Forgotten Book: The House Sitter by Peter Lovesey

this is the 221st in my series of forgotten or seldom read books

The House Sitter by Peter Lovesey, Soho Press, 2003 trade paperback, mystery, Peter Diamond

house sitterIt had been quite a while since I read one of Peter Lovesey’s Detective Peter Diamond mysteries (that last one was the excellent Bloodhounds) and I’d half forgotten how good these Diamond novels are. Shame on me.

This one involves a murder on a crowded public beach in broad daylight. With hundreds of adult and children sunbathers and swimmers you’d think there’d be a witness to something but no, nothing. No one, apparently, saw a thing.

Though the murder takes place in Sussex, the victim lived in Bath, and as Bath is Peter Diamond’s stomping grounds, the Superintendent gets involved, more and more deeply as the book goes on.

Lovesey is top notch at drawing character, and that’s ably demonstrated here. Setting plays an important part too, and it’s a good story. I ascertained the identity of the murderer a bit before our hero, but that’s okay. Perhaps I was extra-sharp that day I finished this one. It was still very intriguing to see how the bad guy was identified and caught. Entertaining and enjoyable.

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15 Responses to Forgotten Book: The House Sitter by Peter Lovesey

  1. Jerry House says:

    It’s been a while since I’ve read any of Lovesey’s Peter Diamond books — something I have to correct.

    Take care of the cold, Richard. I had one a couple of weeks ago and it was a doozy.

    • I hadn’t reD one in ages, but not will put another in the little TBR bookcase (which is about half full), so I won’t forget. I have to see which is next in series and if I’ve read it, since I haven’t been reading them in order.

      The cold, to pull a song lyric, “really got a hold on me”. Feeling a *little* better today.

  2. Lots of fluids and sleep. After surgery, your immune system is impaired. Stuff like this sometimes happens.

    • George, the first thing I do when I feel a cold coming on in start taking Airborne, which boost the immune system and adds vitamins, though I take those anyway. Then, as you say plenty of fluids (water, soup, juice), rest, sleep.

      Are you a fan of Peter Lovesey’s books?

  3. Jeff Meyerson says:

    Feel better! That’s the important thing, taking care of yourself.

    I’m a big Lovesey fan too, though I have to admit I’ve never warmed to the Diamond series the way so many critics have. I’m not sure why, either. BLOODHOUNDS was the last one I read.

  4. I think I’m about to start on a western kick myself.

  5. Been ages since I read a Lovesey and have had this on the shelf for ages – excellent! Thanks Richard.

  6. Never read Peter Lovesey before, Richard. Sounds like I might enjoy reading his novels. I hope you feel better soon. I usually pop Vitamin C and drink plenty of warm water throughout the day.

  7. Yvette says:

    I’ve read this a couple of times, Richard. It is one of my favorite Lovesey books. This one and I think, THE VAULT are especially good.

  8. tracybham says:

    I only recently read a Peter Lovesey book in the Peter Diamond series, and I had the same reaction… that I had forgotten how good they were. The one I read was an earlier one, and I look forward to catching up with the rest.

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