Bath detective Peter Diamond finds himself at a prestigious wedding that ends in murder...
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?
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 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.