At a Bath auction house, a large slab of carved stone is up for sale. At the height of what turns into very competitive bidding, there is a hold-up attempt by three masked raiders, who are trying to steal the stone. They shoot and kill the highest bidder, a professor who has recognized the female figure carved in the stone as Chaucer’s ...
At a Bath auction house, a large slab of carved stone is up for sale. At the height of what turns into very competitive bidding, there is a hold-up attempt by three masked raiders, who are trying to steal the stone. 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 fatal handgun used in the murder.
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“Thickly textured, amusing, unpredictably mixing puzzle and procedural ... one of the best. ”
—Los Angeles Times
“Extremely stylish ... utterly surprising. ”
“I’m jealous of everyone discovering Lovesey and Diamond for the first time—you have a wonderful backlist to catch up on. Me, all I can do is wait for the next book.”
“These erudite and wondrously witty books are unlike any police procedural you've ever read. ”
—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
“One of the great things about reading one of Lovesey’s police procedurals starring Chief Superintendent Peter Diamond of the Bath CID is the natural way Diamond’s cases take the reader into the history of Bath itself. Lovesey’s latest is filled with details ... riveting. If you’ve never encountered Diamond before, this is a good place to start.”
“This is a 100 per cent win from Lovesey, who proves an embarrassment of authorial riches by managing to keep the plot propulsive, the dialog pithy, the cops’ jokes and good humor strong, and the characters easily identifiable. A great procedural whodunnit with an interesting maguffin. This is the 14th book in the “Peter Diamond” series, and it’s enough to make readers flip back through the previous 13.”
““Diamond's short temper and quirky investigative tactics are pleasing, and readers familiar with English literature are sure to love all the Chaucerian allusions.” ”
“THE STONE WIFE is a beautifully written novel that catches you from the very beginning. Putting THE STONE WIFE down for any length of time is not an option... once you start it you have to finish.”
“Lovesey once again proves himself a master plotter and one of the most entertaining writers in the field. ”