'The Detective Wore Silk Drawers will establish the historical thriller as securely as Mrs Christie established her own particular brand of whodunit'
'A gorgeous piece of period reconstruction . . . worked into an exciting plot'
'A rich and unusual mystery, with suspense enough for the most confirmed addict'
'Once in a while a writer enters the scene with a new slant on crime and Peter Lovesey has concocted such a tale with assurance and skill'