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Sleeping in the Ground

(Inspector Banks #24)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  4,651 ratings  ·  490 reviews
MICHAEL CONNELLY calls Peter Robinson "an author with amazing empathy, a snare-trap ear for dialogue, and a clear eye for the telling detail."

See why in Sleeping in the Ground, the gripping new novel starring Alan Banks featuring an opening scene you'll never forget, and a finale you won't see coming.

At the doors of a charming country church, an unspeakable act destroys a wedding—/>See
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd (first published July 13th 2016)
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Rog Harrison It' s the title of a song by Sammy Myers which he recorded in 1957. "Sleeping in the ground" is a term used by blues singers which means "dead". The…moreIt' s the title of a song by Sammy Myers which he recorded in 1957. "Sleeping in the ground" is a term used by blues singers which means "dead". The author has used song titles for some of his other novels such as "Playing with fire", "Piece of my heart", "Friend of the devil" and "Children of the revolution".(less)
Mary McDonough Peter Robinson gives you all the information you need to read any Inspector Banks book on its own. As with any series, that diminishes the character…morePeter Robinson gives you all the information you need to read any Inspector Banks book on its own. As with any series, that diminishes the character development angle, but as the previous respondent said, if you like this one you can always go back and follow Annie and Banks and Jackman. (less)
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Diane S ☔
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Twenty fourth in series and still pretty darn fantastic. Impressive, and since I have read this series from the beginning, that means I have been reading this series for almost 2/3rd's of my life.

A wedding and a funeral, beginning and endings. Of course the wedding doesn't turn out well, pure understatement there, and the person in the casket had secrets not revealed to Banks until forty years later. Also, some things are never truly over, there is guilt and revenge, and some people just don't
James Thane
This is the twenty-fourth entry in Peter Robinson's series featuring Inspector Alan Banks a member of the police department in the fictional town of Eastvale in the north of England. Through the years, Banks has risen through the ranks and is now a Detective Superintendent, overseeing a group of detectives.

As the book opens, Banks is at a funeral. It's a particularly difficult one for him, since the woman who has died was the first girl he ever loved. While they were still in college, she broke
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
This novel was an amazing surprise!

Upon receiving this novel, I was very hesitant about reading it not knowing how I would feel reading the twenty-fourth book in a series. I thought I would be lost with no idea about what was going on within the story or the characters. Man, I'm happy I was wrong on that account. Yes, reading the previous novels in this series probably would help in understanding the characters more and their backgrounds along with previous crimes; however, it was no
Jill Hutchinson
The Inspector Banks series is one of my favorites and once again Peter Robinson proves that he can write a damn good mystery. This, his latest effort, is a very strange tale and a little different from his other books.

On the very first page, a wedding party is joyously leaving the church, when a sniper start picking them off one by one. In an attack that only lasts for minutes, the bride, groom, groom's father, maid of honor, and bride's maid are dead and several others are injured.
I've been a fan all along. However, I found this addition to the series quite tedious as the plot evolved. Also, the musical references, which I once thought of as entertaining, are so numerous as to become irritating to me.
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Although I have not followed DCI Banks religiously from the start, I am pretty fond of him. I decided to read Sleeping in the Ground for Yorkshire Day. Sleeping in the Ground is the twenty fourth book from Peter Robinson. Impressive! Yorkshire Day is celebrated on 1st August every year.

It all starts with a wedding and a funeral. A sniper has taken out people at a wedding. Blood shed. Murder. A red wedding. A rampage killer is at large, in a gorgeous Yorkshire Dales setting. Banks and
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
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I applaud Peter Robinson on his opening chapter - he has managed to put humanness, individuals, people… back into the narrative of mass murders, thrill/spree killings. Too often we view the landscape with the lens of a camera – we “see” reporting’s, documenting of such real life atrocities without emotion, as if the deaths and maiming are without consequence, without pain or effect on others. “If the incident was a scene in a film, it would have looked beautiful. The violence would
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
I have read every DCI Alan Banks and they are now very familiar and comfortable reading experiences. It's not like the books have become interchangeable or stagnant, but there are features which tend to reappear. For example the books are all set in Northern England, in and around Eastvale a small town in Yorkshire. They feature Alan Banks, a smart, music-loving, working-class bloke who became a policeman for no apparent reason and has advanced up the ranks to his current title of Detective Supe ...more
Thomas Strömquist
Far from a top Banks' it's still obvious that Robinson's books are a notch above most in the genre. As usual, it's great to re-visit the characters that one knows so well by now and the story and narrative flows nicely as ever. An odd case, someone goes on a killing spree on a local wedding, turns out to have long stretching ties in the past. A straightforward enough story with a logical - but very satisfying - end. Three stars is by comparison only, if I wasn't so spoiled by many of the 24(!) o ...more
Kathy Daso
what a shame...I love Banks, but this book was a lot to do about nothing. Even the ending which could have been exciting and threatening was anticlimactic. Are we just writing and reading because we don't know how to end Banks?
Luanne Ollivier
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series is one of my hands down favourites. Sleeping in the Ground is the 24th entry.

I have such a delicious sense of anticipation when I open the cover of the latest Banks. I had no idea what the plot was about, but knew I would be in for another great read. I wanted to catch up with characters I've come to know and appreciate. What has gone on in their lives? Robinson keeps them moving forward in real time with each new entry.

Sleeping in
Alan Cotterell
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
Another great novel

I have to admit I came late to this series. I only started about 4 or 5 years ago, I have managed to read in order with some mammoth binge sessions, to catch up on. This one easily lives up to the standard of the previous 23. That is one hell of an achievement to hit the mark every time.
It was unusual to have chapters over 6-10 pages long, I think some were over 30, which is very unusual nowadays. But it works, there is a lot of detail, but not too much. The author obviously
Ron Chicaferro
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you want to know how the British police organize, investigate and capture criminals this is the book to read - - It is amazingly thorough - you are part of the team that Detective Superintendent Banks leads in the search for a spree killer. You will work alongside Banks and his subordinates as they try and solve a very tough case. A sniper shoots and kills a number of participants in a wedding party - the hunt is on and everyone in Banks' team is leading the charge - this is a painful case an ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Sleeping In The Ground
Peter Robinson

What it's all about...

It's a beautiful day for a wedding. But suddenly shots are fired and both wedding party members as well as guests are left dead and bleeding. It takes the police as well as emergency vehicles longer than normal to get to the dying, bleeding and wounded. By the time they do...the shooter is gone...there is no sign of him anywhere. Inspector Banks...on his way home from a funeral...ends up a
Christina McLain
You've got to hand it to Peter Robinson. The guy really knows how to write a cracking mystery novel, filled with interesting characters such as his cynical sidekick Annie Cabbot, and the lovely Winsome and fearless young Gerry Masterton. Even his old boss Gristhorpe, with his "endless stone wall building project", makes an appearance in this study of a mass killing with ties to a long past murder. The descriptions of the scenic Yorkshire hills and dales don't hurt either. BUT this book, as do se ...more
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Opposite of a page turner. Forced myself to get through it. Boring.
Sleeping in the Ground by Peter Robinson is a very difficult book for me to rate. This is book number 24 in the series and it is the first time that I have read any of the author's books. Because I haven't read the previous books, I got a little bit lost with the characters. But I found Inspector Banks very interesting. He had attended a funeral of his first love of many years ago and that jarred him. The relationship had been broken off suddenly but he never knew why. Even though he married lat ...more
Banks is a detective I have been reading for years and installment #24 doesn't disappoint. It opens with a sniper attack on a wedding, a shocking event no matter where it occurs but in rural Yorkshire it is incomprehensible. Banks is faced with a puzzle that has not obvious point of entry to a solution. This novel relies on plodding police work, and noticing the tiniest irregularity. Banks is called in to work on his way home from a funeral. The person who has died was one of Bank's first loves, ...more
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After 24 books I still care about Inspector Banks. I'm glad other characters I have liked in the series are still alive vs the televised version of Banks and his team. I enjoy both for different reasons. This book opens with a shocking mass killing of members of a wedding party post ceremony. The investigation becomes focused on events decades old as Banks in his personal life also visits the past.
Sylvia Dugan
Although the story was interesting and solving the mystery of who the killer was, I thought it was bogged down with too many extraneous details, especially all the music Banks listens to all the time. A good editor could have cut a lot of this side track to tighten the story and keep the reader from skimming through many of the pages like I did.
Suzanne Arcand
Sleeping in the ground

2 (for a lesser author, I might have given 2.5)

I wanted to like this book; I really did. I have read previous mysteries by Peter Robinson and enjoyed them, but this one left me disappointed. I wish that I could get back the time lost reading it.

Let’s start with the positives. The font, Plantin light, is very nice, round and big, with serif, very easy on the eyes. The references to music might open new horizons in my culture. I did like th
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
This is my first book by Peter Robinson so, admittedly, I'm a little late coming to the Inspector Banks party since this is the twenty-fourth book in the popular series. This book starts out with an impressive bang - actually, many bangs as several guests are gunned down at a wedding. Inspector Banks, along with some of his law enforcement cronies, are brought in to figure out the identity of the shooter.

The mystery itself was good, with twists and culprits sprinkled liberally throug
Sharon Huether
I won this free book from Goodreads First Reads.
A wedding was about to begin; gun shots into the wedding party and family changed a wonderful day into a murderous mayhem.
Who had such revenge to kill so many?
After unraveling a mystery they found the killer hiding in plain sight.
Jeff Dickison
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good entry into the always interesting DCI Banks series. This one starts with a mass murder at a church and ends in a rainstorm/flood. In-between we get a good look into the life of a beginning to age inspector who looks back on his life, sometimes confused, sometimes contented. I would read this series from the beginning because the character is constantly evolving. Highly recommended.
Rose Griffith
Favorite author fails with this one.

Two-thirds of the way through this, I found myself still waiting for the story to get started. Having read 18 Inspector Alan Banks mysteries to date, sure there have been some I have liked more than others. But I have liked them all until this one. Before I was 100 pages in, I added a note, "Has anyone edited this book?" There were multiple times that something would be discussed, then a page later discussed again. A good example is the list of vic
Andy Plonka
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Despite numerous digressions to discus various characters musical preferences which I find distracting, Robinson presents an interesting enigma for DCI Alan Banks in this novel. At a wedding, a sniper takes aim at the wedding party and guests managing to kill several people including the bride. A suspect is found who fits the crime but he has committed suicide before he can be located.
Graham W Yates
One too many

The story line is a bit predictable and the characters are getting a bit jaded, I think its time Banks retired. I have enjoyed the previous novels but the mis-casting of Stephen Tompkinson in the TV serialisation has spoilt it all for me. I doubt I would buy anymore if there are any.

Bruce Hatton
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: english-crime
At a minor celebrity wedding in a remote country church a gunman opens fire from a distant hill. Within a minute three are dead (including the bride) and seven more injured. This is the devastating opening scene of the novel. Yet, rather than pile on the shock/horror tactics, Peter Robinson slowly walks us through the scene as it happens. A fine example of how effective understatement can be and of a master of the genre at the top of his game.
Whilst this is happening, Detective Superintend
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My 1st DCI Banks novel and it wasnt what I was expecting. Probably my own fault for starting at book #24. I didnt really find Banks the most likebale character, as in someone you were cheering for. He did just deal with the death of his close friend, but he seemed a bit of arrogant and abrasive. The crime was pretty violent, with shooting at the wedding. Scarily reminiscent of the current world events but on a smaller scale. I did feel like the mystery around the crime was solved very easily. Ea ...more
Debbie Maskus
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am trying to read through the Alan Banks series, and I find the Peter Robinson’s writing skills have improved. I love the discourse into music and would love a guide to all Alan Banks’ music. I would enjoy listening and seeing if the music moves me as Peter Robinson suggests. Peter Robinson does a wonderful job with characters and setting. I feel the scenery and the emotions of the characters. My biggest criticism is that every woman falls for Alan. In this book, we learn about Alan’s first lo ...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 English at York Uni

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