Sleeping in the Ground

Sleeping in the Ground

Book - 2017
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Detective Superintendent Alan Banks is called in to lead the investigation after a shocking mass murder occurs during a wedding outside a small church in the Yorkshire Dales. An exhaustive manhunt ensues and the shooter is run to ground as the investigation follows its inevitable course. But Banks, his colleague DI Annie Cabbot, and the newest and youngest team member, DI Gerry Masterson, are plagued by doubts as to exactly what happened in the churchyard that day, and why. Have they apprehended the right suspect? Is there more to uncover? Struggling with the death of an old flame and the return of profiler Jenny Fuller, a former love interest, Banks is compelled to dig deeper into the suspect's past and motivations, and as he does, he uncovers forensic and psychological puzzles that lead him to long forgotten secrets. It's possible that eventually they'll provide the answers he is looking for, but will he piece together the clues in time?
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780062395085
Characteristics: 374 pages ;,24 cm.


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DSI Alan Banks is determined to track down a gunman after a mass shooting in the thrilling new instalment of Peter Robinson's internationally bestselling series.

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sapl3 Apr 09, 2020


When DS Alan Banks and his team are called to the scene of a mass murder it’s as if we’re witnessing an event ripped from the headlines of a newspaper. Someone has targeted a wedding party outside a church and there are many casualties. When their investigations lead them to a suspect, Banks and his team are left with more questions than answers and begin to second-guess their findings.

At the same time he’s working this case, Banks is dealing with the death of a former girlfriend and the return of profiler Jenny Fuller, with whom he almost committed adultery years before. Rather than providing a leadership role as befitting his rank, Banks seems to spend a lot of his time mooning about – like a love-sick schoolboy.

Even with these three storylines working back and forth, the novel becomes clichéd and predicable. Conclusions are reached after minimal investigation and his team make decisions without consulting Banks or each other. The plotting is shoddy and the characters are mere shadows on the page. Even the regular characters appear lifeless. What used to be interesting (i.e. Banks’ music choices) becomes boring and repetitive as Robinson launches into an often lengthy description about the songs and artists he’s chosen to play, every time he’s within range of a sound system.

Needless to say, this novel was a disappointment. I can only hope that it’s a one-off and that Robinson’s next book will redeem him in the hearts of his readers.

May 20, 2019

This is the first Inspector Banks novel that I have read, and it left me unimpressed. Peter Robinson seems to want us to know how erudite he is with all the totally unnecessary references to music and food. If this is typical of his work, I doubt that I will chose another Inspector Banks mystery.

May 16, 2019

Inspector Banks mystery. A wedding party is attacked by a sniper, killing and wounding nearly a dozen people, a crime that Banks must solve.

Jul 20, 2018

I unfortunately have to agree with a lot of these reviews. The author went into far too great detail about music and food. There was a lot of filler and I found myself skimming through to get back to the point. Also, the angst Banks felt over both Emily and Jenny didn't go anywhere. An average read.

May 19, 2018

I really like this series but this was not a good book. There were three story lines that added a considerable amount of filler. First Banks attended a funeral for his first love and that story went on and on through the entire book. As well Jenny Fuller returned, another lost love. Then there was the weather. As in previous books the rain and flooding in Eastvale played a part in the story. Then there was the excessive amount of music references that have expanded from Classical to include Jazz and Rock plus there is now poetry as well. Finally there was the mass shooting, the hunt and conclusion. Without all the added stuff this story would probably be a novelette. An average novelette.

tomato Feb 09, 2018

I thought this was an excellent book. Banks ain't retired yet! Love the interplay of the characters, and I'm even used to the music and food specifications now - they used to annoy me until I realized that they're giving us brief insights into Banks' life, past and present. Peter Robinson hasn't lost his touch.

Jan 15, 2018

A real disappointment from a generally very good author. As many have commented, too much filler and not so much content, making for a tiresome read. The whole scenario was very reminiscent of a book by another British author (woman writer with widowed doctor and detective brother as protagonists?) with only slight differences. Supt. Banks is becoming too PC and flawless........he needs some human characteristics and foibles, and indeed, the rest of the characters seem to be heading this way also.

I had looked forward to reading this so much that I feel that I have been really let down by Peter Robinson. Perhaps you can't hit home runs all the time but this is a definite strike out.

Dec 22, 2017

Interesting how Robinson draws on current events and puts them into his novel. This novel is set during the rainy season in the midlands that resulted in much flooding. The novel certainly captures the reader's attention with the shooting of the wedding party as they leave the church. Robinson later has his characters refer to it as the "Red Wedding" which reminded me of such a scene in one of the episodes of "Game of Thrones". Robinson throws too much filler into this book that I was not interested in reading about - many comments about songs/singers/musical pieces, much drinking in pubs with friends or having drinks in their homes with every drink named, many dinners out with friends in which the menu is extensively described, reflections on certain lines in poems that offer insight into past events in Banks' life, and then the long story about his first love as a teen and its consequences. In between these ramblings, Robinson does have his police team slowly making some headway in identifying the murderer and finally, just a few pages from the end, the story comes to a dramatic conclusion. I skipped many paragraphs and pages to follow the plot, so a quick read, but not one that was totally satisfying.

Dec 21, 2017

The opening of this book is gruesome; if you aren't turned away by that, then it does become an enjoyable read. I liked how it wrapped up.

Nov 22, 2017

I thought this was another fine book in the Inspector Banks series. How it compares with previous books is less important to me than whether it was entertaining when I read it. And it is very entertaining due to the strong characters Peter Robinson has created and the story lines of all the books in the series. I look forward to more of them.

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