The Circle (Inspector Mallin Series #1)

The Circle (Inspector Mallin Series #1)

by Peter Lovesey

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“A treat . . . Lovesey’s restraint, wit, and charming cast ensure him a place in the winner’s circle.”
 —Entertainment Weekly

At the urging of his daughter, Bob Naylor joins the Chichester Writer’s Circle. But instead of exploring his budding talents as an amateur poet, Bob soon finds himself in the middle of something sinister. The vanity-press publisher who recently visited and critiqued the group was killed in an arson fire, and Maurice, the group’s leader, is the prime suspect. Because Bob is new to the group and not under suspicion, he is recruited to prove Maurice’s innocence, putting his own life at risk. The murderer is not done, and more people will die as Inspector Henrietta Mallin scrambles to pinpoint the killer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786280995
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 11/14/2005
Series: Inspector Mallin Series , #1
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 533
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Peter Lovesey is the author of more than thirty highly praised mystery novels. He 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 West Sussex, England.

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The Circle (Inspector Mallin Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The police investigate the fiery murder of unpopular publisher Edgar Blacker, who died following a talk he gave to the Chichester Writers' Circle, an unpublished writers' group. The motive seems obvious as Blacker conned the wannabes into investing in a doomed vanity press con making one of the group most likely the arsonist-killer. The prime suspect is the group¿s chair Maurice McDade as Blacker shammed the true crime author of the unpublished Unsolved into a hefty investment and gave nothing back.................. Meanwhile two more fatal fires occur and the newest member Bob Naylor barely survives an attempt to fry him. As the group investigates one another; Inspector Henrietta 'Hen' Mallin takes over the official investigation that has been fumbled while a serial arsonists-murderer has escaped identification........................ Cigar smoking Hen is a diamond of a cop who turns Peter Lovesey's latest police procedural into a fabulous reading experience. The story line is typical of the grandmaster as the cast seems real especially the wannabe writers turned amateur sleuths and the who-done-it complex yet interesting. As usual the plot contains plenty of red herrings and twists as well as humor as Hen, who played a secondary role in THE HOUSE SITTER, takes the starring role carrying a terrific investigative tale on her pint sized back................. Harriet Klausner
mrtall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Peter Lovesey¿s The Circle is a classic `inside baseball¿ murder mystery. The victim¿s the `chair¿ [sic, very much so] of an amateurish local writers¿ circle, and it¿s within that circle that most of the book¿s action takes place. There is a police presence, but it¿s secondary to Lovesey¿s amused and amusing characterizations of writer wannabes. Good fun, but recommended mostly to those who already like and enjoy murder mysteries.
ksmac on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
slow to start, interesting plot twist
daizylee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lovesey is obviously invluenced by Christie and in the best way. The book was smart and well-plotted with plenty of little fun bits. I figured out the murderer, though, really early, and I'm always never quite proud when that happens, I'm always dissatisfied.
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pianotshr More than 1 year ago
It's my first book by Peter Lovesey. I am right in the middle of it and can hardly put it down. It is well written and keeps you guessing as "who dun nit"! I especially enjoy British mysteries so plan to buy more of his other books. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
ON cover was noted that there would be an appearance by Peter Diamond. I love Peter Diamond. Guess what? All of one paragraph was 'devoted' to him. Couldn't put the book down.Kudos to Peter Lovsey!!!!