The Detective Wore Silk Drawers

The Detective Wore Silk Drawers

Peter Lovesey / Sep 15, 2019

The Detective Wore Silk Drawers The second Sergeant Cribb mystery is set in the world of Victorian bare fisted pugilism an illegal sport but Cribb discovers evidence that it continues in secret confirmed by a headless body in the

  • Title: The Detective Wore Silk Drawers
  • Author: Peter Lovesey
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  • Page: 459
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The second Sergeant Cribb mystery is set in the world of Victorian bare fisted pugilism an illegal sport, but Cribb discovers evidence that it continues in secret, confirmed by a headless body in the Thames whose hands were pickled for fighting A young constable called Henry Jago is chosen to infiltrate the gang and he has to submit to a rigorous programme of purging, pThe second Sergeant Cribb mystery is set in the world of Victorian bare fisted pugilism an illegal sport, but Cribb discovers evidence that it continues in secret, confirmed by a headless body in the Thames whose hands were pickled for fighting A young constable called Henry Jago is chosen to infiltrate the gang and he has to submit to a rigorous programme of purging, pickling and training Moreover, Cribb needs to intervene at the crucial time to prevent young Jago from being battered to death.

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      • Peter Lovesey

        Peter Harmer Lovesey born 1936 in Whitton, Middlesex is a British writer of historical and contemporary crime novels and short stories His best known series characters are Sergeant Cribb, a Victorian era police detective based in London, and Peter Diamond, a modern day police detective in Bath Lovesey s novels and stories mainly fall into the category of entertaining puzzlers in the Golden Age tradition of mystery writing.Most of Peter Lovesey s writing has been done under his own name However, he did write three novels under the pen name Peter Lear.Lovesey s novels and short stories have won him a number of awards, including both the Gold and Silver Daggers of the Crime Writers Association, of which he was chairman in 1991 92 In 2000, he received the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement in crime writing.Peter Lovesey lives near Chichester His son Phil Lovesey also writes crime novels.


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    1. Very contemporary in feel, though you are reminded of the period when clothing and modesty pops up. Here Sgt. Cribb is taken to a headless body and by hook and crook he finagles a way to get a your policeman to go undercover to discover the murderer of the corpse and ultimately shut down other crimes as well.The hardest part of reading this was reading the bare fisted fighting which is brutality as entertainment. That aside, a nice quick read for those who don’t mind that and interesting chara [...]


    2. First finished. Book of 2016. I used to enjoy Sgt Cribb on TV in the late seventies, also Peter Lovesey went to school with an aunt of my husbands, so thought I'd give it a try. I enjoyed it very much but felt the ending was a little woolly. A bare knuckle fighter is washed up on the embankment headless, and Sergeant Cribb sends a young constable undercover to gather information. Poor chap, Henry Jago, is recruited, a champion boxer though not in the banned bare knuckle sport he is able to survi [...]


    3. [This review originally appeared in Historical Novel Review:] 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 [...]


    4. This was bizarre. I can't say I'm keen on sporting stories, especially ones about bare-knuckle fighting, and I was constantly worried about poor PC Jago. Sgt. Cribb takes Jowett's admiration of the French method seriously and sends a new, relatively unknown constable under cover as a bare-knuckle boxer. Jago is at least familiar with boxing and athletic, but he's a privately educated, university man who for some reason decided to be a copper. He has a colonel's daughter for a girlfriend. He has [...]


    5. This book is the second in the Sergeant Cribbs Investigation series set in Victorian England. Bare fisted fighting has been illegal for twenty years, but when a headless body surfaces in the Thames well-muscled, Cribbs remembers another headless one last January and one more last year. He surmises that there is a ring of pugilists who ignore the law regarding bare-fisted fighting. He selects a young, well muscled policeman to infiltrate Radstock Hall where boxers are being trained. Strapping Con [...]


    6. A headless man is washed up from the Thames, and from his condition is determined to be a bare fisted prize fighter or pugilist. Sargent Cribb, Detective Constable Thackery and Constable Jago set out to find the killer. Jago goes(who has boxing experience) undercover to find the instigators responsible for "pugilism" (which is illegal in England) and possibly murder.The book is a mystery and also very funny. It is difficult and very funny to imagine in modern times to read about the dos and don' [...]


    7. Set in Victorian England, bare fisted fighting is illegal yet fights still occur. when a body is found clearly connected to the illegal sport, Sergeant Cribb sends constable Jago undercover to investigate and find the identity of the dead body and the killer. The book is filled with fights and a side of England I for one was totally unfamiliar with. I felt sorry for Jago at many turns but was very satisfied with the end result.


    8. Bare-fisted pugilism was apparently illegal in Victorian England, so what better setting than the circle of law-breakers who prepared the fighters and ran the fights? Except the execution left much to be desired. This one rather turned me off reading the rest of the Sergeant Crabb books. Giving them a break for a while before I dig in again.


    9. The unique setting of this enjoyable, light-hearted Victorian-era mystery and the descriptions of life in and around London in 1880 more than make up for the fact that the actual mystery is rather blah and predictable.


    10. After the promising first book in the Sgt Cribb series, this second book in the series was a real disappointment. Felt as if it were thrown together in an afternoon. Sketchily drawn characters, stilted, flat dialogue. It seemed like an afterthought of a book.






    11. Peter Lovesey continues an excellent series of Victorian detective mysteries (written in the 1970s). He is an extremely witty writer, and the twists of his plots are not predictable.


    12. I enjoy the novels with Sergeant Cribb and Detective Constable Thackeray. They're fast paced and very interesting.


    13. Not as good as it might be. Didn't seem to come together for me but I wasn't really into the story and kept putting it down. Love Lovesy but not one of his better books.



    14. Terrific stuff - witty, strong characterisation, lovely setting, excellent vocabulary. Piccadilly Weepers, anyone? Shouldn't be out of print in my opinion!



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