Piece Of My Heart (Inspector Banks, #16)
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Piece Of My Heart (Inspector Banks #16)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  1,896 ratings  ·  129 reviews
The year is 1969. Rock 'n' roll, psychedelic drugs, and peace-loving hippies are thriving in Britain. But in the aftermath of a rock music festival, cold reality strikes when a woman is found murdered in her sleeping bag, callously left among the debris in the concert's wake. Detective Inspector Stanley Chadwick is the hard-headed, straitlaced copper assigned to the case w...more
Published June 1st 2006 by William Morrow (first published 2006)
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Ron Hummer

This is my second time reading a novel by Peter Robinson and I have to say that after reading Piece Of My Heart, I’m more than hooked. If there is anyone who can create a great story with so many memorable characters, it’s Peter Robinson.
In Piece of my heart, there are two murders. One is Linda Lofthouse, who was found murdered in a sleeping bag during a rock and roll festival in September of 1969. Then there was Nick Barber, who was found murdered in his home.
What made this novel more uniq...more
Pete Loveday
A good read that is a great bargain - two gripping stories in the one manuscript! How good is that!
Once again Chief Inspector Banks rolls into a deep mystery that has a similarity to a murder scene of 4 decades earlier. Despite 'Dagwood', Banks overcomes the odds and gives us a suspenseful thriller with a wicked twist.
Karen Brooks
This engrossing novel commences in 1969, when a lovely young, free-spirited woman is found dead in a sleeping bag after a huge music concert and the suspects range from concert attendees to the musicians themselves.

Fast forward to the Twenty-First Century and Banks is called to investigate the quite brutal murder of a music journalist, Nick Barber, in a small village. Not only is the motive for his death unclear, so are the reasons for Barber's presence in an unremarkable part of the UK. The li...more
I'm a fan of Robinson's Inspector Banks series, set in Yorkshire. I've just finished the 16th, Piece of My Heart.

There are two intertwined narratives. In one, Banks and his partner, DC Annie Cabot, investigate the 2005 murder of music journalist Nick Barber. In the other, set in 1969, DI Chadwick looks for the killer of a young woman who was stabbed, after midnight, at an outdoor music festival. Banks is convinced that the two cases are connected, and how they're connected is the primary mystery...more
Joe V
Piece of My Heart tracks two murder cases - the murder of a young woman at a rock festival in 1969 and the current day killing of a "visitor" in the Yorkshire district. Connecting them is the musical group "The Mad Hatters" and our hero Det. Insp. Alan Banks - who is back after his last adventure physically healed with a new house, car, CD collection and boss.

The "intertwining" of the two cases takes a little too long but everything else you'd expect from a Peter Robinson novel is here. Charact...more
This review is dedicated to my Goodreads, good friend Mr Steven Betts :-)

This is the second Peter Robinson book I have read. I really enjoyed the book, even if it was a bit too long and I guessed the culprit fairly early on.

The story centres around my native Yorkshire and also involves another of my passions, Rock Music. There was a slight twist in the tale too and I will keep reading his books.
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Ian Mapp
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This is the third time a Banks novel has involved crimes from the distant past. The other two are In a Dry Season (WWII) and Close to home (Banks' youth in the 60's). I really appreciate the way Robinson researches the past and the way he interweaves the story lines in these books. Banks always says the past never goes away, and these books prove his point.

This one goes back to the end of the psychedelic 60's, to the murder of a young woman at a 1969 music festival, and the current killing of a...more
I finished this book a couple of months ago and haven't written about it. I was given it by a Belgian/French friend of mine in Luxembourg not long before we left for Scotland. He'd read it and thought that I would enjoy it as it's set around the theme of a murder at a rock festival and mentions such notables as Pink Floyd and Led Zep. It is two murder tales in tandem, one set back in the 60s and one in the present day. Obviously there is a connection, and it is the job of the present-day detecti...more
I found this book very hard to get into at first (and kind of boring, to be honest), but the more I read the more I started to like it.

The writing is smooth and vivid, most of the characters are well developed (more on that later), and the two different murder investigations running side by side (though separated by almost half a century) were very different and very well planned out and presented.

The character of Stanley Chadwick is very well written, amongst the best ones I've ever come across...more
Banks is faced with the complex case of the murder of a music journalist who had apparently no enemies nor with any obvious motives but which seems to connect with past events in the 1960s and in particular with the well named Mad Hatters. He also has to contend with the arrival of DS Gervaise who has her own agenda. She is ambitious but happy to let Banks have free rein as long as she gets the glory but I noticed how catching the bad guy wasn't top of her list just her looking good. It was nice...more
Judy Goodnight
This is the 16th book in the Inspector Banks series by Peter Robinson. By this time, we've had the chance to get to know the police characters quite well although there always seem to be a bit more character development in each book. The premise of this book has to do with the murder of a young woman at a rock festival in Yorkshire in 1969 and the murder of a music journalist in present-day Yorkshire. The common thread is a local band with connections to both murders.

We get the story of both in...more
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#16 DCI Alan Banks mystery set in Yorkshire, UK. Nick Barber, a music journalist, ends up murdered in a holiday cottage in a Yorkshire village with no apparent motive for the killing. The story line bounces back and forth between present day and 1969 and the murder of a young woman at a local rock festival, whose death is (of course!) related to Barber's.

Barber was doing an investigative piece on rock band The Mad Hatters, as there is an upcoming reunion...more
Thomas Strömquist
"This one gets a very strong three stars from me. Superbly told parallel stories of a murder at a rock festival in 1969 and that of a musical journalist at the present time. A lot of the same people are on the fringes of both investigations, but are the deeds connected and if so, how? It is a very good detective story and it would have gotten a higher rating from me if it was not for the fact that i have read an awful lot of detective stories, and this really does not stand out very much."
At last! A five stars book! This is my top of the year, and I rated it a bit better than The death of Dalziel. Robinson is an excellent writer but I never warmed to his Insp. Banks. His obsession with music most of which I’ve never heard, his high consumption of alcohol, the smoking that he quit lately, were things I couldn’t stand in his case. So I delayed reading this book because I thought I’d hate him in a book on the rock and roll scene. How wrong! I loved the plot, the setting, the swift d...more
This book has two intertwining narratives. Two murders that took place 35 years apart - one in 1969 and the other in 2006. Its fairly to assume in the beginning itself that these two murders are related. But the narrration stayle was quite distinct from the other books that had similar themes. Also, Robinson has managed to capture the essence of both the periods very well. Since the plot is about a music band, we travel through the luxurious yet carefree lifestyle of these people. The denouement...more
In 1969, a girl is murdered at a music festival in Brimleigh, north of Leeds. Detective Chadwick investigates, unaware that his daughter Yvonne knew the victim and had also attended the same festival. In 2005, a man is bludgeoned to death in a rental cabin close to Eastvale. Ian Banks and Annie Cabot begin their investigations and learn that the victim was a writer doing an article on the '60s band The Mad Hatters, who coincidentally had performed at the Brimleigh festival in 1969.

This book has...more
David Harris
enjoyable, Peter Robinson's books have improved as he writes more. I have read most of his DCI Banks series and this was the next in order. Whilst the series does not need to be read in order there are a few on going tales that benefit from doing so. In this book he also used a "flashback" sequence to an earlier time that was also used in an earlier book (the summer that never was?).
Pamela Mclaren
Another strong Chief Inspector Alan Banks novel. In this one, the story switches between to time periods: 1969 and the present day. Two mysteries surrounding rock n roll -- one the stabbing death of a young woman at a rock music festival, the other the bludgeoning of a music writer. The common thread: a rock band that performed at the festival and was the subject being investigated by the writer.

Meanwhile, Banks deals with a ambitious new female boss and a visit by his son. It makes for a very i...more
Bookmarks Magazine

Erstwhile poet Peter Robinson and Chief Inspector Alan Banks have been inseparable for two decades, and Robinson continues to provide fresh insights into a character whom reviewers liken to a detective Everyman, "cagey and observant, but ? not the brainiest sleuth in crime literature" (New York Times). The author's strength has always been his ability to create strong, believable characters while maintaining the pace of his plots. In Piece of My Heart, his 16th novel and the 14th featuring Bank

Tom Piercy
This is not the first of the Inspector Banks series I have read; I hope it won't be the last. They have all been marked by consistently well-drawn characters. If the people are not believable a clever plot becomes just that - no more than clever. Credible characterisation makes a plot come alive.

This is where 'Piece of My Heart' gets the extra score. It has a plot consisting of two separate but parallel strands. The strands take place a generation apart, but they interact as the story, but not t...more
3 stars. i like this Yorkshire procedural series about Inspector Banks. this one's got a complicated structure: the PoV alternates between chapters about the first investigation in 1969 and chapters that follow Banks' investigation of a present-day murder that very gradually turns out to be related to the first. not only is the PoV of the lead detectives different, the whole worldview is different, and that turns out to be pertinent to the case. ambitious, to go with that as a form, and it's not...more
Karen maslen
At first, she appeared to be a remnant of the Festival: a beautiful girl with a painted cornflower blooming on her cheek, sleeping off the excess of the night before. It's the summer of 1969 but it seems not all the revellers had peace and love on their minds.

Four decades on, Chief Inspector Banks is called from his dinner to a far bloodier scene. A stranger has been murdered in a remote village, and before Banks can begin to uncover the motive he must first identify the body. Nothing is straigh...more
There are some interesting parts to this book, and a lot of plodding. It takes place in England, or Great Britain, and is the 16th in a series featuring Inspector Banks, who is somewhat dull, but then, he is only a character in the overall story, which goes back to the 1960s and involves bands of that time--some famous ones just mentioned--and the probably fictitious Mad Hatters. Young women get killed--by whom. One is definitely a cold case. There are interactions between police officers--a new...more
Debbie Maskus
This Alan Banks mystery displays two murder mysteries: one from 1969 and one the present. Since Robinson adores music, the common thread is music in the form of a group from the 1960's, the Mad Hatters, having a reunion. Robinson stretches the outcome of the two mysteries until the end of the book. The likely killer may have a hand in hiding the dastardly deed, but someone else commits the crime. The essence of the book is the venture into the turbulent 1960's with drugs, sex, and new freedoms....more
Intertwines a murder in 1967 at a rock concert with the death of the band�s promoter and a current day murder. Well done!
Joy Stephenson
This was the first book by Peter Robinson I've read and I'll certainly read others of his. However this particular novel is one of a series of Chief Inspector Banks stories, so it probably would have been better to start with the first one. Nevertheless it stands as a self-contained story for the most part.
The story is set both in the present day and in 1969 and the links between the two murders are gradually revealed. I thought the book was well-plotted and the characters were clearly defined....more
The murder of a young man in a village rental cottage baffles everyone...no one knew him, but the killing looks personal. Why would anyone want to kill a music journalist doing research on a band from the 60's/70's? And is this murder related to a much older murder? Patterns begin to emerge, and it's up to Inspector Banks and his team to figure out the truth.

The storyline is fairly standard fare (present day murder links to decades-old murder, but no one can see how), and I would have liked it b...more
Cornelis Broekhof
Excellent read. And I discovered a funny cultural thing about the Brits: they eat their tea. "... Janet Chadwick said, as she sat with her husband eating tea on Saturday evening. ... Chadwick ate some toad-in-the-hole, after dipping it liberally in the gravy." Tea, I gather from this, is the evening meal and not (or not only), as is the custom at special 'English high tea parties' in the Netherlands, a pot of tea in the afternoon, accompanied by cakes, scones, cream and jam. The story, by the wa...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...more
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