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Wednesday's Child (An Inspector Banks Mystery) (original 1992; edition 2002)

by Peter Robinson

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Title:Wednesday's Child (An Inspector Banks Mystery)
Authors:Peter Robinson
Info:Pan (2002), Edition: 3, Paperback, 368 pages
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This is the sixth in the Inspector Banks series, set in Yorkshire, England. The story begins with the kidnapping of seven-year-old Gemma Scupham, although no ransom is every demanded. The kidnappers had posed as social workers, who claimed they were investigating rumors of abuse towards the child.

Then, another heinous crime (a grisly murder) is discovered in the same rural area, and the police think the crimes might be related because serious crimes hardly ever happen in that semi-rural district.

Detective Inspector Alan Banks is taken off the kidnapping case, and assigned to the grisly murder. Much of the novel follows Banks’s boss, Detective Superintendent Gristhorpe, as he follows up leads in the kidnapping case. Are the crimes related after all? And what happened to Gemma?

Every part of the book is well written; but the abrupt (cataclysmic?) change of tone at the end seems inconsistent with the rest of the book.

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  nbmars | Apr 11, 2016 |
"Wednesday’s Child," by Peter Robinson, is the sixth novel in his Inspector Alan Banks series. A young woman has let her 7-year-old daughter be taken into custody by a pair of social workers, only to realize later that they have actually abducted the child. Given that she never really warmed to the child to begin with, she is somewhat reluctant to report the crime to the police, but eventually Inspector Alan Banks is called upon to investigate - at least until an unrelated crime, a vicious murder, captures his intention. Or are they unrelated?.... I really enjoy this series by Peter Robinson, partly for the well-drawn characters, partly for the fairly-clued and rather complex plots, and partly for the setting in the Yorkshire Dales of Great Britain. "Wednesday’s Child" (the name derives from the rhyme, said child being “full of woe”) contains all those qualities, plus some interesting insights into Banks and especially his superior officer, Superintendent Gristhorpe. It’s not necessary to have read the previous novels in the series to enjoy this one, although doing so always adds depths of understanding to the reader’s pleasure, of course; recommended! ( )
  thefirstalicat | Mar 14, 2016 |
Excellent, best one so far ( )
  crazeedi73 | Jan 30, 2016 |
Excellent, best one so far ( )
  crazeedi73 | Jan 30, 2016 |
Excellent, best one so far ( )
  crazeedi73 | Jan 30, 2016 |
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When two social workers, investigating reports of child abuse, appear at Brenda Scupham's door, her fear of authority leads her to comply meekly with their requests. Even when they say they must take her seven-year old daughter away for tests.

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Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks investigates the chilling case of Brenda Scupham, a welfare mother who unwittingly hands her seven-year-old daughter, Gemma, over to child abductors claiming to be social workers.

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