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Peter Diamond, head of Bath CID, takes a city break in Vienna, where his favourite film, The Third Man, was set, but everything goes wrong and his companion, Paloma, calls a halt to their relationship.
Meanwhile, strange things are happening to jobbing musician Mel Farran, who finds himself scouted by methods closer to the spy world than the concert platform. The chance of joining a once-famous string quartet in a residency at Bath Spa University is too tempting for Mel to refuse. Then a body is found in the city canal, and the only clue to the dead woman's identity is the tattoo of a music note on one of her teeth. For Diamond, who wouldn't know a Stradivarius from a French horn, the investigation is his most demanding ever. Three mysterious deaths need to be probed while his own personal life is in free fall....
Peter Lovesey has been hailed by the critics as "superlative", "a master of the genre", "never puts a foot wrong" and the Peter Diamond series as "one of the most enjoyable police series around". This new case for the much-loved detective will bring new praise and much satisfaction for his legions of fans.
©2013 Peter Lovesey (P)2013 Hachette Digital
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Critic Reviews

"One of his best.... Vivid characterisation and convincing dialogue confirm Lovesey's reputation as a master storyteller" (Daily Mail)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Susan on 01-08-14

Classical Diamond

Peter Diamond is my favourite fictional detective and I think that this latest book is one of the best of the series.

A badly decomposed body is recovered from a canal in Bath. The death could be the result of an accident or suicide, but Diamond suspects murder and a major incident investigation gets underway. Soon Bath CID are investigating three murders.

At around the same time viola player Mel Farran receives a mysterious approach to join a renowned string quartet.

This is an excellent whodunnit with believable characters and there's a good Agatha Christie style reveal at the end. I enjoyed the look into the world of classical musicians, Peter Lovesey has obviously done a lot of research. I have been inspired to listen to Beethoven's Grosse Fugue.

Michael Tudor Barnes' narration was very good as usual.

Could we have the first books of the series on audio please Audible?

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By D R on 02-13-18

too many stretched coincidences

Would you try another book written by Peter Lovesey or narrated by Michael Tudor Barnes?

appears to be 50 ; 50 chance of good to poor stories

What was most disappointing about Peter Lovesey’s story?

again not credible story line

Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Tudor Barnes’s performances?


Do you think The Tooth Tattoo needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

should not have been started

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