In the Dark Places
By: Peter Robinson
English born and bred author Peter Robinson has gifted readers with a unique crime story in his latest book In the Dark Places. What starts off as a seemingly mundane rural crime turns out to be anything but the more detectives and investigators dig. A missing piece of farm equipment leads to an investigation into a ring committing crimes in rural England, a gruesome murder and quite a few turns that will keep you flipping page after glorious page until the very end. The pace of In the Dark Places was something that Goldilocks would have aspired to – just enough detail to paint a vivid picture of the British countryside for us readers across the pond and the right amount of action, danger, and intrigue to keep our appetite wet and craving for more. In the Dark Places was a very enjoyable book and I would recommend it to anyone who can stand a little gore, a bit of murder and a dash of danger.
The latest installment in his series about DCI Banks, In the Dark Places starts off on a high note and carries the pitch the whole way through. As an American reader, I loved the colloquial jokes and banter that provide a glimpse into life in England. His knowledge of the criminal justice system pairs perfectly with his imagination and sense of adventure making these novels ones you’ll pick up again and again. When a farmer returns from holiday and finds his tractor missing, one man’s dog finds a pool of blood and another young man goes missing it’s up to Inspector Banks to put the pieces together and connect the dots – though that proves difficult in this case. If you’re a fan of Robinson or his contemporaries you should do yourself a favor and pick this one up. As Fall is fast approaching the crisp English winter is the perfect setting for a fire, a cup of tea and perhaps a warm and snuggly sweater.