When the Music’s Over
By: Peter Robinson
When I received Peter Robinson’s When the Music’s Over in the mail, well, I was giddy with the same excitement a teenage girl experiences receiving a text from her crush. Peter Robinson, my friends, is an extraordinary author with a skill for weaving together deliciously rich stories, and any one of his novels is sure to thrill. His latest novel, When the Music’s Over does not disappoint. Peter brings us back to England in this gripping novel. His previous, No Cure for Love had jumped the pond and ran all the way to sunny California. In this latest installment, two very different crimes have more than filled the duty rosters for local detectives. Certain high profile men have recently been charged with acts of depravity such as multiple rapes, bringing accusations of other high profile men to the public’s eye. Danny Caxton, an elderly and very wealthy former celebrity and game show host has been accused of raping an underaged fan of his in the 1960’s. As if a high profile case wasn’t enough of a challenge, a young girl is found after being brutally raped and beaten to death in the countryside. This case quickly turns into a powder keg when forensic evidence suggest that her rapists were from a minority group in an area where tensions and incidents of racism were high.
Peter Robinson has delivered audiences another complex and high stakes plot. His work totally captured my attention, lead me across land and sea and held it for ransom until I reached the final pages. Few authors have the talent to fully envelope the reader, causing everything else to fade away so that the only thing their mind wants is that story. Its the experience one has when they crack the spine of one of Robinsons novels. Like a junkie from his pages, the moment you have to put down his book, you are already thinking about the moment you can pick it back up again. From the skill and detail in the way he creates the backdrops for his books, to the way he has created and persistency developed his characters there is wonderful consistency to his work. Like a true master, there is really no area of Robinson’s work where he is deficient. When the Music’s Over was a thoroughly good read that I would highly recommend to anyone. Robinson leaves readers begging for more with every novel.