Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Peter Lovesey presents a collection of short fiction spanning fifty years, including the first story he ever published and three brand-new stories.
More than fifty years ago, Peter Lovesey published a short story in an anthology. That short story caught the eye of the great Ruth Rendell, whose praise ignited Lovesey’s lifelong passion for short form crime fiction.
On the occasion of his hundredth short story, Peter Lovesey has assembled this devilishly clever collection, eighteen yarns of mystery, melancholy, and mischief, inhabiting such deadly settings as a theater, a monastery, and the book publishing industry.
The collection includes that first storythat launched his story-writing career as well as three exclusive new stories. In addition, Loveseyfans will delight in a personal essay by the author about the historical inspirations—and in an appearance by the irascible Bath detective Peter Diamond, who has, in the author’s words, “bulldozed his way” into this volume.
About the Author
Peter Lovesey is the author of more than forty highly praised mystery novels. He has been named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and has been awarded the CWA Gold and Silver Daggers, the Cartier Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement, the Strand Magazine Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Macavity, Barry, and Anthony Awards, and many other honors. He lives in Shrewsbury, England.
Praise for Reader, I Buried Them & Other Stories
A Mystery Tribune Best Book of February
“With Peter Lovesey in the world, why does anyone else bother writing mysteries at all? His fiction, both long and short, is charming, the narrative always so smooth it seems effortless, and the plots clever enough to keep even the most suspicious reader guessing (and thrilled) all the way to the delicious end.”
— Ben Boulden, Mystery Scene Magazine
“A diverse collection that offers shocks and satisfactions—and ends neither in late nights nor bleary mornings.”
— Jay Strafford, The Free-Lance Star
“Delightful old-school mystery fiction, filled with humor, suspense, and a knack for twisty surprises that Lovesey has made all his own. The perfect escape.”
—New York Journal of Books
“A dedicated mystery lover's delight from first page to last.”
—Midwest Book Review
“A must for the shelf . . . The collection offers a fine introduction to [Lovesey’s] wry sense of humor and adept story twists.”
— Kingdom Books
“The range of style in his stories is as broad and varied as the range of settings on display in this collection.”
“Lovesey delivers crisp dialogue, effortless narration, appealing characters, ingenious plots, and effervescent whimsy . . . A thoroughly entertaining compendium of the best of the best by one of the best."
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“A celebratory display of the many things an accomplished veteran can do with the short mystery.”
Praise for Peter Lovesey
“Splendid entertainment . . . How [Lovesey] blends suspense and humor to the detriment of neither remains one of crime fiction’s greatest puzzles.”
—The Wall Street Journal
“Lovesey is a master of the crime novel.”
“I have long loved Peter Lovesey’s books . . . A creative, courageous and gifted writer.”
“What'll it be today? A knotty puzzle mystery? A fast-paced police procedural? Something more high-toned, with a bit of wit? With the British author Peter Lovesey, there's no need to make those agonizing decisions, because his books have it all.”
—The New York Times Book Review
"At once charming, chilling and convincing."
—Washington Post Book World
"A master storyteller."
—The Daily Mail