A reissue from the delighful Sergeant Cribb series, set in Victorian London
A practical joker is haunting the popular music halls of Victorian London - but far from being funny, his intentions are deeply sinister. A trapeze artist misses her timing when the ropes are shortened; a comedian who invites the audience to sing along with him finds the words of his song 'shamefully' altered; mustard has been applied to a sword swallower's blade; a singer's costume has been rigged; the girl in a magician's box is trapped.
And then the mischief escalates to murder. Or was murder intended all along? The indomitable detective team of Sergeant Cribb and Constable Thackeray dive into the back rooms and dark alleyways of London as they pursue the elusive criminal.
Sinister fun in splendidly atmospheric setting - Sunday Telegraph
It's a tangled business, both evil and intricate. Very much Grade A - John Dickson Carr, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
For a delightful, offbeat offering in the mystery field try Peter Lovesey's Abracadaver - San Francisco Examiner
Lovesey has a special flair for re-creating Victorian England with to-the-manner-born wit. I love Lovesey - 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.