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Skinner's Festival (Bob Skinner #2)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  343 Ratings  ·  23 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
Jan 30, 2014 Lewis Weinstein rated it liked it
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
Aug 23, 2011 E rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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.
Mavis Hewitt
Jan 28, 2017 Mavis Hewitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective
Liked the twist, which I won't give away! Readable, fast pace.
Aug 09, 2016 Linda added it
I enjoyed the first one (Skinner's Rules), and thought this was excellent too. Quintin Jardine's got a wicked way with plots! Only a couple of negatives, for me:

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Jan 01, 2016 Elaine rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
You know those chunky big books called "Stories for boys" which you can always find in second hand book shops and look as if they are about 1930s? Well these Skinner books remind me of those ; a kind of adult version. Terribly macho alpha male hero who always gets results , rescues the female and whilst having faint doubts about himself is generally a good sort Even the sex in the story was shown from the male perspective. I did like the book as a sort of guilty junk food of reading but wouldn't ...more
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
Nick Davies
Jan 13, 2016 Nick Davies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Probably more of a 3.5 than a 4, this was however a very strong and enjoyable read. Because it was written fifteen or so years ago, it felt slightly less stylish, less witty (though not completely lacking wit - just less 'funny'), and a touch more 'big budget' than I was used to and than I have read a lot of recently.

That said it was a very strong, well-plotted, and involving tale, with characters I came to like and care about (and would like to know more about) - hence I was pretty drawn in and
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
Dec 09, 2016 Thejelman rated it did not like it
Truly awful. Top cop Mr Perfect (recently married to Mrs Perfect, with beloved daughter Miss Perfect never far away) puts together a handpicked team who, because he’s such a brilliant judge, all turn out to be excellent (even the flaky DS Rose who only ever seems to panic) as they attempt to foil a major criminal plot which is dressed up as terrorist activity. An utterly predictable plot, embarrassingly cliched dialogue and the only attempt at characterisation (our hero and his good lady) had me ...more
Mar 27, 2011 Lbaker rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-scottish
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
Virginia Van
When terrorists, supposedly demanding political separation from Britain, bomb the Edinburgh Festival, CID Head Bob Skinner suddenly finds himself personally involved. More of a thriller than a mystery, the book is fast paced and has some interesting characters, although its detailed descriptions of violence detracted from my appreciation of the story. Second in the Skinner series, its age is evident in places.
Jan 10, 2010 Susan rated it really liked it
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.
Mike Yeoman
This was the first Quintin Jardine book that I had read and was expecting good things. Very disappointing.
Don Garvey
Dec 27, 2013 Don Garvey rated it it was amazing
the second book in the Bob Skinner series. Excellent read!
Nov 27, 2008 Pauline rated it really liked it
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.
David Flett
Feb 25, 2014 David Flett rated it did not like it
Apr 20, 2009 Barb rated it liked it
It rated three stars because the location was Edinburg, Scotland and that brought back good memories.
May 11, 2010 Judy rated it really liked it
Quite a fast paced book with a good storyline. Lots of action and tension - I enjoyed it!
Chris Logan
Sep 21, 2016 Chris Logan rated it really liked it
ACC Skinner at his best. Carnage at the Edinburgh Festival and only Skinner can sort it out. Great read with plenty of twists and turns. Really enjoyed it.
Oct 05, 2011 Afsana rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and will definatly be reading more- So muc so I have alrerady got 1/2 dozen of his book
Aug 19, 2015 Elizabeth rated it did not like it
Not my kind of book. Skinner has more power than the Prime Minister. He gives and takes away jobs with the snap of his fingers. Everything is just too pat, too easy.
Steven Atkinson
Nov 13, 2014 Steven Atkinson rated it liked it
Sorry, had to chuck this one after 60 pages, full of long boring descriptions of uninteresting people and things, filler :-(
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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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