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Book the seventh
One word title

This is another book which could have fitted into multiple categories. I went with 'One word title' as such books are somewhat harder to find that the books for the other categories into which it would fit

Waxwork by Peter Lovesey


By her own confession, the beautiful Miriam Cromer is a murderess. She is sentenced to death for the killing of her husband's assistant, and the hangman travels to London to earn his fee. Then the Home Office is sent a photograph that casts doubt on her confession, and the matter must be investigated - fast.

Sergeant Cribb is called in, but his investigations produce nothing to ease the minds of the authorities. As he plunges deeper into the relationships and history of the intimate group connected with the murder, he becomes increasingly suspicious that something very different indeed happened at Park Lodge, Kew Green, on that March day in 1888.

I have most of Peter Lovesey's books including the entire Sergeant Cribb series; this book is the last book in the series. It's very unlike me not to start at the beginning of a series and continue to the end. However, firstly I have read the series before and secondly I wanted a book with a one word title.

It's set in Victorian England and Lovesey does a good job of making you feel you are indeed back in time. Cribb is a good, solid detective and a well-drawn character. His usual side-kick is not in the story, but it works because firstly Cribb doesn't come in until a fair way through the book and secondly when he does appear his is mainly with his immediate superior. The book is very much of it's time, the murder doesn't happen on-screen, as the blurb says, it has already happened and the convicted murderer is awaiting the death sentence and we have a look at quite what that would entail back in the day.

I enjoyed the book a great deal. Lovesey is an easy writer to read, a good, solid, engaging writer who tells a good crime story. I like his style of writing, it's not fancy or flowery, just good, solid writing. If you like Victorian crime, in my opinion the Cribb series is worth reading.

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caffyolay From: caffyolay Date: 17th February 2019 10:41 (UTC) (Link)
He is indeed an excellent writer.I've read a couple of his, standalones I think, and maybe a book short stories? Anyway, I haven't read any of the Sgt. Cribb ones and by the sounds of this, I ought to. I have one, which I think I mentioned before, will see what the library has. Should I read them in order or doesn't it matter? I nearly always prefer reading books in order but notice than sometimes it doesn't matter.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 17th February 2019 16:08 (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you like him too. I have a couple of his standalones & short stories. I do like him a lot.

It's been a long time since I read them, TBH. But IMS this is a series where you can read out of order as they don't refer back to one another and there isn't any progression of rank, etc. between books. As you know I do like to start at the beginning & go on to the end of a series. But I do think you can start anywhere.
gilda_elise From: gilda_elise Date: 17th February 2019 13:03 (UTC) (Link)
I'm wondering about the one word title, too. You don't run into that very often.

Interesting cover. Sort of creepy, which I suppose is a good thing for a mystery. *g*
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 17th February 2019 16:10 (UTC) (Link)
I imagine a lot of people will be. Ironically there are two Cribb books that have one word titles this and Abracadaver.

I thought so too. It's the cover from a much older version, the newer on is far more bland *g*
birggitt From: birggitt Date: 18th February 2019 14:24 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I have read quite a bunch of Peter Lovesey's books! a lot of them on the Peter Diamond series, TBH, because, once I begin a series, I tend to be a little bit single-minded :P But I'll add the Sergeant Cribb to the pile. What difference makes eight more books to it? *swoons in desperation*

But I agree, I love the simple, clear writing. And I need some clean, simple writing after reading a book that, OMG! it was the purplest purple prose I've ever read :P

I could give you some examples, but I'm not that cruel XD

nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 18th February 2019 15:08 (UTC) (Link)
Oh have you? I have all the Peter Diamond books too and have read them all. Ah, yes, I do tend to be like you too. *Laughs softly* What's another eight books?

I'm glad you also enjoy the simple, clear writing of Peter Lovesey. Oh, dear :-( Poor you.

That is kind of you.
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