The House Sitter

The House Sitter

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"Peter Lovesey loves strong women, cerebral killers and diabolical puzzles—the very ingredients that make The House Sitter one of the most cunning mysteries in his Inspector Diamond series."—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

"True wit is the hallmark of the classic British mystery, and Peter Lovesey delivers it, and a lot more in The House Sitter. . . . A literate and delightful mystery."—The Baltimore Sun

A woman is found strangled on a beach in Sussex. It takes police 12 days to discover she was a top profiler for the National Crime Faculty. Why was she killed? And why is the NCF thwarting Detective Peter Diamond’s efforts to unmask her murderer?

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Baker & Taylor
Called in to investigate the strangling murder of a National Crime Faculty psychological profiler, detective superintendent Peter Diamond finds himself challenged by a fellow investigator, a cocky young officer, and the victim's employers.

A British Mystery Master To Rival P. D. James and Colin Dexter When a woman is found strangled to death on a popular beach in Sussex, the police have a hard time identifying her. It takes twelve days to discover she was a top psychological profiler for the National Crime Faculty. Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond is called in because the victim lived in Bath. He must coordinate his efforts with those of Henrietta Mallin, the original senior investigating officer, as well as try to cooperate with the cocky young officer charged with investigating the bizarre murder that the victim had been working on. Oddly, the National Crime Faculty tries to thwart his efforts.

Blackwell North Amer
The corpse of a beautiful woman, clad only in a bathing suit, is found on a popular Sussex beach at the end of a hot, sunny day. Apparently, she was murdered in full view of dozens of other holiday makers. Establishing the victim's identity is difficult but when it is finally learned that she was a Bath resident, Inspector Peter Diamond is called in.
Diamond, the gruff individualist, must cooperate with Henrietta Mallin, the original senior investigating officer. Yet a third policeman enters the picture, a cocky young officer who is highly regarded by his superiors if not by Diamond. Several national celebrities have been targeted by a serial killer whom the police refer to as the Mariner because he leaves notes with a quotation from Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" as his signature. The powers that be attempt to forestall Diamond's efforts lest he impede the search for the Mariner.

Publisher: New York : Soho Press, 2003.
ISBN: 9781569473269
Characteristics: 346 p. ; 20 cm.


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