Beau Death

Peter Lovesey

ISBN: 978161695905

Published: December, 2017

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Bath, England: A wrecking crew is demolishing a row of townhouses in order to build a grocery store when they uncover a skeleton in one of the attics. The dead man is wearing authentic 1760s garb and on the floor next to him is a white tricorn hat—the ostentatious signature accessory of Richard “Beau” Nash, one of Bath’s most famo...

Bath, England: A wrecking crew is demolishing a row of townhouses in order to build a grocery store when they uncover a skeleton in one of the attics. The dead man is wearing authentic 1760s garb and on the floor next to him is a white tricorn hat—the ostentatious signature accessory of Richard “Beau” Nash, one of Bath’s most famous historical men-about-town, a fashion icon and incurable rake who, some say, ended up in a pauper’s grave. Or did the Beau actually end up in a townhouse attic? The Beau Nash Society will certainly be in a tizzy when the truth is revealed to them.

Superintendent Peter Diamond, who has been assigned to identify the remains, begins to fantasize about turning Nash scholarship on its ear. But one of his constables is stubbornly insisting the corpse can’t be Nash’s—the non-believer threatens to spoil Diamond’s favorite theory, especially when he offers some pretty irrefutable evidence. Is Diamond on a historical goose chase? Should he actually be investigating a much more modern murder?

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“[An] impeccably constructed mystery featuring the unpredictable but ever-entertaining Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond . . . A classic whodunit.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Lively, surprise-filled . . . Peter Lovesey is himself a master of historical mysteries.”
—The Wall Street Journal
“Lovesey moves from one dexterously nested puzzle to the next with all the confidence of a magician who knows the audience won't see through his deceptions no matter how slowly he unveils them.”
—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review