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(Inspector Banks #2)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  4,747 ratings  ·  312 reviews
Vlak bij het dorpje Helmthorpe in Yorkshire wordt het lichaam gevonden van Harry Steadman, half begraven onder een ingestort muurtje. Steadman was een gepensioneerde historicus die samen met zijn vrouw een teruggetrokken leven leidde. De inwoners van Helmthorpe kenden hem als een vriendelijke man die geen vlieg kwaad deed, dus wie zou hem hebben willen vermoorden? De zaak ...more
ebook, 253 pages
Published October 2009 by A.W. Bruna Uitgevers (first published 1988)
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Jeffrey Keeten
”By the side of the north-south wall, loosely covered with earth and stones, lay the body. Enough of its covering had been removed to make it recognizable as a man. The head lay to one side, and, kneeling beside it, Banks could see that the hair at the back was matted with blood. A jolt of nausea shot through his stomach, but he quickly controlled it as he began to make mental notes about the scene. Standing up, he was struck by the contrast between the beautiful, serene day and the corpse at hi ...more
Banks has a tough case this time, investigating the murder of a man who everyone seemed to like and admire. The suspect list is small but the motives are elusive. Complicating matters is a young girl who fashions herself as an amateur sleuth.

This was an interesting case as it was just dogged police work, assembling lots of clues and combinations. I had suspicions but nothing to really back it up and the ending was a bit of a surprise. However, I had focused correctly on the identity of the kill
4.5 stars. This is the second in a series that takes place in Yorkshire. I love the sheep and the rolling hills, Banks and his colleagues, and the quirky villagers. This isn't a cozy but there's no gore and little violence, considering they're murder mysteries.

I loved the resolution to this one, and the author leaves us enough breadcrumbs to piece together the solution for ourselves. The audio performances are equally well done, and I'm very happy to have discovered this series. It's very long
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had hoped that I might have discovered a long series of police procedurals that I could work my way through, but I don't think I will be doing that. This is set in Yorkshire and features Chief Inspector Alan Banks, who is trying to solve murder case. He spends a lot of time questioning people quite gently in a Midsomer Murders kind of way, while knocking back pints (and more pints) of beer at lunch time and smoking a pipe.

There were things about this novel which I enjoyed: Banks seemed to be a
Ivonne Rovira
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of Brit police procedurals
Who would kill Harry Steadman, a man without a single enemy by every account? When he inherited £250,000 from his father, Steadman ditches his job as a lecturer in industrial archeology at Leeds University, buys a former bed-and-breakfast in Helmthorpe in Swainsdale, and throws himself into excavating nails and things from the nearby Roman fort ruins and writing books about his work. But no matter how many times Chief Inspector Alan Banks hears that Steadman was universally beloved, he knows tha ...more
Bill Lynas
The second in Peter Robinson's series featuring DCI Banks starts off promisingly enough, but it lost my attention half way through. Some of the characters appeared a little lacklustre and it was only really the character of Banks that kept my interest. Having seen the TV series (& thoroughly enjoyed it) it is interesting to see how the main character differs in many ways from his screen counterpart. I like the differences between both versions & will continue reading more of the novels, ...more
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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After a less than satisfying experience with Gallows View, the first book in this series, I loved this book.
A really baffling mystery where you flounder along with DCI Alan Banks because the victim as the title suggests was a man dedicated to his study of industrial archaeology and Roman ruins with apparently no skeletons in his closet and with no apparent enemies, at least to the extent of a cold blooded murder. This, of course, makes the denouement even more successful as the clues were actual
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second in the Inspector Banks series by Peter Robinson. (I've yet to read No. 1, had to go on a wait list in my Cape Cod library system for it - can you imagine? :D )

Inspector Alan Banks is investigating the murder of a 'dedicated man' in this one, an ordinary sort of fellow with an interest in industrial archaeology, who, after inheriting a good sum of money, heads to rural England to do what he loves - digging up Roman ruins. Sadly, the poor guy is found dead and partly buried and Banks ha
Deb Jones
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Detective Chief Inspector Richard Banks has enjoyed several months with only relatively minor crimes to solve since his first homicide case since moving to rural England. Now though, the body of a former university professor is found hidden beneath rocks near a wall and everyone who knew the man swears he didn't have an enemy in the world. Banks knows better -- the man had at least one person who wanted him dead. Finding that person with almost no clues to go on will be live finding a needle in ...more
Good gracious - "murder in Yorkshire" appears to be an entire mystery subgenre. I never knew what I was missing.

The back cover of one of the Reginald Hill novels that I checked out of the library suggested that I would like it if I liked Peter Robinson. I liked the Reginald Hill novel, so I decided to try Peter Robinson.

I did enjoy this book. It's a good solid detective story - I particularly liked the fact that while I didn't guess the identity of the murderer, once it was revealed I was able
Oct 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As I often do, I have read Inspector Banks out of sequence, which is only a problem in that I know about some of his personal life problems before they happen. (I am reading this in 2013, the book having been published in 1998) But in an attempt to rationalize my Banks reading, I have gone back to the beginning of the series. This book is the second in the series, and I found it to be significantly different in tone and feel from the later ones. It is certainly not the DCI Banks of the TV series ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
3 1/2 stars for this second Detective Alan Banks mystery from Peter Robinson.

The body of a local historian is found buried under stones in a local farmer's field.

This book lacked some of the pace of his first in the series Gallows View, but it made for lovely easy listening.

There is a serous lack of suspects in this murder - everyone seemed to have admired the man - which kept it interesting.

On to # 3 in the series A Necessary End as soon as it is returned.

An interesting series. I enjoy Peter
Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little slower moving than I remember others in the series being, but it was nice to finally find it and fill in some background.
Charlotte (Buried in Books)
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I liked this less than Gallows View not because of the mystery or the writing, but because I really hate it when fictional detectives (or characters) get all "meta" and talk about what it would be like if this were the movies/tv/a book, but because this isn't... Grrrr.

It's also odd how far away the time seems, even though the books are written in the late 80s: no cells, no computers, not everyone has a phone. That time is still too recent to be historical fiction, but it's certainly not current.
May 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can I say? Crime fiction as it should be, when you reach the denouement and think "That was so obvious, why didn't I get it sooner?" Chief Inspector Alan Banks is a policeman that I would love to meet in real life, not just in fiction. Peter Robinson never fails to please. His desriptions of the Yorkshire countryside and towns make me want to visit. I'm just about to start reading the latest in the series.
Ken Schloman
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Number 2 in the Inspector Banks series is a complex police procedural novel that has multiple suspects and by the end of the novel, two murders. While I think the novel can be read as a stand alone, reading it after the 1st volume of the series provides an opportunity to see a further evolvement of the Inspector Banks character as well as his supporting cast. As with the first novel, Robinson's descriptive ability and dialogue are exceptional. This novel may move too slow for readers seeking a f ...more
This is the second book in the stories about DCI Banks, a Londoner transposed into the Yorkshire Dales. Although most of the place names in the Dales are fictitious the book captures the overall atmosphere of the region. Plenty of wild moors, narrow roads, stone walls and bad weather. There are also numerous visits to that bastion of British Police work - the country pub.

Overall I did not enjoy this as much as the first book, probably because there was not as much going on and all the main char
Tonile {My Cup and Chaucer}
A Dedicated Man by Peter Robinson is the second in the Inspector Banks series, and was written in 1988. This time the Chief Inspector is called out to Helmthorpe in Swainsdale to investigate the murder of a local historian, Harry Steadman. Steadman was hit in the back of the head with a blunt weapon and dumped by a stone wall. Nice right? He was “a dedicated man”; very involved with his work and in a happy relationship with his wife, Emma. He has a strong working relationship with his assistant ...more
A Dedicated Man is the 2nd Chief Inspector Banks mystery by Peter Robinson. Once again I found it to be quite different to the TV series that was based on the books. But that matters not as both are enjoyable in their own way.
Banks is called to a small town in his district in Yorkshire to investigate the murder of a local professor / historian. It's a very small hamlet with basically one police officer. He brings along Sgt Hatchley to assist. It's a typical case, the professor is well-loved, see
John Marsh
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harry Steadman is found dead under a partly collapsed dry stone wall. This isn't just an unfortunate accident as it first appears to be but murder as he was dead before he was partly buried by the wall. But no one has a bad word to say about him so why was he murdered and who by? DCI Alan Banks naturally starts with his nearest and dearest and his close circle of friends but nothing obvious comes to light and everyone seems to have had an alibi anyway.

Gradually as Banks and his team keep asking
Nov 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second novel in the DCI Banks mysteries is about the murder of Harold Steadman, a historian who appeared to have lead an impeccable life. The writer apparently has done a lot of research as the methods he uses to solve the murder look very professional. He is very thorough and meticulously describes all his actions and steps. The reader forgets that he is reading a work of fiction.... The characters are ordinary people which makes the story more credible. The descriptions of the landscape an ...more
Stephen Hayes
Oct 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter Robinson writes whodunits featuring Yorkshire detective Alan Banks. We found a bunch of reprints of his earlier books on sale in a cheap bookshop, and so bought some of them to read the beginnings of the series, where the characters get introduced.

This is the second of the series, about a well-liked man who was murdered, yet seemed to have no enemies.

It was first published more than 20 years ago, and one becomes aware of it by the way things have changed since then. A police station has
A corpse turns up in Yorkshire. Who put it up there, next to an old stone wall, where a sheep farmer discovers it? That is the question the book asks.
I ask, why is there so much filler in the book, like Detective Banks and his troubles with pipe smoking and eventual return to cigarette smoking? Why aren't there enough clues for either the detective or the reader to figure it out until the end, after another senseless murder, and then there are pages and pages of explanation. We don't actually fi
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my third Banks novel, and I've really enjoyed adding him into my rotation. This is a smart British police procedural, and if that's what you're into, this chapter definitely satisfies. Banks' determination in the face of frustrating circumstances is appealing. The second death is especially tough, as we get to know her character. But I appreciate that death is not something casually handled in the books - it's violent acts that result in real personal destruction. My least favorite part ...more
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the early Alan Banks books. He has only recently made the move from London to Yorkshire with his family. He is still feeling his way. He thought he had left the violence of London behind, but is learning that murder is everywhere - even in the idyllic Yorkshire Dales.

When a man that everyone likes is found murdered, Banks hits a lot of dead ends. The dead man is a respected scholar who was well liked and respected. Meanwhile, a precocious teenager who was near the scene of the cr
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love when I find a new series that I enjoy reading. Chief Inspector Banks is in his second outing in this book. A well-liked local man is found murdered, and while there are plenty of suspects, there appear to be no motives. Plus everyone has an alibi. I like the way the characters are developed - DCI Banks' determination to smoke a pipe, the bit of tension between Banks and Hatchley, - and I love the way the setting becomes part of the atmosphere of the book. I guessed the identity of the mur ...more
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listening to the audio version of this book was a bit difficult for me. The reader uses different voices for each character, but also uses the dialect and accent of the area in which the story takes place. My husband and I use subtitles when viewing British programs so we will understand what the actors are saying. Someone has said that Britain and the U.S. are two countries divided by a common language! Despite my difficulty with the language, I enjoy Peter Robinson's writing and crafting of a ...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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Inspector Banks (1 - 10 of 25 books)
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  • A Necessary End (Inspector Banks, #3)
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  • Past Reason Hated (Inspector Banks, #5)
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  • Dry Bones that Dream (Inspector Banks, #7)
  • Innocent Graves (Inspector Banks, #8)
  • Blood at the Root (Inspector Banks, #9)
  • In a Dry Season (Inspector Banks, #10)
  • Cold is the Grave (Inspector Banks, #11)