PETER LOVESEY – Swing, Swing Together. Sgt. Cribb & Constable  Thackery #7. Macmillan, UK, hardcover, 1976. Dodd Mead, US, hardcover, 1976. Penguin Books, US, paperback, 1978. TV Adaptation: Cribb, 20 April 1980 (Series 1, Episode 2).

   For some reason, I’ve never until now attempted any of Lovesey’s tales of  mystery taking place Victorian England. I’m not sure why. Too much exotic background to detract from the mystery?  Maybe. At any rate they never tempted me.

   I was wrong, I admit it.

   On a dare, a schoolgirl goes midnight bathing in  the Thames, naked. Not only does she have to be rescued downstream by a policeman, but she is also caught: up in a manhunt for three murderers. Nothing surely to help her reputation!

   But she proves herself a most remarkable heroine in helping Sergeant Cribb and Constable Thackeray solve the case, built incidentally about a certain .Jack the Ripper. Told with happy good humor, slightly naughty at times. Lovesey doesn’t let the mystery detract from the background, b it blends the two into a wholly delightful concoction.

Rating:  A

– Slightly revised from The MYSTERY FANcier, January 1977 (Vol. 1, No. 1)


      The Cribb/Thackeray series

Wobble to Death. Macmillan 1970.
The Detective Wore Silk Drawers. Macmillan 1971.
Abracadaver. Macmillan 1972.
Mad Hatter’s Holiday. Macmillan 1973.
Invitation to a Dynamite Party. Macmillan 1974.
A Case of Spirits. Macmillan 1975.
Swing, Swing Together. Macmillan 1976.
Waxwork. Macmillan 1978.