On Lansdown Hill, near Bath, a battle between Roundheads and Cavaliers that took place over 350 years ago is annually reenacted. Two of the reenactors discover a skeleton that is female, headless, and only about twenty years old. One of them, a professor who played a Cavalier, is later found murdered. In the course of his investigation, Peter Diamond butts heads with the group of vigilantes who call themselves the Lansdown Society, discovering in the process that his boss Georgina is a member. She resolves to sideline Diamond, but matters don’t pan out in accordance with her plans.
From the Hardcover edition.
Praise for Skeleton Hill
"Diamond is a classic—better catch him while you can." —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
“Peter Lovesey is the real deal. A top master of the police procedural British subgenre, he's an ace at spinning out teasingly slow plot revelations . . . crisp prose and humane characterizations.” —The Seattle Times
"Nobody can write the modern traditional detective novel as perfectly as Lovesey." —The Denver Post
"History, humor, inspired clues, maniacal twists and a paean to the beauty of the Bath countryside. Lovesey, who’s won every prize going, deserves another for Diamond’s tenth." —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"Diamond remains one of the most realistic and human of fictional sleuths . . . another winner in this enduring series." —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
Praise for The Peter Diamond series
“I’m jealous of everyone discovering Lovesey and Diamond for the first time—you have a wonderful backlist to catch up on. Me, all I can do is wait for the next book.” —Sara Paretsky
"These erudite and wondrously witty books are unlike any police procedural you've ever read." —The New York Times Book Review
“Thickly textured, amusing, unpredictably mixing puzzle and procedural.... One of the best.” —Los Angeles Times
“Witty . . . A perfectly realized murder mystery.” —Wall Street Journal
“Extremely stylish, lighter than air ... utterly surprising.” —Newsweek
“Lovesey’s books are so beautifully constructed and cleanly written that they could be used as textbooks in a crime writing course.” —Chicago Tribune another winner in this enduring series