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Le Coup Au Coeur (Inspector Banks #16)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  3,563 Ratings  ·  202 Reviews
The year is 1969. Rock 'n' roll, psychedelic drugs, and peace-loving hippies are thriving in Britain. But in the aftermath of a rock music festival, cold reality strikes when a woman is found murdered in her sleeping bag, callously left among the debris in the concert's wake. Detective Inspector Stanley Chadwick is the hard-headed, straitlaced copper assigned to the case w ...more
Paperback, 507 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Livre de Poche (first published 2006)
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Swarprasad Mukundh Am currently reading this without reading the other ones in the series. To be honest, I never felt this requires to be read in order of book series.…moreAm currently reading this without reading the other ones in the series. To be honest, I never felt this requires to be read in order of book series. Inspector Banks was introduced pretty well (esp at the last page) you can feel the life of each character by the way it is narrated. Excellent book!(less)
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3 stars. I enjoyed this book. It has 2 storylines, one taking place in 1969 and one in the present day. The 1969 story is about a young woman murdered at a music festival. The present day story is about the murder of a young journalist. This is not a gory/bloody type of mystery, more of a realistic crime solving tale. I enjoyed the musical references in the 1969 storyline. I am a huge fan of the music from the time period (it is my listening preference). I was not sure how the story was going to ...more
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Police procedurals
Recommended to Tina by: Fiona Finch
Shelves: dci-banks-series
This is book #16 in Peter Robinson’s DCI Banks series. It starts in 1969 with Detective Inspector Stanley Chadwick investigating the murder of a young woman. She was found on a deserted field after the conclusion of a rock festival, stabbed so viciously a piece of her heart was sliced off.

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
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Piece Of My Heart is my third Robinson/Banks read and likely to be my last.
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
Apr 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, england
By the time the connection between the past and present cases is revealed, it's not very much of a surprise, particularly for genre fans. The insight into the backstage world of musicians is intriguing, but my overall enjoyment is marred somewhat (as it has been more than once with Robinson) by the persistent naivete of his female characters. For someone as cool as Banks, I'd expect the women in his world to be somewhat more with it.
Pete Loveday
Jul 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite
A good read that is a great bargain - two gripping stories in the one manuscript! How good is that!
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.
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book follows two murders years apart and has Inspector Banks searching back to the older one in an attempt to get a handle on his. The first murder happened at a rock concert back in the hippy/flower child era and was connected to a local bad of the era. The current murder was of a writer doing an article on the band. Lots of name dropping of the major bands of the time and Bank's problems with a new boss. Eventually connections are made and questions answered.,
David Freeman
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed it. Really liked the link to the past in 1969. I was around then. We actually got married then. And it was good making links to real bands. Even Jethro Tull got a mention. Now for #17.
Karen Brooks
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This engrossing novel commences in 1969, when a lovely young, free-spirited woman is found dead in a sleeping bag after a huge music concert and the suspects range from concert attendees to the musicians themselves.

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
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2016-challenge
Excellent DCI Alan Banks novel.

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
Jul 31, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm a fan of Robinson's Inspector Banks series, set in Yorkshire. I've just finished the 16th, Piece of My Heart.

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
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
In this book 16 of the Inspector Banks series, Peter Robinson does an excellent job in switching between three separate murder cases, two from 1969 and one from the present day, which seem to be related somehow. This book was also an introduction to a new character, Superintendent Gervaise, who definitely is beginning to conflict with Banks and Annie Cabbot's idea of how to run a police department. Peter Robinson is an excellent story teller and this book was a real page-turner for me. I found t ...more
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read several very good books in this series which kept me up long past my bedtime because I just had to find out what happened, this one didn't seem as good to me. I like a mixture of past and present cases but in this one there was something a bit lacklustre in the 'past' case which meant it didn't really hold my attention. I didn't particularly like the police characters and the victim seemed rather two dimensional so I didn't really care who had murdered her.

That said - I did enjoy rea
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review is dedicated to my Goodreads, good friend Mr Steven Betts :-)

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.
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this series. It is always solid. This particular story has 2 story lines; one follows a murder that took place in 1969 and a second one that is contemporaneous and involves DCI Banks, et. al. I don't care for two separate stories and the back and forth it entails especially when it takes a long time for the stories to intersect. Also, the book started with the 1969 story, so it was almost as if one was not reading a DCI Banks book at all. One small but annoying thing, Annie Cabot calls a ...more
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-series
It was the BBC production of DCI BAnks that prompted me to take up this series, and I'm glad that I did. Banks has a new boss, a very ambitious woman; he and Annie are good friends, but have obviously had a different relationship in the past; his son Brian and girlfriend have "come to stay" with him for awhile. We know from the beginning that the murder of a freelance journalist is tied to a previous murder of a young woman with ties to a 60's rock band at a long ago open air festival. It takes ...more
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy the Inspector Alan Banks series by Peter Robinson and had, inadvertently, taken a sabbatical from reading the series. So, I'm glad that I found the book, A Piece of My Heart, in my book shelf.

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.
Kathleen Freeman
I liked watching how the 2 mysteries came together. This time out I enjoyed watching Annie and Winsome work together at times. I was glad to see that we got to learn a little more about Brian and he got a bit of a story line. My favourite parts where Annie and Banks working together.
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No one writes character and sets atmosphere better then Peter Robinson. Another excellent Inspector Banks novel.
Lee Baker
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Complicated story that had me to the end
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
re-read August 2017... possibly read first time under original Brit title Abattoir Blues.
Paula Dembeck
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this the sixteenth book in the series, Robinson does a fine job of holding our attention with an interesting mystery as well as the evolving character of Alan Banks. Robinson moves between two murders which take place about forty years apart but it seems, may be related.
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
Alison C
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Following an outdoor rock concert in 1969, crews find the body of a young woman, clearly murdered, and the officer assigned to the case seems to think it has something to do with a local band, the Mad Hatters, who played at the festival. Fast- forward to the present, and Inspector Banks is baffled by the murder of a rock journalist who, as it happens, was in the midst of researching the Mad Hatters for an expose article. Can the two cases, so far apart in time and with the 1969 murder solved lo ...more
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Banks is faced with the complex case of the murder of a music journalist who had apparently no enemies nor with any obvious motives but which seems to connect with past events in the 1960s and in particular with the well named Mad Hatters. He also has to contend with the arrival of DS Gervaise who has her own agenda. She is ambitious but happy to let Banks have free rein as long as she gets the glory but I noticed how catching the bad guy wasn't top of her list just her looking good. It was nice ...more
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third time a Banks novel has involved crimes from the distant past. The other two are In a Dry Season (WWII) and Close to home (Banks' youth in the 60's). I really appreciate the way Robinson researches the past and the way he interweaves the story lines in these books. Banks always says the past never goes away, and these books prove his point.

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
May 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review applies to the audio version.

#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
Prince Baldos
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My rating: 4.5
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

I found this book very hard to get into at first (and kind of boring, to be honest), but the more I read the more I started to like it.

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
Sep 03, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book a couple of months ago and haven't written about it. I was given it by a Belgian/French friend of mine in Luxembourg not long before we left for Scotland. He'd read it and thought that I would enjoy it as it's set around the theme of a murder at a rock festival and mentions such notables as Pink Floyd and Led Zep. It is two murder tales in tandem, one set back in the 60s and one in the present day. Obviously there is a connection, and it is the job of the present-day detecti ...more
Judy Goodnight
This is the 16th book in the Inspector Banks series by Peter Robinson. By this time, we've had the chance to get to know the police characters quite well although there always seem to be a bit more character development in each book. The premise of this book has to do with the murder of a young woman at a rock festival in Yorkshire in 1969 and the murder of a music journalist in present-day Yorkshire. The common thread is a local band with connections to both murders.

We get the story of both in
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