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Skinner's Festival (Bob Skinner #2)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  224 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Each August thousands of tourists and performers flood into Edinburgh for its infamous Festival. But this year, on the very first day, an explosion rocks Princes Street and one man is killed. Assistant Chief Constable Bob Skinner, head of CIC, soon learns this was no accident. For, a few hours later, a threatening letter is delivered to the Secretary of State - supposedly ...more
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published April 1st 1995 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1994)
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Lewis Weinstein
We have been in Edinburgh during the Festival so Jardine's descriptions resonated. The plot was not totally believable, but the action was strongly presented. Surprisingly, the tension did not seem to rise to the level it should have. I think it might be because the actions and thoughts of the bad guys were never made part of the reader experience. Also, Skinner did not seem as 100% involved as he might have been - playing a round of golf? Thus, 3*** instead of 4****. Entertaining, but not gripp ...more
E
Fun to read a mystery about the Edinburgh Festival while at the festival. Definite junk food mystery, lots of action, and the attempts to humanize the protagonist felt particularly flat... just get on with the terrorist plotting and festival scenery, I don't need to know about Skinner's home life, or inner emotional realities. Not the least of which is because those came over as a cliche.
Sandra
This the first of Quintin Jardine's novels that I've read, and the first quarter or so confirmed my reluctance to do so, since it appears over-full of description and the writing a little more staid than seemed reasonable, even for a book written twenty years ago.
But then the efficiency of the unfolding plot and the pace and place of Edinburgh took over so despite some ludicrous lapses of trust by folk who really should have known better (after all, I did!) the story drew me in, although the obv
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LJ
SKINNER'S FESTIVAL (Police Proc-Scotland-Cont) – G+
Jardine, Quintin – 2nd of series
St. Martin's Press, 1995- Hardcover
Assistant Chief Constable Robert Skinner is head of CID and security advisor to the Secretary of State. He, and his team, is faced with terrorist threats that turn murderous during Edinburgh's popular August Festival, which attracts thousands of tourists. But in spite of the terrorists missives saying they are demanding a free Scotland, Skinner believe they have a different goal
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Steven Atkinson
Sorry, had to chuck this one after 60 pages, full of long boring descriptions of uninteresting people and things, filler :-(
Lbaker
An early Skinner book that somehow I missed previously.
Set during an August Edinburgh festival season - boy would I like to go to Edinburgh in August!
Set early in Bob and Sarah's relationship, I enjoyed the plot and the non-stop action very much.

There are few action mysteries that I enjoy, however Quintin Jardine writes not only action, but great characters, ones you can understand and would enjoy meeting. It has such a variety of characters, from wonderful Adam Arrow to Andy Martin to Sir Jim
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Susan
I thoroughly enjoyed this second book in the Bob Skinner series. He is a white-hat hero you love to cheer on as he battles "the bad guys", both criminals and politicians. This time around he is trying to stop terrorist attacks during Edinburgh Festival. Again there is an international facet to the plot. A bit of a fairy tale because the good guys win, but a pleasure to read.
Pauline
This is the 2nd book in the series. I enjoyed the first but found this one even better - perhaps because I know have an idea who everyone is.Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Jemma
Lots happening in the 2nd book of the Bob Skinner series, very exciting! I couldn't put it down.
Don Garvey
the second book in the Bob Skinner series. Excellent read!
Afsana
I enjoyed this book and will definatly be reading more- So muc so I have alrerady got 1/2 dozen of his book
Barb
It rated three stars because the location was Edinburg, Scotland and that brought back good memories.
Judy
Quite a fast paced book with a good storyline. Lots of action and tension - I enjoyed it!
Obisbooks
Reread, more Scottish police procedural.
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Quintin Jardine is the author of two much-acclaimed and best-selling series of detective novels, as Eddie Bell and Pat Lomax, his agents, can be heard proclaiming to anyone who is listening, at book festivals around the world.

QJ is a crusty but urbane Scot, in his prime, and done with disclosing his age. (What’s that got to do with it anyway?) He was born in Motherwell, Lanarkshire, and educated
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