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Before the Poison by [Robinson, Peter]
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With adept professionalism, Robinson brings to the reader a story that is tantalisingly unravelled like a poisoned present . . . a haunting, moving tale that will get you thinking days after the last word has been read (crimesquad.com)

A gripping tale of guilt and self-sacrifice, it will haunt you to the final page - and beyond (Bella)

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Number One bestselling author Peter Robinson turns his hand to an atmospheric and suspenseful standalone novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1159 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (18 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GQ6E6W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 294 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,189 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Having, many years ago, read and thoroughly enjoyed 'Caedmon's Song' (I was staying at an isolated Dorset coastal cottage at the time), I expected much from this 'stand alone' Peter Robinson offering. I tend to avoid 'series' novels in which the same hero (in Robinson's case, Inspector Banks) pops up over and over again. 'Before the Poison' started well enough, but, once we got to the point where every piece of the jigsaw was preceded by a long extract from the hanged heroine's journal, I began to become exasperated with the book. It is in any case overlong at getting on for 450 pages in the paperback edition. The heroine, incidentally, is one Grace Fox, a woman hanged some 60 years earlier for the murder of her husband. Since she has been hanged, she is an 'absent' heroine -rather as Rebecca is absent in the eponymous novel by Daphne du Maurier. The grammar is impeccable, even didactic, and the repeated allusions to music, both classical and jazz, quite got on my nerves after a time. So what has changed since I read 'Caedmon's Song'? It is true that I have, in the interim, read many distinguished novels. However, remembering the way the earlier work caught my imagination, I think 'Before the Poison' must be an inferior essay. The hero, a film-score composer named Christopher Lowndes is a most unlikely character, but his neuroses are not without foundation, as we discover near the end of the book. I suppose, if you skip the 'journal' bits, it consitutes a good, light read; but wouldn't that be a bit like listening to a version of one of the Schubert Impromptus Mr Lowndes keeps on about, with the central section excised? Then, come to think of it, Peter Robinson is no Schubert - and no Daphne du Maurier either!
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Normally its the Inspector Banks books i always buy, But this book was excellent x
really good plot line x Peter Robinson has a great way of making you feel you are their in the group of people,Can highly recommend ,
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I will start by saying that I am an avid Peter Robinson fan, and have read all of his DCI Banks books and his short stories, and loved every one (even Badboy!).
I too didn't realise this wasn't a Banks story until at least half way through, by which point it seemed unlikely he was going to make an appearance.
what is missing in this book are the pen-pictures; I felt like I knew Banks, I had a perfect picture in my head of what he was like (nothing like he was in the TV series I might add), what his colleagues were like etc, due to Robinson's descriptive writng style- I even down loaded some of the music mentioned in his books!
It doesn't seem to happen in this book, the characters aren't developed as well and I didn't feel them at all. I can't even remember the lead characters name. Yorkshire however, is, as always eloquentley and passionately discribed and makes me want to live there.
Also, I could finish a Banks book in a couple of days, this took me weeks as it's much more 'put-downable'.

A good enough book, but nowhere near his best
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Simple story, easy reading, read it in 3 nights. Bit boring in places. Passed the time.
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No story. Pathetic characters. Improbable location. Banks would have locked up all the characters and thrown away the key after the first chapter!
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Another reliable fantastic Peter Robinson read. Maybe not as good as some of the series, but a great book nonetheless.
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Very good read enjoyed
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By Bluebell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Sept. 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I had pre-ordered this book assuming it would be the latest in the author's Inspector Banks series. This is the first of his one-off novels I've read and I was impressed. The writing is more fluid and lyrical than in the detective books. It's an intriguing story with many layers and the author had done quite a bit of research to fill out historical details that give the narrative an authentic feel. It was as if this was the true story of Grace Fox hanged for the murder of her doctor husband in 1953 and the subsequent amateur detective work of Chris Lowndes who bought the ill-fated couple's house in Yorkshire nearly 60 years later. Chris Lowndes is a composer of film music which enables the author to refer excessively to the music the character is listening to: an irritating characteristic of all Peter Robinson's books, but I forgive him this time as the story is so engrossing.
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