When the Music’s Over – Peter Robinson

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Published by Hodder and Stoughton on 14 July 2016 and available here

In a remote countryside lane in North Yorkshire, the body of a young girl is found, bruised and beaten, having apparently been thrown from a moving vehicle.

While DI Annie Cabbot investigates the circumstances in which a 14-year-old could possibly fall victim to such a crime, newly promoted Detective Superintendent Alan Banks is faced with a similar task – but the case Banks must investigate is as cold as they come.

Fifty years ago Linda Palmer was attacked by celebrity entertainer Danny Caxton, yet no investigation ever took place. Now Caxton stands accused at the centre of a historical abuse investigation and it’s Banks’s first task as superintendent to find out the truth.

While Annie struggles with a controversial case threatening to cause uproar in the local community, Banks must piece together decades-old evidence, and as each steps closer to uncovering the truth, they’ll unearth secrets much darker than they ever could have guessed . . .

My thoughts

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. The latest ‘When The Music’s Over’ reminds me of why I keep returning to Banks.

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. 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 2016. Recommended!


Please check out Peter Robinson Week and the post ‘Yorkshire With Banks’ to celebrate the publication of When The Music’s Over today

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