From the utterly charming and critically-acclaimed Sergeant Cribb series, by award-winning Peter Lovesey. This is an absolute must for crime fiction fans.
The spiritualist movement has captivated Victorian society: 'sensitivities' and reaching out to the dead are highly in vogue. But the s ance is also the perfect cover-up for fraud, or worse, by some decidedly less authentic individuals. As Sergeant Cribb and Constable Thackeray investigate one such instance resulting in an art-theft, they are drawn into a dark and unsettling world, where it is almost impossible to see who is telling the truth. A medium has been murdered, and the suspects are a mix of the eccentric and the highly unsavoury . . .
Splendid plot, prepossessing good humour, unassertively satisfying prose. Warmly recommended - Edmund Crispin, Sunday Times
Peter Lovesey is undeniably one of the best practitioners of the genre ... An elegantly written book - William Heaver, Financial Times
Neat puzzle whodunit with well-researched background of the Victorians' s?ance craze, plus sauce of cheeky humour. Sheer entertainment - HRF Keating, The Times
It has the delights of perfect period reconstruction - San Francisco Examiner
One of the best of this series, A Case of Spirits is lively and well-plotted - New York Times
The writing is strikingly evocative of the period, and the plot is riveting - Woodrow Wyatt, The Times Saturday Review
Peter Lovesey was born in Middlesex and studied at Hampton Grammar School and Reading University, where he met his wife Jax. He won a competition with his first crime fiction novel, Wobble to Death, and has never looked back, with his numerous books winning and being shortlisted for nearly all the prizes in the international crime writing world.
He was Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association and has been presented with Lifetime Achievement awards both in the UK and the US.