Posts Tagged ‘DCI Alan Banks’

Sleeping in the Ground: DCI Banks 24

The story starts with a mass murder at a wedding in a small Dales church and with Banks himself attending a funeral.  It seems as though the mass murder is going to follow its usual course when another body is found but Banks is not at all sure that the obvious answer is the correct one.

In addiion to trying to make sense of the evidence he is trying to make sense of the death of his first girlfriend and the return to his life of the criminal profiler, Jenny Fuller.  Can he put personal concerns aside in order to concemtrate on what at first seems like an open and shut case?

I have read all the previous books in this well written police procedural serie and thoroughly enjoyed them and this latest one is no exception.  Banks himself is an interesting character and I like the way he encourages his subordinates to do the best they possibly can at the job.   I also like the Yorkshire background which the author really brings to life.

If you like police procedural crime novels without too much on the page violence and bad language and with an evocative background and a well crafted plot then you can do worse than try this series.  The novels are best read in order of publication.


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When the Music's Over: The 23rd DCI Banks Mystery

I have read all the previous books in this well written and compelling series and I think this one has to be the best so far.  DI Annie Cabbot is set to investigate how a teenager’s body came to be found battered to death on a lonely stretch of road having apparently been thrown from a moving vehicle.  As she delves into the case it becomes more and more disturbing and leads her and her colleague DC Gerry Masterson into some very dangerous and murky waters indeed.

Superintendent Alan Banks  – newly promoted – find his first case involves the investigation of a celebrity crime nearly half a century old.  Charismatic Danny Caxton is accused of raping Linda Palmer in his hotel room in Blackpool during a summer season there.  The two crimes – both involving fourteen year old girls – mirror and echo each other as the two investigations gradually progress.

Here is Peter Robinson at his masterly best.  The writing is low key and understated and all the better for it because it sends shivers down your spine while you’re reading it.  The crimes are all too contemporary and really bring the crimes in the headlines today to life from the victims’ perspective.

I liked Alan Banks as a character right from the first book in the series and he develops into a fully rounded characters as the series progresses.  In spite of this the books can be read as standalone novels as there is enough background information in each of them to make the series characters’ lives intelligible to anyone who just wants to dip into the series.  I can thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who has read others by this author and by fans of this series.

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