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In the Dark Places
Inspector Banks #22
Peter Robinson

William Morrow
August 11, 2015 / ISBNISBN 978-0062240545
Suspense / British

Reviewed by Rick Morelli


Peter Robinson's latest installment of the DCI Banks police procedural novels, In the Dark Places, takes us to the countryside of Yorkshire, England, just north of London. Banks, ably assisted by his staff, especially inspector Annie Cabot, sets out to solve a mysterious murder in conjunction with the theft of a very expensive piece of farm machinery. As the plot unfolds, we discover that evil lurks beneath the surface of the apparent peaceful and bucolic countryside of farms and small slaughterhouses.

What I like about the series, and this novel in particular, is the way Robinson describes the methodical team work approach taken to solve the mystery, while at the same time creating very good character development with psychological insights. The pace is quick and there are no over-the-top heroics or big city action, or even gut wrenching personal problems with the inspectors. These are police detectives working conscientiously and assiduously to solve a crime.

In the Dark Places reminds us of the evil and crime that can and does occur in apparently peaceful locales. Robinson's description of the countryside in March, when it is still cold and snowy, brings it alive in all its splendor and haunting beauty. As usual, Robinson provides us with yet another taut and suspenseful mystery that keeps us entertained and wanting more.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Cold is the Grave #11
Aftermath #12
Close to Home #13
Playing Fire #14
Strange Affair #15 [audio] [book]
Piece of My Heart #16
Friend of the Devil #17
All the Colors of Darkness
In The Dark Places #22 [review 1] [review 2]
When The Music's Over #23 [review 1] [review 2]


Reviewed 2015