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The series still remains one of the finest till date. Inspector Alan Banks first came into the picture when the novel was published in the year The novel carried a blurb that gave the background of the character, Alan Banks. As mentioned, he once lived in London. The blurb further mentioned that the Detective Banks then lived in Eastvale, the imaginary English Town situated in Yorkshire, north to Ripon, next to the A1. Alan Banks are blessed with two kids, Tracy as well as Brian.


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He has a loving wife by the name of Sandra. As described, the detective has an own tiny office, complete with the metal desk and a couple of chairs. Inspector Banks belong to the working class and just like most of them coming from that class, he hates getting things done with the clout of money or wealth. This remains to be the main driving force that persuaded him to move to Eastvale from London.

His major objective was to remain away from the materialism that is present in the big cities. His moving away proved to be good for him as he succeeded in nurturing his family with due respect in a country like setting. Detective Banks have a different yet fine taste in music. His pleasing personality helps him in relating with the suspects in the cases he is involved in. He even gets along well with the victims of the crime.

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The main strength of Detective Banks is his creativity that he uses appropriately. His innovative style of interrogations helps him in his investigations. Although he is amiable, he can become quite tough when he wants the answers quickly. The majority of the novels in the series had Inspector Banks investigating the crimes. His married life with Sandra, his wife, had started growing apart. His children, Tracy and Brian, had already flown the nest. Post this novel, the subject of the crime series based on Detective Alan Banks changed slightly with a sub focus.

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DS Annie Cabbot became the love interest of Alan Banks and the subsequent novels mentioned their romance. Cabbot had first appeared in the series where Detective Banks underwent a divorce with his wife. Cabbot appeared to investigate the member of the team of the Detective, who is charged with manslaughter. Later in the novels, Cabbot becomes a regular as she becomes the member of his team.

Even Since, the duo, Banks and Cabbot share on and off love relationship. In his series of novels, Peter Robinson describes Inspector Banks as the dedicated man who is also paid thinker. Detective Banks are considered to be a compelling character, which gets evolved with time in the continuing novels.

The series created by Robinson has even won a number of prestigious awards and nominated for many others. The series was so interesting that in the year , the ITV adapted it to television. The first adaptation was broadcast as two episodes, each an hour long. The first episode was premiered on September 27 and the second on October 4.

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The show was an instant hit. It was later continued by making three additional adaptations of different novels. The series of the adaptations was titled as DCI Banks. This series had six episodes, each an hour long. DCI Banks began airing on television from September 16 onwards in the year It was even shortlisted for the award of the best first novel in Canada in addition to John Creasey Award of the United Kingdom. The entire series of Inspector Banks has proved to be very popular. Rating details. More filters.

Sort order. May 06, Marion Abbott rated it it was amazing.

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At long last Banks puts to rest his terrible guilt and wonderings about his childhood friend Graham. I loved learning more about his relationship with his parents and the tiny love interest moments with Michelle. A satisfying read, an absorbing mystery. I seriously can't get enough of Robinson's writing.

Aug 05, Beatrijs rated it liked it. I have long been a fan of Peter Robinson's crime novels, and particularly of Alan Banks. In The summer that never was, all the familiar faces of Eastvale return, and a new character, DI Michelle Hart is added to that mix, albeit in a different county nearer the Big Smoke.

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But if you're interested in this character with so many layers to him, then by all means read the whole series. Starting with Gallows views, as scary as they come, Robinson has grown from strength to strength: he hardly ever tackles 'fashionable' murders: his murder mysteries are organic in the extreme, as organic as the very human characters that people his books.

Mar 21, Alan Whitlam rated it it was amazing. Really enjoyed this double header. Apr 06, Rudolf rated it really liked it.


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  • Really enjoyed. Apr 04, Donna Mcnab rated it really liked it. Banks is enjoying a much needed rest away from police work on an island in Greece when he gets the news that the body of his missing boyhood friend has been found. Banks immediately heads home one week short of the end of his holidays. At the same time, Annie Cabbot takes on the case of a missing boy and asks for Banks' help in solving the case. The parallel cases make an interesting spin, one from many years ago and one current. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Though sometimes it was difficult to keep up with two separate murders that happened in two different time periods, it was still good.

    I enjoyed 'Cold is the grave'. These murders were somewhat related through different channels and linked by one or two minor characters. A book that I enjoyed.


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    • Banks has to find the killer of the bosses daughter. Seems to be straight forward, but a number of twists have you thinking. I am now looking forward to the next Banks story. Mar 31, Gemma Purple rated it it was amazing. I'm reading the books in order so I read these two books with another in the middle. I feel that Peter robinson's writing style has moved forwards and the characters have developed. I really enjoyed 'the summer that never was' in particular, although it was very sad.

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      Jun 28, Teresa Westwood rated it it was amazing. Two enjoyable inspector Banks novels in the one tome. Both full length, full novels, and both different. Inspector Banks visits old stamping grounds, and is part of the history of one crime. The other finds him having to stand his ground. Enjoyable but very different tales, well worth a read. Nov 13, Laurie rated it liked it. Inspector Alan Banks travels to his home town when the skeleton of a childhood friend is discovered.

      Although he is not on this case he decides to ask questions of his own, meanwhile back at his office a young boy goes missing. Dec 07, Kirsty Darbyshire added it. Jul 24, Shelley rated it it was ok Shelves: mystery-thriller. Adequate writing and a fair plot, but nothing very original or frightening. Dec 30, Patricia rated it really liked it. Imaginative, engaging police mystery with Inspector Alan Banks. Set in Yorkshire. Alok rated it liked it Oct 24, Susan McMurray rated it it was amazing Jan 07, Melissa rated it liked it Jan 20, Allan rated it really liked it Dec 30, Jo rated it it was amazing Jun 20,

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