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Strange Affair
Peter Robinson
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Strange Affair (Inspector Banks #15)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  1,969 ratings  ·  114 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
Published by William Morrow & Company (first published December 1st 2004)
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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
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
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
RATING: 4.25
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
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
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
Bill Porter
Possibly a good holiday read, pity I wasn't on holiday.
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.
Well, Robinson has yet to disappoint me. This is no exception. Had me hooked from beginning to end.
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
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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
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
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
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
#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
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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Banks will ferret out the truth, no matter what rules he breaks. In this British police procedural, Robinson offers up a gritty plot with some introspective ruminations on self-identity and personal relationships. As Banks ("not your everyday quaffing plonk") evaluates his relationship with his high-living, shady brother, he examines his own vulnerabilities-heightened, of course, by his nasty divorce and near-death experience in the aforementioned fire. Robinson fleshes out compelling characters

This is my first DCI Banks book I've read. I became familiar with the show last year after recognizing the actor who plays Banks from the second season DVD cover. I gave it a try with nothing more to go on than that and was deeply impressed by the story quality and wanted to give the books a try too, but where to begin? As Strange Affair was my first episode to watch, and my favorite of the ones I've so far seen, I decided to start there.

Fans of both the books and show will already know the dif
February Four
I personally think that Strange Affair is one of Peter Robinson's best books (that I've read so far, anyway.) Everything ties together neatly, but not so pat that it reads like a manufactured book. Real life is always messy. Robinson has written a book that reflects it, but makes sense out of the madness.
Bob Fowler
A good book, but maybe I have read too many by Peter Robinson because it did not have the same kick as previous ones. This one starts well - a woman is followed along the M1 motorway late one night and found the next day murdered. When the police arrive to inspect the body, they find she is carrying a note with Inspector Banks' address. Meanwhile, Banks is on leave but gets a phone call from his brother in London, asking to see him urgently. Banks travels to London but his brother is missing. Wh ...more
Not a new entry in this series, but one that bears rereading. In this one, DCI Banks has to solve his own brother's murder and come to terms with the fact that he really didn't know his scapegrace brother. It's also an insight into the sickening trade in young prostitutes (many of them abducted from their villages) following the breakup of the USSR. Well written as always.
Jina Howell-Forbes
This is a typical DCI Alan Banks mystery. Not much else to say. If you are reading the series, you know the characters, and if you haven't read the series, than you definitely should not begin with book #15.

This book involved Alan's brother and parents more than before, and I liked learning about them. He and Annie Cavot also cleared up some of their on-going issues with each other.

In all of the books in this series, I like the English setting, the scenic references to Yorkshire, the diverse mu
Just of late Banks has been investigating cases that are very personal. Still recovering from the fire which destroyed his cottage Banks finds himself embroiled in the murky world that is his brother Roy's life, juggling the responsibilities of his job and trying to protect his parents although Roy was the black sheep of the family to Banks he was the apple of their eye to his parents. It was a little bit of stretch for me but I managed to fully immerse myself into this one as it was coming so c ...more
Debbie Maskus
In this Alan Banks mystery, Alan is recovering from his brush with death and the destruction of his cottage by fire. Annie and Alan have not resolved their differences due to Phil Keane. The story starts with the death of a young woman, and a puzzling message left for Alan from his brother Roy. The story takes many turns agter Aln arrives at Roy's house "in the mews". As usual, Robinson builds a moving story, but he also explores the injustices of life. In this story, he uncovers the young girls ...more
Though a typical Brit style police procedural, the Inspector Banks series is really well wirtten, and so if you like this kind of book, you're going to like the Inspector Banks series.
Judy Goodnight
Another intricately plotted story in the Inspector Banks series by Peter Robinson. It's been 4 months since the traumatic ending of the previous book "Playing With Fire" and it hasn't been a good four months for Banks. A strange phone call from his brother Roy leads Banks south to London to find his brother disappeared. Back in Eastvale, DI Annie Cabbot takes charge of the murder investigation of a woman shot in her car. The kicker? A slip of paper in her jeans pocket with Banks' name & addr ...more
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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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