Le Coup Au Coeur (Inspector Banks #16)
Piece of My Heart is Peter Robinson’s outstanding sixteenth novel in the acclaimed Inspector Banks series. Richly textured with the music and conflicting mores of 1960s Britain, the story weaves between two eras as it explores just how dangerously things can go awry when one generation is estranged from the next, when fathers no longer understand their daughters.
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
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.
That said - I did enjoy rea ...more
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
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
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 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.
This time Alan Banks and Annie Cabbot are working on the murder of a music journalist who was investigating an old rock group called the Mad Hatters. This current mystery alternates in the book with the 1969 murder of a girl at a music festival featuring the Mad Hatters.
The characters are believable and the times well portrayed. Another v ...more
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
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
We get the story of both in ...more
#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
This book has ...more
Two investigations into two murders decades apart. The storylines flowed seamlessly side by side and then merged together effortlessly. Found the wrapping up a little short, perhaps a little more background would have been better. After been lead slowly and deliciously to the finale, it was over rather abruptly. Will definitely read the next book in the series.
A worthwhile read but somehow I felt there are better 'Banks' books.
Meanwhile, Banks deals with a ambitious new female boss and a visit by his son. It makes for a very i ...more
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...more
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
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