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When a pop diva is brutally attacked minutes before a theatrical performance and the chief suspect is promptly found dead, Detective Peter Diamond uncovers bitter rivalries among the cast and crew and must confront his own mysterious theater phobia to find the killer.
Publisher: New York : Soho Press, c2011
ISBN: 9781569479476
Branch Call Number: MYS LOVES-P
Characteristics: 325 p. ; 24 cm


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Mar 28, 2017

As usual, Lovesey has crafted another first class murder mystery; one that is so engaging you can't put it down. But his conclusions as less than satisfying: for sure the culprit is someone you didn't expect. But that's because because the villain turns out to be only a minor character.
Nonetheless, I've no reservations about the time I spent reading this book.

Second Peter Diamond book I have read and I won't read another from this series. His stand alone mysteries are much better. Diamond is not a likable character and he is not nice to his police colleagues. Plot is somewhat prescriptive ... was he just writing this book for the income?

Oct 19, 2014

Well-written, intelligent, great characters (except for one who unfortunately opens the book), and a marvellously complex plot. A delightful read.

mikeyppl Mar 02, 2012

This was the first book I read in this series. I am now a fan.

debwalker Jun 18, 2011

"Detective Peter Diamond is back in Peter Lovesey’s latest perfect plot. A pop princess dies before a celebrity-packed house in Bath. She was supposed to appear in I am a Camera, the Broadway play inspired by Christopher Isherwood’s racy novel about Berlin that, with songs added, became Cabaret. Instead of reviving her fading career, Clarion Calhoun appears clawing at her face. It appears someone put a caustic substance in her stage makeup. The makeup artist whose job it was to plaster the diva is found dead, which brings Diamond to the case. Lovesey, as always, uses his wit like a whip and whirls through the theatre scene like a scourge. Bodies drop, clues appear, and it’s all done with the master’s perfect touches, including witty dialogue, smart plotting and superior characters. Definitely one of Lovesey’s best."

Margaret Cannon
Globe and Mail June 15 2011


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