In a Sussex town on the south coast of England, a widely disliked art teacher at a posh private girls school disappears without explanation. Read more...
In a Sussex town on the south coast of England, a widely disliked art teacher at a posh private girls school disappears without explanation. None of her students miss her boring lessons, especially since her replacement is a devilishly hunky male teacher with a fancy car. But then her name shows up on a police missing persons list. What happened to Miss Gibbon, and why does no one seem to care?
Meanwhile, detective Peter Diamond finds himself in Sussex, much against his wishes. His irritating and often obtuse supervisor, Assistant Chief Constable Georgina Dallymore, has made Diamond accompany her on a Home Office internal investigation. A Sussex detective has been suspended for failing to link DNA evidence of a relative to a seven-year-old murder
case a bad breach of ethics. Diamond is less than thrilled to be heading out on a road trip with his boss to investigate a fellow officer, but he becomes much more interested in the case when he realizes who the suspended officer is an old friend, and not a person he knows to make mistakes.
As Diamond asks questions, he begins to notice unsettling connections between the cold case and the missing art teacher. Could the two mysteries be connected? How many other area disappearances have gone unnoticed and uninvestigated? Diamond and his hapless supervisor have stumbled into a web of related crimes. Will Diamond be able to disentangle them?"
- ISBN-13: 9781616956264
- ISBN-10: 1616956267
- Publisher: Soho Crime
- Publish Date: July 2015
- Page Count: 384
- Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
Series: Detective Peter Diamond Mystery
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-05-11
- Reviewer: Staff
In Lovesey’s less-than-inspired 15th Peter Diamond whodunit (after 2014’s The Stone Wife), the chief superintendent’s annoying and clueless boss, Asst. Chief Constable Georgina Dallymore, asks him to partner with her on a sensitive internal investigation. The Chichester CID is under a cloud after a senior officer, who turns out to be an old friend of Diamond’s, is accused of allowing personal feelings to affect a homicide inquiry. In 2007, Danny Stapleton was charged with murder after he was found driving a stolen car with a corpse in the trunk. But DNA evidence indicates that the investigating officer’s niece was in the vehicle as well, though that lead was never pursued. Early on, Diamond suspects that another agenda is at work in assigning Dallymore to the case. In a subplot, an art teacher goes missing from a Sussex girls’ school. The byplay between Diamond and Dallymore compensates for a mystery that’s not one of the series’ best. Agent: Jane Gelfman, Gelfman Schneider. (July)