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In a Dry Season by Peter Robinson

In a Dry Season (original 1999; edition 2000)

by Peter Robinson

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Title:In a Dry Season
Authors:Peter Robinson (Author)
Info:Avon (2000), Mass Market Paperback, 480 pages
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Tags:Fiction, contemporary, British, mystery

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In a Dry Season by Peter Robinson (1999)

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    ehines: Another drowned village emerges and another murder investigation is launched.

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As "In a Dry Season" opens, a prolonged drought in Yorkshire has revealed the remains of a village that decades earlier had been flooded to make a reservoir, and in the village are found the remains of a young woman. Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks is assigned to the case by his superior, Chief Constable Riddle, who hates his guts and sees this assignment as a punishment. In the meantime, Banks’ wife of 20 years has left him, and he has no idea if he can start a new life on his own, or even if he wants to…. This is the 10th Inspector Banks book, and it’s a corker - lots of intrigue dating back to World War II and lots of contemporary matters concerning marriage, letting go and how to relate to your grown children. There were few scenes with most of the ongoing characters and instead we focus primarily on Banks and on a new woman in his life, in addition to dealing with the murder inquiry itself. Recommended! ( )
  thefirstalicat | May 9, 2016 |
If you like a good mystery, this one should fit the bill. The story flashes back and forth between life in a rural English village in World War II and the present day, where the tiny hamlet was at the bottom of a now-dried-up reservoir. The drought also exposes the skeleton of a murder victim, so Inspector Banks and his attractive new partner are brought in to investigate the crime.

Overall, I found it to be a good read; I had minor quibbles about the way the sub-plots were handled and I thought the book was a couple hundred pages too long and could have used a good editor, but I’m sure die-hard Banks fans would wish it were longer.
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  memccauley6 | May 3, 2016 |
Didn't like this as well as some of the previous books in the series, but it's still a good read. ( )
  Gingermama | Jan 24, 2016 |
This is probably the best Banks novel that I have read so far. The story line is filled with details from the past and the present that cleverly intertwine into a wonderful investigation. As you read, you are drawn into the story and wonderful characters that hold your interest right down to the last page. The sub-plot of his developing relationship with Sergeant Abbott as well as his disintegrating relationship with his ex-wife is an interesting part of the novel. If you haven't read Robinson, you don't know what you are missing. I'm looking forward to my next Robinson read. ( )
  eadieburke | Jan 19, 2016 |
A skeleton is found in a dried-up reservoir and the solution to the murder lies half a century in the past. This is a great installment in the series, partially because of the structure (we go back and forth in time) and partially because of the growth of the characters (DCI Banks dealing with his divorce as well as his new relationship with DS Cabbot). The mystery itself is well crafted, but the parts about life in Britain during WWII add an enormous amount of texture to the story which makes it particularly enjoyable.

One thing I have to mention is that the reader of the audio version hasn't quite understood who DCI Banks is and gives him a strong Yorkshire dialect, which makes him sound like a life-time Dales farmer rather than a London police officer, so it sounds like he's making fun of whoever he's talking to. So, read a paper version of this one rather than listen to it unless you want Banks to sound like he's mocking everyone. ( )
  -Eva- | Nov 12, 2015 |
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Detective chief inspector Alan Banks is a walking midlife crisis, full of rage because of his recently failed marriage, a career crippled by a jealous superior, and problems with his son. In less skilled hands, Banks could have quickly become a royal pain, but Robinson makes him instead a very likable character, who is slightly baffled and bemused by his bad luck. When he criticizes his son Brian's decision to drop out of college to become a rock musician, Banks quickly regrets it--recognizing the same impulses that made him rebel against his own parents, and some of the pain he felt when a college friend died of a drug overdose. The realization that Brian's heavy-metal band is actually quite good brings genuine pleasure to a man whose idea of rock is Love's Forever Changes and other 1970s delights.

Banks is assigned to work on a case that the Yorkshire police department considers to be somewhat of a joke. The skeleton of a woman wrapped in World War II blackout curtains has been found in a dried-out reservoir. This man-made watering hole was a village--Hobbs End--that had been flooded many years earlier. Through the journal of a major player we realize early on who the dead woman is, but a large part of the fun is watching Banks and an edgy, attractive female cop put the pieces of the puzzle together. In a Dry Season is a stylish and gently reflective tale of secrets and lies.

Banks's other books include Wednesday's Child, Final Account, and Blood at the Root. --Dick Adler

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When a drought drains the local Thornfield Reservoir, uncovering a long-drowned small village and the skeleton of a murder victim from the 1940s, Detective Alan Banks and Detective Sergeant Annie Cabot are called in to investigate.

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