Happy Friday, everyone! Released earlier this week is the newest installment in the DCI Alan Banks series.
Thanks to TLC Book Tours and William Morrow for the gifted copy in exchange for my honest review
STANDING IN THE SHADOWS – Peter Robinson (Released April 11th, 2023)
The 28th twisting installment in the DCI Alan Banks mystery series that Stephen King calls “the best now on the market.”
In November 1980, Nick Hartley returns home from a university lecture to find his house crawling with police. His ex-girlfriend, Alice Poole, has been found murdered, and her new boyfriend Mark Woodcroft is missing. Nick is the prime suspect. The case quickly goes cold, but Nick cannot let it go. He embarks on a career in investigative journalism, determined to find Alice’s murderer–but his obsession leads him down a dangerous path.
Decades later, in November 2019, an archaeologist unearths a skeleton that turns out to be far more contemporary than the Roman remains she is seeking. Detective Superintendent Alan Banks and his team are called in to investigate, but there is little to be gleaned from the remains themselves. Left with few clues, Banks and his team must rely on their wits to hunt down a killer.
As the two cases unfurl, the investigations twist and turn to an explosive conclusion.
Mini Review: 4/5 stars – Consider me pleasantly surprised that jumping in at the end of a series would go so smoothly! Book 28, yes, you read that correctly, and I didn’t feel as lost and confused as I figured I would be. After reading STANDING IN THE SHADOWS and getting to know DCI Alan Banks, I do plan on going back to the beginning of the series. If the 28th installment is this strong and exciting and suspenseful, I can only imagine how the first books were. It really says something about the author and their ability to weave a story and have new cases and obstacles for a character for this long. Highly recommend!