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The Tick of Death (A Sergeant Cribb Investigation #5)

Peter Lovesey


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“Lovesey goes from strength to strength. A really entertaining extravaganza, judged to a nicety.” The Times

London, 1884: A series of bomb blasts in public places is causing mayhem throughout the city. Even Scotland Yard’s CID office becomes a target, throwing suspicion on Constable Thackeray. The primary suspects are Irish terrorists seeking independence, but could the villain be someone else? A beautiful Irish woman? An American athlete? Sergeant Cribb reluctantly enrolls in a bomb-making course and infiltrates the Dynamite Party. 

Based on the real events in London between 1884 - 1885, the story had its own resonance ninety years on.

Praise For The Tick of Death (A Sergeant Cribb Investigation #5)

Crime Writers' Association Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement Recipient
Mystery Writers of America 2018 Grandmaster

Praise for The Tick of Death

“Another of those wonderful Victorian background stories about Sgt. Cribb and Constable Thackeray . . . Plenty of suspense, excitement and beautiful twists.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Lovesey goes from strength to strength. A really entertaining extravaganza, judged to a nicety.”
The Times

“The period detail is admirable: the narrative both witty and swift.”
The Sunday Times

“Tense and dramatic. The best book I have read for a long time.”
Birmingham Mail

Praise for Peter Lovesey

“I have long loved Peter Lovesey’s books . . . A creative, courageous and gifted writer.”
—Louise Penny

“Lovesey is a master of the crime novel.”
—Sara Paretsky 

“What'll it be today? A knotty puzzle mystery? A fast-paced police procedural? Something more high-toned, with a bit of wit? With the British author Peter Lovesey, there's no need to make those agonizing decisions, because his books have it all.”
—The New York Times Book Review 

“Mr. Lovesey's narrative is swift, but he takes time out for local color and abundant humor, the latter springing from the book's quirky characters . . . Lovesey is a wizard at mixing character-driven comedy with realistic-to-grim suspense. And in a writing career spanning four decades, he has created a stylish and varied body of work.”
The Wall Street Journal

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

“Extremely stylish, lighter than air . . . utterly surprising.”

Soho Crime, 9781569475966, 224pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2009

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.