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I like the Inspector Banks series, One murder in a mystery isn't enough. Though impatient for action , I slogged along and was rewarded with the springing up of quiet threads woven into a satisfying melange of action , suspence and white hat victory.
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This book was overlong and the solution was a bit obvious to me. I suppose, because of this I started to notice things that in other books was just background noise. Such as: almost all of Bank's staff are female, as if Banks couldn't handle any other strong males in his pack. Banks' musing about loneliness, relationships, aging and friendships were pathetic for a man of his age and presumed maturity. Gee wiz, why would a guy whose major requirement for a "relationship" is her willingness to have sex with him not have friends or close family ties. Hum ... What could it be? Mr. Robinson, can't our hero age gracefully and have a meaningful relationship with a member of the opposite sex instead of this shallow, aging shell?
As to the story, the descriptions of the places and weather were very lovely and evocative . I felt along for the ride. But the plot had very few twists and felt formulaic. Most of the characters, other than the old familiars, were stock and one-dimensional.
Perhaps because of many happy hours reading this series my expectations were set too high but this is not the author's best effort.
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