By Peter Lovesey
$25.00, Soho Press
Clarion Calhoun is a fading pop star wanting to launch an acting career. The audiences at her debut at Bath’s Theatre Royal are expecting a dramatic evening, but what they get is beyond their wildest imagination. When Clarion is rushed to hospital with third-degree burns, rumours spread through the theatrical community and beyond. In the best theatrical tradition, the show goes on, but the agony turns to murder.
The case falls to Peter Diamond, Bath’s top detective, but for reasons he can’t understand, he suffers a physical reaction amounting to phobia each time he goes near the theatre. As he tries to find its root in his past, the tension at the Theatre Royal mounts, legends come to life and the killer strikes again.
Stagestruck is the eleventh Lovesey mystery in the Peter Diamond series. It is my first. And while I enjoyed it, I have to say that I suspect that I would have enjoyed it all the more if I had more background or some sort of prior knowledge of Lovesey's Diamond series. Don't let me mislead you, I did enjoy the book, but think that I was missing some of the background that may have made the subplot more important or make more sense.
That being said up front, I thought the plot was great, and the behind the scenes action at the theater was fun to read. I pretty much had the mystery solved, but I enjoyed the read enough to finish the book just to see if I was right. Some times for me, a book is like a trip, just because you know where you are going, doesn't mean the ride isn't a fun adventure!
Over all, I liked it! Fans of the Diamond series will be thrilled with Stagestruck! I'm going to read Lovesey's first Diamond book now just to get an idea of the Diamond character.
3 out of 5 stars!
This e-galley was provided to me by the publisher and in no way affected my review.