Three mysteries in the CWA Gold Dagger–winning series by a “master of the bizarre” (Louis Untermeyer).
Scotland Yard detective James Pibble is known for accepting any case, no matter how strange. Taking him to every corner of England, his job throws him into the most curious circumstances.
The Glass-Sided Ants’ Nest: Detective Pibble is on the case when the revered elder of a New Guinea tribe is bludgeoned to death. All the suspects—including a real estate agent, a professional escort, and an anthropologist who married into the tribe—have alibis. And Pibble’s only clue is an Edwardian penny.
The Old English Peep Show: Pibble’s next case takes him to the World of Old England, a country house run as a theme park. When one of the servants at the estate hangs himself, Detective Pibble discovers not a suicide, but a bizarre set of circumstances that add up to foul play.
The Sinful Stones: Nobel Prize–winning scientist and one of the first builders of the atomic bomb Sir Francis Francis summons Detective Pibble to an isolated island to find his stolen memoir. But is Francis senile? Was the manuscript really stolen? What’s the real reason he sent for Pibble? And why does the island’s religious sect want Francis to stay so much?
Praise for The Glass-Sided Ants’ Nest
“First class . . . gripping, intelligent, and original.” —The Times Literary Supplement
“Brilliantly imaginative and wonderfully convincing.” —The Observer
“Read this tale carefully: it’s a jewel.” —The New York Times
“This is a bit crazy, suspenseful, surprising . . . altogether, not to be missed.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Confirms Dickinson as the best thing that has happened to serious, sophisticated, witty crime fiction.” —The Sunday Times
Praise for The Sinful Stones
“Fantastically inventive . . . a story full of imaginative detail with a stirring, sardonic end.” —The Daily Telegraph
“Here is that rare bird among thrillers: one that combines sheer speed and subtlety, through sheer writing skill.” —The Sun
“A delight to read.” —The Times Literary Supplement
“Splendid.” —The Times (London)
“So richly contoured as to demand comparison with the best contemporary fiction.” —The Scotsman
“Peter Dickinson is a master of the bizarre. . . . The Sinful Stones is bewildering and yet believable, marvelously mad but perfectly logical. . . . I had an usually good, and often gripping time with it.” —Louis Untermeyer
Peter Dickinson was born in Africa but raised and educated in England. From 1952 to 1969 he was on the editorial staff of Punch, and since then has earned his living writing fiction of various kinds for children and adults. His books have been published in several languages throughout the world.
The recipient of many awards, Dickinson has been shortlisted nine times for the prestigious Carnegie Medal for children’s literature and was the first author to win it twice. The author of twenty-one crime and mystery novels for adults, Dickinson was also the first to win the Gold Dagger of the Crime Writers’ Association for two books running: The Glass-Sided Ants’ Nest (1968) and The Old English Peepshow (1969).
A collection of Dickinson’s poetry, The Weir, was published in 2007. His latest book, In the Palace of the Khans, was published in 2012 and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal.
Dickinson has served as chairman of the Society of Authors and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2009 for services to literature.
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