This week was a good mystery week. I devoured to Martin Walker books, Black Diamond and the Resistance Man. Both were wonderful and I couldn’t put them down, hence the comment about devouring the books. I love the characters here and reading about the world that Bruno inhabits. I also find some of his abilities as a Chief of Police interesting. I’m not sure I understand all the various bureaus that they have in France to enforce order but I enjoy listening to Walker define them through Bruno. I can’t imagine anyone who likes mysteries and police procedurals not enjoying the romp through the French countryside with Bruno.
With much disappointment I finished these two books too soon. I did have more Peter Robinson waiting but while I like Inspector Banks, he’s not Bruno so they’re never as fun. I finally got the first DCI Banks novel in Gallows View, which was an older novel and it’s starting to show. Robinson takes great pains to explain to me what a hyperlink is and I think times have changed enough that most authors can now avoid that. When this was first written, no doubt it was a necessary explanation, I realize but still it pulled me out of the story. One of the great things about Gallows View was getting to see Sergeant Hatchley in a different light, when he and Banks were friends. He’s far more likeable in this book and it makes me curious to see how Robinson makes those changes to this particular character
I also finished Blood at the Root. One of the few that really had me in a place where I felt I couldn’t put it down. Don’t get me wrong, I do like Banks, it’s why I keep reading them, but normally I’m not quite that engrossed with the book nearly as quickly.