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Many Rivers to Cross

(Inspector Banks #26)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  856 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Peter Robinson a "master of the police procedural" (Mail on Sunday) returns with the twenty-sixth instalment of the #1 bestselling Inspector Banks series.

When the body of a teenage boy is found stuffed into a wheely bin on the East Side Estate, Banks and Annie have a homegrown murder case to solve. But Banks's attention is also on Zelda, who in helping him track down his
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published September 5th 2019 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Stephen Robert Collins
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Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: pigeonhole
My Mum is a great fan of Peter Robinson and I had heard very good things about his DCI Banks series, and so when I was invited to read his latest release via the Pigeonhole book club, I was very much looking forward to it.

However, I was to be disappointed. I'm not sure if this is because it's the 26th novel in a series I have never read before, or whether the quality of his earlier books has declined as the number of 'Banks' novels has grown, but it was not what I was expecting from such a
Gloria Arthur
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-bookshelf

The latest absorbing police procedural mystery in the series of Detective Superintendent Alan Banks. This book can easily be read as a standalone. The author Peter Robinson has a wonderful writing style and I love the quirky musical references he adds into the storyline. DS Alan Banks is working class, brooding and has a charming demeanour.

A young skinny Middle Eastern boy is found dead and discarded inside an elderly homeowners wheelie bin in the Eastvale housing estate. The boy isn’t
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: pigeon-books
This was my first Bank’s novel and based on the lengthy, tedious story just completed I will not be reading any others. I read this via the Pigeonhole book club and expected so much more in terms of the writing, characters and story. There were too many disjointed stories, bizarre dialogues and characters I didn’t relate to, at all. The story was unnecessarily long and for those who might not have read previous books, no effort was made to round the characters. Two and a half stars.
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Sad to say, I really think this series has had its day after the last two books. Its become quite dull, Banks is so pompous and boring. I got really tired of the author's pretentious references to obscure bits of music and long descriptions of food. But the most irritating thing was his constant and totally unnecessary political jibes, not really needed in a crime novel. Will I read the next one? Can't decide if its really worth my time.
Oct 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I’d read all the previous 25 DCI Banks books and was eagerly awaiting number 26.
I got to page 7 and very nearly stopped there. I do not wish to be subjected to an author’s political beliefs via the dialogue of a character. I merely want an interesting crime story.
Unfortunately, I didn’t even get that. Simplistic writing, numerous sexist descriptions of female characters, unbelievable police procedure – I’m sure that the police do not divulge what they know or suspect to a potential perpetrator
Jill Stirling
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was looking forward to this book. I usually really like Peter Robinson's Alan Banks series but this one was a disappointment. It was full of the politics of the remainer kind. The detectives were showing their politically correct colours with ongoing sneering at any character right of the centre. I have crossed off Louise Penny and Ann Cleeves from must read list. Is this the one to follow? Police inaction on minor crime was mentioned with reliance on citizens to do their own policing. The ...more
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not one of his best. In fact it’s probably the poorest of the Banks series and I’ve read all of them. A less than gripping story and a major character who is frankly unbelievable and affords little space for the usual team. Quite disappointing.
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Many Rivers to Cross. #26. Peter Robinson. 19/9/2019. Pre ordered iBook.

#26 Allan Banks....and colleagues, and family. One issue arises when a good book series is made into a good tv series, characters die but only in one place!!! Confuses a reader somewhat! Billed as good police procedural.....long and detailed! As usual a bit too much music chatter!

When the body of a teenage boy is found stuffed into a wheely bin on the East Side Estate, Banks, Annie and Gerry have a homegrown murder case to
Charlotte Pattison-Rideout
Sep 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
Glad to have finished. Not immensely enjoyable for me I’m afraid. I found it a bit long-winded and could not warm to the characters. It felt very much like the author expects you to have read all the preceding books so does not need to develop the characters in the same way as for a stand alone story. The Zelda storyline here was a distraction; though probably quite interesting in its own right. The drugs story was laboured but quite good at a base level, though I felt the twist was a bit silly ...more
Keith Evans
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Not up to par

Maybe Peter Robinson is getting tired or losing touch with his roots but I found this latest Banks outing very disappointing. The main storyline was pedestrian and the culprit was obvious from the start, while the sub plot was poorly grafted and had very little to do with the rest of the book. To me it read like two novellas published side by side.
In addition, the last chapter or so was just, to quote Steinbeck, so much 'hooptydoodle'. It gave me the impression that the author was
Lesley Winch
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: pigeonhole
Being an ardent fan of the DCI Banks TV series and never having read any of the books, I was looking forward to reading this but I'm afraid I was very disappointed. I found the explanations in it too long and boring, and the story lines rather disjointed. Although it was set in the present time and quite topical, I could have done without Brexit being mentioned on more than one occasion. The separate story lines did come together eventually but the ending was tame, although it was left somewhat ...more
Luanne Ollivier
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peter Robinson has just released the 26th (!) entry - Many Rivers to Cross - in the Inspector Banks series. I've read them all and am always eager to pick up the latest.

The body of a young boy is found stuffed into a refuse bin on the Eastvale Estate. No one steps forth to identify him but there may be drugs involved. And on another estate, the body of a life long drug user is also found - a seeming overdose. Banks and his team ,Gerry (I'm growing to quite like her) and Annie (I always
Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars - rounded up as I am a fan of the series... hmmm but for how much longer ?

After a couple of stronger novels in the Banks series, this one felt poorly put together, workmanlike but not especially engaging in terms of the detective work needed or carried out.. it all felt rather routine and frankly resulted in a bang average book. There's clearly an intention to publish a new novel in the Banks series every year, but the results are becoming rather inconsistent.

And i'd agree with some
Rachel Chambers
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the first Bank’s novel for me and I can’t say as I’ll be rushing out to read the rest of them.

It was an ok read and kept me intrigued enough to keep on but it was nothing amazing. There also seemed to be two separate books mixed together with the story of Zelda running alongside the investigation. I’m not sure where the author is going with this but I don’t think it added to the book at all.

Oct 14, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5. Not quite the right balance for me between Banks and the Zelda story (although of course there is a link, the burning of Banks' cottage by a man still at large and on Zelda's radar). I don't think this would work very well as a standalone or as a place to start. Love the North Yorkshire background and the incidental things which seem to annoy others - the food, drink and music!
I have always enjoyed the Alan Banks series and Peter Robinson's writing but this book l don't know. Alan Banks is still his solid,smart charming self but this book seemed more about Zelda and a long prologue to the next book. It seemed the way the book ended that next one was going to bring the answers to what will happen with Zelda and the bad guys. I will read it to find out what happens but l am wondering is it time to wind down Alan Banks?
Jane Whitaker
Sep 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sept-19
Read via Pigeonhole release. I don’t think I’ve read any of the previous DI Banks books and I have a feeling you perhaps needed to in order to be emotionally involved with the characters. It was alright, but the sub plot (set up to be carried on in a future book) detracted from the main story. Didn’t love it.
Christine Rennie
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: pigeonhole
I read this book via Pigeonhole and it was divided into 11 staves, one per day. I did find this book very slow and the main characters lifeless and not particularly interesting. The storyline just seem to plod on until the end. I don’t know if you needed to read it as part of a series but it just seemed unremittingly dull.
Jacqueline  sharp
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the 26th book in the Inspector Banks novels. I have never read one of them myself but did enjoy the television series when it was on. There is so much going on in this book at the start. We have a young Syrian boy found dead in a wheelie bin, a disabled many found dead in his home sat in his mobility scooter from a suspected overdose but did he do it to himself or was he helped, the young dead boys hair or should I say strands of hair had been found in this guys home it seems like he was ...more
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pigeonhole, crime, series
Feel at liberty to read this as a standalone because even though it's the twenty-sixth book in the series, the author, Peter Robinson, gives enough background on everyone so that the reader will not find themselves lost. As a newish fan of British procedurals, I really enjoyed this novel.

Although slow to really get going, for the most part it was an absorbing story with several unfolding threads. DCI Alan Banks and his colleagues are investigating the murder of a young thirteen-year-old Arab boy
Alison C
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Detective Superintendent Alan Banks and his team are called in to investigate when the body of a young Middle Eastern boy is found stuffed in a garbage bin on an unsavory estate in Eastvale; at almost exactly the same time, an elderly junkie is found to have overdosed in his soon-to-be-demolished home at another estate, in an area in which a real estate tycoon and his minions are planning a major project. In the meantime, Zelda, who is the girlfriend of DI Annie Cabbot’s much older father Ray, ...more
Fay Flude
Sep 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I believe this is number 26 in the DCI Banks novels. I haven't read the other 25 or indeed any other Peter Robinson novels.
I definitely liked Banks as a character and I thought the plot was reasonable.
A 13 year old Arab boy is found dead and stuffed in a wheelie bin on an estate notorious for crime. In the search for the killer we are led into the maze of drug cartels and sex trafficking, meeting some very dubious individuals who enjoy nothing more than hurting others in ways you can't even
Di Paterson
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm a little in two minds about this book. It's very well written, and is the first one I've read in the series, courtesy of the Pigeonhole. And this is where the dilemma comes. This is DCI Banks no 26, so there's a lot of history, which wasn't actually a problem. But because of that, the character definition is not what it might have been in a much earlier instalment. Still, it's not unreasonable at this point for the author to expect us to know the main characters. My problem was the ...more
Susan Page
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent story, with several strands going on. DS Alan Banks and his team are looking into the murder of a young Arab boy, about thirteen years old, who was found stabbed and jammed into a wheelie bin. As their investigation progresses there appears to be several different possibilities about what happened.
Meanwhile, Banks’s friend Zelda goes to London for a couple of days, where she works part-time for a government agency, where she is a super-recogniser, she never, ever forgets a face,
Maria Rivas-mc
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can say with all honesty that I was really looking forward to reading Peter Robinson's Many Rivers to Cross. No shame in being part of the Alan Banks’ fan base! I can also say that I absolutely enjoyed the novel via the daily staves from @Pigeonhole. Based on some comments during the collective reading, I appear to have been in the minority - others appeared to think it moved too slowly. I didn’t have that experience, remaining engaged as Robinson peeled back the layers to the main plot and ...more
Ronald Watson
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yet another enjoyable Alan Banks detective story from Peter Robinson. It helps if you've read the preceding books as many of the characters have been introduced before and there have been relationships between some of them which have echoes in this book.

There are 3 or 4 intertwined "mysteries" to be resolved and Banks and his team gradually unravel them (or not - no spoilers here)

The setting is North Yorkshire and Leeds - an area I once lived in and so the book has extra resonance for me. Also
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't quite sure when I started to read this novel how the Zelda part of the plot would work out. (I have read all of the previous Inspector Banks books.) For me, the book started slowly, but the last half was better. At first, I wasn't keen on the Zelda plot line, but I can appreciate that Robinson has move his plot lines around further afield from just Eastvale. He would otherwise end up with quite a large murder rate in a very small town. The book overall was interesting: lots of musical ...more
Bill Lawrence
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
Interesting that Peter Robinson is on a theme. Is this the Zelda series? A trilogy or more? Robinson is working with topical theme again, sex-trafficking and the migrant, and setting it against a Brexit background (not a lot of mention, but it's there). But Zelda is a strong character and taking almost as most narrative as Banks, but not quite. It was clear that the story wasn't over at the end of Careless Love, and it isn't at the end of this latest novel. Smoothly written, the story grips and ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This very long but excellent series continues to entertain, and I'm already looking forward to the next instalment that will unravel some of the unfinished story lines. As always connected to issues that appear in the news, this book focusses again on drug and human trafficking from Eastern Europe into Britain. Chief Inspector Banks and his team of investigators work to explain several murders near Eastvale in York; Zelda, introduced in the previous book, locates the hateful man who kidnapped, ...more
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