Another great one by Peter Robinson!
I have not read this particular book, but here is the synopsis from the back:
A beautiful child is dead-defiled and murdered in a lonely graveyard on a fog-shrouded evening. It is the sort of horrific crime Chief Inspector Alan Banks fled the city to escape. But the slaying of a bright and lovely teenager from a wealthy, respected family is not the end of the nightmare. Lies, dark secrets, unholy accusations, and hints of sexual depravity swirl around this abomination like leaves in an autumn wind, leading to a shattering travesty of justice that will brutally divide a devatsted community with suspicion and hatred.
This was another great Inspector Backs mystery. It had lots of twists and turns and held my interest until the end. I loved the part where Banks has a father/daughter talk when he finds out his daughter is hanging with a rough crowd. Shows you nobody's family can escape the baddies. The court room drama was a dark and gripping part of the novel. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
Alan Banks finds himself facing what may be one his most challenging cases yet. When a young female student at a local private school is found murdered, all evidence seem to point to one man, an English teacher named Pierce. Between the matching hairs found on the body and the man's proclivity for what some might consider deviant hobbies, it seems like an open and shut case. It is surprising to everyone when the accused's clever lawyer manages to get him acquitted. A new victim is found shortly after the acquittal: a young girl from the same school, killed in the same way and once again made to appear as if she was sexually assaulted. The police turn toward Pierce once again, despite his continuing claims of innocence. It is only when he is given an alibi from an unexpected source that the police finally realize they have made a terrible mistake, ruining a man's reputation in the process. Now Banks must find the real killer before he strikes again.
Innocent Graves by Peter Robinson is the 8th novel featuring Detective Inspector Alan Banks of the fictional city of Eastvale, England. As with the previous novels of this series, Robinson does a stellar job with plot and character development. While not very graphic, his works can in no way be called "cozy." I have become a big fan of foreign mysteries over the last 10 years and Peter Robinson is a big part of the reason why. I look forward to catching up on the rest of the Alan Banks series and give this entry 4/5 stars.
I am in the process of reading this novel right now - close to the end and am totally enjoying it as I have enjoyed all of the Peter Robinson books. This one does not disappoint and is one of his very best although they are all good. Excellent.
British mysteries usually leave me flat. They may speak the Queen's English but it certainly isn't the same language as I speak. There idioms really throw me and detract from the story as I need to stop reading and try to figure out if it is something important or just background.
Having said that, I did like this story though it wasn't exciting at all. The British are too upper crust and hold all emotions inside so the book lacks feeling. I just knew they arrested the wrong guy about 1/3 of the way through. They finally figured it out in the last chapter and left the reader guessing as to the outcome. If I wanted to guess, I could write my own novel.
British Inspector Alan Banks. A beautiful child is dead--defiled and murdered in a lonely graveyard on a fog-shrouded evening. It is the sort of horrific crime Chief Inspector Alan Banks fled the city, to escape! But the slaying of a bright and lovely teenager from a wealthy, respected family is not the end of a nightmare. Lies, dark secrets, unholy accusations, and hints of sexual depravity swirl around this abomination like leaves in an autumn wind, leading to a shattering travesty of justice that will brutally divide a devastated community with suspicion and hatred. But Banks must be vigilant in his hunt, because the Devil is left free to pursue his terrible calling, more blood will surely flow.
"cunningly plotted" New York Times review