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Wednesday's Child (Inspector Banks #6)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  2,285 ratings  ·  108 reviews
Shortlisted For The Edgar Allan Poe Award 1995 For Inspector Banks and Superintendent Gristhorpe the abduction of a young girl brings back dreadful memories of the Moors Murders When two social workers, investigating reports of child abuse, appear at Brenda Scupham's door, her fear of authority leads her to comply meekly with their requests. Even when they say that they mu ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Pan MacMillan (first published September 1st 1992)
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Nikki Magennis
Okay, so I maybe should have guessed that given the subject matter this book might contain disturbing material. And I am a squeamish reader, and can't stand graphic violence in a novel.

BUT, I think it's very, very wrong to use details of real crimes in a work of fiction. Especially as the author has done here, going into such vivid and disturbing and harrowing detail of the crimes of Myra Hindley and Ian Brady that I did actually have to physically drop the book.

Of course books can and should
Young Gemma Scupham has been taken from her neglectful home by two social workers. The next day, her mother calls in the police to report her missing, and Chief Inspector Alan Banks begins to search for the seven year old. Two days later, a body is discovered by the old lead mine, but it isn't the girl, it's a 30 year old man who's been slit up his chest and left under a flume. The four person detective team is now split into two searching for the killers, and slowly the evidence begins to show ...more
The disappearance of seven year old Gemma Scupham is just the beginning of another well thought out mystery by Peter Robinson. Chief Inspector Alan Banks and his team methodically follow the clues that lead them to figure out exactly what happened to Gemma…with several twists and turns along the way.

Reading a Peter Robinson mystery always makes me feel warm and cozy. There is something about the way this author writes that keeps me very satisfied. Inspector Banks is a huge drawing card for me, b
Seven year old Gemma's incredibly stupid and slatternly mother gives her child to two people who say they are from child protective services and are investigating "abuse" allegations. They promise to return her the next morning. However, she is "busy" and doesn't get around to calling the police until late in the day. Then a body of a young man turns up in an abandoned lead mine. The two don't seem to be related. Peter Robinson is one of the authors who is at the top of my crime-reading list. On ...more
I've been reading Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks' novels for some time, so I have some paperbacks. I think he and the other characters - Gristhorpe, Gay, Richmond, etc. are interesting enough characters to have decided to read the novels from the start, and am now trying to read them in order. I download the ones I haven't read onto the Kindle, and read the paperbacks where I have them. I enjoy crime novels and these are good ones. The town of Eastvale is very recogniseable, and Banks and othe ...more
The saga continues....I was very curious to see how this one ended but then it was like the very ending was a cliff hanger- what came next??? A final chapter on closing would have been nice but overall it was a good story.
Thomas Bruso
James Langton is the right narrator for the job. Every character in the book, from Inspector Alan Banks, to DCI Susan Gay, and the long list of minor characters and walk on roles, has their own distinctive voice. And Langton does all of them justice.

A child abduction case that does not turn out well for a lot of people involved, especially the young girl. A man and a woman posing as a pair of social service workers arrive at Brenda's house to take the young girl out of her care. But soon Banks a
Kathleen Hagen
Wednesday’s Child, by Peter Robinson, A-minus, narrated by James Langton, produced by Tantor Media, downloaded from

Banks is called to the home of a woman whose 7-year-old daughter was seemingly kidnapped. A young attractive male and female couple came to the home and informed the mother that her daughter needed to be taken for some tests. They alleged that they were social workers from the government. The mother let them take the child, but when the child was not returned by the nex
Wednesday’s Child by Peter Robinson is another good read in the Inspector Banks series. These detective procedural books always keep my interest. I have grown to like Alan Banks and am happy there are at least 10 more books in the series for me to follow.

This book focuses on two mysteries, seemingly without connection to one another. Seven-year old Gemma Scupham is abducted when a well-dressed couple pose as social workers, taking her away on the pretense of abuse. Gemma’s mother didn’t take car
Another high quality Banks' novel. While not as good as the previous entry, still thoroughly enjoyable. POV diverged from Banks and went to his boss, which I found less intriguing than sticking with Banks.
John Lee
I enjoy novels more when I know where they are supposed to be taking place and with the D.I.Banks books I think that I know the market town in which they are set. As a bonus here, I also know Weymouth quite well and perhaps even the Fish and Chip shop !
I find this authors style very easy to read and I had no problem picturing any of the characters. The story moved along well without any noticeable 'quiet' spells.
Although the subject matter is quite 'dark' the author handles it without the gratu
D.I. Alan Banks, Susan Gay, Gristhorpe, Hartley, Jenny and the gang hunt down the abductor(s) of a young girl. Pretty straightforward and well-written British mystery.
Seven year old Gemma is abducted by a couple pretending to be social workers. DCI Banks and his team are tasked with investigating and they seem to be banging their heads against brick walls without even a suspect in sight. Then a body is discovered by Fell walkers but the body isn't Gemma's and they're faced with investigating two cases with very little to go on in either of them.

This is a harrowing and absorbing read and it features Banks' superior Superintendent Gristhorpe more that some of
Paula Dembeck
This is the sixth novel in the series.
Brenda Scupham is an unmarried mother who lives in a humble estate home with her seven year old daughter Gemma and her boyfriend Les Poole. Les has been in and out of prison, spends most of his time at the pub or with his bookie and has never had a job. He has never had strong feelings for Gemma, but tolerates her presence.
When two very polite, well dressed social workers arrive at the door claiming to be investigating reports of child abuse, Brenda allow
Peter Robinson is one of my favorite British mystery authors. I keep his books, and will buy his latest in paperback whenever I see it. As in the best British mysteries, the characters and their development are far more important than the plot. This book is one of the earlier ones of his work. His books keep getting more complex as he continues this series. This review would apply equally to the work of Ian Rankin, Elizabeth George (not that she is actually British), and Reginald Hill.
Brilliant, and what an ending
Another Peter Robinson book, another bunch of troubled characters living their isolated lives in Yorkshire. This book is set during a time in Alan Banks' life when he's still married. Having read the later books when he's divorced and still longing for his ex-wife, I see foreshadowing in this book that things are not going well in his marriage. The kids are growing up and causing him a lot of grief in the process, the wife is developing outside interests with the art and theater community--and w ...more
A man and a woman pretending to be social workers take a 7 year old girl from her mother, claiming that it is because of claims of abuse. The mother is a dim young woman who is impressed by their manner and doesn't think to question them for more than a day. When she finally reports it to the police, it is clear that the girl has been kidnapped, but by whom, and for what reason - certainly not for ransom.

While the police are looking for the girl, they come across the body of a young murdered ma
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Joanne Rawson
Two social works, investigating reports of child abuse, appear at Brenda's door. Her fear of authority leads her to take Gemma her seven-year-old daughter for medical tests. After twenty four hours and Gemma has not returned Brenda realises there is something wrong.

DCU Banks already investing one murder is set on the case, soon it becomes clear that the two cases are connected.

really liked the book, but the ending a little of a let down.
Donna Mcnab
When an official looking couple show up at Brenda Scupham's house and say that they have had a report of possible child abuse and have to take 7 year old Gemma to check her out, Brenda lets them take her, but calls the police when she doesn't show up the next day, as promised. Inspector Banks is then on the case. The characters in this book, as usual with Peter Robinson, are complex and interesting, as is the story.
These books get better as the series progresses, but it is odd to read detective stories that are over 20 years old - I keep wanting to shout "You need the Internet and mobile phones!" Is good that Bank's wife is moving to the periphery and that, coupled with the not very likeable character of Susan Gay, makes me think Robinson is weak at writing women characters. In this book I found some characters were introduced for no reason, and had no bearing on the story. One last observation - the use o ...more
Inspector Banks and the others investigate a child napping then a murder. They uncover a grisly trail of related crimes. Very well-written, but there were a few things written that I thought were unnecessary to the plot and I wished weren't in the book. Also, there were a lot of British sayings & idioms, so Americans may want to keep the dictionary near. Good mystery & police procedural.
Alison Minister
This is the first dci banks book/ Peter Robinson book I've read, and it won't be the last!
Loved the grittiness of this novel, I was gripped the whole way through.
I actually didn't realise it was a dci banks book until I started reading it, as I've always known this character as a tv detective. If I had known I probably wouldn't have read it but I'm so glad I did.
A wonderful surprise!
Andrew Mcq
Disappointing. I read several in the Banks series before, but I found this one disjointed and uneven. The ending was rushed and unsatisfactory, yet there were times the rest dragged unnecessarily. It was almost as if he finished, found it was a little short, and threw in an an extra sentence of unnecessary description in one hundred places.
Judy Goodnight
The sixth book in the Inspector Banks series set in Yorkshire, England and, in my opinion, the best so far. The book starts with the abduction of a seven-year-old girl by a couple who posed as social workers removing the child from her mother under suspicion of abuse. Then the body of a murdered man is discovered at an old mine. Unrelated cases? Perhaps or perhaps not. Superintendent Gristhorpe with DS Richmond take control of the abduction case, leaving Banks & DC Susan Gay to pursue the mu ...more
This series is new to me and I didn't find it hard to read as a stand alone. Good thriller. A little abrupt at the end, but very enjoyable (if that's the right word considering the really yucky themes in it). What I mean is, it really kept me interested and I liked the characters.
I will keep my eye out for more by this author.
This is a British police procedural with Alan Banks being the main character detective. In this story a 7 year old girl has gone missing. A couple posing as child welfare workers have taken her from her home. Also a small time thief is found murdered. The two seem unrelated at first, but twists in the story bring the detectives to the realization that there are links. I listened to this audiobook.
Lorraine Webb
Enjoyed this book, though the ending seemed a bit tame - rushed and a bit predictable where the same plot could have been written with a bit more tension built in. I will definitely be reading more Peter Robinson books, though - this did hold my attention until the end.
I really enjoyed this book though I wasn't too keen on the subject matter and the references to an actual vile murder from the past. In spite of that, it was a very good read, well plotted, with an interesting storyline and believable characters and gripping to the end. Highly recommended.
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