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Innocent Graves (Inspector Banks #8)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  2,182 Ratings  ·  121 Reviews
In New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author Peter Robinson’s brilliant thriller, Inspector Banks must solve the grisly murder of a beautiful teenage girl from a privileged family while uncovering the sordid lies that surround a village determined to keep its secrets hidden.

A body is discovered in a graveyard—above ground. It is the sort of horrific crime C
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ebook, 432 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by William Morrow (first published 1996)
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Lawyer
Innocent Graves: Banks at the Bar

Full review to follow.

In short, this is Banks' best outing in the series I have encountered. Peter Robinson departs from his usual plot line. For in this novel, the murder of a sixteen year old girl in a country churchyard leads to the arrest and trial of a small college English teacher. The suspects abound. However, the presence of convincing forensic evidence leads to a fascinating trial of the hapless suspect. This one is not to be missed. Robinson has outdone
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Tom
Dec 21, 2015 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Banks novel went down a different path. Robinson focused much of the story on a perhaps innocent man's journey through trial and ultimate non-conviction. While somewhat diverting, I much prefer when the focus remains on the main characters I have come to know so well are the main POV. Intriguing storyline, as ever. And the unsettling computer diary from the murderer is what bumps it up from three to four stars for me.
Gloria Feit
Jan 30, 2017 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is little that Detective Inspector Alan Banks has not seen in this long-running Peter Robinson series, but this novel probably includes more suspects in what appears to be a serial murder mystery of teen age girls than any previous entry. And probably more red herrings to throw the reader off as well.

The first girl, a bright blonde attending a posh, exclusive girl’s school, is the daughter of a titled, wealthy head of a large company. Her body is found in a churchyard she uses as a shortcu
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Jill
Aug 15, 2015 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the eighth book in the crime series set in Eastvale, North Yorkshire, England, featuring Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks. Banks is temporarily the senior man in Eastvale CID (Criminal Investigative Department) and so is called to take charge after the body is found of 16-year-old Deborah Harrison. Deborah’s father is Sir Geoffrey Harrison, knighted for services to industry, and Banks is under pressure to find the killer and not bother the family too much in the process.

There are the
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Lorraine
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Francis
Oct 01, 2015 Francis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won't comment on the story line plenty of people already have. All I will say is as time goes by my estimation of Peter Robinson rises. Inspector Banks is a little weary, been through a lot, he's a little cynical, yet at the same time sympathetic and compassionate, not unlike a lot of other fictional Detective's. But his character doesn't feel tired or old, He feels comfortable like a well worn leather chair with a side table an old lamp and and a well worn book by a familiar author you want t ...more
Bettie☯


3* Gallows View (Inspector Banks #1): ebook
3* A Dedicated Man (Inspector Banks #2): ebook
3* A Necessary End (Inspector Banks #3): ebook

3* Dry Bones that Dream aka Final Account #7
3* Innocent Graves #8 TV
2* Cold is the Grave #11 TV
4* Aftermath (Inspector Banks #12): TV
3* Playing With Fire (Inspector Banks, #14): TV
3* Strange Affair #15 TV
3* Friend of the Devil #17 TV
Jennifer
Jan 20, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Renée Mee
Not one of my favourites though love this series. Found it quite slow. Robinson does do a good job of making the reader feel the hopelessness and unfairness of a person charged wrongly for a crime and even when found innocent,still carries the stigma. Justice done is not always justice especially in this world of media coverage.
Carol/Bonadie
Jun 20, 2015 Carol/Bonadie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another solid British police procedural featuring DCI Alan Banks. This time a teenager is found strangled in a cemetery. The how or why is never pretty, but Robinsons fills the story with enough to make it worth the ride.
Lisa
Aug 16, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Elaine
Nov 20, 2016 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love the Inspector Banks series, and this one was no exception. Although I might have preferred a more definitive ending, it nonetheless was a very satisfying story.
David
Just loving the Inspector Banks series of books. English-style police procedural at its best.
Rod Chunn
Mar 12, 2017 Rod Chunn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Banksy rocks!

What can I say; just gets better with each book. Probably one of the best English detective series currently in print.
Cheryl
Nov 05, 2016 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay
Paula Dembeck
Dec 21, 2014 Paula Dembeck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tina
Jun 09, 2014 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans
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
Damaskcat
Dec 19, 2014 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Alison C
Apr 07, 2016 Alison C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The body of a young girl is found in a churchyard in Eastvale, Yorkshire, and Detective Inspector Alan Banks is assigned to investigate. With the aid of his subordinates, he locates a stranger who had been seen in the vicinity at the time of the murder, and while the evidence collected is circumstantial, the implications of it (blood and hair samples, DNA) are grave; but once the man is arrested and brought to trial, Banks begins to have his doubts…."Innocent Graves" is the eighth novel in Peter ...more
Elaine
Nov 08, 2011 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Karen
Jan 04, 2013 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Monica
Feb 12, 2013 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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ReadandRated
Apr 05, 2014 ReadandRated rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tracie Stokka
Jul 31, 2016 Tracie Stokka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, july-2016
This mystery is the eighth in the series and the earliest one I've read. It's well-written and fascinating to see how Banks and other stock characters have grown and developed. Unlike his latter works, its plot structure doesn't feature parallel stories of a past crime linked with one committed in the present. The characters are sympathetic and some are redeemed by their desire to turn away from their transgressions. Seldom does the modern reader find religious characters portrayed as anything o ...more
Lady♥Belleza★✰
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
Bellezza
Feb 29, 2016 Bellezza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Thomas Strömquist
My favorite Inspector Banks this far. The story is quite straightforward as far as the mystery goes, but is quite complex when it comes to characters and their actions. At the point where many murder mysteries ends, we haven't even reached the half way point of this book. This is about as much as I can tell, avoiding to spoil any aspect of these interwoven storylines. Kind of low-key and slow at times, still dramatic and violent. More than once reminiscent of Maj Sjöwall/Per Wahlöö and, even if ...more
Rose
Feb 21, 2014 Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Other Books in the Series

Inspector Banks (1 - 10 of 24 books)
  • Gallows View (Inspector Banks, #1)
  • A Dedicated Man  (Inspector Banks, #2)
  • A Necessary End (Inspector Banks, #3)
  • The Hanging Valley (Inspector Banks, #4)
  • Past Reason Hated (Inspector Banks, #5)
  • Wednesday's Child (Inspector Banks, #6)
  • Dry Bones that Dream (Inspector Banks, #7)
  • Blood at the Root (Inspector Banks, #9)
  • In a Dry Season (Inspector Banks, #10)
  • Cold is the Grave (Inspector Banks, #11)

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