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Innocent Graves

(Inspector Banks #8)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  4,281 ratings  ·  218 reviews
When last seen alive, sixteen-year-old Deborah Harrison was on her way home from school. Her friend Megan thinks she saw the shadowy figure of a man behind Deborah as they waved goodbye on the bridge, but the fog was so thick that evening she can’t be sure. Not long after, Deborah’s body is found in the local cemetery. The murder terrorises the wealthy enclave of St Mary’s ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 30th 2004 by Avon (first published 1996)
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Innocent Graves: Banks at the Bar

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In short, this is Banks' best outing in the series I have encountered. Peter Robinson departs from his usual plot line. For in this novel, the murder of a sixteen year old girl in a country churchyard leads to the arrest and trial of a small college English teacher. The suspects abound. However, the presence of convincing forensic evidence leads to a fascinating trial of the hapless suspect. This one is not to be missed. Robinson has outdone
Jill Hutchinson
I always feel that I can count on Robinson's Inspector Banks series as a second "currently reading" book and this one did not disappoint. Although it is probably not one of the best in the long running series, it still hold the attention with a clever story and good character development.

In this tale, the teen-age daughter of a wealthy peer is found strangled to death in a church cemetery. At first it looks like a sex crime due to the arrangement of the body but that turns out to be false. Not
Bill Lynas
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slowly, but surely I am working my way through Peter Robinson's excellent DCI Banks novels. I still have a long way to go though: as I finish book eight my wife is reading Careless Love which is book 25!
Innocent Graves opens with a gripping first chapter in a fog bound graveyard. DCI Banks & his usual group of colleagues investigate a murder, but this time Robinson changes the formula he's used for the last seven books. A large part of the novel is a courtroom drama, & although I preferred the i
Natalie M
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Like going home to an old friend! Instalment #8 is as good as the previous DCI Banks crime novels. This one is slightly different with much of the case centred around the actual court case of the accused. As per usual, excellent procedural information, beautifully written and deeply engaging. Looking forward to the return of Banks’s family featuring in the next one.
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
I usually like Robinson's books, but this one I really had to make myself finish it. I should have checked the book description a little more closely, and maybe some of the reviewers about what this particular book was about because it was about something I really am not comfortable reading about. I am not crazy about reading about child abuse, in this case the murder of a young 16-year-old because of an older guy's obsession with her. It's one thing if the author mentions it in passing, but it ...more
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not much to add to other reviews and you can read many summaries. Good read.
Gloria Feit
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
There is little that Detective Inspector Alan Banks has not seen in this long-running Peter Robinson series, but this novel probably includes more suspects in what appears to be a serial murder mystery of teen age girls than any previous entry. And probably more red herrings to throw the reader off as well.

The first girl, a bright blonde attending a posh, exclusive girl’s school, is the daughter of a titled, wealthy head of a large company. Her body is found in a churchyard she uses as a shortcu
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Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I won't comment on the story line plenty of people already have. All I will say is as time goes by my estimation of Peter Robinson rises. Inspector Banks is a little weary, been through a lot, he's a little cynical, yet at the same time sympathetic and compassionate, not unlike a lot of other fictional Detective's. But his character doesn't feel tired or old, He feels comfortable like a well worn leather chair with a side table an old lamp and and a well worn book by a familiar author you want t ...more
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This Banks novel went down a different path. Robinson focused much of the story on a perhaps innocent man's journey through trial and ultimate non-conviction. While somewhat diverting, I much prefer when the focus remains on the main characters I have come to know so well are the main POV. Intriguing storyline, as ever. And the unsettling computer diary from the murderer is what bumps it up from three to four stars for me. ...more
Renée Mee
Sep 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Not one of my favourites though love this series. Found it quite slow. Robinson does do a good job of making the reader feel the hopelessness and unfairness of a person charged wrongly for a crime and even when found innocent,still carries the stigma. Justice done is not always justice especially in this world of media coverage.
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the pastor's wife discovers a rich school girl's corpse in the cemetery, suspicion points to Owen Pierce, a teacher with a reputation for enjoying the company of his students and whose home shows a fascination with pornographic photography. Owen maintains his innocence. His attorney shatters the case. When another girl is murdered in a similar fashion, Banks and his team must examine the evidence once again. I enjoyed this story narrated by James Langton who did a wonderful job as usual. ...more
Alison C
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The body of a young girl is found in a churchyard in Eastvale, Yorkshire, and Detective Inspector Alan Banks is assigned to investigate. With the aid of his subordinates, he locates a stranger who had been seen in the vicinity at the time of the murder, and while the evidence collected is circumstantial, the implications of it (blood and hair samples, DNA) are grave; but once the man is arrested and brought to trial, Banks begins to have his doubts…."Innocent Graves" is the eighth novel in Peter ...more
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This is one of the earlier Inspector Banks. It was originally published in 1995. The image in this story is the version that I recently obtained. It's a 2016 re-release that includes a teaser for his 2016 novel.

When the beautiful young daughter of a well-known businessman with friends in all the right places is found murdered, it becomes a priority for the police.

An ambitious young officer and his sergeant find a suspect who seems to fit: Owen, an adjunct English professor with few friends who
Elizabeth Lloyd
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I chose to read Innocent Graves thanks to a recommendation from Amazon and it is only now that I have finished the book that I discover it is one of 24 Inspector Banks novels which have been on TV, starring Stephen Tomkinson. I dimly remember enjoying a few episodes but for me the book is more intense and compelling.
Inspector Banks is an empathetic character, even though, at times, he can be unpleasantly aggressive to the suspects he interviews. Despite the annoying bias his boss shows, in sucki
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Narrator: Tim Goodman

Enjoyed this very much and would have given it 5 stars if not for the reveal of the killer's ID and the confrontation with him being rather anti-climactic. Even though it wasn't difficult to guess the identity of the killer, I did enjoy following Banks along the investigation. The previous books were a bit of a drag and I aborted my listening because the interviews with the witnesses were so frustrating - all the "I can't really say"..."I su
The Cats’ Mother
Number 8 in the series has Banks investigating the murder of a 16 year old girl from a wealthy local family. The team identify a suspect early, and the suspect is arrested and taken to court. The real suspense is whether he did really do it, or not, and whether or not he'll get away with it.
I really enjoyed this and finished it within an afternoon. The style is evolving, and while it's still 20 years old, it's finally seeming a bit less dated (although still way too much smoking, and obsessing a
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
An extra star for all the effort Banks & Co. put into this one; following the clues (few as they seem to be), assembling the evidence, winnowing through the suspects, changing direction regularly. Close to the end, wondering how it'll all get tied together: "OK, that almost wraps this one up - we'll have to see how he snaps the trap shut...Oh, yeah, that about does the other one in, let's see how he explains himself...WHAT? Whaddaya mean, "THE END"??? OK, not exactly a cliffhanger, but...oh, man ...more
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was the first Inspector Banks novel I read and I reread it now after about 20 years. I don't really remember my impressions as a young teenaged reader, but I remembered a lot of the plot points and as an adult I can definitely understand the motives of the killer and the mindset of the victim. ...more
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
These are like Lays potatoe chips. You can't read just one! ...more
David Highton
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another police procedural set in the Yorkshire Dales - Banks get the right man in the end
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
two plot lines, really. another well written mystery by Peter Robinson
the usual unlikable characters in the story, the ending was abrupt.
Paula Dembeck
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robinson continues the Inspector Banks series with the eighth book.
Rebecca Charters, the wife of the vicar at Saint Mary’s church, is out wandering in the graveyard when she abruptly comes upon the body of a young schoolgirl behind a huge Victorian sepulcher. The girl’s clothes have been torn and her open school satchel lies beside her. The body is identified as that of Deborah Harrison, a beautiful sixteen year old from a posh neighbourhood who attended an elite private school nearby.
As the
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the eighth book in the crime series set in Eastvale, North Yorkshire, England, featuring Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks. Banks is temporarily the senior man in Eastvale CID (Criminal Investigative Department) and so is called to take charge after the body is found of 16-year-old Deborah Harrison. Deborah’s father is Sir Geoffrey Harrison, knighted for services to industry, and Banks is under pressure to find the killer and not bother the family too much in the process.

There are the
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a page turner. The story is gripping, atmospheric and the momentum is perpetual. It oozes atmosphere:

When a young girl is found dead in a graveyard, Inspector Banks, with his team, lead the murder investigation. Subsequently there commences police procedure, pathology and forensics, which were authentic and absorbing to read about.

The list of suspects was abandoned, while the police began focusing their attention on someone significant since compelling evidence was found supporting their

3* Gallows View (Inspector Banks #1): ebook
3* A Dedicated Man (Inspector Banks #2): ebook
3* A Necessary End (Inspector Banks #3): ebook

3* Dry Bones that Dream aka Final Account #7
3* Innocent Graves #8 TV
2* Cold is the Grave #11 TV
4* Aftermath (Inspector Banks #12): TV
3* Playing With Fire (Inspector Banks, #14): TV
3* Strange Affair #15 TV
3* Friend of the Devil #17 TV
Jul 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
Usually really enjoy Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks novels... very disappointed with this. Drastic editing needed! The court/prison scenes were far too long and boring and did not move the story on at all. And as for the ending.... well!! Very disappointed and wished I hadn't bothered. This is the only duff title in this series I've come across so far, so let's hope it's the only one. ...more
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This one had a nice change of pace- it introduced some of the legal scenarios into the storyline. Most of Robinson's other stories never talk of the trial aspect. This one did and it was a nice change of pace. We begin to hear less and less of his family life in this one and we can begin to see the beginning of the end. ...more
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another solid British police procedural featuring DCI Alan Banks. This time a teenager is found strangled in a cemetery. The how or why is never pretty, but Robinsons fills the story with enough to make it worth the ride.
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is an inspector Banks mystery,how can one go wrong with that,Peter Robinson`s character,keeps you on your toes and the pages turning. ...more
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