Another One Goes Tonight Audio CD – 23 August 2016
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- ISBN-13 : 978-1664452060
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1664452060
- Publisher : Recorded Books, LLC; Unabridged edition (23 August 2016)
- Language: : English
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About the Author
Peter Lovesey, the author of more than thirty highly praised mystery novels, has won the British Crime Writers Association Silver and Gold Dagger awards as well as the Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement and the Strand Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. In the United States, he has received Edgar and Dilys nominations, an Anthony Award and a Macavity Award, and the Ellery Queen Readers Award, among others. In 2018, he was named a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master.
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Lovesey's book can be called a police procedural because there are police and they are procedurally solving a crime. However, what exactly the crime is - possibly a serial killer - is not firmly established. Diamond wavers on and on about the case which he is charged with solving, though only he and his team members quite know what the possible crime is. We return to Bath and since a good novel teaches a bit as well as entertains, we learn a lot about railroads in that part of England. Most of the possible victims of the possible serial murderer were railroad aficionados and Lovesey takes us into their little world, as well as the world of 1920's dress designer Mariano Fortuny.
If you're the type of reader who enjoys quirky people and story lines and made up cats - and I am - you'll enjoy "Another One Goes Tonight". If not not, you might want to seek out a more conventional police procedural.
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This is the sixteenth volume in the series, and once again shows Diamond at odds with Georgina, his Assistant Chief Constable, who has assigned him to a Professional Standards role, investigating an as yet unexplained traffic accident involving a police car in the early hours of the morning. One of the police officers in the car is killed outright, while the other is seriously wounded. Diamond attends the scene of the crash while the traffic officers are still conducting their scrupulous checks, and himself find another victim of the crash, an elderly man who appears to have been knocked an electric tricycle. Diamond is then catapulted into a beguiling investigation to establish what the elderly man (retired engineer and train enthusiast, Ivor Pellegrini) might have been up to, out and about so early in the morning.
Lovesey’s skill lies in his ability to construct quirky plots that still retain the reader’s credibility. Diamond is often irritating, even infuriating, and has a penchant for leaping to convictions and then attempting to make the facts fit his theory, only to have them completely dashed, leaving him to start again. He is, however, an essentially sympathetic figure, and his heart is clearly in the right place. Like all good leaders, he has also had the sense to equip himself with a strong team that can complement his own shortcomings.
Lovesey doesn’t do grim reality, favouring plausibility while picking out a clever path avoiding both the glorification of violence and the cosy, even twee, hinterland inhabited by the likes of Agatha Christie and Ngaio Marsh. As with all the previous volumes in the series, the plot is tightly constructed, and the clues are all there. He did, however, manage completely to fool me (again), and the denouement came as much of a surprise to me as it did to Diamond’s colleagues.
As always the crime itself is quite intriguing. It's never a body in the library. This time - there may not have been a body or even a crime. There was just a horrendous accident involving a police car and an old man. Diamond is once more back in action trying to investigate the investigation. The sceptre of his awful boss looms large in his shoulder as he and his two loyalest 'men' (Ingeborg being a woman) set about trying to find the truth. I sort of worked out whodunnit quite early although I was still surprised by the twists and turns to the ending. (Perhaps one twist too many?)
The crime is the smaller part of Peter Lovesey's books. Bath plays a large part. How I hang on to every mention of every street and bar I know (Jolly's not mentioned yet?) and his great relationship with his team. I also love mention of his cat and was pleased there were several cats mentioned in this story. Paloma also made a fleeting appearance. I'm still not convinced Diamond would move on from Steph but am glad they are both fully independent. It's a great read and I forced my eyes to stay open whilst I devoured the final chapters.
Negative points? Well, as a true fan I'd be lying if I said it's perfect. It bothers me slightly that in 2017 and in an active job that Diamond is so fat that a doctor mentions it and his colour. He eats at every opportunity and these days over indulgence is not attractive. He's a heart attack that should have happened and I hope won't. I hope we see him working out at the YMCA gym and trying to lose a few pounds in his next book. Diamond - we need you alive for a few more years!
PS I think Peter Lovesey reads my reviews! His most recent book did have Diamond working out (reluctantly) at the YMCA and there has been a recent mention of Jolly’s. Also the cat gets mentioned and gets fed!
If reading this - can we have a bigger featured mention of the cats and dogs home at Claverton Down. And Jolly’s would make a great crime scene!
An unofficial visit to Ivor's workshop proves that Ivor is a serial killer and Diamond is forced to confront the idea that he has saved the life of a serial killer. Diamond wants to get to the bottom of the problem and he and two of his colleagues continue to investigate unofficially and unearth several murders which had been attributed to natural causes.
I found this a well written and intriguing story which keeps the reader guessing from the first page to the last just as it keeps the detectives guessing as they try and unravel what has been going on. I like Peter Diamond as a character and have read all the previous novels in this excellent series. Like the rest this could be read as a standalone novel though it can also be read as part of a series.
Who realised Railway Enthusiasts could be so intriguing?They are in Peter's hands anyway.