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The Detective Wore Silk Drawers Paperback – Large Print, May 2000

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  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Pr; Lrg edition (May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786224266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786224265
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 372 g
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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.”
The Guardian

“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.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa24e6f60) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
HASH(0xa24f4f84) out of 5 stars The Not-so-Sweet Science April 11 2016
By M. Buzalka - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Detective Wore Silk Drawers (1971) sounds like a kinky title but it actually refers to a cop going undercover as a boxer in this nice piece of historical detective fiction set in Victorian England. It was Peter Lovely’s second foray into this world, and both center around unusual sports of the time: “wobbles,” a kind of competitive walking marathon, in his first book Wobble to Death, and bare knuckle boxing in this one.

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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa23641b0) out of 5 stars Unique Subject - Interesting Times Sept. 6 2001
By Shirley Schwartz - Published on
Format: Audio Cassette
I am very glad to have found Peter Lovesey. This is the second book in his Victorian series starring Sergeant Cribb and the long suffering Constable Thackery. Mr. Lovesey recreates the Victorian atmosphere very accurately. And this is a new form of English cozy crime. Mr. Lovesey seems to want to delve into the Victorian sports era. This particular book is about "knuckle fighting" without the mittens as they call it. There was a huge following of this sport in England at this time despite the fact that even watching was illegal. We get right into the whole area and learn all about the clothes, the gear and the lingo. On top of that it's a cracking good thriller. I certainly intend to read more in this series. I am thourougly enjoying it.
HASH(0xa236442c) out of 5 stars Vintage Lovesey July 19 2010
By Bruce Macbain - Published on
Format: Paperback
The second of Peter Lovesey's Victorian mysteries (now reissued) plunges Sergeant Cribb and Constable Thackery into the underworld of bare-knuckled pugilism. In 1880, fighting with "the raw `uns" has been outlawed in England for a decade, yet matches in out-of-the-way locales still draw huge crowds. When the headless body of a man with scarred knuckles washes up on the Thames Embankment, Cribb recruits a young policeman, Henry Jago, to pose as one of these midnight pugilists. But young Henry, good-looking, fit, earnest and callow, is no match for the seductive, sadistic Mrs. Vibart, who manages a stable of brutal fighters on her estate. And when Mrs. V. is herself found brutally murdered in her bed, the evidence points to, of all people, Henry. Will Sergeant Cribb crack the case--and hopefully before the unfortunate Henry is beaten senseless in the ring? Read on.

Like all the Sergeant Cribb mysteries, this one is deftly plotted, lightly ironic, and full of the color of Victorian sport.
HASH(0xa2364750) out of 5 stars A PUGILISTIC PISTOL OF A POLICE PROCEDURAL Aug. 9 2010
By Scot Bedford - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
When a headless corpse is found floating in the River Thames in Victorian England it is up to Sergeant Cribb( of the agile mind and bushy side burns) and his hale and hearty sidekick, Thackery, to get to the bottom of the murder most foul. Although fighting under the LONDON PRIZE RING-RULES (bare knuckled, no rounds, spiked shoes for stomping, throws o.k. ) has been outlawed for twenty years Cribb taps into an underground bare knuckle fighting ring. They recruit the young, handsome, and jacked rookie constable Jago, to go under-cover and train as a bare knuckled boxer. Well the police procedural gallops along at a furious pace. There is a beautiful young widow with a touch of evil. Bare knuckled fights are staged surreptitiously. All together it makes for a worthwhile read.
HASH(0xa2364480) out of 5 stars Easy to read, enjoyable old time detective mystery. July 10 2014
By Robyne Hingeley - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A detective novel set in England in 1800's (I think), but very easy to read, not full of complicated language or anything. One policeman goes undercover to uncover illegal bare fisted boxing matches, followed by two other policeman posing as spectators. I enjoyed it, it is light, and at times a little slow, but there are limited characters and the plot was easy to follow and at times very exciting. I will certainly read another Peter Lovesey.