The Lady of the Lake
by Peter Guttridge

DI Sarah Gilchrist and DS Bellamy Heap are called in when the body of a man is found floating in a lake belonging to a reclusive ex-Hollywood actress.

When Major Richard Rabbitt, owner of a large estate in Sussex, is found floating in a lake belonging to Nimue Grace, a charismatic former Hollywood actress, DI Sarah Gilchrist and DS Bellamy Heap are called in to investigate – and quickly discover Rabbitt was a notoriously difficult man to deal with.

Rabbitt was hated by his estranged wife, had several rivalries with residents of the area, and was involved in a number of deals with other shady businessmen . . . such as Said Farzi, a ‘criminal’ according to many, and the corrupt politician William Simpson – the father of Heap’s girlfriend.

With numerous suspects and many refusing to cooperate, Gilchrist and Heap must stay on their toes to unravel all the connections. Who stood to gain the most from Rabbitt’s demise, and who can be trusted?


This is a ripping good British mystery, with murder and betrayal among the treats … Jolly good


A masterly procedural with erudite characters and a nasty sting in the tail

Kirkus Reviews

Sprightly … Catherine Aird fans who’ve not yet discovered this series will be delighted

Publishers Weekly

As befits one of our leading British crime critics, the plot is solidly engineered and the local colour affords an alternate, and fascinating insight into Brighton and its dark corners with a slight nod to Graham Greene but with added wit

Crime Time

Witty ... a diverting mystery in traditional style

Financial Times

Peter is breaking the fourth wall and exchanging sly winks with the reader, especially as he delves into the psyche of a Hollywood film star preferring rural Sussex to L.A. only to find it a no less ruthless and cut-throat environment


Peter Guttridge's Brighton crime series is as crisp, light and dry as the best local wine

Cara Hunter, Sunday Times bestseller on The Lady of the Lake

Amusing repartee, well-drawn characters, and intriguing plot twists distinguish this police procedural

Publishers Weekly on Swimming With the Dead

Cleverly nuanced sleuths solve a series of knotty crimes with daring and panache

Kirkus Reviews on Swimming With the Dead

Gritty and dark, the novel is certain to appeal to readers of the author's previous Brighton mysteries

Booklist on Those Who Feel Nothing

Peter Guttridge

Award-winning comic crime author Peter Guttridge turned from the Daft Side to the Dark Side for his Brighton mystery series, which started with City of Dreadful Night and continued most recently with The Lady of the Lake. He was also the Observer’s crime fiction critic for twelve years, and so has read far more crime fiction than is good for

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The Lady of the Lake by Peter Guttridge is available in the following formats

Hardback978072788967629th November 2019145 X 222mm208£21.99
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