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No Cure for Love

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  1,309 ratings  ·  156 reviews
Featuring a foreword by Michael Connelly, this relentlessly suspenseful thriller from the New York Times bestselling and Edgar award-winning author of the Inspector Banks novels marks the first time that Peter Robinson has set a novel in America.

"You think you do not know who I am. But you do."M.

Sarah Broughton has come a long way from the days when she went by her real n
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 16th 2016 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 1995)
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Dec 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have only recently just discovered Peter Robinson when I read the first novel in the Detective Banks series. I really enjoyed that book and decided to read this stand alone novel next. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed.

It started off ok and a creepy atmosphere was created as the novel begins with a letter written to Sarah Broughton, a TV celebrity, by a stalker. Throughout the book the reader gets glimpses into what the stalker is up to and what he is thinking, and his behaviour is slow
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I must confess I have never come across the author Peter Robinson or the DCI Banks mysteries, so for me this was my first experience of reading this author; I had no expectations. Now I have had taste of his writing I have nothing but praise for Robinson’s writing and a desire for the author to continue to write about the protagonists in this novel in a new series and to read the DCI Banks novels. My Wish List has just jumped an enormous twenty odd books! What have you done Peter Robinso
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NO CURE FOR LOVE (Standalone)
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Right off the bat, this is not an Inspector Banks novel. This book takes place in the States (LA) primarily. The book is divided into two point of views -Sarah (aka Sally), the actress and victim of stalking; and Detective Arvo - in charge of the case. I love Robinson's Banks series so thought this would be another great mystery. Right off the bat, I could not feel anything for Sarah so found
Paula Brandon
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
This is another one of those books in which the author spends so much time describing local geography and the roads that characters travel down that you begin to wonder whether he collected all his taxi and bus receipts during his travels so he could claim them on tax. It keeps bringing the narrative to a complete halt! I hate this!

If I'm telling somebody an interesting story, I don't describe every single road I drove along! Who needs to know that? Nobody, that's who! IT'S NOT RELEVANT!!!

Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a standalone by the author of the Inspector Banks series that is set in California rather than in England and concerns an English actress in a popular TV Cop show who is being stalked an threatened by an unknown person. Detectives Arvo Hughes and Maria Hernandez of the LAPD Threat Management squad set out to find the stalker, who is slowly escalating his threats. The actress has a history with a drugged out Rocker and his band before cleaning up and new life with the show and the stalke ...more
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-1000, read-2017
Book Description:
Detectives Avro Hughes and Maria Hernandex of the LAPD Threat Management Unit pursue a dangerous stalker, whose obsession with TV star Sarah Broughton has escalated from quaint love letters to maniacal messages threatening her and those she loves. The detectives find themselves pitted against a twisted mind and forced into a desperate race against time to save Sarah's life, in this suspenseful psychological thriller.

My Review:
This was a standalone published from 1996. It's a dec
Bruce Hatton
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Although it was only published in the U.K. this year, this book was actually written 20 years earlier; before the author's excellent DCI Banks series took off. With a laudatory foreward by Michael Connelly, high praise from other crimewriting giants, such as Robert Crais and Jeffery Deaver, and, of course, a title taken from a Leonard Cohen song, I began reading this with high expectations.
Alas, at the end, I felt more than a little disappointed. Set in the contrasting coastal locations of Santa
Mar 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
There is no cure for this too sad, too long and too depressing story. 2 of 10 stars
Oct 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: purchased, ibook
No Cure For Love. Peter Robinson. Standalone. 2015 LAPD thriller. 4/5 ibook. 11/10/17 ✅
Good read if a little descriptive and wordy. UK writer does LA cop drama pretty well.
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I always enjoy Peter Robinson - decided a good holiday read. Enjoyed a good character in the making plenty of twists and turns.
Diana Febry
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've enjoyed several of the Inspector Banks books written by Robinson but this is the first stand alone of his I've tried. It is very different to the series which is set in England. Although there is a brief visit to England in this book the setting is mainly around Hollywood and the film/music industry with a quick trip to San Francisco.
The story started off a little slow but slowly but surely it developed into a great page turner. A British actor in an American cop show starts to receive cree
Again I requested a book for review which I hadn't realised was a re-issue. Although in this case I'm very glad I did.

I'm a regular (though not religious) reader of Robinson's Inspector Banks series (and was surprised to discover they were translated onto the small screen recently) but appreciated the opportunity to indulge in something a bit different.

Sarah Broughton's been cast in a popular TV show her star is on the rise when she starts getting letters from an admirer. They quickly turn cre
Apr 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I have always enjoyed Peter Robinson books and read most. This one I finished and a good twist at the end but some of it was unbelievable. I don't want to take away the end but the police did some things that were unbelievable and so did the main character Sally or Sal or Sarah. It was set in L.A. so maybe that was the problem although there was a forward by Michael Connelly who I like a lot and read all of his books. I don't know if I want to read any more of Peter's recent books, I didn't like ...more
Jackie Rogers
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a super mystery. Is written by a British author living in Canada And writing a novel taking place in California. Is centered in L.A. with an actress from England who has a horrific past in L.A. with a rock band and escaping said band to rehab is now being stalked by an unknown man in love with her. The characters are interesting due to the paths they have walked and are now intertwined in murder and Psychosis. Love my British authors and their writing but not so much taking place in our ...more
Jul 16, 2016 rated it liked it
This book disappointed me. I gather from Michael Connelly's introduction that it was written twenty years ago, and it shows. There were too many cliches to feel any connection to the plot. I know Peter Robinson is a much better writer than that, I guess time has improved his skills.
It's not a bad book, in fact it's quite exciting at times, but it just felt a little trite to me.
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published in 1995 and now published for first time in UK. A standalone book. Good story and not dated by the twenty years since it was written.
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know this a stand alone novel. but it does show the incredible gift of PETER ROBINSON
Bev Taylor
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
arvo - glad they explained his name mid way thru the book! - is a detective with the threat management unit in la

his hands r therefore full with all the crazies who pit against the celebrities and wanna be celebrities. some r harmless, others not so much

sarah, an english actress who has found fame in a detective series starts receivng letters. the first 2 she ignores but the the 3rd she brings to the attention of her agent who in turn brings arvo in to look at it.

then a dismembered body is fo
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm usually not a fan of "thrillers" because most of them seem to feature a serial killer or stalker who is revealed somewhere toward the end after a few tantalizing clues or even revealed early, and tend to be trite and all the same. However, I had high hopes because the author because Peter Robinson is one of my favorites. It didn't disappoint. First of all, the book is set in California. He's got the American vibe down pat. Robinson is a Canadian born in Britain. His novels take place in York ...more
Matthew Collins
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely superb. I'm an avid Robinson fan and have read all of the Banks series.

For a stand alone story (first written 20 years ago), I thought this was a cracking read. The basic narrative was interesting, albeit not as broad and wide ranging with fewer subplots as some of the later Banks novels.

The main thing that got me, was the use of language. For an early novel, his descriptive writing was excellent. As Michael Connelly says in his foreword, to write a novel completely out of your nati
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
For the 'low' reviews in Goodreads - I was pleasantly surprised! My first time reading Peter Robinson, but I must say - I truly do like his style of writing. It kept my interest all the way through the mystery novel. I enjoyed the characters and the quirkiness and sassiness of some of their language. There were many times that a smirk crossed my face with my thoughts of "Guess - she told you!!!!" lol......
Our main character, Sarah hasn't always lived a 'clean' life....has her past come back to
Seán B
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my second book that I have read by Peter Robinson - I vaguely remember Abattoir Blues (DCI Banks novel) but this one caught my attention with a foreword by Michael Connelly. Arvo Hughes is a Detective who takes on stalker cases for the LAPD. We are introduced to his background and why he moved from Detroit to LA. He takes on the case of Sarah Broughton, TV actress from the UK who has escaped her past as Sally Bolton. The build up of the chase for the perpetrator was thrilling, with each ...more
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I have read many of the DCI Banks novels set in Yorkshire, and was pleasantly surprised to find this early novel set in the U.S.
English actress Sarah Broughton is being stalked. Her stalker is a very sick man who kills for her and leaves tantalizing clues in the form of letters that he writes her. Detective Arvo Hughes of the LAPD begins his investigation and soon finds himself the target of the killer. Who is this man? Someone from Sarah's past? Or a crazed fan of her cop show?
I thought the no
Nick Garlick
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
I suppose this has been re-published to cash in on the success of Peter Robinson’s Inspector Banks books. It’s set in Los Angeles, though, not Yorkshire and revolves around an actress being stalked by a psychopath from her past. This might have seemed fresh and exciting twenty years ago, when it originally appeared; now it reads a little like one of those moderately exciting made-for-TV thrillers that were common in the late 80s. Fans of PR will want to read it no matter what I say, but anyone w ...more
Oct 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
Let me put it this way - if this were the first book I had ever read of Robinson, I might have never made aqueintance with Detective Superintendent Alan Banks. "No cure for love" reads like something concocted by an eager, but not a particularly talented graphomaniac who watched a couple of TV-shows about Hollywood and decided to dump his two cents worth of crap into the already overflowing pool of literature about Tinseltown. The characters are so flat you can you use them as a bookmark.
PS: I a
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Though PR is a British mystery writer, he certainly knows how to set a mystery in southern California. He has the scenery, the TV show biz, the counter-culture scene etc. down pat. And, not surprisingly given his other mysteries, he creates characters that are very vivid and believable. The plotting is clever, with lots of sudden twists and turns, for the detective to find a stalker that is seemingly invisible and omnipresent. The denouement is a cliff-hanger and itself one of the twists in this ...more
Jamie Bowen
First of all it’s important to note that this is not an Inspector Banks novel, this time Peter Robinson sets the scenes in Los Angeles. An actress in a top police drama starts to receive creepy letters, suggesting that the stalker knows them, as the tone gets darker, lives are lost. The LAPD Threat Management Unit are on the case, but it seems the actress might be holding information back. This is a good novel, you get an insight into what the stalker is thinking and seeing, this builds up the s ...more
Balthazar Lawson
This is a Peter Robinson book that doesn't feature DCI Banks, nor is set in the Yorkshire Dales. But, Sally Bolton is from Yorkshire and is now a star of a popular TV show in the US. She has gotten her life together after a period of drugs, sex and rock and roll. Everything is looking up, until a fan begins to stalk her.

The stalking takes a nasty turn when he starts killing to impress her in the hope she would turn to him and give him her love.

This is a police procedural and there is nothing out
Sarah England
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Early Robinson, and as poor as expected. Funny, though, in that this is set in the US and clearly for the transatlantic audience, and is written in an American 'accent' - starkly different to the English of the Banks books. Evidently derivative of Connelly and the likes of Chandler, but without their sleight of hand. However, still keeps the pages turning, and interesting to see him working his way towards what would become some excellent Banks novels.
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm just going to jump right in and say you can tell this was one of Robinson's earlier novels, only because he's honed his craft of storytelling these past twenty years with some amazing Inspector Banks novels. Don't get me wrong this book was a good read! It just wasn't as complex as some of his later work.

What did I like the most about this book? Arvo. I'm actually a bit sad I won't get to read another book with Arvo trying to solve a case. Thankfully I can always turn to Banks! I noticed so
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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