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Killing with Confetti
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Killing with Confetti
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Peter Lovesey, MWA Grand Master and titan of the English detective novel, returns readers to Bath with the eighteenth mystery in his critically acclaimed Peter Diamond series.
As a New Year begins in Bath, Ben Brace proposes to his long-term girlfriend, Caroline, the daughter of notorious crime baron Joe Irving, who is coming to the end of a prison sentence. The problem is that Ben's father, George, is the Deputy Chief Constable. A more uncomfortable set of in-laws would be hard to imagine. But mothers and sons are a formidable force: a wedding in the Abbey and reception in the Roman Baths are arranged before the career-obsessed DCC can step in.

Peter Diamond, Bath's head of CID, is appalled to be put in charge of security on the day. Ordered to be discreet, he packs a gun and a guest list in his best suit and must somehow cope with potential killers, gang rivals, warring parents, bossy photographers and straying bridesmaids. The laid-back Joe Irving seems oblivious to the danger he is in from rival gang leaders, while Brace can't wait for the day to end. Will the photo session be a literal shoot? Will Joe Irving's speech as father of the bride be his last words? Can Diamond pull off a miracle, avert a tragedy and send the happy couple on their honeymoon?
Peter Lovesey, MWA Grand Master and titan of the English detective novel, returns readers to Bath with the eighteenth mystery in his critically acclaimed Peter Diamond series.
As a New Year begins in Bath, Ben Brace proposes to his long-term girlfriend, Caroline, the daughter of notorious crime baron Joe Irving, who is coming to the end of a prison sentence. The problem is that Ben's father, George, is the Deputy Chief Constable. A more uncomfortable set of in-laws would be hard to imagine. But mothers and sons are a formidable force: a wedding in the Abbey and reception in the Roman Baths are arranged before the career-obsessed DCC can step in.

Peter Diamond, Bath's head of CID, is appalled to be put in charge of security on the day. Ordered to be discreet, he packs a gun and a guest list in his best suit and must somehow cope with potential killers, gang rivals, warring parents, bossy photographers and straying bridesmaids. The laid-back Joe Irving seems oblivious to the danger he is in from rival gang leaders, while Brace can't wait for the day to end. Will the photo session be a literal shoot? Will Joe Irving's speech as father of the bride be his last words? Can Diamond pull off a miracle, avert a tragedy and send the happy couple on their honeymoon?
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  • From the book Chapter 1

    The two short words Warren doesn't wish to hear: "It's on."
    "When?"
    "Tomorrow—at unlock."
    "Soon as that?"
    "Catch the white-shirts off guard."
    "Right."
    But it isn't right, not for Warren. It's wrong, disastrously wrong. He is playing the good-behaviour card this time round in his prison career, working with the system for early release. He's been one of HMP Bream's model cons for two long years. Two years, three months and twenty-seven days.
    A riot has been talked about for weeks on C wing. Talk is easy. For a time it was no more than that, wishful thinking, like sex with the gorgeous Miss Martindale who teaches black history. But by degrees the chat has got serious. The gorillas on the top landing mean business. "Together we can do this. We outnumber them. They won't know what's hit them."
    A plan has been hatched. Nothing brilliant. Grab the screws the moment they unlock, disable their radios and body cameras, drag them into the cells, tie them up and take their passes, keys and pepper spray. Then hold them hostage. At the same time, someone else will be disabling the CCTV. Coordinated action, see?
    How stupid was that, saying "Right"?
    In this place you get in the habit of agreeing with other people. It's not clever to challenge anyone. Even so, there are times when you should say, "Count me out."
    No one is under any illusion that possessing the keys will mean instant freedom. The people who designed this coop weren't amateurs. You can only get so far and then you need different sets of keys and different passes. There is a better way to beat the system and the wise guys upstairs have sussed it. Instead of breaking out, you break in.
    First, uncage your brother inmates and you'll have reinforcements. Strength in numbers. The screws' master keys will give access to the beating heart of the prison: the association area, servery, workshops, gym and chapel. And improvised weapons. Arm yourselves with whatever comes to hand, like fire extinguishers, socks weighted with pool balls, bits of broken furniture such as iron bedposts and steel rails from bookshelves. There's talk that one of the gorillas has taken delivery of a gun, carried over the wall by drone. Whether that's true only he and his inner circle know.
    The prison authorities still have the heavy weapons—hoses, tasers, tear gas, stun grenades, sidearms, batons, armed police and the army if required—but they're supposed to act responsibly. The inmates aren't under any such compulsion. They can create mayhem. The obvious way to make it happen is with fire. Set the place alight and see how that goes down with the governor when some of his team are held hostage.
    Warren has no desire to be part of the violence. With good behaviour he is planning to reduce a six stretch to three. Getting caught up in a riot will wreck that. He's forty-three now. More than half his life has been spent inside, if you count the years in the secure children's home. His last probation officer—all of twenty-one and straight out of college—said he was institutionalised, unlikely to survive outside some strict regime like prison or the army.
    Bullshit.
    What did the little prick think? That Warren wouldn't know how to use a knife and fork? Couldn't walk up a crowded street without panicking? Would get tongue-tied talking to a woman?
    People like that know shit-all.
    He has managed his anger up to now, hasn't he? He can survive outside. He can thrive. But not the law-abiding way society expects, with...
About the Author-
  • Peter Lovesey is the author of more than thirty highly praised mystery novels. He has been named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and has been awarded the CWA Gold and Silver Daggers, the Cartier Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement, the Strand Magazine Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Macavity, Barry, and Anthony Awards, and many other honors. He lives in West Sussex, England.
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  • Library Journal

    February 1, 2019

    The daughter of criminal kingpin Joe Irving is marrying the son of Deputy Chief Constable George Brace, and with the just-released Irving's life threatened, Chief Superintendent Peter Diamond is tasked with security at the wedding and feeling cranky. From Mystery Writers of America grandmaster Lovesey, also recipient of a Crime Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Copyright 2019 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 1, 2019
    Edgar finalist Lovesey tries the patience of whodunit fans by delaying the murder for much of his tricky 18th novel featuring Bath CID Supt. Peter Diamond (after 2017’s Beau Death). When Deputy Chief Const. George Brace learns that the father of his son’s fiancée is notorious gang lord Joe Irving, who’s about to be released from prison, he worries that Joe’s freedom will make him a target for his underworld rivals. Brace taps Diamond to ensure that the wedding comes off without Joe being assassinated at either the ceremony or the reception. Scenes from the perspective of an unidentified sniper trying to get Joe in his sights raise the tension. Eventually, blood is shed, transforming the plot from a cat-and-mouse yarn into an impossible crime mystery. A prologue, set three years earlier, depicts a sophisticated scheme to break prisoners, including Joe, out of their high-security facility. Its relevance eventually becomes chillingly clear. Lovesey connects the dots plausibly and, as always, lightens the mood with dry wit. Even at less than his best, Lovesey satisfies. Agent: Jane Gelfman, Gelfman Schneider.

  • Booklist

    July 1, 2019
    Fans of adorable sourpuss?and brilliant detective?Peter Diamond of the Bath, England, constabulary's Criminal Investigation Division will have to wait nearly 80 pages for the old charmer to show up. Lovesey, of the urbane wordplay and sucker-punch plotting, has some grim business to get out of the way first. A woman governor of a hard-case prison is kidnapped, in a wrenching scene that ends with "metal on metal. Shattered glass." Then we meet the daughter of an especially vicious crime lord, announcing her engagement to the son of Diamond's boss, who fears this development will end his career. The situation worsens, though the opportunity for Loveseyan high comedy flowers, when Diamond is commanded to provide wedding security. He visits the firing range. He buys cool clothes. He's not ready for what happens as the ceremony begins. As the tensions crank up, we're treated to Lovesey's enchanting style: "Crosswinds were twisting the rain into shapes like folds of fabric." Then the killer is exposed. Don't believe anyone who says, "I knew it all along."(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2019, American Library Association.)

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