Down Among The Dead Men
Down Among The Dead Men
The Stone Wife
The Stone Wife
Down Among The Dead Men
UK edition

Down Among The Dead Men
USA edition

The Stone Wife
UK edition

The Stone Wife
USA edition


“I’m jealous of everyone discovering Lovesey
and Diamond for the first time.” Sara Paretsky



Starred review in Booklist: “Diamond is a wonderfully rounded character whose lines are witty and whose observations about people’s characters and motives are brilliantly insightful. Vintage Diamond mystery, spiced by his comic encounters with his supervisor: a must for devotees of character-driven British crime fiction.”  

Down Among The Dead Men will be published in July 2015 by Sphere in the UK and Soho Crime in the USA.

A nightmare discovery in the boot of a stolen BMW plunges car thief Danny Stapleton into the worst trouble of his life. So what links his misfortune to the arrival of charming art teacher Tom Standforth at a private school for girls in Chichester? In the local police, a senior detective is accused of misconduct and another force is called in to investigate. Orders from above propel Peter Diamond of Bath CID into a situation that has him reluctantly dealing with spirited schoolgirls, eccentric artists and his formidable old colleague, Hen Mallin.

Multi-award-winning author Peter Lovesey returns with a twisty tale that will delight fans of the series and draw in anyone who loves pitch-perfect traditional British crime fiction.

Daily Mail
“It will hold you to your deckchair even if the sun is not shining.”
– Barry Turner

Library Journal
“A great procedural whodunit with an interesting maguffin. This is the 14th book in the Peter Diamond series and it’s enough to make the readers flip back through the previous thirteen.”
– Douglas Lord

Kirkus Reviews
“All the pleasures you expect from much-honored Lovesey are here.”

Wall Street Journal
“English author Peter Lovesey is himself a master of historical mysteries, but The Stone Wife merely has a historical hook. This lively, surprise-filled police procedural featuring Chief Superintendent Peter Diamond turns on a fatally botched auction-house robbery of a 14th century carving.”
– Tom Nolan

New York Times
“The murder mystery is solved along traditional lines, but it’s the wonderful tidbits of Chaucerian scholarship that enliven the novel . And whatever you think of Peter Diamond, he proves himself a ‘verray parfit gentil knight’.”
– Marilyn Stasio

New York Journal of Books
“Winner of the CWA Gold and Silver Daggers, the Cartier Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement, as well as the Macavity, Barry and Anthony Awards, Mr Lovesey more than lives up to his reputation as a brilliant wordsmith, he exceeds it. Superintendent Peter Diamond is a warm, witty and wonderful creation by one of England’s most talented crime writers.”
– Doris R. Meredith

Suspense Magazine
“Peter Diamond is back, embroiled in a mystery that offers a wealth of wit and a true puzzle linked to a historical literary genius . . . As always, the character and his team are sharp, funny, and grab the reader’s attention from beginning to end.”
– Mary Lignor

Deadly Pleasures
“Adding a thriller element to the excellent police procedure, DS Ingeborg Smith goes undercover to try to track down the source of the fatal handgun used in the murder. Nobody writes better crime fiction in the UK than Peter Lovesey. I consider Lovesey to be the reigning king of British crime fiction.”
– George Easter

  Peter Lovesey
Photo by Kate Shemilt

Most of my output these days is fiction, but I was persuaded by Martin Edwards to contribute to a CWA collection called Truly Criminal (History Press, 2015) and grabbed the opportunity to write about a murderer who has always intrigued me, George Joseph Smith, whose case was sensationalised as The Brides in the Bath. The first short story I ever wrote, The Bathroom, was a reworking of the case. For a change, I pinned my contribution to Martin’s book on the three baths that featured in the case and were produced in evidence at the Old Bailey in 1915. I was curious to discover what happened to the bathtubs after the case closed, and this involved correspondence with various museums and exhibitions including the Crime Museum at Scotland Yard (much assisted by Keith Begg), Madame Tussaud’s and the Museum of Justice at Nottingham. I called it The Tale of Three Tubs – and there is an intriguing twist in this tale.