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The Summons

By: Peter Lovesey
Narrated by: Simon Prebble
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The third Peter Diamond investigation.

John Mountjoy has escaped from prison and kidnapped the chief constable's daughter. The only person he'll parley with is Detective Peter Diamond, who arrested him four years earlier for the murder of a young journalist. Mountjoy, who still maintains his innocence, has a simple request for Diamond. All the detective has to do is find the real killer and clear Mountjoy's name, and the hostage will be free to go. But in the intervening four years, the trail has gone cold and memories have turned hazy, making the hunt for the killer even more complicated the second time around. Will Diamond get to the bottom of the cold case before another life is lost?

©1995 Peter Lovesey (P)2017 Recorded Books

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Almost didn't read, but glad I did!

After the lackluster second novel in this series, I didn't plan to read another. Fortunately for me, I ran out of good novels to read and decided to give Mr. Lovesey another chance. I'm glad I did.

This novel is exciting, thoughtful, and an example of excellent police work. The main characters are charming, likeable, and intelligent, and the villains are excellent and completely believable. Against nearly impossible odds, Peter Diamond sets out to solve another mystery and succeeds in thrilling fashion. I cannot give higher praise for a novel and highly recommend it!

Upon completing this novel, I immediately rushed to my audible account and bought the next book in the series. The only disappointing news I can report is that the next book in this series is not read by Simon Prebble, who I think has done an outstanding job over the first three novels. My only consolation is that Simon Prebble returns later in the series to resurrect his role as narrator.

If you liked either of the first two novels in this series, I think you'll love this one. Enjoy!

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British police procedural, somewhat contrived plot

A different kind of police procedure, since Peter Diamond isn't really an official detective, but is working for the police assisted by Inspector Julie Hargreaves. She is an up-and-coming detective who is one of the few who manages to tolerate the irascible old man without taking too much gaff from him. The plot is rather interesting, and there is an abundance of suspects. Like most procedurals, it is slow going at times. However, some of the situations seem too highly contrived, especially toward the end. It is as if the author sacrifices credibility in order to provide some final twists.

The story is much enhanced by the superb narration by Simon Prebble, one of my favorite readers.

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best story so far

lots of twists and turns a tremendous amount of suspects and then in the end a pretty good whodunit. good performance on the audio and a worthwhile read.

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Strange start, but gets very good quickly

I loved this book, as I do the other audio books in this series. Recommended.

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Clever

Another interesting, clever book! I love the characters and the intriguing stories. Keep up the great work! I see there are 17 titles in this series. I'll be getting all of them!

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Midsummer-esque Mysteries

I came across this gem of a series looking for books by my male narrator crush Simon Prebble (female narrator crush, hands down, Rosalyn Landor). These whodunnits keep me guessing until the very end. When I think I know, I find out not only didn’t I know, but was I way off. I love the dry wit, intelligence and angst of the main character, Detective Peter Diamond. I don’t mind that he’s fat or described as unattractive…after all just about every heroine in the romances are described thusly. I wish more of them had his same attitude about it, actually (meaning self acceptance without being downtrodden or an easy target of viciousness or self pitying or, or, or). I like Diamond’s average, man on the street-ness and commend the author for not writing another clichéd drop dead gorgeous, skirt chasing or bed hopping detective. ****PRIVATE NOTE TO PETER LOVESEY: I’ve just discovered your series and know I’m way behind, but I hope you kept Diamond’s wife around and from all the Stephanies of the world, thank you.

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Another good one

First I don’t like the hero, he is a jerk and a bully. The stories however are a fine listen. I was surprised by who done it. They did telegraph it but I was not listening close enough. I think if you just listen to the story you will also enjoy it. Not everyone needs to be a good person to do a good job. But because Diamond is such a pile it is hard to feel bad for him at least for me. People don’t like him and he earns it. The story is good.

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Peter Diamond is back with police

Lovesey does it again with clever plot twists, a surprise ending and the Diamonds heading back to Bath.

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Love Diamond mysteries!

These Mysteries are the best. and Simon Prebble is amazing as udual!! I highly recommend this series!