Summary

Just as the bidding gets exciting in a Bath auction house, three armed men stage a hold-up and attempt to steal Lot 129, a medieval carving of the Wife of Bath. The highest bidder, appalled to have the prize snatched away, tries to stop them and is shot dead.
Peter Diamond, head of the murder squad, soon finds himself sharing an office with the stone wife - until he is ejected. To his extreme annoyance the lump of stone appears to exert a malign influence over him and his investigation. Refusing to be beaten, he rallies his team and begins finding suspects and motives.
The case demands that someone goes undercover. The dangerous mission falls to Sergeant Ingeborg Smith, reverting to her journalist persona to get the confidence of a wealthy local criminal through his pop star girlfriend. And soon, murder makes a reappearance...
©2014 Peter Lovesey (P)2014 Soundings
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5 out of 5 stars
By Phillip Brookes on 06-04-14

Excellent, but...

Where does The Stone Wife rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very good story, more like the earlier Diamonds.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Peter Diamond is a good creation, who should have been on TV years ago.

What about Michael Tudor Barnes’s performance did you like?

Michael Todor Barnes reads very well indeed, except for Peter Diamond's accent. Diamond is a Londoner (something made a lot of in the early books). He is not from the West Country.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Rogayah on 08-06-16

A Good Wif was there...

Of course a series about a Bath detective should have a tale with at least passing reference to Chaucer's Wife of Bath, one of the more memorable characters of the Canterbury Tales.

Diamond is led through a series of incidents and yet somehow manages to untangle the false leads and catch the culprit, sorting out truth from lies and fact from fiction. The narrator is excellent and the best of all the Diamond story tellers.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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