Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Review: Killing with Confetti by Peter Lovesey

Kerry Hammond is here to review a new-to-her author and his 18th book in a popular series.

Killing with Confetti by Peter Lovesey is the 18th book in the Detective Peter Diamond mystery series. It was published on July 9, in Hardcover, by Soho Crime. I was a bit skeptical about starting a series on book 18, but I have heard great things about both the author and the series, so I decided to bite the proverbial bullet and just dive right in. 

In Killing With Confetti, Joe Diamond is recruited by the Deputy Chief Constable to handle security duty of sorts. You see, the DCC's son is getting married, and his wife-to-be is the daughter of notorious crime boss, Joe Irving. There is no shortage of criminals who would love to see Joe dead, and the DCC fears that one will take advantage of the fact that he is scheduled to be at the wedding. 

Diamond is not pleased to have to babysit a crime boss, but feels he has no choice. His bodyguard duty soon turns into a murder investigation and he finally feels like he can do what he does best, catch a killer.

I absolutely loved Peter Diamond. He's a no nonsense policeman and Lovesey is a no nonsense writer. I felt like I was watching an episode of a British crime series and enjoyed every minute of it. I completely forgot that I had jumped in at book 18. The book stood on its own and could have been a standalone novel. I didn't feel like I was missing backstory and none was even offered. It was just an entertaining installment that was all about the crime and the crime solving.

There's a quote on the cover of my copy of the book by Sara Paretsky and it reads, "I'm jealous of everyone discovering Lovesey and Diamond for the first time." So true, I feel lucky that I have 17 more books to immediately enjoy.

This book was provided to Mystery Playground by the publisher. The review was fair and completely independent.

You can always find Mystery Playground on Twitter @mysteryplaygrnd and on Facebook. You can also follow the blog by clicking the link on the upper right-hand corner of this webpage. 

No comments:

Post a Comment