Book - 2012
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Clarion Calhoun is a fading pop star wanting to launch an acting career. The audience at her debut on stage at Bath's Theatre Royal are expecting a dramatic evening - but what they get is beyond their wildest imagination. When Clarion is rushed to hospital with third degree burns, rumours spread through the theatrical community.
Publisher: London : Sphere, ©2012.
ISBN: 9780751545050
Characteristics: 327 pages ;,20 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Jan 05, 2019

A floor plan of Bath's Theatre Royal building would have been very helpful in following the plot. Peter Lovesey takes the culture, traditions and superstitions of live theatre, adds some twists and turns, and creates an entertaining puzzle. He makes writing mysteries look too easy.

Mar 28, 2017

As usual, Lovesey has crafted another first class murder mystery; one that is so engaging you can't put it down. But his conclusions as less than satisfying: for sure the culprit is someone you didn't expect. But that's because because the villain turns out to be only a minor character.
Nonetheless, I've no reservations about the time I spent reading this book.

Second Peter Diamond book I have read and I won't read another from this series. His stand alone mysteries are much better. Diamond is not a likable character and he is not nice to his police colleagues. Plot is somewhat prescriptive ... was he just writing this book for the income?

Oct 19, 2014

Well-written, intelligent, great characters (except for one who unfortunately opens the book), and a marvellously complex plot. A delightful read.

mikeyppl Mar 02, 2012

This was the first book I read in this series. I am now a fan.

debwalker Jun 18, 2011

"Detective Peter Diamond is back in Peter Lovesey’s latest perfect plot. A pop princess dies before a celebrity-packed house in Bath. She was supposed to appear in I am a Camera, the Broadway play inspired by Christopher Isherwood’s racy novel about Berlin that, with songs added, became Cabaret. Instead of reviving her fading career, Clarion Calhoun appears clawing at her face. It appears someone put a caustic substance in her stage makeup. The makeup artist whose job it was to plaster the diva is found dead, which brings Diamond to the case. Lovesey, as always, uses his wit like a whip and whirls through the theatre scene like a scourge. Bodies drop, clues appear, and it’s all done with the master’s perfect touches, including witty dialogue, smart plotting and superior characters. Definitely one of Lovesey’s best."

Margaret Cannon
Globe and Mail June 15 2011

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Related Authors


Subject Headings


Find it at Library

To Top