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Peter Lovesey is one of the well known British author of the contemporary detective and historical novels as well as short stories. He is specifically famous for developing the characters of Sergeant Cribb and Peter Diamond. Cribb is described as a police detective from the Victorian era living in London, while Peter is shown as a modern day police detective who lives in Bath. Author Lovesey has also written some of his books under the pseudonym Peter Lear. He was born in the year 1936 in Whitton, Middlesex, United Kingdom. His schooling was completed from the Hampton Grammar School. After that, author Lovesey joined the Reading University in the year 1955. He did not have the necessary Latin qualification, therefore he had to chose a Fine Art degree along with English and History as elective subjects. A couple of English tutors of author Lovesey thought well about his essays in order to let him take the English course in the end. Finally, Lovesey received his honors degree from the Reading University in the year 1958. Following that, he joined the Royal Air Force and completed 3 years of duty for the National Service. Even though the National Service was only for two years, usually, Lovesey signed up for three years.
By doing so, he was able to receive advance training, get a better pay, and a position as an Education Officer. At the time when he resigned from the Air Force, he received an edge in beginning his career in teaching. Later in the year 1959, author Lovesey got married to Jacqueline Lewis, who used to study along with him at the Reading University. The teaching career of author Lovesey lasted for a total of 14 years. He had begun as an English lecturer in the year 1961 at the Thurrock Technical College, located in Essex. Then he joined the Hammersmith College in London, now called as the West London College, and went on to become the General Education Department’s Head. Author Lovesey quit teaching in the year 1975 in order to focus on his writing career on a full time basis. As of today, he lives in his home located near Chichester. He has a son named Phil Lovesey and a daughter named Kathy Lovesey. Phil is also a crime writer like his father. Previously, he used to work as a teacher of English at the Wolverhampton Grammar School. Kathy is married and lives along with her husband in Greenwich, Connecticut. All the books and stories written by author Lovesey fall in the category of the entertaining puzzlers in the mystery writing’s Golden Age tradition. He has written most of his books under his original novel. However, under his pen name Peter Lear, he has written a total of 3 books. Author Lovesey has won a number of prestigious awards in his writing career for his successful novels, including the Silver and Gold Daggers by the CWA. In the year 2000, author Lovesey was awarded with the Cartier Diamond Dagger for his lifetime achievement in the field of crime writing. One of the books written by author Lovesey in the Sergeant Cribb series, titled ‘Waxwork’, received very good reviews from the critics in the Time Magazine. It was eventually bought by television producer June Wyndham Davies in Granada.
The show featured actor Alan Dobie in the lead role of Sergeant Cribb and actress Carol Royle in the female lead. The adaptation was screened on the occasion of Christmas in the year 1979. Following, author Lovesey and his wife Jacqueline dramatized all his books for television. William Simons and Alan Dobie played major roles in a number of the television shows and were also nominated for several Emmy Awards. The Peter Diamond series written by author Lovesey consist of 16 books in total, all of which are set in Bath, England. All the books in the series feature Peter Diamond in the form of a warm hearted, burly, yet no nonsense police detective. The description of author Lovesey made the readers intrigued in the personal life of Peter Diamond as much as the intricate mysteries of the plots. The team of Peter at the Bath Crime Investigation Department include an ex journalist named Ingeborg Smith, a long serving colleague named Keith Halliwell, as well as a meticulous member named John Leaman. All these individuals get involved in fair play police procedurals throughout the mystery series.
One of the early books in the Peter Diamond series written by author Peter Lovesey is titled as ‘Diamond Solitaire’. This book was released in the year 1992 by the Soho Crime publication. In this book, it is shown that Peter Diamond gets fired from the police department on the charges of insubordination. Therefore, he is left with no other option than working as a security in charge at Harrod’s. However, he goes on to lose this job too after being fired for discovering an abandoned Japanese girl after the closing time in the shop’s store. He calls Naomi and learns that she is strongly autistic in nature. Peter Diamond decides to devote himself to her fully in order to communicate with her and get some important information out of her mouth. This way, he will be able to send Naomi to her rightful guardians. After a few weeks, a Japanese woman approaches Peter Diamond out of nowhere and claims Naomi. Peter trusts her in whatever she says and hands over Naomi to her. Just as he begins to think that he has done his job, he finds something fishy. Peter wonders whether all that the Japanese woman told him were true. But, it becomes too late before he could do anything as Naomi seems to have been kidnapped by that woman. Peter is armed with nothing else than the drawings of Naomi which serve as important clues. With the help of that, he races ahead in the process of tracing down the kidnappers and rescue Naomi once again.
One of the other books in the Peter Diamond series is titled as ‘Upon A Dark Night’. This book was published by the Soho Crime publishers in the year 1997. At the beginning of this novel, it is shown that a young woman gets dumped in the parking lot of a private hospital in a badly injured and unconscious state. Later, it is found that the woman is an amnesiac and does not have any memory of herself before being discovered by the hospital staff in the parking lot. When Detective Peter Diamond from the homicide squad of Bath is ordered to work out the case, pretty much unwilling to get involved in it initially. He seems to have some other important cases to try and solve. One of his cases is that of a young woman who plunged to death after falling from the roof of a local building in which many other young people from Bath were partying in the lower floors. The other case is that of an old farmer who seems to have committed suicide by shooting himself in broad daylight. Peter Diamond wonders if the two suicides actually what they appear to be in the first place, or there are some sinister forces at work. Finally, it is found that the amnesiac woman held the key to the two cases and Peter is now required to find out how and why the two people died.
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