There's plenty of drama, of the wrong kind, when a fading pop star wanting to launch an acting career at Bath's Theatre Royal gets taken to hospital with third degree burns.
In the best theatrical tradition, the show goes on, but the agony turns to murder. Bath's top detective, Peter Diamond, is on the case - but for reasons he can't understand, he suffers a physical reaction amounting to phobia each time he goes near the theatre.
Before he can find the killer, he must face his own demons...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 01/02/2012
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780751545050
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Review by devenish
After reading the less than thrilling 'Skeleton Hill' I was pleased to find in 'Stagestruck' that Peter Lovesey was on top form. Taking place mainly within the Theatre Royal,Bath,this is an atmospheric thriller of the best sort.A faded,female pop star is bough in to play the part of Sally Bowles in the production of 'I Am A Camera' by Christopher Isherwood.She is nervous and unsure of herself as this is her first important acting role. Shortly after appearing onstage on the first night,she screams and rushes off. It transpires that caustic soda has been added to her makeup and has badly burned he face and neck.The police are called in and Peter Diamond arrives to take charge of the investigation. Shortly after the dresser who applied the makeup falls (or jumps)to her death. Does this tie up the case or does it not ? You will have to read the book and find out.