I felt this story for Banks would have benefited from some editing to tighten it up, but otherwise it was a good if not great entry in the series. All the ingredients I love are here and most of the characters I know and love. The story is horrifying, engaging and complicated. Still, the feeling that we are just going through the motions never left me.
Sorry, I really should say they did - when DC Masterson goes off on her own, chancing a lot, but ultimately finding a tiny crack in the case for all to hammer on - that was a couple of very effective and suspenseful chapters! The story is really two: a young girl is found sexually abused and All the ingredients I love are here and most of the characters I know and love.
The story is really two: a young girl is found sexually abused and horribly murdered; a case that is investigated by Annie Cabbott and 'Gerry' Masterson. The investigation immediately leads into the Asian community of the area she's from. Banks himself is handed the highly topical cold case of a rape of a then underage girl by a media celebrity. Both these devastating and sensitive storylines are handled well, but the narrative still leaves me with a feeling that the pages needs to be filled and Banks needs to be Banks, listening to his records, having a drink, going to the pub with 'Dirty' Dick who is a little pale in this one I found.
Looking forward to the next one! Peter Robinson's Banks series has been going for years. I have not read all of the series consecutively. Confession time. I've mostly dipped in and out of it. We get a story with a fabulous contemporary spin.
Banks is presented with a challenging historical sex abuse case from an ageing celebrity to tackle. Think of Jimmy Savile, the disgraced DJ whose disturbing hidden life has been uncovered following his death. Thi Peter Robinson's Banks series has been going for years. This is the character of Danny Caxton. All very well done and incredibly gripping stuff. There is a parallel case of a troubled teenage girl, who is found dead in the sticks.
Annie Cabbot and Alan Banks are just great together. It really didn't matter that I wasn't totally familiar with their previous stories.
The characters are just so strong and easy to bond with. Banks has been promoted and is clearly suited to a position of authority. I enjoyed Cabbot and her impetuous female sidekick. This was excellent and hugely enjoyable.
Proper Yorkshire crime, with a very up to date vibe. It feels very View 2 comments. Really a good read. You always wonder if the book will contradict the screen portrayal of the characters; this didn't, but it didn't add to them much either: they were believable and well-dimensioned on screen; they are equally believable in print.
What the novel does offer is a remarkably expansive account of the police pursuit of Cold Case, Hot Topics Although I had seen Alan Banks and his second-in-command Annie Cabbot on television, this is the first I have read of Peter Robinson's 23 novels featuring the pair. What the novel does offer is a remarkably expansive account of the police pursuit of crime, focusing less on solution than elucidation. There are two quite separate crimes here: a long-ago sexual assault case involving an aging celebrity and the murder of a teenage girl.
Banks, newly promoted to Detective Superintendent, is nominally in charge of both, but delegates the murder case to Annie. Compared to most detective stories, though, there are no bombshells; the focus instead is thematic, and the book is much more like a novel than a mystery in the depth to which it treats its themes. It is also remarkably up-to-the-minute.
I have not lived in Britain for some time, so needed to look up the various things that make this topical. One is the case of Sir Jimmy Savile, a well-known pop icon, television presenter, and charity fund-raiser.
After his death in , first the BBC and then Scotland Yard began looking into the numerous accusations of sexual assault made against him, ultimately concluding that several hundred of these had substance. Robinson references the real Savile case frequently, but for his novel creates a Savile look-alike named Danny Caxton, now in his eighties and living on the Yorkshire coast.
Banks is asked to interview both the former star and his most believable accuser, a local woman called Linda Palmer, now a published poet, who claims that Caxton raped her when she was Banks believes her and finds her a kindred spirit. He asks her to compile a memoir of the event, which is remarkable less for its revelations than for the amount of peripheral detail Linda puts in, memories that the writer freely admits may be partly invented.
As a literary study of how the needs of storytelling might embellish and even distort the essential truth, I found this fascinating, although I felt that the amount of invented detail, whether admitted or not, would surely lessen the document's value in court.
The other topical aspect took me completely by surprise. Apparently in towns over the North of England there has recently been a surge of activities by "grooming gangs. Annie and her sidekick DC Geraldine Masterson an attractive character, from a privileged background soon suspect that their victim might have fallen foul of such a gang, but the investigation needs to take many twists and turns before they work everything out.
Their progress is hindered by what I assume must be another topical fact—that local police forces have been so demoralized by the chilling effect of accusations of racism that they are virtually paralyzed. Although most of the surprises come in this thread of the story, I felt that Robinson was slightly more interested in chronicling the phenomenon than developing our understanding of the individual characters involved. The double plot, the number of characters, and the unfamiliar titles can make this hard to follow at times.
It is also a long read for a rather muted climax. But it was always interesting, and a fascinating window on affairs in Britain today. So not quite five stars, but certainly a high four.
View all 9 comments. An excellent entry in the DCI Banks series. Quite brutal sometimes, but realistic. The best Banks entry for some time.
Highly recommended. My first impression was how different the character seemed to be to the way he is portrayed in the TV adaptation by Stephen Tompkinson , notably more erudite and ponderous than his TV namesake. Despite my initial disconnect with the character and lack of familiarity with the back story, there was nothing to made me feel like I was a ne Despite being a veteran viewer of the DCI Banks TV series, When The Music's Over was my first read of the Peter Robinson series of which this is the 23rd outing.
Despite my initial disconnect with the character and lack of familiarity with the back story, there was nothing to made me feel like I was a newcomer to a long running series and this novel works perfectly well as a standalone read. A recently promoted Detective Superintendent Alan Banks, Head of Homicide and Major Crimes in North Yorkshire is tasked with investigating a historical sexual abuse claim into a media personality dating back to and also acting as Senior Investigating Officer on a current and equally disturbing sexual assault and murder investigation of an underage girl found in a rural lane.
Forty years separate the two cases but there are aspects which are similar in each of the two distinct cases. Banks honest reaction that he has been handed an unexploded bomb with the case he is personally assigned to is clearly reflected and that this is not the first case he wanted to face after his promotion is apparent.
Danny Caxton rose to fame throughout the s, first as an occasional, singer and then as a well known television host of the talent spotting show, 'Do Your Own Thing! Regarded in much the same way as the avuncular Jimmy Savile, with some friends in high places he had plenty of teenage girls falling at his feet. Now at the grand old age of eighty-five the recent prosecutions in the historical sexual abuse scandals convince Linda Palmer to reassert a claim that she originally took to the police as a fourteen-year-old.
Now a poet and having lived a fulfilled and largely happy life, she is nothing like the damaged victims that more commonly surface. Banks wonders how a jury will respond to the claims of a composed, assured and well educated lady. The presence of a witness and second rapist alongside Caxton could perhaps offer the glimmer of hope in securing a convictIon. Banks and DS Winsome Jackson are convinced by her claims and a now single Alan Banks quickly seems to fall under the spell of the attractive and beguiling Linda.
As they go about interviewing Linda Palmer, Danny Caxton, his acquaintances and possible witnesses and seeing what became of the initial police report, other countrywide claims are emerging. Banks encourages Linda to keep a record of her memories in an attempt to recapture a bygone time, but whether this acts as an aide memoir in resurrecting long forgotten details or encourages the imagination to run free is another matter however, and I was somewhat sceptical about Banks methodology and rationale.
In a separate line of enquiry, the body of a fifteen-year-old girl is found naked on the normally quiet eight mile stretch of Bardham Lane. From reconstruction and what DI Annie Cabbot and DC Geraldine 'Gerry' Masterton can gather it appears the girl has been the victim of a multiple rape attack with a large quantity of ketamine in her system, only to then fall victim to a separate attack further up the stretch of the lane where she had been kicked and beaten to death.
Mimosa 'Mimsy' Moffatt is belatedly identified but the trail leads back to a situation which looks ominously like a example of the grooming of white girls by the older third-generation Pakistani men who populate the area she calls home. Thankfully strident DI Annie Cabbot was a little more interesting than Banks and with a naive Gerry playing devils advocate this case was by far the most interesting to watch unfold. Clearly Peter Robinson has taken inspiration from recent events that have shocked and appalled the UK and been afforded extensive media coverage.
My familiarity with both Operation Yewtree and the sexual exploitation of young girls in Rotherham meant that at times this seemed almost like a re-write of events which have consumed the public. Maybe if I had been a keen fan of this series and had built up some loyalty to the characters then I might have been inclined to give a more generous opinion of this novel, but rehashing two cases which have been recently made prominent headlines felt like an easy option.
In conclusion, little value is added to the plethora of media coverage already in the public domain, and alongside an overly verbose Alan Banks, When The Music's Over feels sluggish. I do feel that Robinson could have introduced an element of mystique surrounding the veracity of Linda Palmer's claim, thus putting readers in a position of having to judge for themselves the truth of her assertions. This would have added an element of intrigue to the novel which was clearly missing throughout.
The prevailing attitudes surrounding towards both Linda Palmer's claims and the fate of the murder victim showed how differently these two girls situations were considered.
Courtesy of a run down council estate family home, a mother who is addicted to heroin and a tough exterior, Mimsy was in no way as naive as the fourteen-year-old Linda Palmer. Whilst Mimsy was no stranger to drink, drugs or experimentation this does not allow the attack on her to be considered anymore justifiable than that of Linda Palmer.
Different family circumstances, class and socioeconomic factors should not come into the matter - victims should all be considered equal. Peter Robinson has researched the realities of such cases and issue cannot be taken with his sensitivity and serious attitude to the incidents, but I do feel this was at the expense of action and forward progression. The aspect of this novel which did work well was how it served as a discussion about what the wider public often view as special treatment and sensitivity surrounding crimes committed by descendants of ethnic minorities.
Peter Robinson also did a clever job at reflecting the range of contrasting views both in the community and the police force itself about victims and the crimes which are committed against them. Why are some victims 'asking for it' and others less so? Hearing the difference of opinions between the players involved is perhaps the most insightful aspect of this novel. As a new reader to the DCI Banks series, When The Music's Over did feel slightly laboured and proceeded at a sedate pace, often with lengthy periods of rumination from Banks which brought nothing to the storyline and verged on rambling.
The excessive detail dragged and there was a plodding feel to this whole novel, particularly in comparison to many of the police procedurally I have read in the last year or so. The denouement leaves the future of Alan Banks a little up in the air, and Peter Robinson clearly has potential for further novels but, personally, I would be more likely to revisit this series if the spotlight shifts to the altogether more fascinating DI Annie Cabbot.
View all 6 comments. On the front of the hard cover edition to Peter Robinson's excellent novel "When the Music's over" there is a comment by the author Jeffrey Deaver Deaver's comment almost has the effect of implying that this is a work of some drudgery and reading it is somewhat akin to a work of labour and toil. The truth could not be more different fo On the front of the hard cover edition to Peter Robinson's excellent novel "When the Music's over" there is a comment by the author Jeffrey Deaver Detective Superintendant Alan Banks is investigating an historical case of sexual abuse against one time television and stage performer Danny Caxton.
Linda Palmer was barely a teenager at the time when it is alleged Caxton charmed and allured her to a hotel room in Blackpool where the rape and assault took place. In the meantime Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot is hot on the trail of the brutal rape and murder of a vulnerable 14 year old Mimsy Moffat.
Banks as part of his new promotion is actively involved in one case and overseeing the other and as always it is wonderful to see the interplay between Banks and Cabbot given their past "romantic" history. The magic with Peter Robinson's writing is that you the reader almost feel a part of the investigation. His research as always is impeccable and the storyline very of the moment if we consider the recent events that occurred in Rotherham and Rochdale and the celebrity trials of such notables as Rolf Harris, Stuart Hall, and Max Clifford.
Adding to this the deplorable actions and breach of trust by Jimmy Savile and Cyril Smith MP then we have the basis for an informative and well researched story. I love the author's descriptive style of writing very easy to read yet visual and exciting in its delivery He could also do with a shave and a haircut, and probably a wash , too.
A tin of Carlsberg Special Brew rested on one arm of his armchair and an ashtray on the other. Life is something to be got through. Days are hurdles, weeks are rivers to cross, months lakes and years oceans. The 23rd Alan Banks novel and although it might be preferable to read the series in order! When the Music's Over can be read as a standalone. Highly Recommended. View 1 comment. Peter Robinson is another author that you cannot go wrong with.
It has been a while since I have read an Alan Banks novel and I must say he has changed a lot to how I remember him. More polished, trimmed down and not a cigarette in sight. Banks is now a Detective Superintendent and his first case is in keeping with current news items the historic alleged rape of a 14 year old girl by a well known celebrity.
Running parallel with this case is the discovery of a young girls naked body on the side Peter Robinson is another author that you cannot go wrong with. Running parallel with this case is the discovery of a young girls naked body on the side of a deserted road. This case is being handled by DI Annie Cabbot. As we follow the lines of enquiry through the book, it soon becomes apparent that something truly awful is happening to the young girls in the town.
I have read a few of Robinson's Inspector Banks' books and found them interesting enough to periodically dip into another one. This is a later book in the series and it certainly does not disappoint. I think Robinson may be one of those mystery writers who gets better with each release.
There is nothing tougher than a cold case Add one more twist which is that the man accused was a celebrity who was always sur I have read a few of Robinson's Inspector Banks' books and found them interesting enough to periodically dip into another one.
Add one more twist which is that the man accused was a celebrity who was always surrounded by screaming young fans and groupies. And that is only the first case in this book. Secondly, an young girl is found beaten and kicked to death on a deserted country lane and the clues are few and far between. The suspicions reach into the Pakistani population and racial tensions begin to rise.
Robinson uses fairly recent headlines as a background for both the cases that are being investigated and these provide that added touch of reality to the plots.
Good book from a good author. A book about sexual assault, racism, murder, poetry, and of course detection. This is the twenty-third entry in Peter Robinson's series featuring Alan Banks, a police officer in Yorkshire who has now achieved the rank of Detective Superintendent.
This is a more specifically British mystery than most of the preceding volumes. Much of the material about rape relates to Operation Yewtree, about which Wikipedia says: Operation Yewtree is a police investigation into sexual abuse allegations, predomi A book about sexual assault, racism, murder, poetry, and of course detection.
Much of the material about rape relates to Operation Yewtree, about which Wikipedia says: Operation Yewtree is a police investigation into sexual abuse allegations, predominantly the abuse of children, against the British media personality Jimmy Savile and others.
The investigation, led by the Metropolitan Police Service, started in October After a period of assessment it became a full criminal investigation, involving inquiries into living people, notably other celebrities, as well as Savile.
Savile had died before many of the revelations about him became public knowledge. Once again according to Wikipedia, Savile has now been accused of sexual misconduct against some people. Most of these folks had not been famous in the United States. In this book, aging but still highly regarded singer and television performer Danny Claxton is accused by British poet Linda Palmer of having raped her in when she was Because of Caxton's popularity, this is a highly sensitive matter and it is given serious attention by the police - something such accusations had not always received in the past.
The investigation is headed up personally by Banks. At the same time, another case involving a young woman is ongoing. This woman was found naked and beaten to death in a little-used country road. She had definitely had sexual activity shortly before her death; it is determined that her body has semen from three different men. He nevertheless toured Germany and the Netherlands on a small scale in , and the following year, he played in front of 60, people at the Olympic stadium in Berlin, in a show with other international acts.
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