The Tooth Tattoo

Peter Lovesey

ISBN: 9781616952303

Published: April 2013

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Peter Diamond, head of the Criminal Investigation Division in scenic Bath, England, is investigating the murder of a young woman whose body has been found in the canal, the only clue to her identity a tattoo of a music note on one of her teeth. For Diamond, who wouldn’t know a Stradivarius from a French horn, the investigation is hi...

Peter Diamond, head of the Criminal Investigation Division in scenic Bath, England, is investigating the murder of a young woman whose body has been found in the canal, the only clue to her identity a tattoo of a music note on one of her teeth. For Diamond, who wouldn’t know a Stradivarius from a French horn, the investigation is his most demanding ever.

Meanwhile, strange things are happening to jobbing violist Mel Farran, who finds himself scouted by a very elite classical quartet–one whose previous violist disappeared without a trace. Despite the mystery shrouding the group, the chance to join is too good to pass up, and Mel finds himself in a cushy residency at Bath Spa University with the quartet–and embroiled in the unusually musical murder investigation. As the story unfolds in fugue-like counterpoint, Peter and Mel both learn frightening secrets about fandom and about what it takes to survive in the cutthroat world of professional musicians.

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“These erudite and wondrously witty books are unlike any police procedural you've ever read.
—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
“Ingenious .... Lovers of good music and a good mystery should not miss this delightful tale. ”
—Washington Post Book World
“A particularly crafty resolution of the enigmatic mystery shows that this long-running series still has plenty of life.”
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“Identifying the culprit takes something of a back seat to descriptions of the quartet and the difficult music its members play.... The insights into the personal dynamics of a string quartet are fascinating.”
—PG Koch, The Houston Chronicle