This is the 23rd book in the DCI Banks series. That’s it….no more books until Peter Robinson’s latest novel comes out in July. Naturally I am already on the list at the library for this publication – so excited!
This book has two investigations going on which has been par for the course in previous books. Alan Banks has gotten a promotion and he is working on what is described as a historical rape case. Danny Caxton is a celebrity accused of raping young women back in the 1960’s and 70’s when he was very famous. The women, some now in their late 50’s and older, are coming forward and banks must investigate the now 85-year old Caxton.
Annie Cabbot and Gerry Masterson are also working on a rape case. A young woman raped and dumped in the Yorkshire countryside. She was alive when she was thrown out of a van but someone else came along and murdered her later.
This is not a cozy mystery.
What I liked about this book
I love a good forensic mystery novel.
Alan Banks and Annie Cabbot are some of my favorite police characters.
Now they are introducing some new detectives and I like them as well.
Food and wine! There is always mention of pub meals or something at Banks’ home. He is enjoying his journey learning about wine.
What I didn’t care for:
If we have two investigations going on at the same time, do they both have to be rape cases? I was thankful it wasn’t graphic. I would have liked one case to be a plain old homicide.
Food and drink items mentions are Black Pudding and Smoked Bacon Scotch Egg,, a Prawn and Rose Marie sandwich, chilled California blush wine, Sam Smith’s ale, gin and orange, white wine spritzers, cheese and chutney sandwiches, veggie lasagna and Caesar salad.
It was the shrimp and wine that called to me with this book. A Greek Scampi with Chickpea, Feta, Tomato Salad and a lovely cool glass of Leese-Fitch Chardonnay.
Recipes may be found at Squirrel Head Manor.
Linking up with:
Joy’s British Isles Friday
Based on a True Story (May’s Foodie Reads)
British Book Challenge at Tales of Yesterday