A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

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Monday, November 12, 2007

#112. Friend of the Devil

Friend of the Devil by Peter Robinson
Seventeenth in the Inspector Banks series

Pages: 372
Finished: Nov. 12, 2007
Reason for Reading: I received an Advanced Reading Edition. This is also on my From the Stacks challenge list.
First Published: 2007
Genre: thriller
Rating: 5/5

First Sentence:

She might have been staring out to sea, at the blurred line where the gray water meets the gray sky.

Comments: A quadriplegic is found with her throat slit on the beach and at the same time a young girl is found raped and murdered behind a local pub. As the police follow the individual cases, the author skillfully spins a web that brings these two unrelated crimes together. This the first book by Peter Robinson that I have read but it most certainly will not be the last. This is a smart, intelligent British detective novel. Even though I am a stranger to Inspector Banks, I felt as though I was meeting with an old friend. I found Banks to be a deep, multi-layered character and reminiscent of Inspector Morse. I actually found myself putting this book down as I was reading it, simply because I didn't want it to end. I wanted to stay within it's pages as long as possible. It has been a very long time since a book has affected me that way. Highly recommended! Now I must go back and start this series from the beginning.


  1. I have a friend who treats herself to the new Peter Robinson every year for her Christmas break and woe betide anyone who rings her in the middle of it. I started reading them in chronological order and haven't yet reached this one. I do think he's a very under-rated writer though and reading them in this way has really shown the development of his style. Your post has reminded me that it's about time I ordered another one from the library, thank you.

  2. This was my first Robinson book and I am definitely hooked. I really enjoyed this one also. I am glad to see that someone else was smitten with it as well!

  3. Definately smitten! I have the first one, Gallow's View, out from the library already!