Book 14 in the Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond series, one of Soho's bestselling and most critically acclaimed series, this time including a Chauceresque twist.
At a Bath auction house, a large slab of carved stone is up for sale. At the height of very competitive bidding, there is a holdup attempt by three masked robbers. They shoot and kill the highest bidder, a professor who has recognized the female figure carved in the stone as Chaucer’s Wife of Bath. The masked would-be thieves flee, leaving the stone behind.
Peter Diamond and his team are assigned to investigate, and the stone is moved into Diamond’s office so he can research its origins. The carving causes such difficulties that he starts to think it has jinxed him. Meanwhile, as Diamond’s leads take him to Chaucer’s house in Somerset, his intrepid colleague Ingeborg goes undercover to try to track down the source of the handgun used in the murder.
From the Hardcover edition.
Detective mystery book
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Peter Lovesey is a fine writer and the long-running Peter Diamond mystery thriller series is the one work he will be remembered for. Yet, the fourteenth installment is unlike many other books in the series. It would be an understatement to say that it is not the best of the series. The story begins on a very promising note but quickly slides into uneven patches making you turn and tumble as you try to make sense of it.
However, The Stone Wife by Peter Lovesey is not a complete trash. Comparatively, it may not stand the test alongside the other Peter Diamond books but as a standalone, it is still quite enjoyable. The story follows Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond and his team who are investigating a botched attempt to steal a stone carving for which a professor paid with his life. It was an unlikely scenario. The stone carving was not expected to fetch the amount it was bid for. But the professor recognizing the female figure carved in the stone as Chaucer’s...
I stopped reading this book when I was halfway through it. I felt that I was forcing myself to read it. This is the first Peter Diamond mystery that I have read, so maybe I picked the wrong one to start the series. I'll begin by saying the characters were generic. There was nothing unique about each character except for their rank. Halliwel/Leaman/Gilbert may as well have been one man. I couldn't get a sense of what each detective looked like. I like to visualize the character in my brain as I'm reading. The humor wasn't very humorous. Jokes fell flat. The constant mention of the Wife of Bath slab of stone in Diamond's office was getting tiresome. Ingeborg's undercover work didn't feel dangerous. She was stuck on a ship when thugs were after her, but I didn't feel any fear for her.
There was also lack of attention to details. Granted the history of Chaucer, the Canterbury Tales, and The Bawdy Tales got a lot attention. However, the clues included only a...
After much anticipation for the new Peter Lovesey book in the Peter Diamond series, I came away wondering what happened to the intelligent, gifted and insightful leading character? The Stone Wife started on such a high note that I thought "Lovesey is on track" and I was in for another enjoyable visit to Bath and a glimpse into Chaucer history with Diamonds investigating team. What a disappointment to find that Ingeborg, a character we grew to respect as a well grounded member of the team, turned into a superwoman characture, leaping tall buildings in a single bound. Poor Paul Gilbert falling out of trees and Diamond's biggest concern was managing to rid his office of The Stone Wife. The story itself became disjointed as it progressed ( read that as regressed) and left too many loose ends that were never explained. Will the real Peter Diamond please come back!
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