The Detective Wore Silk Drawers Paperback – Large Print, May 2000
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Praise for The Detective Wore Silk Drawers
“A gorgeous piece of period reconstruction . . . All the details of pickling and purging, gymnastics and ‘coming up to scratch’ worked into an exciting plot.”
—The Daily Telegraph
“A rich and unusual mystery, with suspense enough for the most confirmed addict.”
—Los Angeles Times
“A splendid thick-ear thriller in the literal sense.”
“Cribb was the first of the new-wave Victorian crime-fighters and is arguably still the best.”
—Sherlock Holmes Magazine
“A strongly plotted mystery that will keep the reader in suspense until the very end. Soho Press is to be commended for re-releasing this outstanding series for a new generation of mystery readers.”
—Mysterious Reviews --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Bare-knuckles fighting had been outlawed in Britain some years before this novel is set, but it retained a small but dedicated following who gather to watch and, especially, bet on fights staged in out-of-the-way places to which the cognoscenti are directed. It’s sort of like dogfights or cockfights today, I suppose.
Anyway, several bare knuckles brawlers have turned up dead, which leads Lovely’s series detective, Sergeant Cribbs, to investigate by planting an undercover cop, aspiring amateur (legitimate) boxer Henry Jago, at an underground baxe-knuckes training center inside a posh country mansion where things are run by, of all things, a sexy young woman.
It’s a decent mystery and definitely gives the reader a unique setting, but the characters aren’t far above stereotypes and while there is some suspense, it’s not of the first-rate sort. I did enjoy reading The Detective Wore Silk Drawers but would hardly classify it among the top rank of mysteries I’ve read.
Like all the Sergeant Cribb mysteries, this one is deftly plotted, lightly ironic, and full of the color of Victorian sport.