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Strange Affair (Inspector Banks #15)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  3,465 Ratings  ·  171 Reviews
Without a doubt, the family and friends of fictional sleuths are two of the most endangered species on the planet. Crime novelists seem to have no qualms about sacrificing the people nearest and dearest to their protagonists, if doing so will advance plot development or bestow emotional depth upon their series stars. Peter Robinson continues this ruthless tradition in Stra ...more
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Published February 15th 2005 by HarperAudio (first published December 1st 2004)
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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
Yvonne (Fiction Books)
“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,
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Bill Porter
Possibly a good holiday read, pity I wasn't on holiday.
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.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not really a mystery. Not really suspense. Now that I see this is #15 in a series, it makes more sense.
Shirley Schwartz
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
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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
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