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Innocent Graves (Inspector Banks #8)

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The worst that can possibly happen . . . has.

A beautiful child is dead—defiled and murdered in a lonely graveyard on a fog-shrouded evening. It is the sort of horrific crime Chief Inspector Alan Banks fled the city to escape. But the slaying of a bright and lovely teenager from a wealthy, respected family is not the end of a nightmare. Lies, dark secrets, unholy accusation
ebook, 400 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 1996)
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Paula Dembeck
Robinson continues the Inspector Banks series with the eighth book.
Rebecca Charters, the wife of the vicar at Saint Mary’s church, is out wandering in the graveyard when she abruptly comes upon the body of a young schoolgirl behind a huge Victorian sepulcher. The girl’s clothes have been torn and her open school satchel lies beside her. The body is identified as that of Deborah Harrison, a beautiful sixteen year old from a posh neighbourhood who attended an elite private school nearby.
As th
A teenage girl is found strangled and half dressed in a graveyard on a foggy evening. There are few suspects apart from her parents and DCI Alan Banks has been warned not to put pressure on them by the chief constable. When loner Owen Pierce, is identified as having been in the area and there is forensic evidence to link him to the girl and the girl to him it seems like an open and shut case. This book is a bit different from previous books in the series as some of the action is shown from Owen' ...more
Tina Culbertson
This mystery starts with Rebecca, the vicar’s wife, wandering around a foggy cemetery, hoisting her glass of pinot noir and visiting the angel which sits atop a tomb. As she is having her drunken talk with the angel, she spots the body of a schoolgirl. That would be a horrific surprise if you were sober, never mind in an inebriated state. Rebecca has her own issues with her husband, her home life and an affair with a local teacher. All of those troubles are woven into this mystery and investigat ...more
Peter Robinson had really stepped up in technical skill when he wrote Innocent Graves. It is a very accomplished story with great characters and I genuinely couldn't pick who the killer was! (I normally always can!)

The killer was in my top 3 of possibles but that was as far as I could narrow it down which made it a really intriguing read for me. I have to confess that the person I'd pegged to have done it, hadn't!

Always as being a classic detective story, this poses the question of perceived gui
AS this is a mystery which I don't want to spoil, I won't say much except that I didn't want to put this book down. It's the first Peter Robinson book I've read, and I'll be looking for more! There were several good potential killers among the characters Inspector Banks meets along the way, enough to keep me reaching for the book any time I sat down so that I could join in the "fun" of tracking down the evidence and deciding who among them was the most likely candidate for murderer. Any readers ...more
This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I have to say, I was a bit disappointed. Not that it was a boring story; It was more eh.

As she’s strolling through the graveyard beyond the vicarage, Rebecca Charters, wife of the vicar, comes upon the body of a dead teen lying behind a mausoleum. No one was suppose to have entered the mausoleum in 50 years and yet empty vodka bottles along with cigarette stubs are found inside.

Rumors surrounding the vicar and the sexton have been going around.
I usually like Robinson's books, but this one I really had to make myself finish it. I should have checked the book description a little more closely, and maybe some of the reviewers about what this particular book was about because it was about something I really am not comfortable reading about. I am not crazy about reading about child abuse, in this case the murder of a young 16-year-old because of an older guy's obsession with her. It's one thing if the author mentions it in passing, but it ...more
A student at an exclusive girls' school is found murdered in a churchyard cemetery. Gristhorpe is sidelined with a broken leg and there's a new top cop - Jeremiah Riddle, a politically ambitious publicity hound who doesn't like anybody very much, and especially doesn't like Banks. The fact that Riddle is a member of the same funny handshake club as the victim's father makes him more impatient and more demanding than usual.

There are several suspects - the drunken Croatian who was fired from his j
This is a bit of a departure from previous Banks' books, I that much of it is taken up by the trial of the suspect: at times, it seems as if Banks is taking a peripheral role. However, for all that, this is the first book in this series where I really thought of Banks as a 'real' person. I like how Peter Robinson continues to re-introduce characters from previous novels, as this adds to authenticity, especially when he's portraying a relatively small geographical area. Finally, I feel like this ...more
In this installment in the series, we meet Jeremiah (Jimmy) Riddle, a pain in Bank’s neck. This novel is different from the other books in that we go through the court process, and the suspect is found not guilty. As it turns out, he didn’t do it, but his life is ruined (because people think he did it and just got off) and he tries to kill the person he feels is responsible for it. It is sort of like an episode of CSI that just aired. The characters are carefully written is the phrase I have rea ...more
This is about the 5th DCI Banks novel I've read and it was different in that a large portion of the book is devoted to the (fictional) court proceedings and trial strategy of the prosecution and defense councils. I liked the book, but less than the others which focused more on the police procedure and solving the crime.
A DCI Banks book, I got this from the library because I have just started watching the TV series. Quite enjoyed it but it got bogged down in the middle with all the detailed court scenes. I will try others in the series.
Ron Chicaferro
This is the eighth book in a fantastic series featuring protaganist Chief Inspector Banks. Its a story of the murder of a beautiful 16 year old girl and the subsequent murder of a second young girl. A man is accused of the crime and spends several months is jail awaiting his trial. The author spends half the time describing what the accused man goes through and how his life brings him to this point. His story is perfectly blended with Chief Inspector Banks' efforts to either bring in the evidenc ...more
Barbara ★
British mysteries usually leave me flat. They may speak the Queen's English but it certainly isn't the same language as I speak. There idioms really throw me and detract from the story as I need to stop reading and try to figure out if it is something important or just background.

Having said that, I did like this story though it wasn't exciting at all. The British are too upper crust and hold all emotions inside so the book lacks feeling. I just knew they arrested the wrong guy about 1/3 of the
Fog-beshrouded Yorkshire is the perfect setting for the murders that take place in this Peter Robinson book. When the evidence piles up against a isolated college professor, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks begins to see him as the obvious perpetrator of the crimes. However, Banks isn't entirely convinced he has the right man. As relationships are revealed thoughout the book, perspectives of relative guilt and innocence shift, and reputations are ruined in the process.

Throughout the book, th
This one had a nice change of pace- it introduced some of the legal scenarios into the storyline. Most of Robinson's other stories never talk of the trial aspect. This one did and it was a nice change of pace. We begin to hear less and less of his family life in this one and we can begin to see the beginning of the end.
Got this as a Christmas gift from my sister-in-law who loves this series. This is apparently the 8th in the series, and has a few references to things from previous books, but not so much that I couldn't get into it. Detective Chief Inspector Banks is called out to investigate the murder of a local high school student. A likely suspect is found, although Inspector Banks has some doubts. There are a lot of twists and turns in this book and it kept my attention. I just found the ending to be a bit ...more
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This book is an inspector Banks mystery,how can one go wrong with that,Peter Robinson`s character,keeps you on your toes and the pages turning.
February Four
Robinson continues to end the books very abruptly, but it's a great ride nonetheless!
Just didn't hold my interest at all. Maybe I'll stick to watching these on tv.
Seemed to end rather suddenly. But ok story.
Read previously, this is second time.
Inspector Banks is out to solve another murder of a young girl that took place in a graveyard. All evidence points to one man; however after a lengthy trial he is found not guilty by the jury. This book delves into the life of a man who was falsely accused of a murder and how it affects his work his friends and the village around him. Another young girl is found murdered in much the same way that the first girl was murdered. This brings this not guilty man in for questioning once again. Events u ...more
Drew Lakin
This is the first Inspector Banks novel I've read but I'm not sure I'd be that tempted to read more. All in all I found it a bit predictable not only in the narrative structure but also in the occasional references introduced I suspect to show "being in touch" with a younger generation.

The story for me was just ok - I suspect if you've grown to love Banks then this will satisfy but I didn't think the characterisation was strong enough to make me care about him.

If this were a music track it wou
David Hull
A thoroughly absorbing , and engaging, read .... right up until the last few pages, and then ... what a disappointing ending. Talk about being left high and dry! Disappointed after such a lengthy walk down the proverbial garden path.
Judy Kelley
I love Robinson's Inspector Banks series, but this one is the best I've read. Although I figured out the murderer and motive early on, Robinson spends significant time in the mind of a suspect and presents a fascinating trial section involving a female defense attorney. The way he built the plot just made the book un-put-downable.
Other well written and engaging Inspector Banks mystery poignant in fact with a bitter sweet ending for all.
Another very enjoyable DCI Banks investigation.
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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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