Peter Lovesey The Stone Wife (Peter Diamond Series Book 14)

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Just as the bidding gets exciting in a Bath auction house, three armed men stage a hold-up and attempt to steal Lot 129, a medieval carving of the Wife of Bath. The highest bidder, appalled to have the prize snatched away, tries to stop them and is shot dead. Peter Diamond, head of the murder squad, soon finds himself sharing an office with the stone wife - until he is ejected. To his extreme annoyance the lump of stone appears to exert a malign influence over him and his investigation. Refusing to be beaten, he rallies his team and begins finding suspects and motives. The case demands that someone goes undercover. The dangerous mission falls to Sergeant Ingeborg Smith, reverting to her journalist persona to get the confidence of a wealthy local criminal through his pop star girlfriend. And soon, murder makes a reappearance . . .
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    The Stone Wife (Peter Diamond Series Book 14)

    TheRavenking

    17. July 2016 um 18:14

    Just as the bidding gets exciting in a Bath auction house, three armed men stage a hold-up and attempt to steal Lot 129, a medieval carving of the Wife of Bath. The highest bidder, appalled to have the prize snatched away, tries to stop them and is shot dead. Peter Diamond, head of the murder squad, soon finds himself sharing an office with the stone wife - until he is ejected. To his extreme annoyance the lump of stone appears to exert a malign influence over him and his investigation. Refusing to be beaten, he rallies his team and begins finding suspects and motives. The case demands that someone goes undercover. The dangerous mission falls to Sergeant Ingeborg Smith, reverting to her journalist persona to get the confidence of a wealthy local criminal through his pop star girlfriend. And soon, murder makes a reappearance . . . From all of Peter Lovesey’s Peter-Diamond-novels “The Stone Wife” has the lowest rating on Amazon, so it was not without a certain trepidation that I started reading the book fearing it would turn out to be a complete train wreck. I needn’t have worried since it is still a solid piece of entertainment. It is perhaps best to approach this work as a fun caper novel rather than a traditional mystery. Several plot developments do not make much sense. “Someone will have to go undercover!” Peter Diamond exclaims after being confronted with the crime. But why exactly? The reasons given for this unusual form of investigation seem far-fetched and not very credible. It is apparently to find out where the gun that was used came from. Since gun-laws in Britain are very strict, British criminals borrow their weapons from arms dealers. Still, this is basically just an excuse to give Sergeant Ingeborg Smith more to do. Smith, originally from Germany, was a journalist at first before becoming member of the police force and Diamond’s most trusted assistant. Here she gets her fair share of the action with getting kidnapped, clambering over roof-tops, putting her martial arts skills to good use and partaking in a car chase. The plot gets more and more ludicrous as it progresses. Of course reading a mystery requires you to suspend your disbelief to some extent and if one is able to do that The Stone Wife works. The Stone Wife of the title was a character in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, so Peter Diamond tries to find out as much as his can about the sculpture and the Chaucer connection having to behave more like a literary historian than a policeman. Peter Lovesey is a bit like the Clint Eastwood of mystery fiction. Still going strong after decades and even his failures are sort of entertaining. I remember reading an interview with Lovesey from long ago where he talked about his writing process saying that he outlined his stories before starting. Then in a more recent interview he admitted not doing that anymore and this might be the reason why the plot in The Stone Wife feels disjointed. I had the impression that the author was making it up as he went along. The various plot strands do come together eventually, but not in an entirely satisfying way. I think with the Diamond books the reader should really start at the beginning, since this later entries are a bit weaker and don’t show Lovesey at the top of his game. Still after all the negative reviews I read this was a positive surprise.

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