Le Coup Au Coeur (Inspector Banks #16)
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I read several pages before thinking I may have picked up one of Robinson’s books that wasn’t in the DCI Banks series. But knowing the series is written in real time and Banks’ gets older, to set one in 1969 wo ...more
There's nothing objectionable about either the writing or the story, but I feel I've done Banks now, and there's nothing else to gain.
Dovetailing two separate murder cases separated by forty years but with much in common is smart but the author had to work really hard on holding the connections at bay, sometimes too hard, and whilst there is a minor twist in the tail it's not an especially satisfying one.
Robinson presents ...more
Once again Chief Inspector Banks rolls into a deep mystery that has a similarity to a murder scene of 4 decades earlier. Despite 'Dagwood', Banks overcomes the odds and gives us a suspenseful thriller with a wicked twist.
Fast forward to the Twenty-First Century and Banks is called to investigate the quite brutal murder of a music journalist, Nick Barber, in a small village. Not only is the motive for his death unclear, so are the reasons for Barber's presence in an unremarkable part of the UK. The li ...more
This one swings between a murder in 1969 and one in about 2006. In 1969 a young woman is found murdered in the aftermath of a music festival. In 2006 a male music journalist is founded murdered in a Yorkshire holiday cottage. Slowly, the threads of the two murders, separated by nearly four decades. begin to twine together.
The past and present are carefully separated in the book, not always as clearly as they could've been. However, it isn't too hard to keep track o ...more
There are two intertwined narratives. In one, Banks and his partner, DC Annie Cabot, investigate the 2005 murder of music journalist Nick Barber. In the other, set in 1969, DI Chadwick looks for the killer of a young woman who was stabbed, after midnight, at an outdoor music festival. Banks is convinced that the two cases are connected, and how they're connected is the primary mystery ...more
That said - I did enjoy rea ...more
This is the second Peter Robinson book I have read. I really enjoyed the book, even if it was a bit too long and I guessed the culprit fairly early on.
The story centres around my native Yorkshire and also involves another of my passions, Rock Music. There was a slight twist in the tale too and I will keep reading his books.
If you are a music lover, particularly of late '60s early '70s music, and if you enjoy a mystery, this book is for you.
Robinson spins a yarn worthy of your attention.
Back in September of 1969, volunteers cleaning up after the three day Brimleigh Rock Festival, found the dead body of a beautiful young woman in a sleeping bag. She had been stabbed several times and once so severely that a pi ...more
This one goes back to the end of the psychedelic 60's, to the murder of a young woman at a 1969 music festival, and the current killing of a ...more
#16 DCI Alan Banks mystery set in Yorkshire, UK. Nick Barber, a music journalist, ends up murdered in a holiday cottage in a Yorkshire village with no apparent motive for the killing. The story line bounces back and forth between present day and 1969 and the murder of a young woman at a local rock festival, whose death is (of course!) related to Barber's.
Barber was doing an investigative piece on rock band The Mad Hatters, as there is an upcoming reunion ...more
Wow. This is the first time I have indulged in a crime/mystery novel. I would say this is not my genre. I have read one of the Theodore Boone series (I did not enjoy it as much as this one) and Before the Poison, also by Peter Robinson but unfortunately, I did not finish that book.
First of all, the plot. When I saw this in the book store, the plot already caught my attention. Two murder cases from different time connected in one book. Then, there were these characters that were s...more
The writing is smooth and vivid, most of the characters are well developed (more on that later), and the two different murder investigations running side by side (though separated by almost half a century) were very different and very well planned out and presented.
The character of Stanley Chadwick is very well written, amongst the best ones I've ever come across ...more
We get the story of both in ...more
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 ...more