From the utterly charming and critically-acclaimed Sergeant Cribb series, by the award-winning Peter Lovesey. This is an absolute must for crime fiction fans.
By her own confession, the beautiful Miriam Cromer is a murderess. She is sentenced to death for the killing of her husband's assistant, and the hangman travels to London to earn his fee. Then the Home Office is sent a photograph that casts doubt on her confession, and the matter must be investigated - fast.
Sergeant Cribb is called in, but his investigations produce nothing to ease the minds of the authorities. As he plunges deeper into the relationships and history of the intimate group connected with the murder, he becomes increasingly suspicious that something very different indeed happened at Park Lodge, Kew Green, on that March day in 1888.
I couldn't put it down. I read it at a sitting - or rather, a lying, for I was in the garden at the time and got so absorbed I didn't notice the sun had burnt the skin off my back! Waxwork is quite the best novel of detection I have read for a long time - Ruth Rendell
Lovesey's back-twist plotting is pure Christie, but the style, the detail and the deadpan horror are all his own - and absolutely marvellous - Kirkus Reviews
Peter Lovesey triumphs again - Graham Lord, Sunday Express
As good a crime entertainment as you could wish for - HRF Keating, The Times
One that can stand among Peter Lovesey's best - Maghanita Laski, The Listener
Marvellously authentic - Washington Post
At once charming, chilling and convincing as if it had unfolded in the Police Intelligence column of April, 1888 - Michael Demarest, Time
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.