A fast read and a thoroughly enjoyable one! Sgt. Cribb is a terrific character, sort of an Inspector Lestrade from the Sherlock Holmes stories, but given wit, humor, and detective competency. The background of Victorian London comes alive, and the setting--of a grueling 6-day race--was clever and interesting. Good book!
Great Victorian mystery set in 1879 London and the first in the Sergeant Cribb series.
Wobble to Death is listed as one of the top 100 crime novels of all time by the British-based Crime Writers Association, and you can see why. It is set in London in the Victorian era during a six-day endurance race-walk, known during the time as a "wobble". Sergeant Cribb and his assistant Thackeray are called in when one of the competitors is murdered during the race. Lovesey gives a fabulous sense of place and time - the odors of the hall, the class distinctions, the language - a history lesson you didn't even realize you were learning. Lovesey makes each character memorable without a lot of backstory so the book can stay focused on the murder.
Wasn't a particularly compelling or riveting mystery.