From the utterly charming and critically-acclaimed Sergeant Cribb series, by award-winning Peter Lovesey. This is an absolute must for crime fiction fans.
It's 1882 and Albert Moscrop is holidaying in Brighton, his time dedicated to taking in the seaside scenes, no matter how private. Marching down Queen's Road to the beach, he draws us straight into a compelling drama played out in the fashionable haunts of the nineteenth-century resort: beach, pier, promenade, swimming bath and Devil's Dyke.
A keen observer, Moscrop is fascinated by one particular family - the Protheros; and in particular the beautiful Zena Prothero, excessively taken for granted by her husband. Gradually, Moscrop moves into the circle of the Prothero family, only to become involved in a sensational and gruesome murder which horrifies all of Brighton. The local police seek the help of Scotland Yard, provided in the persons of Sergeant Cribb and Constable Thackeray. Once there, they find themselves facing the strangest case of their careers, one just as mystifying as it is macabre.
A minor gem, catching to perfection the social atmospherics of Victorian Brighton and at the same time telling an ingenious story of murder and discovery - Publishers Weekly
His best yet - The Times
Positively, this is the best Lovesey to date - Oxford Mail
This is easily the best story Mr Lovesey has written - Birmingham Post
The sleuthing is neat and satisfying: in the meantime, Victorian pleasures, permitted and illicit, are rendered up with gusto - Guardian
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.