Past Reason Hated Prime –

Poor Chief Detective Inspector Alan Banks You would think Christmastime in the Yorkshire Dales, where he works, would be a slow time, giving him time to spend with his wife Sandra and his children, Tracy and Brian No such luck It is only after Caroline Hartley, the manager of an Eastvale caf and an enthusiastic newcomer to the Eastvale Amateur Theatrical Society, is found stabbed to death that so many secrets come to light her lesbian relationship with the wife of a renowned classical composer, her wild years in London, her childhood Where in this 26 year old woman s life lies the key to why she was brutally killed With her lover, Veronica Sheldon With Veronica s estranged husband, Claude Ivers, who believes that Caroline enticed his wife away from him With Gary Hartley, Caroline s much younger brother, who resents her fleeing the family home and leaving him to cope with their invalid father With one of Caroline s castmates from the Eastvale Amateur Theatrical Society With someone from Caroline s six years in London, about which no one seems to know much Or does the key lie elsewhere Past Reason Hated, although a bit dated when it comes to same sex relationships the novel was first released in 1992 , doesn t quite measure up to the suspense of A Dedicated Man or The Hanging Valley, but I enjoyed this novel just the same It was nice to get to know Susan Gay, newly minted as a detective constable, a little better and to see Banks back in his London milieu. I m hovering between 2 and 3 stars This is my second novel by this author, Peter Robinson I like the MC, Inspector Banks He sounds like an all around good guy I liked the dialog the most, even when it was feeling overused It helped to lend credibility to the characters I also liked the other characters, but they seemed quite distant I never felt like I got to know any of them I wasn t pulled in and I think it is because this was a different sort of Crime Mystery book than what I m used to The MC methodically spends his time sifting through the clues and going from interview to interview That didn t make for an interesting read especially since it was easy to conclude who did it Also, some of the ideas perpetuated about gay lesbian living were antiquated and seem to date this book Overall, I still liked the characters and the methodical approach in its investigation So, 3 stars. Neil Pearson does a fine job of reading Peter Robinson s fifth story featuring Chief Inspector Alan Banks Unfortunately the story does not live up to the quality of the narration, the suspects are never fully developed beyond shallow stereotypes.Hopefully this is just a weak entry in what is proving to be a highly entertaining series. For all that I adore Peter Robinson s Inspector Banks books, this one frustrated me In all fairness, it still had wonderful characters, Banks himself demonstrating compassion and empathy towards suspects and guiding, through example, a new and eager DC, Susan, as she embarks on her first case Peripheral characters are roundly drawn and you get a marvellous sense of them with merely a few words or some dialogue something Robinson does so well Place and the season are also evoked with flair What irritated me was the fact that usually the criminal and the motive behind the crime are buried beneath a mountain of clues and the reader joins Banks as he digs and sieves through the layers, each chapter bringing us closer, each page leading towards a revelation that can leave you on the edge of your seat In this way, we delight in various discoveries the links formed and enjoy the light bulb moment where everything becomes clear With this book, the murderer and the rationale for the crime are apparent within pages It is quite obvious and while ordinarily this doesn t detract too much from the pleasure of embarking on the investigation, in this instance it was annoying and spoiled the reading and investigative experience This is because knowing Banks as a regular reader does, there is no reason that he too wouldn t be aware, so you become bothered by his overlooking of the apparent Instead, a red herring is planted at the beginning and in a burst of irksome perseverance, Banks cannot let it go and it preoccupies him and thus the reader at the expense of clues staring him in the face Throughout the book, Banks expresses his exasperation with this case and the fact that he feels something is eluding him Yes, it was and it didn t ring true to his character and his ability to laterally think, to understand the criminal mind and, most obviously, the blatant clues strewn before him That the new DC Susan also fails conveniently for the author to pass on information that would lead to identifying the killer is just hair tearingly stupid I won t spoil it by revealing what was evident, but I wonder if other readers felt the same I kept reading hoping, believing I was wrong in my assumptions Disappointingly, I wasn t and so ended up pissed off with Banks for being so thick headed But, perhaps this is also a sign of how invested I am in the books and the principal character I know he is better than this as is Robinson I still adore the books, but this one wasn t as clever or satisfying as the others. A lesbian woman who was in an amateur production of Twelfth Night is murdered Does the motive lie in the present or in the past Chief Inspector Banks and his team, which now includes Inspector Susan Gay, must puzzle it out Everyone seems to be hiding something Sergeant Hatchley married and received a promotion, moving to a coastal town, but still serving under Banks The murder takes place just before Christmas Most seasoned mystery readers will determine the perpetrator early, but the pacing of the investigation keeps readers interested regardless I listened to the audio version read by James Langton who does a good job as usual. A picturesque Yorkshire village is dressed in its finest for the upcoming Noel But one of its residents will not be celebrating this holiday.Chief Inspector Alan Banks knows that secrecy can sometimes prove fatal and secrets were the driving force behind Caroline Hartley s life 26and death She was a beautiful enigma, brutally stabbed in her own home three days prior to Christmas Leaving her past behind for a forbidden love affair, she mystified than a few And now she is dead, clothed only in her unshared mysteries and her blood In this season of giving and forgiving, Banks is eager to absolve the innocent of their sins But that must wait until the many facets of a perplexing puzzle are exposed and the dark circle of his investigation finally closes and when a killer makes the next move.My Review This was a very interesting mystery with different characters and plot and I enjoyed it very much but not as much as some of the others I have read I know this series keeps getting better and better so I do look forward to reading from Peter Robinson. From New York Times Bestselling And Edgar Award Winning Author Peter Robinson Comes This Gripping Thriller In The Tradition Of Louise Penny And Elizabeth George Set In A Picturesque Yorkshire Village During The Upcoming Christmas Seasonbut One Of Its Residents Will Not Be Celebrating This HolidayChief Inspector Alan Banks Knows That Secrecy Can Sometimes Prove Fatal, And Secrets Were The Driving Force Behind Caroline Hartley S Life And DeathShe Was A Beautiful Enigma, Brutally Stabbed In Her Own Home Three Days Prior To Christmas Leaving Her Past Behind For A Forbidden Love Affair, She Mystified Than A Few And Now She Is Dead, Clothed Only In Her Unshared Mysteries And Her BloodIn This Season Of Giving And Forgiving, Banks Is Eager To Absolve The Innocent Of Their Sins But That Must Wait Until The Many Facets Of A Perplexing Puzzle Are Exposed And The Dark Circle Of His Investigation Finally Closes And When A Killer Makes The Next MovePast Reason Hated Is A Relentlessly Suspenseful Novel That Shows Why Peter Robinson Is One Of The World S Most Acclaimed And Popular Mystery Writers Good Inspector Banks story, a classical whodunit quite mellowly paced Actually reminiscent of Sj wall Wahl , such as Roseanna The Locked Room Most interesting for the developing and continuing story of Inspector Banks and the people around him perhaps, but the mystery is good too and the ending quite suspenseful. Caroline Hartley was a beautiful enigma, brutally stabbed in her own home three days prior to Christmas Leaving her past behind for a forbidden love affair, she mystified than a few And now she is dead.Peter Robinson s Inspector Banks series just keeps getting better and better.I love his attention to detail, particularly to the little things in his character s lives that makes them human or real to us, allowing letting minutiae to overtake the storyline. A slight hiccup in the series for me Chief Inspector Alan Banks faces a crime that appears to be motivated by the victims sexuality The plot limps along a little, Banks is static in what readers discover of him and the characters take on a stereotypical tone, with little depth Readable, but a little one dimensional I am looking forward to the next instalment picking up the pace, the subtle nuances and good old fashioned detective work.