STAGESTRUCK is the 11th novel in the Peter Diamond detective series. Iâ€™d read exactly zero in the series when I opened the book, but the fact that I arrived late on the scene, and that Iâ€™m a novice when it comes to the facts of Diamondâ€™s life, did not act as a deterrent to my enjoyment. STAGESTRUCK is a police procedural set in the historic city of Bath, and for its setting and focus on the very real Theatre Royal, this is a novel that is certain to be enjoyed by anglophile mystery fans. Pervasive local flavour seeps through these pages as Diamond visits neighbourhood pubs, local landmarks and soaks up the legendary ghost stories are part of the history of the Theatre Royal. Local colour is so strong, in fact, that for mystery lovers, STAGESTRUCK is a tantalizing way for visitors to Bath to prime for tourism.
History professor Rupert Hope takes a time-out from his role as a dead Cavalier in an annual reenactment of a 1643 battle with the Roundheads on Lansdown Hill, and unearths a human femur. Excited by the find â€“ certain itâ€™s part of a centuries-dead soldier â€“ Hope keeps digging. Until someone stops him.
Shortly after Hope is reported missing, a woman walks into Supt. Peter Diamondâ€™s Bath station and turns in a suspiciously human looking bone her dog found.