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
It 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.