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BOOK REVIEW:
ALL THE COLORS OF DARKNESS
BY PETER ROBINSON

We hope you enjoy this book review by Patricia Reid.





An intriguing story of suicide and murder but difficult to decide if the investigation led by Detective Inspector Alan Banks and Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot is actually one suicide and one murder or maybe two murders. And the next question is what outside forces may have been involved in this tragedy.

Mark Hardcastle’s death is a shock to his co-workers at The Eastvale Theatre where the Eastvale Amateur Dramatic Society was preparing for their version of Othello. Mark was the set and costume designer for the theatre. When his coworkers were informed Mark was found hanging in Hindswell Woods it was quite a shock. Mark had gone to London for a few days with Derek Wyman, a teacher, and the director for the amateur society. DI Cabbott learned that Mark was well-liked and openly gay. Maria Wolsey informed DI Cabbott that although Mark had been edgy recently he appeared happy and content with his relationship with Laurence Silbert.

When DI Cabbott and her partner Detective Sgt. Winsome Jackson called on Silbert to inform him of Hardcastle’s death they found reason to believe that all was not as it should be at the residence. They forced entry into the residence and found Silbert dead. He had died a very violent death.

Silbert was wealthy and well-known and Cabbott’s superior demanded that she call DI Alan Banks back from his vacation in London to help with the investigation. Alan wasn’t happy with the call and neither was his girl friend Sophia.

Soon Banks and Cabbott discover that there are more forces involved in these deaths that were not evident at the beginning. Their investigation uncovers that there is much more to Silbert’s past than shows on the surface. While Banks and Cabbott try to work through the puzzle the story gets more and more involved until it reaches an ending that is a stunning climax to this 18th book in the Inspector Banks series.

REVIEWED BY PATRICIA REID

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