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The Hanging Valley (Inspector Banks #4)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  3,988 Ratings  ·  148 Reviews
A faceless corpse is discovered in a hidden valley below the village of Swainshead. And when Chief Inspector Alan Banks arrives, he finds that no-one is willing to talk. Banks' frustration only grows when the identity of the body is revealed. For it seems that his latest case may be connected with an unsolved murder in same area five years ago.
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Published March 17th 2006 by MacMillan Audio (first published 1989)
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Ivonne Rovira
Dec 31, 2015 Ivonne Rovira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of good crime fiction
A hiker on a fell-walking holiday near Swainshead stumbles across a maggot-infested corpse whose face had been ravaged — the second time the quiet of this Yorkshire village had been marred by murder.

Five years earlier a private detective from London, Raymond Addison, left the Greenock Guesthouse where he was staying in Swainshead and disappeared — until his corpse turned up a week later. No one knew why he was snooping around Swainshead. To add more mystery to Addison’s murder — still unsolved
Apr 03, 2016 Marwan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, Peter Robinson's Books are getting better and better. I liked this one more than the previous three. I also love the bond between Chief Inspector Banks and his superior Gristhorpe, and I laughed when he said to Banks that he smokes like a bloody chimney.
The Story begins when a corpse has been discovered in a hidden valley near the village of Swainshead. its face has been crushed and the autopsy reveals that he has been dead for at least 10 days. After Identifying the body, some clues shows
Thomas Strömquist
A dead body is discovered near the village of Swainshead by a fell walking tourist, doubling the number of murders in the area for the last 5-year period. The first one has gone unsolved and at that time a local woman also went missing. Could some or all of these cases be related? After the investigation of a number of locals - the wealthy family, the serious farmer, the guest-house-owner couple (abusive husband, Carrie White-up-brought beautiful but damaged wife) - a trip to Canada - and an alm ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
Another good solid read from Peter Robinson in this, the 4th in the Chief Inspector Banks series.

A faceless corpse is discovered by a tramper in a tranquil, hidden valley below the village of Swainshead.

To Chief Inspector Banks it seems that his latest case may be connected with an unsolved murder in the same area five years ago. But nobody is talking, either about the current murder or the past one.

And what happened to the woman who vanished at the time of the first murder. Is she too dead? Or
Judy Goodnight
A complicated series of deaths: two definite murders, a possible accident, a possible suicide. are entangled in a complicated web of relationships. To untangle all the threads, Chief Inspector Banks goes so far as to fly to Canada to find a woman who may be able to shed light on the case.

I would have rated this at least one star higher if it hadn't ended the way it did. The police finally have it worked out & they're after the killer who we know is at that moment up to no good. So the police
Jul 22, 2016 Maddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
SETTING: Eastdale, UK
SERIES: #4 of 22
WHY: DCI Alan Banks and his team are assigned to investigate the killing of a man whose rotting body was discovered in a wooded valley outside Swainshead. As it turns out, there have been other deaths in the area; and Banks feels that they are connected. Many of the locals come under suspicion. This is a series that I really like, but I did find the ending disappointing. Many important threads went unresolved.
Apr 01, 2014 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was starting to worry a bit about this series, but I felt reassured after this addition to the series. With several murders taking place over a span of years in a quiet, sleepy town in the Yorkshire, Robinson does a great job of showing us the nuance and feel of this world. I could almost hear the Sherlock Holmes music (from the Jeremy Brett series) playing in the background. Well edited and tightly paced, readers of Brit mysteries will definitely enjoy.
Jul 16, 2015 Surreysmum rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canlit, mystery, 1992
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Dec 14, 2014 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Number four in this excellent series featuring Yorkshire based DCI Alan Banks. I have to confess I am totally hooked on this well written and absorbing series of police procedural crime novels. In this one a decomposing body is found in an isolated valley. A tourist discovers it while on a walking holiday. But it soon becomes clear that a group of locals know more about the body than in perhaps good for them.

This wide ranging story sees Banks travelling to Canada and to Oxford to try and unravel
Jeremy Stephens
What I didn't like about this book-

1. The particular edition I read made it seem like a stand alone novel rather than part of a series. It wasn't until after I had already read the thing that I saw the order form in the back to order the other books in the series.

2. The cover said it was a "novel of suspense". I didn't find anything suspenseful about this and in fact found it to be rather dull. Also, when I think of suspense, a mystery novel isn't the first thing that comes to mind.

3. Not enough
Balthazar Lawson
I've read many books in the Inspector Banks series, not in order, and this would have to be the weakest so far. The main character in this series is Inspector Banks but you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise while reading this book. The secondary characters in a novel play an important role in any story but they seem to take over a little too much with this story and really didn't add much to the series.

It was enjoyable enough but I found it slow to read at times and the ending was just so
Aug 20, 2012 Ashton rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this more interesting than A Dedicated Man and A Necessary End, but I was really disappointed by the ending! Also, without giving too much away, one of the characters that Banks seems to favour and also has a soft spot for was so annoying and difficult to like!
Sep 26, 2012 Kirsti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery, anger
Pretty good mystery with an abrupt ending. This book taught me the phrase "running around like a blue-arsed fly." I also liked the bartender's quip that the mayhem was good for business: "Aye, there's nobody drinks like a murder suspect."
Aug 20, 2016 Bubba rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read
Good mystery, good characters. towards the end he telegraphed the perp and seemed to take too long for everyone to figure it out. Do like the way he wrapped things up at the end.
I think this is the only book I have ever read in which the only character that didn't feel real and three-dimensional was the main character. The mystery is easy enough to solve but that was less of a downfall to me than the complete lack of personality in the detective. I guess I'm also a little annoyed that it felt like I saw more of Toronto than the Yorkshire Dales. Just saying that they're out there isn't the same thing as really describing the scenery. POSSIBLE SPOILER: I REALLY wish the a ...more
Kaye Cook
Jan 09, 2017 Kaye Cook rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Mystery Series!!!

All around great series. I've read books 1 thru 4. Starting number 5 next.
Well rounded characters,interesting story line . Clean, entertaining, interesting.
Anyone could enjoy them.
Lisa Stammers
Jan 16, 2017 Lisa Stammers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To think I was ready to give up on this series after the first two mediocre instalments!! So glad I didn't!! Excellent moody piece with solid characters and page turning sense of doom.
Paula Dembeck
Dec 12, 2014 Paula Dembeck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is number four in the Inspector Banks mystery-suspense series which gets better with each new volume.
A hiker has discovered a body partially hidden up on the fell around Swainshead Village. The body is in a grisly condition having been lying exposed to the elements for about a week. That makes identifying the victim difficult, but when a name is finally known, it is discovered he had grown up in the village but had left for Canada several years ago and had just returned. And then Superint
Feb 08, 2013 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The quiet village of Swainshead brings Banks and his team to investigate a brutal murder. The victim's face has been destroyed, so identifying him is the first problem. Once that is accomplished, it seems that this murder may be linked to another murder and a disappearance that occurred several years earlier.
It's a very small village, and a bit isolated. The same families have been minding each others' business for generations, so it's not easy for an incomer to make headway.

There are the brothe
2.5 stars, perhaps. Good audiobook. An alternative title might be "Banks goes to Toronto." I always wonder when a local character takes off for other pastures as part of an investigation. Did the author just visit there and want to add some local color? Is Robinson a Jays fan?

Ostensibly, Banks has to travel to Toronto to find and interview a woman who may have information about an unsolved murder in Swainsdale that had occurred years before but may be linked to a more recent one.

The body of Be
Sep 15, 2016 Timothy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder in the Dales, involves Banks,Jim Hatchley, Inspector G in the search for a murderer
Alison C
Apr 14, 2016 Alison C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The body of a hiker is found at the beginning of "The Hanging Valley," the fourth novel in the long-running Inspector Banks series by Peter Robinson. The man turns out to be an ex-pat living in Toronto, Canada, and he has more connections with the locals in the Yorkshire Dales than Inspector Banks originally suspects; his investigation sends Banks to Toronto, to Oxford and beyond, but he is far behind the culprit and the bodies are piling up…. I’m enjoying discovering this series, about which I ...more
Rob Kitchin
The Hanging Valley is the fourth book in the Chief Inspector Alan Banks series (which has now reached book #22). The story is a straightforward police procedural set in small village with a relatively small cast of characters. The strength of the tale is the steady plotting, with Robinson carefully unfolding the investigation, keeping a handful of likely suspects in frame until the final chapters. That said, the story simmers without ever boiling over, except for an excellent last couple of page ...more
Kathleen Hagen
The Hanging Valley, by Peter Robinson, a-minus, narrated by James Langton, produced by Tantor Media, downloaded from

This is one of the earlier books in the Banks series. Publisher’s note says it all.
No one dreamed something so hideous could grow in so beautiful a place.... Many who visit the valley are overwhelmed by its majesty. Some wish they never
had to leave. One didn't: a hiker whose decomposing corpse is discovered by an unsuspecting tourist. But this strange, incomprehensible
The Cats Mother
4th in the Inspector Banks series, this was published (and presumably set) in 1989. A disfigured body is found in remote woods outside a small Yorkshire village popular with hill-walkers. Banks investigates the link to another murder five years earlier, in between drinking and smoking a lot. Clues take him to Toronto and Oxford as he gradually pieces together what happened, and how the local nobility and their unsavoury friends are involved. While I didn't guess whodunnit, mainly because I was e ...more
Aug 18, 2011 Stuart rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
Not a bad crime story. The second of the series of Inspector Banks stories that I've read. The story was relatively tame; indeed it seems the detective did hardly any detecting at all, the murderer(s) being taken care of with little police intervention. I think the story was a vehicle for the author to wax lyrical about his own move from England to Canada, and write up his own first impressions, via the eyes of Inspector Banks. Not that these impressions weren't interesting, but not really what ...more
A hiker stumbles across a body in the Hanging Valley in a dale high above Swainshead, an hour's drive from Eastvale, and Inspector Banks and Jim Hinchley investigate. While staying at the local B&B, they learn that a group of men regularly meet at the local pub and focus their investigations on them. They learn that the victim is a local man who's lived in Toronto for the past five years. Another man was murdered in the same place 5 years ago, and a local woman has disappeared. Banks learns ...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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