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Strange Affair (Inspector Banks #15)

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,572 Ratings  ·  138 Reviews
On a warm summer night, an attractive woman hurtles north in a blue Peugeot with a hastily scrawled address in her pocket, while, back in London, a desperate man leaves an urgent late-night phone message on his brother's answering machine. By sunrise the next morning, the woman is found inside her car along an otherwise peaceful country lane, shot, execution-style, through ...more
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Published by William Morrow & Company (first published December 1st 2004)
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Damaskcat
Jan 03, 2015 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And a very strange affair it is too. DCI Alan Banks gets home to find a message from his brother, Roy, saying that he must speak to him on a matter of life or death. The fact that Roy has phoned is strange enough because the brothers haven't ever seen eye to eye about anything but even stranger is the fact that he sounds frightened out of his wits. As Banks is on holiday he decides to travel down to London when he can't get through to Roy on the phone and find out what's going on. Then a young w ...more
Shirley Schwartz
After the fire that destroyed Banks' cottage and almost cost him his life in the previous book, this one begins with Banks still away from work and dealing with some major issues like PTSD and depression. He receives a message from his estranged younger brother Roy, asking for his help. Banks tries to reach Roy, who lives in London and can't get in touch with him. Banks decides to go to London and see for himself what happened to his rather questionable younger brother. He finds that the door to ...more
Bill Porter
Possibly a good holiday read, pity I wasn't on holiday.
Linda
Jul 24, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
As if life hasn't thrown him enough curveballs lately, Banks' holiday is interrupted by a mysterious phone message from his estranged brother Roy, who, as they say "turns up missing." Banks being Banks, he places his depression firmly on the back burner and sets out to discover what's going on in the life of his wheeler-dealer sibling. Chapter by chapter, this investigations becomes more and more complex, as several seemingly unrelated events and crimes prove to be very much related indeed. Alon ...more
Cindi
I'm a fan of Peter Robinson's mysteries featuring DCI Alan Banks, but haven't read one for a while. When I became disenchanted with the last book I read and abandoned it, I went in search of the next novel in this series.

In this book, Banks is on holiday and relaxing at home - a temporary rental flat while his cottage, burned in a fire in the last book, is being rebuilt. Banks receives a phone message from his estranged brother, who lives in London, asking for help in a life or death matter. As
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Eadie
Oct 16, 2015 Eadie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very interesting novel which shows us more about the relationship of Alan Banks and his brother Roy. I feel that this book really excels in all areas such as; character development, plot, suspense, dialogue, and atmosphere. The story was well-paced and keeps you reading until the very end. The relationship of Annie Cabot and Banks continues to evolve also. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes police procedurals but I suggest starting at the beginning of the series.
RJ
Jan 30, 2016 RJ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, u-k
Decent time waster. Banks gets a mysterious message from his shady brother, and the story goes to London and a prostitution/slave trading ring. Less about Banks' taste in music and drink and a bit more police procedural. Annie Cabbot is her usual hard nosed self in this book as well.

Robinson is not to all tastes, and this isn't the best Banks novel I've read. The subject matter has been done before and I struggled to stay with this. Still the pace picked up towards the end.
Maddy
Aug 16, 2009 Maddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2005-reads
RATING: 4.25
PROTAGONIST: Alan Banks
SETTING: UK
SUMMARY: After the fire which destroyed his home (Playing with Fire), Alan Banks has sunk into a depression. When he receives a distraught message from his brother, Roy, he has to find out what is happening. When he arrives at Roy's home in London, he finds him missing. At the same time, a young woman has been murdered, execution style, on a remote Yorkshire road. She has Alan's name and address on a paper in her back pocket. The two events are not u
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Monica
Mar 11, 2012 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 15th book in the Inspector Banks series and all I can say is that Peter Robinson gets better with every book I read. I love the complexity of the characters. Robinson is not one to create returning characters who lead lives that are all wonderful and perfect. He allows his characters to learn from the hard events that touch their lives. In this book Inspector Alan Banks is forced to face a tragedy that happened to him in the previous book as well as face another personal tragedy that ...more
Paula Dembeck
May 18, 2015 Paula Dembeck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this, the fifteenth book in the Inspector Banks series, we meet up with Alan Banks as he is recovering from the horrendous fire at the end of the last book. As he lay drugged and unable to move while his beloved cottage was set alight, he thought he was meeting certain death. But Annie Cabbot and Winsome Jackson arrived just in time to pull him alive from the burning building. He has spent months recouperating, most of it in a deep depression. He lost everything in the fire including his belo ...more
Michael Davidson
A Strange Affair by Peter Robinson follows DCI Banks and DI Annie Cabot as they unravel the murder of a young woman heading to Yorkshire to meet DCI Banks and the murder of DCI Banks’s brother Roy in London. These two murders are linked and the story takes the reader on a journey of Eastern European prostitutes and criminal gangs operating in London.

Peter Robinson has a knack of making his characters believable and interesting and if you read any more in this series you will also find many of hi
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Rose Griffith
Jan 04, 2016 Rose Griffith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where has Peter Robinson been all my reading life?

What a great mystery! I bought this book a long time ago and somehow lost track of it in my Kindle collection. There I was, book-less on a cold winter's night!

So happy I re-discovered this book and delved into Inspector Alan Banks. Now I'm on a tear to catch up on every book.

This book, deep into the series, was still a good starting place. Enough back story was provided to make me feel like I hit the ground running with these characters.

The peopl
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Margaret
May 10, 2015 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2015-challenge
Excellent crime novel featuring Alan Banks.

One thing about Peter Robinson's novels. They draw you in and hold you captive. They are always full of depth, character and darkness.

You don't need to be familiar with the series to enjoy each novel on its own merits.

Fantastic read. Highly recommended.
Jessica
Apr 20, 2014 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, england
I feel like Banks is a bit slow to put the pieces together here, but Robinson does a nice job of handling the fallout from the prior case, particular in the emotion element of how Banks handles it and the impact on his relationship with Annie Cabot.
george burns
Feb 16, 2016 george burns rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Complex and Exciting

This is a very strong entry in a strong series. DCI Banks is not close to his younger brother Roy, who is a successful, but dodgy businessman. Banks is surprised to find a telephone message from Roy asking for help in what may be a life or death manner. Banks cannot reach Roy and goes to London where he discovers Roy is missing. In the meantime, in Banks's home patch in Yorkshire a murdered young woman is found on a lonely road. Strangely, in one of the victim's pockets is th
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Kat
Jan 05, 2011 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, Robinson has yet to disappoint me. This is no exception. Had me hooked from beginning to end.
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2.5* In a series as long and generally satisfying as the Alan Banks one is, there are bound to be a few books that fall short of expectation. While I normally love Robinson, this book felt curiously abbreviated and forced to me - almost like Robinson felt compelled to churn something out to meet a deadline or a quota of some kind. The total absence of any attention to Banks's feelings or grief after learning of --SPOILER ALERT-- his brother's death rang false to me -- or perhaps it was just lazi ...more
R.L.
May 04, 2015 R.L. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
I like how Peter Robinson creates titles that explain some of the inner stories within each his books. Strange Affair is no different. There are a lot of people having affairs of the heart and within the scope of businesses, good and evil. The strange affair or "reason" that proved the impetus for the chain of events that led to the death of Inspector Banks' younger brother is heartbreaking. I felt slightly let down by how the criminals were brought to justice. It seemed too fast and flippant. O ...more
Stephen Gray
This is the 15th DCI Banks book that I have read. If I had watched the television programs before reading any of the books I would never have read them. The books are excellent, well written and explore the characters fully. The TV series is trivial and badly cast as so often happens when books are transferred to the small screen.
This was the most complex story so far in the series and brought in several people from previous novels. If you have not tried DCI Banks I strongly recommend that you s
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Carl Darley
Feb 06, 2016 Carl Darley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
STRANGE AFFAIR BY PETER ROBINSON


Strange Affair is my second Inspector Banks novel and the 15th overall, I finished it about a month ago so my memory of it is a bit sketchy.
It’s hard to review a book that you finished over a month ago but I’ll give it a go.
After the fire that destroyed Banks' cottage and almost cost him his life in the previous book (playing with fire), this one begins with Banks still away from work and dealing with some major issues like PTSD and depression. He receives a mes
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Stephen Hayes
May 30, 2011 Stephen Hayes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ian Mapp
Oct 19, 2012 Ian Mapp rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
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Monica
Mar 22, 2013 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Banks is recovering from his injuries in the fire that destroyed his cottage and nearly killed him. He's still at loose ends, a bit depressed, when he gets an urgent message from his younger brother Roy. They have never been close. Roy is the parents favorite, a successful entrepreneur with a flashy life style and a habit of playing things right to the edge of what is legal. Their parents hold him up as an example of what Banks could have become, if only he had not joined the police force. After ...more
Kevin Allmaras
Jan 19, 2012 Kevin Allmaras rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another in the Alan Banks series. Alan Banks recovers from his home being burned down and his life being simultaneously put in danger and saved by his ex-girlfriend and partner on the police force. Annie Cabot his ex girlfriend is trying to figure out how to get Alan back into the fold. While Banks is on leave he gets a call from his younger brother Roy on his machine. The message is one of concern for Banks since he and his brother are mostly estranged. The message also implies that Roy is in d ...more
Margaret
Jan 11, 2012 Margaret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks receives an urgent phone call from his brother asking for his help. He has never been close to his brother Roy, but alarmed by the message on his answerphone he sets off from the Yorkshire Dales for London to see exactly what the problem is. But on his arrival he finds his brother s house empty and no-one knows where he is.[return][return]Meanwhile back in Yorkshire DI Annie Cabbott is investigating the death of a young woman found in her car. She had Banks s ...more
Tim Swift
Robinsons books sometimes involve a lot of personal detail which can make the pace seem slow at times - but he can vary this effectively when he wants to. Within the first chapter, he has set out the main themes of the mystery. A young woman running scared as she drives north on the M1, fearful of being followed. A call out of the blue from his distanced brother, Roy, asking Banks to comment him urgently. The body of a young woman found stopped and shot in a car in a quiet country road in the Yo ...more
Stuart
Jan 28, 2013 Stuart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
DCI Banks is depressed, and with good reason. His house has been burnt down, and he lost all his possessions and nearly his life. He has no relationships to speak of; and he's on leave from work. So it's appropriate that his long-estranged brother calls him and asks for help. Banks hies to London, where his brother Roy has now disappeared. Meanwhile, back in Yorkshire, a woman is found murdered with Banks' old address in her pocket. What's the connection to Banks? (and which Banks?)
a well-put-to
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Spuddie
Feb 10, 2011 Spuddie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#15 DCI Alan Banks police procedural set in Yorkshire, UK. Banks, still recovering from the devastating fire at his cottage that almost cost him his life, is on holiday and wondering what to do with his time when he receives a couple of cryptic voicemails from his brother Roy, a wheeling-and-dealing financier in London. Alan and his younger brother are not close and never have been, and they rarely speak on the phone unless there's a problem, so the message--which sounds almost desperate though ...more
K
Apr 22, 2014 K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
well written, slowly paced mystery involving a detective in England. I enjoyed the style--reminiscent of Larson (dragon tattoo) writer. I liked the scenery and English "stuff" in the book, like I was visiting. I also liked that even though this is #15, I did not feel left out or missing. I am sure I could learn a lot more about the characters in the other books.
I imagined something with women was going on, but Gareth's twist was unexpected, but great.
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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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