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‘A Dedicated Man’ By Peter Robinson

“Dr Glendenning, the tall, white-haired pathologist, had finished shaking limbs and inserting his thermometer in orifices; now he stood, cigarette dangling from the corner of his mouth, muttering about what a warm night it had been as he made calculations in his little red notebook.”

“Even the young photographer, Peter Darby, as he snapped the body from every conceivable angle, said that normally on such a day he would be out photographing Rawley Force at a slow shutter speed, or zooming in on petals with his macro lens, praying that a bee or a butterfly would remain still for as long as it took to focus and shoot.”

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Oops! Having recently read and reviewed later books in Peter Robinson’s series featuring his character Chief Inspector Alan Banks, I now find myself back to book two in the series, (I really must get my TBR pile a bit more organised!). Luckily for me, the other later volumes have come out well as stand-alone stories, so I am just hoping that is the case with the earlier titles.


Icon image for Teaser Tuesdays postsis a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of ‘Should Be Reading’.

Anyone can play along!

Just do the following:

1. Grab your current read.

2. Open to a random page.

3. Share two “teaser” sentences, from somewhere on that page.

4. Be careful not to share “spoiler” sentences, that give away too much about the book.

5. Remember to share the title and author too.

6. Head on over to ‘should be reading’ and leave a link to your post, so that others can share it.

Don’t forget that MizB and all the participants of the meme, love to receive your comments and thoughts, so please take the time to leave a comment after linking.

I hope you all have some great lines to share with me this week.

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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    • Hi Soooz,

      Thanks for stopping by my site, it always great to talk to new people, it’s what makes blogging worthwhile for me.

      I have an eclectic mix of books in my TBR ‘mountain’, but far more than one person can ever hope to read in a lifetime!!

      The crime thriller is one one of my favourite genre and I especially like finding gems by new authors, from around the world.

  • Excellent teaser! I’ll have to check this one out. I think I’ve read at least one of Peter Robinson’s books, but I’m not 100% sure of that. Regardless, the genre is right up my alley.

    As for the teaser on my blog, I’ve linked it to the goodreads summary. I didn’t mean to send you on a quest. Sorry about that! 🙂

    • Hi Corrine,

      It’s good to talk with someone new, all part of the blogging experience for me.

      Peter Robinson books are typically English in their style of writing, not overly fast-paced, or full of gore and mass murder and rely quite heavily on the detection element of a case, to build the plot and storyline.

      I will read just about any genre, but crime thrillers are one of my favourite and make up quite a large percentage of my TBR mountain.

      One of the Peter Robinson, ‘Alan Banks’ series, has already been adapted for television, here in the UK and apparently three further episodes are in the pipeline, for later in the year.

  • LOL – I’m always reading series book out of order. I try not to but I seem to manage to pick up the wrong one. This one sounds interesting – a bit like Bones.

    • Hi Shelley,

      I have literally only just started the book, but it is already shaping up quite nicely.

      To be honest, I do try to vary the genres that I read, from book to book, so without reading the whole series in one go, I would probably have forgotten the ongoing saga of Alan Banks private life, anyway.

      So long as the books work as stand alone stories, that will do for me!

    • Hi Jennifer,

      This isn’t a book for anyone who enjoys a fast paced, blood and guts crime thriller.

      This one, is all in the detection of the crime. ‘Slow and steady wins the race’, would probably sum up the Detective Alan Banks series nicely.

    • Hi Majanka,

      I know what you mean, the slow build up in a case can sometimes be much more enthralling and captivating than those where bodies appear every few pages and the whole plot can become almost too hectic to enjoy.

  • I love Robinson and think he gets better with each book. I came to him late and so I’m in a similar position, not being certain which of the earlier novels I’ve read and which I’ve missed out on. I shall have to go and make a nuisance of myself in Waterstones one day and jot done the ones which don’t seem familiar.

    • Hello Annie,

      I find Peter Robinson’s style of writing particularly comforting and easily readable.

      The books do work well as stand-alone stories, but the private life of the characters obviously becomes quite out of sync, if the books are read randomly, although that doesn’t really worry me too much.

      I volunteer in one of the retail branches, of the local hospice charity shops, where I keep tabs on the bookshelves, amongst other things. You would be amazed at the number of people who come in on an almost daily basis, with lists of authors and books they are looking for, so that they can complete a series, without the possibilty of buying duplicate copies of a title.

      Me, I read such a wide selection of genres and authors, that I would have reams and reams of lists!

    • Hi Marg,

      It’s really weird, because I am so organised about everything else in my personal and home life, that I drive people to distraction, yet when it comes to books, I seem to read everything in a very haphazard random way.

      I do like to read many different genres and tend to take whatever is next on the pile. If you could see how many books there are in our house, you would understand why keeping them in much semblance of order is a mammouth task.

      Also, I buy most of my books from charity shops, so I don’t always have the books to fill in a gap in the series and I can’t keep them to one side until the series is complete.

    • Hi Karen and Gerard,

      Peter Robinson is an English born author, who has lived in Canada for many years.

      He is a multi-award winning novelist, with several of his series of Detective Alan Banks crime thrillers, in the process of being adapted for television.

      He produces consistently good books, always guaranteed to keep you reading ’til the end.

    • Hi Lisa-Marie,

      I assume we are talking photography now? If so, my husband is the photographer in our family. I take great shots of the sky, or people with no heads (get the idea?).

      I really should get to grips with the camera, as I would like to be able to post more pictures on the blog. We live in the heart of one of the loveliest parts of Southern UK, with some stunning countryside scenery and it would be great to share it.

      Dave (hubbie), will sit for ages, just waiting for the ‘bees and butterflies to sit still’!

      Peter Robinson’s books in the ‘Alan Banks’ series, are set in the North of the UK, in Yorkshire, where there is also some pretty spectacular landscaping, together with many historic houses and castles, paradise if you are an avid photographer.

  • This is a good week for readers who are looking for new, intelligent crime writing. Love what the UK does with this entire genre whether in print or on the screen. Am I getting this straight–this is a series?

    I’m into Danish crime writing this week with Peter Hoeg’s “Smilla’s Sense of Snow”. My link: Summit Musings

    • Hi Faye,

      I will read almost anything, but crime/thriller is one of my favourite genres.

      There are now 19 books in the ‘Detective Alan Banks’ series, so he is getting to be something of a cult figure, by now.

      Television Drama, is something that we do seem to be able to do well, here in the UK and our crime writers seem to have a style that is all their own and instantly recognizable.

      This seems to be true for many other nationalities as well, so I guess that writing styles, whether conciously or unconciously, emulate the traits of the authors’ country and lifestyle.

  • Oops! Should have read your reply to last comment Yvonne. See that this is a series ad screen adaptations on the way. Better and better.

    • Hi Faye,

      Yes, I am looking forward to the television adaptations, especially if Peter Robinson is able to make cameo appearances in them.

    • Hello Jyoti,

      Thanks for stopping by, it’s great to ‘meet’ you. I have had so many new visitors today, it’s amazing, I’m having a fun and enjoyable time visiting everyone’s sites.

      The book is well worth the reading so far, although I am not a long way into it yet. It’s certainly well up to the standard of some of the other books in the series, that I have already read.

      There seems to be consistent style and quality of writing, in both the earlier and later books, which I guess is always a sign that the author is enjoying his character and still gets a ‘buzz’ from creating new plots for him.

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