Peter Lovesey has been writing mysteries since the 1970s and was even awarded the 2018 Grand Master Award by Mystery Writers of America, but I’ve never read him before now. “Bloodhounds” (1996), the book I chose to read first, is a successful hybrid of a modern police procedural with a traditional puzzle mystery. Lovesey’s British police detectives investigate a murder aboard a locked boat in which the suspects are all members of a club of mystery readers. Not surprisingly, the book’s characters frequently invoke the name of John Dickson Carr, the Golden Age master of the locked room mystery. I’m not a fan of police procedurals and frankly found Lovesey’s police officers to be less vividly written or humorous than Reginald Hill’s. However, the puzzle aspect of the mystery was satisfying, especially the unexpectedly simple explanation of the seemingly impossible murder. I think John Dickson Carr would have approved, and that’s enough for me.
Was more about how clever the author is than a good mystery. I hope it's out of his system. Ending was too fancifil by far.
Nice read, a little disappointing, I had read "The Circle" written 2005 which uses a similar plot device, but overall an entertaining read....
So far, this has been the most fun of Lovesey's Peter Diamond books.
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