Skip to main content
PBS logo
Want fewer ads?

Search - Playing With Fire (Inspector Banks, Bk 14)

Playing With Fire (Inspector Banks, Bk 14)
Playing With Fire - Inspector Banks, Bk 14
Author: Peter Robinson
When the bodies of two squatters are found in the burning remains of a couple of derelict barges, Inspector Alan Banks has to wonder whether one of their occupations caused their deaths. One victim was a local artist, with plenty of turpentine and oil paint at hand; the other was a young woman, a junkie, who evidently shot up her final fix just ...  more »
Info icon
ISBN-13: 9780061031106
ISBN-10: 0061031100
Publication Date: 2/1/2005
Pages: 417
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 41 ratings
Publisher: Avon Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Reviews: Member | Amazon | Write a Review

Top Member Book Reviews

reviewed Playing With Fire (Inspector Banks, Bk 14) on
Helpful Score: 5
I won't bore you with my bad writing, or reviewing. I will say that when I finally found Peter Robinson (a tip from a amazon chat room. I do not chat, I read). I wanted all he had written. I have tried to read in chronological order. I have read about seven books, and have not been dissapointed. I do not read two of the same authors in a row. It gives you something to look forward to. I read three to four books a week.
reviewed Playing With Fire (Inspector Banks, Bk 14) on + 36 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
A great page turner. This book is hard to put down once you have started reading it.
Read All 7 Book Reviews of "Playing With Fire Inspector Banks Bk 14"

Please Log in to Rate these Book Reviews

reviewed Playing With Fire (Inspector Banks, Bk 14) on + 2774 more book reviews
Much too long, could've been cut down by 75 pages to make each page much more interesting, this way it is long and draggy and very very slow, couldn't get into these characters much.
Spuddie avatar reviewed Playing With Fire (Inspector Banks, Bk 14) on + 412 more book reviews
This review refers to the audio version.

#14 Chief Inspector Alan Banks series set in Yorkshire. Two derelict boats on the canal burn, with two dead--one body on each boat. It's determined that accelerant was used and thus it becomes a murder AND arson investigation. Both boats were occupied by essentially squatters--one, a down-on-his-luck artist and the other a young drug user and her boyfriend, who was away from the boat that evening. Suspects are many in the early days as Banks and his team, including DI Annie Cabbot, sift through the myriad of evidence, interview principals and the like. When another suspicious fire in an abandoned caravan kills another man--someone the artist on the boat knew--they begin to suspect a serial arsonist/murderer.

Personally, I thought the bad guy was very obvious, although Robinson does throw out plenty of appealing red herrings. But even so, this was one of the best of this series in my opinion, and I enjoyed the story, the history, and the whole package very much. Skillfully read as usual by Ron Keith. Looking forward to the next and hoping my library has it available in one audio format or another!
reviewed Playing With Fire (Inspector Banks, Bk 14) on + 359 more book reviews
A pyromaniac? It looks like it, but Alan Banks is not sure. The shocking secrets uncovered in the ashes of two moored barges being used by homes for three people very nearly lead Banks to his death.


Want fewer ads?