Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Audiobook Review: The Tooth Tattoo

The Tooth Tattoo
Author: Peter Lovesey
Narrator: Clive Anderson
Unabridged, Length 11hrs, 40 min
Publisher: AudioGo Ltd. 4/30/13

Publisher's Summary
Peter Diamond, head of Bath CID, takes a city break in Vienna, where his favorite film, The Third Man, was set, but everything goes wrong and his companion, Paloma, calls a halt to their relationship. Meanwhile, strange things are happening to jobbing musician Mel Farran, who finds himself scouted by methods closer to the spy world than the concert platform. The chance of joining a once-famous string quartet in a residency at Bath Spa University is too tempting for Mel to refuse. Then a body is found in the city canal, and the only clue to the dead woman's identity is the tattoo of a music note on one of her teeth. For Diamond, who wouldn't know a Stradivarius from a French horn, the investigation is his most demanding ever. Three mysterious deaths need to be probed while his own personal life is in free fall…

My Thoughts:
I chose The Tooth Tattoo for the intriguing title and the fact that I love mysteries set in England.  I was not disappointedI liked being immersed in the unfamiliar and enjoyed learning about the world of a string quartet, how they complemented each other and were closely knit in their working life but totally separate in their private lives. Once very famous, the quartet was making a comeback after recruiting Mel Farron to take the place of  Harry, their viola player who disappeared four years ago.  Peter Diamond came into contact with the string quartet while investigating the mysterious death of a young woman who had a tattoo of a musical note on one of her teeth..  Many seemingly unrelated clues kept me guessing and I realized who the murder was about the time Diamond solved the case. This was my first Peter Diamond mystery and I assure you it won't be my last.  This was also my first experience with narrator Clive Anderson and he was fantastic.  He was especially good with the voice of the female member of the string quartet but not so good with other female voices.  I always knew who was speaking and it was a pleasure to listen to him.  I will add him to my list of favorites.

I liked the fact that The Tooth Tattoo didn't make me feel that I had missed something by not having read any of the previous Peter Diamond mysteries.  I recommend it to mystery lovers and give it 4.5 stars.

Review copy provided by AudioGo.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds excellent! I think mysteries make wonderful audiobooks, especially if you have a good narrator. I need to add this of my long list of audiobooks I need to listen to!