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Watching the Dark: An Inspector Banks Novel by Peter Robinson (Review #2)

Reviewed by Mark Moderson

Watching the DarkI was excited to find a new mystery writer to read, and based on some reviews was excited to read this book. Unfortunately this book was not what I expected. It was an extremely slow and hard read that could not hold my interest. I have read thousands of books and this was the longest it ever took to complete the book.

The novel starts out intriguing with a police officer being murdered. Unfortunately the author then spends more time focusing on describing small, inconsequential details of each scene then he does working on the main mystery of the novel. The novel itself is also convoluted because there are multiple different characters following multiple different story lines. Read the rest of this entry »

When the Music’s Over: An Inspector Banks Novel (Inspector Banks Novels) by Peter Robinson (Review #2)

Reviewed by Teri Davis

When the Music's Over‘When the music’s over, it’s time to have some fun.’

For Detective Superintendent Banks, his new promotion is overwhelming. He is in charge of the Danny Caxton case. Danny Caxton is now an elderly, retired celebrity who now faces accusations of rape from fifty-years-ago. Obviously, there is little evidence so till available from that time and fewer witnesses.
One victim, Linda Palmer has come forward. She has lived a fruitful and well-adjusted life, working as a poet who vividly remembers the event. As a young fourteen-year-old with dreams of stardom, this could be her chance to audition and to become a star. Caxton appealed to her ambition, but the cost was being a victim of sexual abuse. She was young and inexperienced. Caxton took advantage of her through his charismatic personality on television.
With the media appeal, Banks realizes that this is a delicate investigation requiring immense patience in building a case to prosecute Caxton.

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On a rural road, a young woman is found, dead. Her body is naked and after being sexual with three different partners, and possibly thrown from a vehicle and then beaten and killed later. Who is she? Why has no one identified her after days of her discovery? Read the rest of this entry »

When the Music’s Over: An Inspector Banks Novel (Inspector Banks Novels) by Peter Robinson

Reviewed by Jud Hanson

When the Music's OverNewly promoted Superintendent Alan Banks is forced to hit the ground running when he is handed a cold case from nearly 50 years ago. Former entertainment icon Danny Caxton has been accused of raping a 14 year old girl in his hotel room in 1967, something he adamantly denies. As if that isn’t bad enough, a British female teenager is found brutally raped and murdered in the countryside and accusations are flying against British Pakistanis and their so-called “grooming gangs.” As Banks and his team pursue both cases, it becomes clear that solving them will not be easy. With public pressure rising and his superiors demanding results, whether or not Banks and his team will find their answers remains to be seen.

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Watching the Dark: An Inspector Banks Novel by Peter Robinson

Watching the DarkReviewed by Patricia Reid

Lorraine Jensen, a patient at the St. Peter’s Police Treatment Center, is in the habit of getting up around dawn when her pain is keeping her awake to sit outside before the other members of the Center are up. As the light grew stronger, Lorraine thought she could see something like a bundle of clothes at the far side of the lake. Since Barry, the head groundsman and estate manager was in the habit of keeping the artificial lake and natural woodlands tidy, it was unusual to see anything that looked out of place. Although the grass was still wet with dew, Lorraine walked to where she had spotted the bundle of clothes. She did not get all the way to the spot when she realized that it was a dead body she was looking at and not a bundle of clothes. Read the rest of this entry »

Children of the Revolution: An Inspector Banks Novel by Peter Robinson

Children of the RevolutionReviewed by Caryn St. Clair

As Children of the Revolution opens, Inspector Alan Banks, closing in on mandatory retirement age, has been offered a possible promotion which would allow him to stay on the job another five years. In order for it to go through, Banks has to work “inside the lines” until the promotion goes through. But early on in the investigation of a man found dumped over the side of a bridge, Banks finds that staying out of trouble with his superiors impossible when a link between the deceased and a well connected woman comes to light. Read the rest of this entry »