Detective Peter Diamond #17
On Sale: October 16, 2018
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Peter Diamond, British detective extraordinaire, must dig
deep into Bath history to ferret out the secrets of one of
its most famous (and scandalous) icons: Richard
“Beau” Nash, who might be the victim of a centuries old
Bath, England: A wrecking crew is demolishing a row of
townhouses in order to build a grocery store when they
uncover a skeleton in one of the attics. The dead man is
wearing authentic 1760s garb and on the floor next to it is
a white tricorn hat—the ostentatious signature accessory of
Beau Nash, one of Bath’s most famous historical
men-about-town, a fashion icon and incurable rake who, some
say, ended up in a pauper’s grave. Or did the Beau actually
end up in a townhouse attic? The Beau Nash Society will be
all in a tizzy when the truth is revealed to them.
Superintendent Peter Diamond, who has been assigned to
identify the remains, starts making discoveries that turn
Nash scholarship on its ear. But one of his constables is
stubbornly insisting the corpse can’t be Nash’s—the
non-believer threatens to spoil Diamond’s favorite theory,
especially when he offers some pretty irrefutable evidence.
Is Diamond on a historical goose chase? Should he actually
be investigating a much more modern murder?
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