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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Gallow's View by Peter Robinson

A Peeping Tom is frightening the women of Eastvale; two glue-sniffing young thugs are breaking into homes and robbing people; an old woman may or may not have been murdered. Investigating these cases is Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks, a perceptive, curious and compassionate policeman recently moved to the Yorkshire Dales from London to escape the stress of city life. In addition to all this, Banks has to deal with the local feminists and his attraction to a young psychologist, Jenny Fuller. As the tension mounts, both Jenny and Banks’s wife, Sandra, are drawn deeper into the events. The cases weave together as the story reaches a tense and surprising climax.

My first Peter Robinson. I've been picking this series up as I see them, but never got around to reading any of them yet! Very good police procedural. I love the ITV series, DCI Banks, made from this series of books. 

Get a short lesson on building a strong stone wall in this one too. I found that quite interesting.

Peggy Ann

5 comments:

  1. I've only read one Peter Robinson book and I'm determined to read more in this series. The one I've read is IN A DRY SEASON and we discussed it in my mystery group several years ago along with Reginald Hill's ON BEULAH HEIGHT. Both books were about things or rather crimes uncovered when lakes or reservoirs were drained. Good to know that this one worked well. One day before long I'll start this series for real.

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    1. I have In A Dry Season, Kay! Your so lucky to have a mystery group! Is it through your library?

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    2. Yes, I love my mystery group. It is at the branch library where I used to work. I started the mystery group 9 years ago while I was still a staff member. I've continued working with it as a volunteer. We have a good group.

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  2. I think he hits his stride in the middle of the series (In a Dry Season is amazing), but these early ones are still solid. The bad news is that he probably ought to have ended the series a few books ago. I find myself reading them out of some weird sense of duty more than for the fact that I'm enjoying them. Might go back and revisit the good ones, though.

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    1. Good to know Kelly. We're neighbors now. I live in Greeneville!

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