Delia Williamson, a waitress and mother of two young girls, is reported missing. She is soon found in a public park, hanging from the crossbar of a children’s swing set. The postmortem reveals that she has been murdered. Her current partner, ex-husband, and a traveling salesman who frequented her restaurant are all suspects. Before Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond can solve the mystery, more will die. But even as he pursues a killer, he finds himself pursued by a secret admirer.
Praise for The Secret Hangman
*An Independent Mystery Booksellers Association Killer Book*
“When it comes to the classic British puzzle mystery . . . Peter Lovesey is your man. His latest, The Secret Hangman . . . is a special treat . . . Lovesey proves that the traditional puzzle mystery is always a bit of fun and games.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Lovesey’s delicate balance of humor and suspense [is] one of the delights of contemporary crime fiction.” —Wall Street Journal
“Lovesey continues to excel, with clever plotted mysteries filled with detailed behind-the-scenes police work.” —Library Journal, Starred Review “Lovesey deftly blends suspense and humor in this excellent ninth whodunit to feature Peter Diamond . . . This classic series is still going strong.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review “Lovesey, winner of many honors, including a Gold Dagger Award, should be on every British mystery lover’s short list, and this is a fine place to start.” —Rocky Mountain News
“Lovesey has cloaked the classic ‘puzzle’ mystery in a fully realized world of coppers and local landmarks . . . Masterful.” —Houston Chronicle