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Strange Affair (Inspector Alan Banks Series #15)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent English police procedural

    Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks of Eastvale, North Yorkshire is recuperating after he almost lost his life in a home fire set by Detective Annie Cabbot¿s psychopathic boyfriend. He lost everything in the fire and while on medical leave falls in a deep depression. When his brother Roy calls, leaving a message on the answering machine, he asks him for his help, saying his life might be in danger. When Banks can¿t get him on the phone, he travels to London but Roy is nowhere to be found.--- In Eastvale, a woman is found dead in her car, a bullet in her head. In her pocket is the address of Alan¿s former home that is being rebuilt. Annie tries to find Banks but he didn¿t report to anyone where he was going. After fruitless searching, Roy¿s body is found in the river with a bullet in his head. Alan and Annie discover the murdered woman was Roy¿s girlfriend, a clear link between the two cases. Now they have to find out what Roy was afraid of and what he sent his girlfriend to tell Alan.--- The Alan Banks Police procedurals are some of the best mystery novels on the market today. STRANGE AFFAIR has so many twists and turns and false leads that readers find themselves so totally absorbed in the novel that they will finish it in one sitting just to find out who killed Roy and his girlfriend and why. Peter Robinson is the master of the English police procedural with tantalizing, exciting and totally believable works.--- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    mediocre. some of the course of events were predictable. the pro

    mediocre. some of the course of events were predictable. the prose is simple and easily understood. overall an average mystery read, probably good for junior high school levels to high school.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2005

    Alan Banks mystery series

    Set in Yorkshire and London, England. Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks is still recuperating from the fire in the last novel. He is dealing with some deep depression issues as well. His brother, Roy, calls from London asking for Alan's help. Even though the brothers are not close, blood is thicker than water. So Alan returns Roy's call. After several attempts, in vain, to reach Roy, Alan travels to London and begins to search for his elusive brother. ............................................ DI Annie Cabbott is investigating the murder of Jennifer Clewes. The lady was found sitting in her car with a bullet in her head. On the body is a piece of paper with DCI Alan Banks's contact information. A link is found between Alan, Roy, and Jennifer. Chaos reins supreme. .................................................................... ...................... **** Unlike most of this series, not nearly enough investigating was done for my taste. The author DID give the readers information to whet their appetites, but he deals more with each character's backgrounds, personalities, and putting in some much needed bits of romance. Fans of Patricia Cornwell should take notice of this author's series. ****

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2005

    PREMIER PERFORMANCE - BOTH WRITTEN AND READ

    Seems to me that a voice performer would stand in line to read a novel by award-winning author Peter Robinson. On the other hand, it also seems to me that authors would stand in line to have their work performed by Simon Prebble. Both experienced and thoroughly professional, Prebble has read books by everyone from Danielle Steele to Stephen Hawking. Whatever work he's delivering, he does so with perfect enunciation and thorough understanding. His voice performance of 'Strange Affair' ranks with the very best. English born and bred, Mr. Robinson has created an unforgettable character in Inspector Alan Banks. Many will remember that during our last meeting Banks almost lost his life in a fire that leveled his home. Now, we find him in the process of recovering from his loss. Not much time for that as he receives a call for help from his younger brother, Roy. The black sheep of the family, Roy has nonetheless been a financial success and lives in London. Perhaps we should say lived as when Banks tries to recontact Roy, there's no answer. It takes no time at all for Banks to go to his brother's house only to find it unlocked and empty. What he does find are a few hints to the life his brother has been leading. In a parallel plot a young woman is murdered in her car. When Detective Annie Cabbot arrives at the scene she finds a piece of paper in the dead woman's pocket - on it is the name of Alan Banks. Leave it to the ever resourceful Robinson to seamlessly blend this murder and the disappearance of Roy in a story that will leave listeners first intrigued and then totally surprised. A premier listen!

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