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Strange Affair

(Inspector Banks #15)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  5,150 ratings  ·  248 reviews
A bullet to the brain abruptly halted a terrified young woman's desperate flight. In her pocket is the name of a policeman whose own life was brutally invaded, mercilessly shaken, and very nearly erased—a policeman who has since gone missing.

The dead woman in the car had been running from something—but she didn't run far or fast enough. Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot wou
Paperback, 416 pages
Published May 30th 2006 by Avon (first published December 1st 2004)
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Yvonne (Fiction Books)
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
“British crime writing at its very best!”

Without having read many of the other books in this most enjoyable series, I came to the conclusion that this must have been the most emotional and difficult case for Alan Banks.

With his personal life the proverbial shambles and his career hanging in the balance, we find Banks in a state of almost catatonic depression at the start of the book. He is morose and reclusive and it is with great difficulty that he finds the motivation to travel down to London,
Natalie M
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
Biased as I love an instalment of Peter Robinson’s Inspector Banks! This one does not disappoint either!

Largely focussed on a complex set of crimes, number 15, is far more detective work than relationship! Not a bad spot to pick-up the series!

Totally satisfied, and now I need #16!
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as impressed with this 'Inspector Banks' novel as I have been with others. First off, I listened to about half of it, then the lending time ran out - electronic source via my library - and instead of renewing it, I borrowed a print copy. Now the elec. version was long, slow and difficult to listen to as the narrator was long, slow and difficult to listen to. So I figured...

Yep, I dashed through the ordinary, written version. But it was a read I'd like to call 'plodding.' Good old Inspector B
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one book in the Alan Banks series of novels which I missed, and I really liked this one quite a bit. In this novel, it is past the time that Alan's house was burned down by Annie Cabbot's sociopath boyfriend. Alan has been off work, and becoming quite depressed, feeling like he has nothing to anchor him to his life. And then, two things happen: a woman is found dead with a gunshot wound near her ear after her car was run off the highway when she was traveling towards Alan's neck of the w ...more
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Strange Affair (Inspector Banks, #15) by Peter Robinson.

This DCI Banks story has been my break through in getting to know Banks as a person. His background regarding his family life is revealed in a fateful visit to his parents home...but I'll get to that part a bit later.

A woman is run off the road and later found shot in the head still in her car. DCI Banks's name is found written on a piece of paper inside the victim's clothing. At the same time Roy, the Inspector's brother, leaves a message
Bill Lynas
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DCI Alan Banks returns in his fifteenth story & it's as good as ever.
While DI Annie Cabbot investigates a murder in Yorkshire, Banks travels to London to look for his missing brother. Both storylines work welll, but I especially enjoyed the London locations as they were all areas I knew well.
This is a much more personal story for Alan Banks and, even after 15 books, Robinson continues to add fascinating new layers to the character. The plotting is sublime & each piece falls beautifully into plac
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dci-banks-series
Each time I read a DCI Banks novel I think I will jump right to the next one. I love this guy! But then I realize I will be caught up and have to wait for the next publication so I am slowly savoring each novel, reading something else in between these books. It’s great that Peter Robinson writes these novels in real time. When I started with Gallows View (Book #1) Alan Banks had just moved to Yorkshire, his children were in school, he was in a happy marriage and his career was on the right path. ...more
1.5 stars - somewhere between didn't like it and it was ok.
Too many references to classical music every time he gets in a car or puts on the radio or wants to relax. Everyone listens to classical music. Even his no good brother. Too many misogynistic descriptions which gives the book (and series) and sexist vibe. Dull dialogue that takes the story nowhere. (see review to book 14) Pointless arguments, interruptions and querying points in the conversations. No conversations ever flows or has any h
Bill Porter
Possibly a good holiday read, pity I wasn't on holiday. ...more
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Emotions of all the characters feel off. Some of the dialogue grates.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not really a mystery. Not really suspense. Now that I see this is #15 in a series, it makes more sense.
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
One of the sadder books in this series, this one finds Inspector Alan Banks off work and recovering from a case that resulted in his losing his house and almost his life to fire. Alan receives a mysterious and panicked phone call from his brother, to whom he has never been particularly close.
Despite being on leave, Alan feels compelled to help his brother, although it soon becomes evident that Roy is beyond help. Meanwhile, back in Yorkshire, Annie Cabbott is embroiled in a case involving a youn
Ciaran Monaghan
Apr 15, 2020 rated it liked it
These are my go-to audiobooks from the library because there is always one available and the reader is quite good, too. It is a pretty solid police procedural series, and if you like those kinds of books, then I can't see you having any problems with these. My one issue with this one is that it is the second book in a row in which the crime directly involved Inspector Banks and his family. I can accept it once or twice in a series, as a break from the norm, but find it slightly irritating when i ...more
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Solid entry into the Banks' canon. For some reason, it felt uneven at times. I like the idea that the fire that destroyed Banks' home carries on into this book. And that his near murder continues to significantly impact him and all of his relationships, including with Annie. Not a particular fan of his family getting drawn into a murder scenario, but I like the idea of Banks not really knowing his brother. Really, the best part for me, was the conclusion - when he asks a woman out who has alread ...more
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter Robinson is one of my favorite British writers. He writes in real time with no fillers. Tells a grand story featuring Inspector Banks a no nonsense cop looking for the truth no matter where it might take him. This time Banks gets a phone call from his estranged brother. The message said life or death affair...
Christine Mathieu
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought this was almost as good as # 14, but not quite as brilliant as "In a Dry Season" (vol. 10) which IMHO is Peter Robinson's best novel in the DCI Banks series.
Looking forward to read "Peace of My Heart", the next volume.
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sudden lurch toward unbelievability

near the end of the book caused me to downgrade this book to a four. Certain aspects of immunology don’t work that way.
Gary Van Cott
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this is slightly better than the average Inspector Banks book,
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Suspenseful story line with both Annie Cabot and Banks investigating different things which seem like they could be connected.
Shirley Schwartz
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-5-star-reads
After the fire that destroyed Banks' cottage and almost cost him his life in the previous book, this one begins with Banks still away from work and dealing with some major issues like PTSD and depression. He receives a message from his estranged younger brother Roy, asking for his help. Banks tries to reach Roy, who lives in London and can't get in touch with him. Banks decides to go to London and see for himself what happened to his rather questionable younger brother. He finds that the door to ...more
I'm a fan of Peter Robinson's mysteries featuring DCI Alan Banks, but haven't read one for a while. When I became disenchanted with the last book I read and abandoned it, I went in search of the next novel in this series.

In this book, Banks is on holiday and relaxing at home - a temporary rental flat while his cottage, burned in a fire in the last book, is being rebuilt. Banks receives a phone message from his estranged brother, who lives in London, asking for help in a life or death matter. As
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And a very strange affair it is too. DCI Alan Banks gets home to find a message from his brother, Roy, saying that he must speak to him on a matter of life or death. The fact that Roy has phoned is strange enough because the brothers haven't ever seen eye to eye about anything but even stranger is the fact that he sounds frightened out of his wits. As Banks is on holiday he decides to travel down to London when he can't get through to Roy on the phone and find out what's going on. Then a young w ...more
Feb 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-books
Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks receives an urgent phone call from his brother asking for his help. He has never been close to his brother Roy, but alarmed by the message on his answerphone he sets off from the Yorkshire Dales for London to see exactly what the problem is. But on his arrival he finds his brother s house empty and no-one knows where he is.[return][return]Meanwhile back in Yorkshire DI Annie Cabbott is investigating the death of a young woman found in her car. She had Banks s ...more
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-crime
As if life hasn't thrown him enough curveballs lately, Banks' holiday is interrupted by a mysterious phone message from his estranged brother Roy, who, as they say "turns up missing." Banks being Banks, he places his depression firmly on the back burner and sets out to discover what's going on in the life of his wheeler-dealer sibling. Chapter by chapter, this investigations becomes more and more complex, as several seemingly unrelated events and crimes prove to be very much related indeed. Alon ...more
Aug 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2005-reads
RATING: 4.25
SUMMARY: After the fire which destroyed his home (Playing with Fire), Alan Banks has sunk into a depression. When he receives a distraught message from his brother, Roy, he has to find out what is happening. When he arrives at Roy's home in London, he finds him missing. At the same time, a young woman has been murdered, execution style, on a remote Yorkshire road. She has Alan's name and address on a paper in her back pocket. The two events are not u
Alison C
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Detective Inspector Alan Banks is on vacation, still recovering from the fire that destroyed his home and nearly took his life, when he receives a phone message from his estranged brother, who sounds as if he is in trouble. When he goes down to London to investigate, however, he finds that his brother has disappeared, and tracking him down leads Banks into some very dark waters indeed…."Strange Affair" is the 15th in the Inspector Banks series and, as with the others, is a very compelling read. ...more
Mar 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 15th book in the Inspector Banks series and all I can say is that Peter Robinson gets better with every book I read. I love the complexity of the characters. Robinson is not one to create returning characters who lead lives that are all wonderful and perfect. He allows his characters to learn from the hard events that touch their lives. In this book Inspector Alan Banks is forced to face a tragedy that happened to him in the previous book as well as face another personal tragedy that ...more
Maz Todd
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it
An enjoyable tale. I'm not sure the ending was convincing. Good descriptions but perhaps too much about Bank's taste in music, which I assume is Robinon's. He seems a bit sexist at times when describing women. I get distracted by detail - in this case the cliche 'the sky was as blue as a robin's egg'. The author is talking about north American robins so doesn't know his stuff - British robins' eggs are not blue! Also, when Banks has no phone with him, he buys a new one and miraculously has all t ...more
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015
This is a very interesting novel which shows us more about the relationship of Alan Banks and his brother Roy. I feel that this book really excels in all areas such as; character development, plot, suspense, dialogue, and atmosphere. The story was well-paced and keeps you reading until the very end. The relationship of Annie Cabot and Banks continues to evolve also. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes police procedurals but I suggest starting at the beginning of the series.
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