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review 2017-11-02 08:00
A Good Hanging
Ian Rankin: The Complete Short Stories: A Good Hanging, Beggars Banquet, Atonement - Ian Rankin

My first Rebus, after I had already watched the BBC series, which I liked. So I was interested in reading a book, and this was the one the library was offering when I went there.

It was an easy and nice read. The detective is quite cliche with its grumpy, alcoholic detective, but it's enjoyable anyway. I still want to read more books in this series, but haven't yet find the time to do so, unfortunately.

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review 2017-04-05 17:56
Knots & Crosses by Ian Rankin - My Thoughts
Knots and Crosses - Ian Rankin

Finally trying out a popular UK police procedural.  I do enjoy a good procedural.  And I enjoyed this one for the most part.

In some ways, John Rebus reminds me a little of my beloved Armand Gamache in that he's well-read, thoughtful, and somewhat tortured by things in his past.  My problem is that Rebus is also kind of a jerk.  I really didn't warm up to him much at all.  And his supporting cast wasn't all that likable either.

I thought there was a lot of faffing about in the first half of the book - a lot of delving into Rebus' psyche and woe-is-me attitudes and not a lot about the search for the burgeoning serial killer.  Which might have worked better for me had I felt a liking for Rebus.  *LOL*

As for the mystery of the kidnappings and murders, I suspected it pretty early on, but there were some twists and turns I wasn't expecting.

So, end result, it was a decent read and I'll read more about Inspector Rebus and hope that I grow to like him a little better.  :)

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review 2013-12-20 11:19
Saints of the Shadow Bible
Saints of the Shadow Bible - Ian Rankin

bookshelves: e-book, britain-scotland, currently-reading, winter-20132014, series, published-2013, cults-societies-brotherhoods, mystery-thriller, edinburgh, recreational-drugs, politics

Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Carey Combe


HUZZAH!! Elmer you are wrong, it is Fox season!!

The description: Rebus and Malcolm Fox go head-to-head when a 30-year-old murder investigation resurfaces, forcing Rebus to confront crimes of the past

Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a demotion and a chip on his shoulder. He is investigating a car accident when news arrives that a case from 30 years ago is being reopened. Rebus's team from those days is suspected of helping a murderer escape justice to further their own ends.

Malcolm Fox, in what will be his last case as an internal affairs cop, is tasked with finding out the truth. Past and present are about to collide in shocking and murderous fashion. What does Rebus have to hide? And whose side is he really on? His colleagues back then called themselves "The Saints," and swore a bond on something called the Shadow Bible. But times have changed and the crimes of the past may not stay hidden much longer -- and may also play a role in the present, as Scotland gears up for a referendum on independence.

Allegiances are being formed, enemies made, and huge questions asked. Who are the saints and who the sinners? And can the one ever become the other?


'Where are we going?'
'We're just driving.'
'Driving where though?'
Rebus turned to look at his passenger.

The re-return of Rebus and I love it. There's Shiobhan *waves*, and the tables are turned as she is now Rebus's boss.

IN THE BEGINNING: There's a cold case missing person, a current inexplicable car crash complete with Ugg boot quandry, and a party.

What does the Fox say?
"We both know Rebus has sailed close to the wind – more times than either of us can count. I’m sure you’ve helped him out of a few jams, as have a lot of his other colleagues down the years, and some of them came to grief."

"When I said I was interested in Alison Watt, Pat told me there was a painting by her hanging in the Parliament building."

And the status update music links:
48% - "The ringtone Rebus has for Fox's calls"
59% - "Waterboys"
64% - "'He reached for a CD and slid it home. Spooky Tooth’s second album.'"

3* - Knots and Crosses (1987)
4* - Tooth and Nail (1991)
3* - Hide and Seek (1991)
3* - Strip Jack (1992)
4* - A Good Hanging (1992)
3* - The Black Book (1993)
3* - Mortal Causes (1994)
3* - Let it Bleed (1995)
TR - Blood Hunt (1995) (paperback in bedroom TBR mountain)
4* - Black and Blue (1997)
3* - The Hanging Garden (1998)
3* - Dead Souls (1999)
3* - Set in Darkness (2000)
4* - The Falls (2001)
4* - Resurrection Men (2002)
2* - Beggar's Banquet (2002)
4* - A Question of Blood (2003)
4* - Fleshmarket Close (2004)
2* - Rebus's Scotland (2005)
4* - The Naming Of The Dead(2006)
4* - Exit Music (2007)
4* - The complaints (2009)
5* - Standing in Another Man's Grave
4.5* - Saints of the Shadow Bible
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review 2013-10-16 01:00
The Hanging Garden (Inspector Rebus, #9) by Ian Rankin
The Hanging Garden - Ian Rankin

bookshelves: spring-2011, britain-scotland, published-1998, mystery-thriller, fraudio

Read from March 23 to 24, 2011


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review 2013-10-16 00:24
Dead Souls (Inspector Rebus, #10) by Ian Rankin
Dead Souls - Ian Rankin

bookshelves: summer-2011, published-1999, britain-scotland, mystery-thriller

Read from June 02 to 08, 2011


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