyed him more in the early books when he was more impetuous, more of a bull in the china shop. Now he is still disagreeable, but more bark than bite. In this book he is forced by his superiors to attend the wedding of a high ranking police official’s son. The son is marrying the ...more
Liz Mc2
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
The Bath setting of the Peter Diamond series is perfect for its stylish and witty stories, which often reflect on history in some way. Here there is some sly metafictional commentary in the different kinds of detective stories—Diamond can seem like a Golden Age detective teleported into a more modern story, and Lovely often employs that to thoughtful and slightly comic effect.

This novel starts with a prison riot, and it takes a long time before we see what that has to do with the main plot, in
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-england
He's a tricky bastard, and I don't mean the murderer, and I don't mean Peter Diamond, either. I'm talking about Peter Lovesey, the author, who is always several steps ahead of the reader. You may think you're onto his tricks, you may think you're smarter than this reviewer (and you may be, for all I know), but then a few words from Peter Diamond, the head of the Bath CID, and you'll find that Lovesey has had a surprise up his sleeve all along. This book starts with a well-planned prison riot, ...more
Aug 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was sent this book free of charge from the publisher in return for an honest review. All in all, I enjoyed this mystery with its heavy emphasis on its setting in the Roman Baths. However, I can't emphasize enough that drawings and/or photos of the scenery such as the Abbey, the Roman Baths would have been helpful for those like me that have never seen or visited that part of the world. I was surprised when it was finally revealed "who dunnit" and although I've never read any of the other Peter ...more
Barbara Lemon
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This novel was a lot of fun to read! As usual, the reader gets an education in the history of Bath, specifically the Roman Baths. Not only was the plot intriguing, but, the settings were fascinating. It's fun to keep up with the characters as time progresses. The pets in this story add a lot of joy. Overall, recommended!
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this series .
John Lee
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is over a year since I read the last Peter Diamond novel and although I have read some of the authors other stuff since, it isnt the same. As soon as I saw that another Peter Diamond novel was out , I was off in search of a copy.

With some series' authors , you get the feeling that as the list of books grow, the characters are getting tired and there is a general deterioration. That is definitely not the case here.
In my opinion this one is the best yet. From the action of the opening and
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fabulously told story. Love the detail he puts into his stories - they really draw you in. The first part was so rich and detailed and leaves you wondering how does this fit in. And then all is revealed later. Master storyteller
Jill Lawson
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a delightful read and I look forward to other books by this author. The characters are OTT but why not if it can be done so charmingly? I often dislike the violence in crime stories, bu Peter Lovesey manages to make his more like Punch and Judy than real.
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Roman Baths and Bath Abbey are the real stars in the latest outing for Peter Diamond of the Somerset and Avon constabulary. His is the thankless task of protecting a local criminal mastermind from being gunned down during his daughter's wedding to the son of the top police official in the region. On top of that, Peter has to blend in with the guests at this extremely posh affair, which means buying new clothes. Compared to shopping, solving the highly ingenious crime is a piece of cake. Four ...more
Gail Cooke
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book by Peter Lovesey and all I can say is WOW! Where has he been all my reading life and shame on me for not meeting him sooner! I love mysteries but to read one laced with humor is this reader's paradise. An imaginative plot filled with uniquely fascinating characters kept me up most of the night as I simply couldn't put the book down.

You'd think an upcoming wedding would be a joyous occasion - parties, presents, showers - not quite. Caroline the daughter of crime kingpin
Amazing! This is #18 in Peter Lovesey's Detective Peter Diamond Mystery series, due from Soho Crime on 9 July 2019. Set in Bath, England, Diamond, head of Bath's CID, is not well pleased about being in charge of security for the wedding of the son of Bath's Deputy Chief Constable to the daughter of a crime baron. What could go wrong?

Apparently more than enough! This is just another great outing for Peter Diamond! I was so smug about spotting one clue toward the killer, but I had the wrong
Ian Bennett
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good tale, but not the best one I've read. Diamond takes a while to show up and is not displayed to his usual advantage. Not really enough detective work compared to the other Diamond novels, but still better that most detective stories I've read
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Completely adequate English Detective story with vivid characters and location but few surprises.
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a good read and I enjoyed the twists and turns as well as the characters along the way. It felt a bit padded in places but I kept reading at every opportunity and would recommend it.
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
An unusual plot, with the son of a policeman marrying the daughter of a felon and Peter Diamond being designated minder over the ceremony. A murder is carried out but not from the expected source so a real surprise ending. Easy reading and very entertaining. Love the Brit detective stories.
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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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