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Past Reason Hated (Inspector Banks #5)

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From New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author Peter Robinson comes this gripping thriller—in the tradition of Louise Penny and Elizabeth George—set in a picturesque Yorkshire village during the upcoming Christmas season...but one of its residents will not be celebrating this holiday.

Chief Inspector Alan Banks knows that secrecy can sometimes prove fatal, a
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 3rd 2000 by Avon (first published May 20th 1992)
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Ivonne Rovira
Jan 09, 2016 Ivonne Rovira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ivonne by: cozy lovers
Poor Chief Detective Inspector Alan Banks! You would think Christmastime in the Yorkshire Dales, where he works, would be a slow time, giving him time to spend with his wife Sandra and his children, Tracy and Brian. No such luck!

It is only after Caroline Hartley, the manager of an Eastvale café and an enthusiastic newcomer to the Eastvale Amateur Theatrical Society, is found stabbed to death that so many secrets come to light: her lesbian relationship with the wife of a renowned classical compos
Karen Brooks
Aug 12, 2013 Karen Brooks rated it liked it
For all that I adore Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks books, this one frustrated me. In all fairness, it still had wonderful characters, Banks himself demonstrating compassion and empathy towards suspects and guiding, through example, a new and eager DC, Susan, as she embarks on her first case. Peripheral characters are roundly drawn and you get a marvellous sense of them with merely a few words or some dialogue - something Robinson does so well. Place and the season are also evoked with flair. ...more
Feb 09, 2016 Donna rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
I'm hovering between 2 and 3 stars. This is my second novel by this author, Peter Robinson. I like the MC, Inspector Banks. He sounds like an all around good guy. I liked the dialog the most, even when it was feeling overused. It helped to lend credibility to the characters. I also liked the other characters, but they seemed quite distant. I never felt like I got to know any of them. I wasn't pulled in and I think it is because this was a different sort of Crime/Mystery book than what I'm used t ...more
Thomas Strömquist
Good Inspector Banks story, a classical whodunit quite mellowly paced. Actually reminiscent of Sjöwall/Wahlöö, such as: Roseanna & The Locked Room. Most interesting for the developing and continuing story of Inspector Banks and the people around him perhaps, but the mystery is good too and the ending quite suspenseful.
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
Caroline Hartley was a beautiful enigma, brutally stabbed in her own home three days prior to Christmas. Leaving her past behind for a forbidden love affair, she mystified more than a few. And now she is dead.

Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series just keeps getting better and better.

I love his attention to detail, particularly to the little things in his character's lives that makes them more human or real to us, allowing letting minutiae to overtake the storyline.
Dec 16, 2014 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A woman is found murdered in her own home with some classical music playing on repeat. No one knows very much about Caroline it seems, even her partner, Veronica who has lived with her for the last two years. Is it a past or present entanglement which has led to her death? Several people visited her on the night of her death - not all of them have been identified. Was one of them her killer?

I found this book compelling reading. There are plenty of suspects and the characters are interesting and
Past Reason Hated: Inspector Banks at Twelfth Night

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I hadn't intended to start on this series (am following more than enough) but I ran out of reading material while on holiday - eeeek - so pinched this copy of hubbys....& was quite surprised by it. I haven't watched the tv series but the trailers had given me the impression of a grumpy, single man - wrong! Also, I was surprised to find no mention of social media but then saw it was written back in 1991!

Anyhow (incorrect) preconceptions aside, I found it an enjoyable enough read, not a gritt
Jan 15, 2015 Jenn rated it liked it
Not my favourite Inspector Banks mystery. I'm still not sure how I felt about the detective Susan. And the murderer was a tad odd to me. All that background work on the victim, all that time spent on the play. I guess I prefer his later novels.
Jun 28, 2016 Grey853 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, british, holiday
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Anne Borrowdale
May 18, 2014 Anne Borrowdale rated it liked it
Peter Robinson is an able writer of detective fiction, and I've very much enjoyed some of his later books, e.g. Watching the Dark. His novels are set around County Durham and North Yorkshire, an area I know well, so that adds interest.

Past Reason Hated was first published in 1992 and while it's a good crime story, it feels dated. This is partly the way that Inspector Banks and his colleagues seem to interview all their suspects over alcohol and numerous cigarettes! I also find it difficult to wa
Mar 11, 2014 Ellen rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
I enjoyed this but it's not one of his best as it was clear who dunnit well before the end. And there are some unbelievable plot issues even for the time it's set in. Would a police officer be allowed to go out with a suspect? And would the lead detective be allowed to take another possible suspect down to London with him when he goes to interview a former lover of the victim? And the amount of alcohol drunk during interviews would make any evidence inadmissible! However, Banks is a likeable pro ...more
Jan 16, 2016 Eadie rated it really liked it
A picturesque Yorkshire village is dressed in its finest for the upcoming Noel. But one of its residents will not be celebrating this holiday.

Chief Inspector Alan Banks knows that secrecy can sometimes prove fatal'and secrets were the driving force behind Caroline Hartley's life 26and death. She was a beautiful enigma, brutally stabbed in her own home three days prior to Christmas. Leaving her past behind for a forbidden love affair, she mystified more than a few. And now she is dead, clothed on
Paula Dembeck
Dec 14, 2014 Paula Dembeck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fifth novel in the series, which continues the story of Inspector Banks and the new life he has carved out for himself in Eastvale after leaving his stressful life in London.

There have been some personnel changes at Eastvale Regional Headquarters since the last book. Susan Gay has moved from Police Constable to Detective Constable and is now upstairs with the CID team of Grsithorpe, Banks, and Richmond. Jim Hatchley, who had been considered a problem for some time, has been assigned
David Proffitt
Jun 22, 2014 David Proffitt rated it really liked it
I am one of the many millions who have enjoyed the television series based on the books so immediately snapped them up.

Being based in North Yorkshire, I guess that these books have limited appear, and probably don’t sell too well overseas, but I love Yorkshire and know the locations reasonably well, certainly better that many of the other books I read.

My first impression was that the detective I found in the book was a little different from the one I saw on TV. A little more sure of himself and
Mar 31, 2015 Tineke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Entertaining book. Not very scary, but good to read.
Jan 27, 2014 Tina rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Past Reason Hated is another Inspector Banks mysteries that delivers surprising endings. Peter Robinson has me eager to read more of his Inspector Banks series. I made a purchase of 7 more of his paperbacks based on the few books I have already read.

Have you ever read a series where you can picture the main characters in such detail they become real people to you? I can almost smell that cigarette Alan Banks sneaks now and then; I can see him slide from his Cortina after popping out the latest m
Sharon Terry
Jan 16, 2016 Sharon Terry rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I'm working my way through the Inspector Banks novels by Peter Robinson, having just caught up with some repeats (it's summer time) of Banks on TV. Many have reviewed the ones I've read, so I'm not going to add to the reviews - any of the points I would have made have been covered. However, with Past Reason Hated, I was intrigued to see how Robinson would handle the mysterious death of a gay woman and how he'd treat her partner. I'm pleased to say I think he did very well here. Neither is a cari ...more
Karen Gail Brown
Nov 15, 2014 Karen Gail Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last Inspector Banks I read was disappointing. This is more the Banks (and Peter Robinson) that I know and love. It is Christmas time, and a beautiful young woman is murdered. There seems to be no motive, but as Inspector Banks looks into her past, he realizes that she had been a troubled young woman. She was abused by her father and runs away to London, where she has an illegitimate child and becomes a prostitute. She tries to leave that life behind her and becomes involved with a female wr ...more
Jan 31, 2016 scherzo♫ rated it it was ok
Shelves: mys-tepids
Th' expense of spirit in a waste of shame
Is lust in action; and till action, lust
Is perjured, murd'rous, bloody, full of blame,
Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust,
Enjoyed no sooner but despisèd straight,
Past reason hunted; and, no sooner had
Past reason hated as a swallowed bait
On purpose laid to make the taker mad;
Mad in pursuit and in possession so,
Had, having, and in quest to have, extreme;
A bliss in proof and proved, a very woe;
Before, a joy proposed; behind, a dream.
All this the worl
Rose Griffith
Mar 20, 2016 Rose Griffith rated it liked it
Dated, but a good story

Published in 1991, the story is somewhat dated, but I assumed that going in. This is a well-written mystery, with a lot of red herrings. It went a little longer than was necessary. I was reaching that point of: okay already. But again, it's an early work.

POSSIBLESPOILER: I kept wondering why he was spending so much time on Susan Gay and her relationship with a possible suspect. It was a story train that didn't seem to flow the way the stories do in his later books. As it
Joan Porter
Jun 26, 2016 Joan Porter rated it really liked it
My aecond Inspector Banks. Very enjoyable.
Alison C
Apr 14, 2016 Alison C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a lovely young woman is found brutally murdered in her Eastvale home a few days before Christmas, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks is at first overwhelmed with possible suspects and then completely baffled by finding either too many motives or none at all. It is to the woman’s mysterious past that he must look in order to uncover the killer, a past that takes him back to his old haunts in London and also to a crumbling old mansion housing a young man and his very old father, who have se ...more
Rene Natan
Mar 14, 2011 Rene Natan rated it it was amazing
Investigating the murder of Caroline Hartley is not going to be an easy task for Chief Inspector Alan Banks, called to the crime scene in the middle of a wedding party. For Caroline’s past holds many secrets Banks has to dig out one by one. Her tragic upbringing, her occasional and previous lovers, her diverse activities make Banks and his team run left and right to find a reason for her vicious murder---a reason that hopefully would lead them to perpetrator. It’s Christmas time and snowy days f ...more
Ishmael Seaward
Feb 24, 2013 Ishmael Seaward rated it liked it
This is my first Inspector Banks mystery. This is much better writing than many recent mysteries I have read. For example, within the first 9 pages, the reader is introduced to most of the characters in such a way that they become 3 dimensional immediately. The characters themselves are acting, talking, and thinking, rather than have the author describe what they are doing.

Another nice touch is that the author presents the clues as Inspector Banks uncovers them; so about halfway through the book
Will Byrnes
Nov 01, 2008 Will Byrnes rated it it was ok
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Feb 09, 2013 Monica rated it really liked it
Just a few days before Christmas, Caroline Hartley, a young amateur actress, is stabbed to death in her home. There are several suspects -her lover, her lover's ex-husband, his current partner, one of several jealous members of the community theater group, and her angry younger brother who has been saddled with the sole care of their dying father.

It's up to DCI Banks and his team to sort it all out. The team has undergone some changes. Jim Hartley, the sergeant, has gotten married and been move
Jul 16, 2015 Surreysmum rated it really liked it
Shelves: canlit, mystery, 1992
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David Carr
Apr 22, 2014 David Carr rated it liked it
This book took me too long to read, so my arrival at its final revelations seemed unworthy of my reading devotion. Robinson is a master of the British procedural, but the book has a closed coziness to it that tends to lighten its consequences and reduce its gravity. The strongest part of the book is its sensitive characterization of the surviving partner of the victim. That writing is the best in the book, and displays the best of Inspector Banks.
Robyn Smith
Jan 14, 2016 Robyn Smith rated it liked it
AS usual, I enjoyed this Robinson tale, with its intricately woven plot and deftly drawn characters. it's not great literature but good for a holiday read.
I like DCI Banks, possibly because I saw some of the TV adaptations of the books before I read them. It was strange to read about Banks' wife, Sandra, as in later books she has disappeared who knows where.
I recommend for a summer holiday or in winter, curled up by the fire.
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Peter Robinson was born in Yorkshire. After getting his BA Honours Degree in English Literature at the University of Leeds, he came to Canada and took his MA in English and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor, with Joyce Carol Oates as his tutor, then a PhD in En
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