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In A Dry Season (Inspector Banks #10)

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A searing suspense from award-winning author Peter Robinson - an insightful and haunting novel of past crimes and present evil.

When a drought drains the local Thornfield Reservoir, uncovering a long-drowned small village and the skeleton of a murder victim from the 1940s, Detective Alan Banks and Detective Sergeant Annie Cabot must investigate the decades-old crime and unm
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Paperback, 502 pages
Published October 24th 2002 by MacMillan General Books (first published January 1st 1999)
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Shirley Schwartz
I agree with a number of people that this is a great series and that this book is where the series steps over to be a serious contender in the great mystery series genre. I have enjoyed the books up to now, but they did not really prepare me for the complexity of this novel. Robinson's Chief Inspector Banks is a wonderful creation. This is a book that blends the past and the present and Robinson does this seamlessly. We flit back and forth from present-day England to England during the Second Wo ...more
Erica Verrillo
Oct 20, 2012 Erica Verrillo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a Dry Season is Robinson's most complex, most sensitive and most satisfying novel. A skeleton, the victim of a violent murder 50 years past, is discovered in a ghost town. Banks, more for personal reasons (his marriage is falling apart) than for anything else, sets out to solve the crime. But who is the victim? Why was she murdered? After fifty years these questions are not easily answered. As Banks unravels this mystery, a second mystery, a story told by an unidentified witness, takes us bac ...more
Ann
Feb 10, 2011 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Not my favorite so far of the Inspector Banks books. I thought this one drug along slowly in the middle and was a bit too long. It was rather unusual for me to wish the epilogue would be shorter and more to the point. (view spoiler) ...more
Helen
I've never read any of this series, but will certainly look for others. It is very difficult to run two plots effectively in one book, but I've read a couple lately where it has been done quite effectively, this being one of them. For an entire lake to dry up for lack of water the north of England would really have to have an unusual year and I haven't looked at meteorological records to see if it was as dry as all that. In any event the dryness has bared the remains of a small village which was ...more
Kirsty Darbyshire
Feb 01, 2011 Kirsty Darbyshire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Wendy
Aug 31, 2015 Wendy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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"In a Dry Season is a 1999 work by Peter Robinson and (I discovered after reading it) one of a series of novels featuring Inspector Alan Banks and set in the fictional town of Eastvale in Yorkshire.

I was drawn to this book (I admit it) because I was intrigued by the photograph on the cover, of a winter tree and a church, almost fully submerged in water. Obviously a manipulated image, but intriguing nonetheless. My copy shows a 1940s bomber aircraft reflect
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Tony
Jun 03, 2010 Tony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robinson, Peter. IN A DRY SEASON. (1999). *****. This in as an extremely well-written and plotted mystery from Robinson featuring his series character, DCI Alan Banks. In the early 1950s, the small village of Hobbs End in Yorkshire was ultimately buried under tons of water as the hollow it occupied was turned into an additional reservoir for the surrounding towns. Now, in the late 1990s, several years of drought have caused the old village to reappear. A young boy was playing in one of the old b ...more
Lieve
Oct 20, 2012 Lieve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Weer een mooi boek van Peter Robinson, zijn inspecteur, Banks, komt steeds meer en meer tot leven. Ik vind het leuk om de hoofdpersonages zo mooi uitgewerkt te zien. Je gaat doorheen alle boeken, meer en meer meeleven met de inspecteur, geeft voor mij een extra dimensie aan de reeks.

In dit boek is de inspecteur op een zijspoor gezet, zijn vrouw heeft hem verlaten, hij is verhuisd en moet opnieuw beginnen. Algauw is de zaak waar hij op gezet wordt, zijn redding. Het klikt met de agente waar hij
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J.D.
Aug 10, 2010 J.D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Peter Robinson's first Alan Banks novel, GALLOWS VIEW, and thought "Eh, not bad." At some point in many series, however, comes a book that kicks things up a notch. I get the feeling this was such a book for this series.

Banks, who's gotten onto his superior's naughty list, gets shuffled off to investigate a murder that apparently happened in the 1940's. The murder would have gone completely undetected had the reservoir that drowned the tiny village of Hobb's End not run dry and exposed th
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LJ
In a Dry Season - G+
robinson, Peter

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks, on the skids since the breakup with wife Sandra, languishes in "career Siberia" until old nemesis Chief Constable Riddle sends him to remotest Yorkshire on a "dirty, pointless, dead-end case." It seems a local kid has discovered a skeleton in dried-up Thornfield Reservoir, constructed on the site of the deserted bucolic village of Hobb's End. Banks taps into his familiar network of colleagues to identify the skeleton as th
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Jane
Mar 28, 2011 Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was indeed a dry season. So dry that the Thornfield Reservoir has completely dried up exposing the village of Hobb's End which was flooded when the reservoir was made in the aftermath of WWII. A curious child can't resist exloring the old village when he accidently falls through a rotting roof, lands deep in mud, and comes up holding a skeletal hand.

Alan Banks and Annie Cabbot are both in their supervisor's bad books and that's how they end up investigating this seemingly hopeless case.

I ofte
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Lisa
Nov 24, 2012 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robinson is always good, but this one to me wasn't as strong as others. For one he keeps flashing back to this character, supposedly hugely formative to his career decision, who we've never heard of before - Jem. Huh??? I also didn't buy into Sandra's little appearance - w/o calling, just showing up at the worst time and being a bit of a biotch. That was out of character and a bit too convenient (read: sloppy). I did enjoy progression of the back story (other than the Sandra appearance). But wha ...more
Lisa
Dec 31, 2010 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery readers,
Recommended to Lisa by: book club
With In a Dry Season, Peter Robinson creates a mostly suspenseful tale in which the much beleaguered DCI, Allan Banks and the freethinking DS Annie Cabbot grapple with a decades old murder, love, their own pasts and family ties. However, brevity is the soul of suspense as well as wit, and this books is not blessed with anything akin to brevity. While I found all facets of book, including the detectives' personal lives,intriguing there were many times when sections could have been neatly pared to ...more
Eadie
Jan 16, 2016 Eadie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably the best Banks novel that I have read so far. The story line is filled with details from the past and the present that cleverly intertwine into a wonderful investigation. As you read, you are drawn into the story and wonderful characters that hold your interest right down to the last page. The sub-plot of his developing relationship with Sergeant Abbott as well as his disintegrating relationship with his ex-wife is an interesting part of the novel. If you haven't read Robinson, ...more
Jeri
Sep 26, 2010 Jeri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this thoughtful, many layered mystery, and the passages evoking life in a bygone era were particularly interesting. I usually find that this kind of split point of view doesn't work for me, but this was an exception. I enjoyed both the modern day investigation, including Banks' adaption to single life, and the view of events leading up to the murder. I do, however, question describing it as suspenseful, as it was not particularly suspenseful. Complex, intriguing, fascinating even, but ...more
Eliece
Jan 26, 2016 Eliece rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was my intro to an author that I will be reading again. It featured DCI Alan Banks who is on desk duty for insubordination when his supervisor thinks to punish and humiliate him even further by assigning him a 50-year-old case.
After a drought depletes a reservoir, a skeleton mired in mud surfaces in the remnants of a village that had been submerged in 1953. It seems an impossible task to identify the young woman after so much time has passed and the killer is probably already dead as
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Paula Dembeck
Dec 26, 2014 Paula Dembeck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the tenth book in the Inspector Banks series.
A young boy, playing in an out building at the bottom of a dried up reservoir discovers an erie skeleton. The reservoir, created long ago to help supply Leeds with water, had covered what was once a small village called Hobb’s End. But a very dry season has exposed the remains of the abandoned ruins after they had been covered with water for years. And there are a host of difficult problems in trying to identify the victim. How long have the
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Damaskcat
Dec 24, 2014 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A reservoir in the Yorkshire Dales which was created in the 1950s by flooding a valley including a small village dries up in a long hot summer revealing the ruins of the houses and a skeleton. DCI Alan Banks, whose career is in the doldrums thanks to some unorthodox actions of his own and a chief constable who has taken a dislike to him, is tasked with investigating the case. It soon becomes clear that the skeleton couldn't have been put there any later than when the reservoir was created but so ...more
Jeff
Feb 24, 2009 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy this author and I like his fictional character Detective Chief Inspector Allen Banks. I think that this authors greatest strength and weakness is the attention he gives to DCI Banks’ personal life. In some ways it makes the character more believable and in some ways you just want to get into the story. I felt that this book lacked some of the intensity of the other books written by this author.
Michele
Although this book was interesting & suspenseful, it was not in the least bit uplifting. It was a rather sad book with sad characters. When a drought drains a reservoir that had covered an small, old town, a skeleton of a woman in unearthed. The book is about who she was & what happened to her. It alternates between the present time and the police who are investigating it and the past during WWII when this woman lived.

As I mentioned, it was an interesting and suspenseful read with a some
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Anne
Feb 19, 2014 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like the PBS television show 'DCI Banks,' read the series it is based on by Peter Robinson. 'In a Dry Season' is the tenth in the series and the first I've read. Alan Banks has been relegated to boring desk jobs for insubordination and is assigned to a cold case when a skeleton is found in an abandoned village which is revealed when the summer drought dries up the reservoir that had covered the town for fifty years. The book alternates between the story of the village during WW II and the ...more
george burns
Nov 28, 2015 george burns rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Old Murder

DCI Banks is out of favor and is not being assigned interesting or high profile cases. He is called and told to report to a reservoir that has dried out, thus uncovering a flooded village for the first time since 1953. A skeleton has also been uncovered. Banks is sure there is a bad motive for him being assigned the case, but he throws himself into the investigation. The book shifts back and forth from the Second World War to the present. There is more detail concerning the earlier per
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Carol
Jun 24, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This compelling mystery was rightly recommended by the English Mysteries group. I quit reading it near the beginning, partly because I didn't immediately care for either of the alternating narrators, but mostly because 2 of my least favorite crime-fiction cliches loomed: the schlumpy heavy-drinking workaholic middle-aged detective who's nevertheless a babe magnet, and the jealous vain paper-pushing boss who's out to get him. Everyone urged me to give this 10th book in the Inspector Banks series ...more
Sally
Apr 27, 2015 Sally rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the best so far of the series - Robinson is finally showing some promise. Annie Cabbot is introduced and Jenny Fuller makes a come-back, which should set up some interesting dynamics in future novels. However, it's really easy to guess who the skeleton is, and who the murderer is, so it's not that great a read. And Robinson does have rather an annoying habit of explaining the obvious or offering up cliches for his views on life. Although I started reading the Insp. Banks series from the ...more
Lili
Jul 03, 2013 Lili rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Enjoyed reading this police procedural especially the budding relationship between Banks and Annie Cabbott, will be interesting to read the next in the series.
Gerald D.
Oct 23, 2014 Gerald D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book switches back and forth between World War II and the present, when a drought has revealed an English village that had been covered by a man-made lake and, since this is a mystery, a long-hidden skeleton is found in that village. I really liked the characters and the storyline, but I especially enjoyed the descriptions of everyday life in wartime England--buzz bombs suddenly appearing in the sky and sputtering out to fall randomly, how women found their way home in the darkness of comple ...more
Kay
May 16, 2014 Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A village that has been covered by a reservoir since the end of the 2nd world war has reappeared because of a drought. A young boy uncovers a buried skeleton while looking for treasure. Detective Chief Inspector Alan banks is put on the case as a punishment. This is a fascinating novel which slips effortlessly between the present and the past to tell the story of Gloria and how she came to die and disappear. All is not it seems and there is a lot of unravelling to do. Well written, and I will ce ...more
Tori Montes
This is a good mystery for mystery readers. It is told in two parts one modern times where two detectives are working on a 50 year old murder. Then the second story over 50 years early 1941 to 1945. The older story was more interesting to me. Knowing that Gloria gets murdered the reader wants all the details leading up to that murder. The dialog is a little contrived like one speaker trying to contrive a dialog that seems a little silly at times. And the psychological aspect like the 60 year old ...more
Peggy
Dec 02, 2014 Peggy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a British police procedural featuring Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks. In this book Banks is sent to investigate a skeleton found in a dried up reservoir after being buried since World War II. Banks investigates with Detective Sergeant Annie Cabbot. The skeleton reveals a violent stabbing death, so they have to find out who it is and what happened all those years ago. Alternating between the current investigation and the romanticized musings of the recollections of a witness, the pi ...more
Ramshan
Whew ! Gotta say reading this book was like peeling the layers off a onion. Sometimes it makes you cry and ultimately there is not much of a plot to write home about !! The complex chemistry between banks and the various characters is the real pull of this novel. Other wise there are not many real clues or plot twists to talk about.

Read this ONLY if you like Robinson's trademark style of character development. Otherwise I found wednesday's child a better and more underrated entry in the alan ban
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Inspector Banks (1 - 10 of 23 books)
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