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All the Colours of Darkness: DCI Banks 18

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for a stand-alone about a police detective, a developmentally delayed boy, and a package everyone in North Dakota wants to grab. The tree was an old oak with a gnarled, thick trunk and knotty branches, and it stood alone in a small copse. It was a beautiful day in the Yorkshire Dales and some children were playing in and around the river. He theories of the investigation are that this has been caused by a third party spreading rumours and innendo which results in the catasphoric events that take place. It also means that reading his books and meeting a familar character becomes like catching up with an old friend.

What looks like a routine murder-suicide turns into a nerve-wracking case for DCI Alan Banks and DI Annie Cabbot.As the investigation proceeds, the detectives at Kings Lake Central find themselves visiting familiar places and talking to some familiar faces, while old enmities reappear in the incident room. Right up until the last few pages, this book keeps a twist and, as a compulsive reader of detective fiction, I was impressed to be fooled.

But when Mark's older and wealthier lover is discovered bludgeoned to death in his home, Annie begins to think differently. That is until his wealthy partner is found murdered in the mansion they share in the 'posh' part of town. I'm not particularly keen on private eyes, and I probably wouldn't have bought the book if I had known it was part of a detective series, even if it is a detective series in which the detective is dealing with aliens.Accustomed to dull chores in a childless household and hosting her husband’s wearisome business clients for dinner, Sarah suddenly finds herself questioning everything she thought she knew, as her investigation reveals that people long believed dead are still among the living, while the living are fast joining the dead.

Jan Reyna is a murder squad detective, British by adoption and choice, Faroese by birth and history. In a switch from the henning mankell novel recenyly read, we have a mystery here which is not resolved until the end. This book felt a bit different to many of the other books in the series, and whilst it was a good read I enjoyed some of the others more.

I would say to give this one a pass if you are working through the series but I think there are personal developments with our main detective and you’d need the background when you move to the next book. Don't waste your time with this book, theres probably a lot of good Inspector Banks books out there, but this one is not it. Rescued from her dark past by the owner of a drop-in centre for older men, Liz soon finds herself as the charity's face - and the unwilling darling of the Dublin media. However, there is an arsonist in their midst, burning his victims to death, and Bob becomes a suspect.

Without giving anything more away, let me just say that the conclusion involves two of the characters being chased by two others.The theme of manipulation to commit a crime was far more subtly handled, from the staging of Othello to the consideration of how this might work in a gay relationship.

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