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A Dedicated Man (Inspector Banks Mysteries) (original 1988; edition 1992)

by Peter Robinson

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Member:Romonko
Title:A Dedicated Man (Inspector Banks Mysteries)
Authors:Peter Robinson
Info:Avon (1992), Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Collections:Series, Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:British, Police Procedural, Insp. Banks, Favourinte series

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I’ve read a few books by Peter Robinson and generally enjoyed them. The TV series based on the books is also pretty good although DCI Banks in the TV series is more of a loner than he appears in the books. I think I prefer the book version of DCI Banks. This book is only the second one in the series and perhaps not quite as good as the later ones.
It is summertime in Yorkshire and the weather is glorious. Young lovers spend their time outdoors and tourists are crawling over the moors. But it is neither a young lover nor a tourist who discovers the body of Harry Steadman underneath a stone wall; rather it is a farmer and his dog looking for a lost sheep. The wall is located near to Gratly where Steadman lived but he didn’t make it to the wall on his own steam. Instead he was killed and transported there by someone. Two young lovers, Sally and Kevin, were in a deserted shepherd’s hut nearby and were able to tell the police that a car stopped on the road for about 15 minutes at 12:14 am. Banks and his crew are able to ascertain that Steadman was in the local pub until 8:45 pm. Later Banks learned that Steadman went to visit his friend Penny Cartwright after that and was thrown out by her father around 10 pm. Penny and Harry were just friends although other people in the village thought differently. It doesn’t seem that Harry’s wife Emma was one of them though. Banks is having a hard time establishing a motive for Steadman’s murder. Everyone claims he was well liked and that he didn’t have any enemies. His wife might have the strongest motive since she stood to inherit his sizable estate but she was watching TV with a neighbour all evening. She thought he was off with his friend and publisher doing research for a book on industrial archeology of the region. Banks had to break the news of his death to her. Banks continues to beat the bushes but it isn’t until Sally goes missing and is then found dead that the pieces start to fit together.
I love the descriptions of the Yorkshire countryside and the small villages peppered throughout it. Someday I think I will have to be one of those annoying tourists that clutter up the landscape. ( )
  gypsysmom | Apr 18, 2017 |
Another good read by Peter Robinson. Quite different to the first book in the series. ( )
  Andrew-theQM | Jun 20, 2016 |
Peter Robinson gives us an inside look at police procedures as Inspector Banks solves the mystery of Harry Steadman's murder, a man whom nobody seems to have had a problem with. Robinson's characters are well developed and the story holds your interest right down to the last page. I will definitely be continuing with this series. ( )
  EadieB | Jan 19, 2016 |
Chief Inspector Alan Banks is called to investigate the murder of a man found in a field near the small English village where he lives. Banks found that the man appeared to be a good husband and dedicated to pursuing his interest in history since inheriting a lot of money and quitting his teaching job. Banks interviews many people in the small town but thinks someone is lying.

This was a well-written police procedural that slowly reveals the characters and their involvement. I did think that the motive for the killer was a little weak but overall I enjoyed it. The style is along the lines of P.D. James. ( )
  gaylebutz | Oct 19, 2015 |
A Dedicated Man, by Peter Robinson, is the second Inspector Banks novel. A former professor who has come into an inheritance, quit his job and moved to the Dales in order to pursue his interest in the industrial history of the area, has been found dead, and there is no shortage of suspects for Inspector Banks to consider. There's the man's mousy wife, who may not have wanted to make the move; there's the former folk singer who was unusually close to the much older man; there are local friends who might have reason to be jealous of the man. But it's the clues garnered by a second death that lead Banks to the true answer.... I'm enjoying discovering this series; I had heard about it for years but have only just starting reading it. I like the way Banks' professional and personal lives intersect, and I like all the recurring characters. Robinson plays fair with his readers, offering intrigue and honest clues, and so far I haven't been able to solve the mystery before his detective does, a good thing in a mystery series! Recommended. ( )
  thefirstalicat | Aug 11, 2015 |
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They were right, my dear, all those voices were right
And still are; this land is not the sweet home that it looks,
Nor its peace the historical calm of a site
Where something was settled once and for all . . .


W. H. AUDEN
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When the sun rose high enough to clear the slate roofs on the other side of the street, it crept though a chink in Sally Lumb's curtains and lit on a strand of gold-blonde hair that curled over her cheek.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0380716453, Mass Market Paperback)

A dedicated man is dead in the Yorkshire dales -- a former university professor, wealthy historian and archaeologist who loved his adopted village. It is a particularly heinous slaying, considering the esteem in which the victim, Harry Steadman, was held by his neighbors and colleagues -- by everyone, it seems, except the one person who bludgeoned the life out of the respected scholar and left him half-buried in a farmer's field.

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks left the violence of London behind for what he hoped would be the peaceful life of a country policeman. But the brutality of Steadman's murder only reinforces one ugly, indisputable truth: that evil can flourish in even the most bucolic of settings. There are dangerous secrets hidden in the history of this remote Yorkshire community that have already led to one death. And Banks will have to plumb a dark and shocking local past to find his way to a killer before yesterday's sins cause more blood to be shed.

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When a well-liked, respected former university professor is bludgeoned to death in his adopted village in the Yorkshire Dales, Chief Inspector Alan Banks must sift through dark secrets to solve this seemingly motiveless murder.

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