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I love Peter Diamond, and it's been awhile since I've had the pleasure of reading him. This latest addition in the series is a good place for a newbie to get acquainted with him. This book will stand alone on its own merits and you don't have to read the previous books in the series to enjoy this one. But I will warn you that once you've sampled Diamond you'll be heading straight for the backlist books. Diamond is a copper's copper-a little gruff round the edges, tough as old boots and a curmudgeon. He does have a very appealing lighter side to him that surfaces regularly. In this book we see a side of Diamond that we haven't seen before-a vulnerable side which is brought to light by his many forced trips to the theatre. All the bad stuff happens within the walls of the famed Bath Theatre Royal. And be prepared, there are so many red-herrings about that a careless reader will fall victim and trip over some if not all of them. When the real killer is unmasked, it came as a real surprise to me. I love Mr. Lovesey's writing. His prose is actually quite wonderful and his characterizations are so realistic. I'm so happy to reacquaint with the priceless Peter Diamond.