Review: In a Dry Season

During a blistering summer, drought has depleted Thornfield Reservoir, uncovering the remains of a small village called Hobb’s End – hidden from view for over 40 years. For a curious young boy this resurfaced hamlet is a magical playground … until he unearths a human skeleton.

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks is given the impossible task of identifying the victim – a woman who lived in a place that no longer exists, whose former residents are scattered to the winds. Anyone else might throw in the towel but Banks is determined to uncover the murky past buried beneath a flood of time…


In a Dry Season by Peter Robinson

My thoughts

“Thoughts of a dry brain in a dry season” TS Eliot.

I know I keep jumping back and forth in the reading order of the Inspector Banks series but I can only read them in the order I am able to find the books. The actual murder story is more relevant and captivating than the story line of the Inspectors’ personal life and the main reason for reading Peter Robinson. However, the more I read the more I am able to piece together Alan Bank’s state of mind in terms of his broken family life (wife and then ex-wife and how that all happens, where he lives, his subsequent relationships, his apparent mid life crises, his kids, his career mishaps). This book in particular focused a lot on his past; the reasons he became a cop in the first place and his vulnerability; his humanness. But I digress.

This book, although much longer than Peter Robinson normally writes (500 odd pages), was an excellent read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Different from the normal style of writing his books take.

DCI Banks, who is currently very unpopular with his superiors for having challenge the system a few times too many, and at the same time having been through the separation with his wife, has been going through a slump in his career. He is then given a difficult case to work on.

This murder took place in the 1940’s during World War Two. The bones of the victim were discovered when the village of Hobb’s End – which had been used as a reservoir dried up and a boy playing in the ruins of the town stumbled upon the skeleton. The story line runs concurrently (in terms of the writing); switching between what happened at the time of the war, and the murder (in the 1940s as written by the victims sister-in-law) and the current journey and investigation that Banks and DS Cabbot go on together in order to try find out what happened all those years ago.

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    • Sula - 4 years ago

      An apt time to be reviewing this. Looks like a worthwhile read

    • Megan - 4 years ago

      Thank you 🙂 I would definitely recommend it!

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