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Abattoir Blues: The 22nd DCI Banks Mystery Audio Download – Unabridged

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By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Aug. 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
"Abattoir: French, from abattre to fell
A slaughterhouse, abattoir i/ˈæbətwɑr/ or meatworks is a facility where animals are killed for consumption as food. Slaughterhouses that process meat not intended for human consumption are sometimes referred to as knacker's yards or knackeries." Wiki

We find DCI Banks returning from a vacation with a new love, Oriana. Everyone in the station seems to know about his love life, DI Annie Cabbot, DC Doug Wilson, DS Winsome Jackman, and DC Gerry Masterson. We know many of them from prior books, but now we get to know them a little better, professionally and personally. An exArmy man gas found what he thinks is blood in an old abandoned hangar, and what at first glance looks like human blood turns into a crime scene. This is a very original storyline. I don't think I have ever read about abattoirs and animal stun guns, and I found it fascinating if not gruesome at times. DI Cabbot is a vegetarian and after this case, I wonder if others turn off from meat, also.

This is the 22nd DCI Banks book, and the author, Peter Robinson has written a remarkable novel. Not the best, but quite acceptable and kept my interest. I think the author has a real knack for crime stories and his knowledge and research into this area certainly shows in his novels. I found several instances of sexist behavior and discussion between Banks and his colleague, Burgess were off putting, but that must be their behavior off hours. A lot of wine is consumed with this criminal team, but it seems to go with the society in which we live. The countryside surrounding North Yorkshire can be bleak and cold, and that comes through loud and clear in the storyline. Some of the murders in this case were brutal, but to prove a point they were well written. It would be nice to see Banks happy and content in a relationship, but as we know his job will always be his first love.

Recommended. prisrob 08-20-14
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I very much enjoyed reading this. Most readers will be hard pressed to find themselves surprised at the ending but that is a minor criticism of an otherwise tighthly written book. Somebody check the continuity though please: on page 112 of the hardback version someone asks about "Patrick's son", but that character (the father that is) is otherwise named Frank. Likewise on page 229 the key character Morgan Spencer is referred to as Morgan Walcott. Huh?? Looking forward to the next one though.
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Another good book from Peter Robinson, a good page turner and keeps you involved in the story.

Read all P.R's books now apart from his latest which is on my Kindle Wish List. Never been disappointed and can thoroughly recommend them all but in my opinion read them from the beginning as you then get involved in DCI Banks personal life and that of his colleagues.
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Another page turner!
Each one I read, I can't wait for the next. Completely hooked. How normal folk get entangled with desperadoes never ceases to amaze me in the books, or real life!
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Peter Robinson is at his best with a brand new theme. I'm not giving the game away, but you may feel slightly nauseous when you get into the book. You may not enjoy a shoulder of lamb roast for some time to come. Pot holing is included and this time awar hero is part of the caste.
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Love Peter Robinson books and this one is up to his usual standard. Couldn't put it down. Well done PR.
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An excellent whodunit involving DCI Banks. The descriptions of the area and even the prevailing weather make the whole story very real.
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I discovered Peter Robinson nine years ago, have read all the Inspector Banks books and with one exception have enjoyed them all. Abattoir Blues was back to his best I found it hard to put down but cross that I read it so quickly! I just wish he could find a happiness in a permanent relationship in his private life!!
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