The Vault

Peter Lovesey - The Vault


A Peter Diamond mystery

A severed hand arrives on the desk of Peter Diamond. He is unexcited. These are old bones from a vault below Bath Abbey Churchyard. But a monstrous mystery with antique connections is beginning.

The vault was once part of the house where Frankenstein was written. And the hand is not mediaeval, as everyone assumed. It dates from the 1980s, when the underground extension to the Roman Baths was constructed. The police inquiry is complicated by a visiting American professor, Joe Dougan, obsessed by Frankenstein and Mary Shelley. When the professor’s wife goes missing, Diamond cannot ignore him.


UK Publisher: Little, Brown, 1999 ISBN 0-316-64646-6
US Publisher: Soho Press, 2000 ISBN 1-56947-208-4
UK Paperback: Time Warner, 2000 ISBN 0-7515-2550-2
Latest US Paperback: Soho Press, 2001 ISBN 1-56947-256-4
Latest UK Paperback: Sphere, 2014 ISBN 978-0751553635

“Pure joy.”
Gerald Kaufman, The Scotsman

“A stunning tale of the macabre and the mundane.”
Publishers Weekly

“Diamond hunts for a missing professor on the trail of Mary Shelley’s diary. Lovesey interweaves the two stories with effortless skill.”
The Times

“It looks deceptively easy, but this is an author who excels at his craft and keeps coming up with books that entertain and puzzle.”
Susanna Yager, Sunday Telegraph