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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 »

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 »

Watching the Dark: An Inspector Banks Novel
by Peter Robinson

watchingthedarkReviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Watching the Dark, the twentieth novel with Alan Banks as the protagonist, takes readers on a trip to Estonia and into the dark world of the slave labor trade across Europe. While the subject matter may be a bit grim, the mysteries to be solved are top notch.

A police officer staying in a rehabilitation facility gets up early to enjoy the peacefulness of the lake on the property while having her morning tea and first cigarette of the day. When she notices what appears to be a pile of rags or abandoned clothing near the water’s edge, her police instincts kick in and she investigates. What she finds is the body of another cop dead with the arrow of a cross bow stuck in him. The victim, Bill Quinn, was a much-decorated officer who had recently lost his wife to cancer. When Banks begins to look into Quinn’s life looking for someone who might have wanted him dead, he found some disturbing photographs in his home files. Less than a week later the body of an Estonian newspaper reporter is found on an abandoned farm. Why the reporter was even in England, to say nothing of in the middle of nowhere is the second mystery Banks must solve. When he decides a trip to Estonia is in order, his commander insists that Joanna Passero, an officer from Professional Standards accompany Banks. Passero is looking for the “bent” cop in the division and it’s clear from the beginning that she suspects Quinn. Banks does not, as devoted readers know, play well with others, so the trip gets off to a rocky start. Meanwhile, Annie Cabot freshly back from rehabilitation (see Bad Boy the nineteenth book in the series), is left in England to continue the Quinn investigation. Read the rest of this entry »