Friends this is my review of the book “The Hanging Valley by Peter Robinson, which I read recently. When sorting out things for moving I have found that I have come across several books that I had purchased at some time in the past (often from a market stall or charity bookshop), but have never got round to reading, and this was one such book.
The hero of the book is Chief Inspector Banks, and he is given the task of solving who has murdered a faceless corpse, which has been found in a tranquil valley near Swainhead. The trouble is that no one wants to talk about it. Finally through a set of dentures the body is identified, and it seems as if this case is linked with an unsolved one from a few years ago.
Then it is a case of working through the suspects and looking at the history, which includes an excursion to Canada, to meet a lady in a British pub. The real question is can the Chief Inspector solve the crime before the next murder happens.. It is a race against time with lots of drinking along the way.
This was book 38 week 29 fiction 35 (10 on audio) non fiction 3
Peter Robinson's book the Strange Affair is a book that I have had on my shelf for quite some time, as I was not sure if I wanted to read it. It is about the death of DCI Alan Banks brother, and how investigates the murder.
Anyway I did read it and whilst I did not really enjoy the subject matter, it was a good book to read.
The story line was directly related to Alan's investigation, whilst at the same time a parallel and overlapping investigation was going on by DI Annie Cabbot.
Of course eventually the two lines of investigation overlap, moving away from Yorkshire back down to the south and London, but they remain only from the two police officers perspective, highlighting the frustration through lack of knowledge as to what is going on.
The story ends with an horrific truth, which Alan uncovers and realises that this is the real reason why his brother was killed. I can't say that this was an enjoyable book due to the subject matter but it was a good book.
This was book 28 week 19 (8 on audio) non fiction 1
_ A book that starts with the body of a man that has had his face blown off with a shot gun has to go forward in a simalar pace otherwise it will seem a let down. Well this book does not disapoint. New information appears, as if peeled back slowly revealing the core - The truth.
The twist is obvious once known, but I did not see it coming until a few pages from the end, so all in all a good read. This will give me a delimina as to when to read the next book as it was two Peter Robinson books for the price of one. Wait for a short time yet I think. So this is book 30, week 25 made up as written books 22, audio books 8.
_ A bargain book from the second hand book stall on the Saturday market at 50p and well worth the money This is the second Inspector Banks Mystery, and is based on and around the the moor above the village of Helmthorpe in Swainsdale. Harry Steadman had been brutally murdered but why was he killed as everyone says that he was a wonderful man with no enemies.
Peter manages to create the fictional landscape perfectly allowing one to imagine the Limestone scar towering above it and an atmosphere of everyone knowing everyone else's business.
This was a good read and I am looking forward to reading the second bargain book I got at the time which is a mystery further along in the series. This was book 17 week 18, though it was finished last week but I was not able to update the blog at the time
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