this is the 117th in my series of posts on forgotten or seldom read books
Bloodhounds by Peter Lovesey, Mysterious Press 1996 hardcover – Police Procedural, a Peter Diamond mystery
When it comes to British police procedurals, I tend to base my evaluations in terms of those I’ve read and liked a lot: the works of Colin Dexter, John Harvey, P.D. James, Peter Robinson and Patricia Moyes. Each of those authors writes different books in different styles, but they all have something that draws me in, and the books of Peter Lovesey do that as well.
In addition to being the title of the book, Bloodhounds is the name of a mystery discussion group in Bath, England. Detective Peter Diamond is kibitzing on a case not assigned to him, someone is making up rhymes and then turning them into crimes. In a maybe-related case (or maybe not, but we mystery readers know, don’t we?), an extremely valuable stamp is stolen. That stamp then turns up in an unexpected place (ah ha!) during a Bloodhounds meeting and later that night a murder occurs, an “impossible locked room” murder. Now we have a homicide and Diamond is on the case.
The plotting here was good enough to keep me guessing without being rococo, and the characters remained consistent to their role in the novel, something I think is important. There were a couple of characters, including Diamond himself, about whom I’d have liked a deeper knowledge, but since Diamond is a series character, that depth is slowly revealed as other books in the series are read. It’s been a while since I read a Peter Diamond mystery, and now I’m motivated to take another off the shelf, or get one from the library. I recommend you do the same.
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