Beau Death

Beau Death

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Peter Diamond, British detective extraordinaire, must dig deep into Bath history to ferret out the secrets of one of its most famous (and scandalous) icons : Richard "Beau" Nash, who might be the victim of a centuries old murder.

Bath, England: A wrecking crew is demolishing a row of townhouses in order to build a grocery store when they uncover a skeleton in one of the attics. The dead man is wearing authentic 1760s garb and on the floor next to it is a white tricorn hat--the ostentatious signature accessory of Beau Nash, one of Bath's most famous historical men-about-town, a fashion icon and incurable rake who, some say, ended up in a pauper's grave. Or did the Beau actually end up in a townhouse attic? The Beau Nash Society will be all in a tizzy when the truth is revealed to them.

Superintendent Peter Diamond, who has been assigned to identify the remains, starts making discoveries that turn Nash scholarship on its ear. But one of his constables is stubbornly insisting the corpse can't be Nash's--the non-believer threatens to spoil Diamond's favorite theory, especially when he offers some pretty irrefutable evidence. Is Diamond on a historical goose chase? Should he actually be investigating a much more modern murder?
Publisher: New York, NY : Soho Crime, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781616959050
Branch Call Number: FIC Loves
Characteristics: 406 pages ; 22 cm.


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Sep 04, 2018

Peter Lovesey is among the greatest of mystery writers. This one, however is not his best. Liked the part about the woman who lived in a tree for twenty years. Bath, England is one of the most beautiful cities in the world so interesting hearing the history.

Apr 29, 2018

I loved this story from Bath England about a police detective was asked to solve an ancient crime and found himself involved in a modern murder. Well written with interesting characters.

Dec 26, 2017

The peter diamond is a series that is best read in sequence. The most recent books seem to be long on history and short on mystery, though the tooth tattoo was excellent.

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