How did I miss Peter Lovesey? I just read a combined volume containing The Last Detective and Diamond Solitaire, mysteries featuring Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond first published by Lovesey in 1991 and 1992. Although I wasn’t immediately smitten with the fat, irascible detective, he grows on you. He sometimes lumbers off in the wrong direction, but he’s smart and he never gives up, and his long suffering wife is always there for moral support.
In The Last Detective, Diamond takes a long time to discover the identity of a naked murdered woman found in a lake because he ignores an important clue. Subsequently he resigns from his job in a fit of temper, but nothing prevents him from eventually solving the case.
Diamond Solitaire is the story of how Diamond, now reduced to doing odd jobs, becomes intrigued by the problem posed by an mute little Japanese girl who was left in Harrods where he’s working as a security guard (until he’s fired for apparently overlooking her). No one comes forward to claim her for several weeks, but after Diamond manages to present the mystery on television she’s snatched from the institution where she’s being cared for. The plot develops in some unlikely ways, but it did make a good read.
By the way, there’s something odd going on regarding this blog. I keep receiving notifications that people with the email address outlook.com have started to follow the blog, but they’re not listed as followers. Is it because not a single one of them has confirmed the intention to follow? Since I see only an email address and no profile, I have no idea who they are. ???