The eighteenth book in the award-winning Peter Diamond series, from Peter Lovesey.
As a New Year begins in Bath, Ben Brace proposes to his long-term girlfriend, Caroline. The problem is that she's the daughter of notorious crime baron, Joe Irving, who is coming to the end of a prison sentence. And Ben's father George is Bath's Deputy Chief Constable. But mothers and sons are a formidable force: a wedding in the Abbey and reception in the Roman Baths are set in place before the career-obsessed DCC can step in.
Peter Diamond, Bath's head of CID, is appalled to be put in charge of security on the day. Ordered to be discreet, he packs a gun and a guest list in his best suit and must somehow cope with potential killers, gang rivals, warring parents, bossy photographers and straying bridesmaids. The laid-back Joe Irving seems oblivious to the danger he is in from rival gang-leaders, while Brace can't wait for the day to end.
Will the photo-session be a literal shoot? Will Joe Irving's speech as father of the bride be his last words? Can Diamond pull off a miracle, avert a tragedy and send the happy couple on their honeymoon?
Bath detective Peter Diamond finds himself at a prestigious wedding that ends in murder...
Peter Lovesey is one author who can grab me on the title page . . . he's very, very good and knows his Bath history inside out - Toronto Globe and Mail
Pacing, dialogue, exposition, backstory - nobody handles them better than Lovesey - Booklist
A case that has all the ingredients of a first-rate mystery. Peter Lovesey rarely puts a foot wrong - Daily Mail on Beau Death
Peter Lovesey's characterisation, humour, and plotting are key, and I'm glad to report that these elements are here in abundance - Martin Edwards on Beau Death
Peter Lovesey - the dean of English mystery novelists - remains as ingenious as ever in Beau Death - Washington Post
Astonishingly convincing and inventive - Morning Star on Beau Death
Peter Lovesey is the only living author in Britain to have received the two highest honours in crime writing - the Diamond Dagger of the Crime Writers Association and Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America. He started with the Sergeant Cribb series set in Victorian London and later progressed to modern times with the award-winning Peter Diamond books set in Bath, his home for almost twenty years.
Now living in Shrewsbury with his wife Jax, whom he met at Reading University, he continues to reach and entertain new readers across the world.