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In a Dry Season by Peter Robinson
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Aug 10, 2010

really liked it
Read from July 23 to 25, 2010

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 the ruins of the past.

There are multiple flashbacks to the war years that can get a little confusing. Frankly, a little judicious typesetting could have gone a long way towards ameliorating some of this. But the glimpses into the daily life of wartime Britain are fascinating and detailed enough to seem authentic without being obtrusive. The book is well plotted and the prose is quite good (also without being obtrusive).

Definitely recommended.
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