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BOOK REVIEW:
ALL THE COLORS OF DARKNESS
BY PETER ROBINSON

We hope you enjoy this book review by Caryn St. Clair.



All the Colors of Darkness opens with DI Annie Cabbott called to investigate when children playing find a body hanging from a tree. When the body is identified as Mark Hardcastle, it is soon discovered that his current lover, the wealthy Laurence Silbert has been murdered in his home. Realizing the magnitude of the case, Annie calls DI Alan Banks home from his holiday with new love Sophia to help. The cases are investigated as a murder-suicide, until Silbert's secret life come to light.

As is the case with all of Robinson's Alan Banks books, this one has several interwoven subplots that keep the reader puzzling over the possible solutions. Hardcastle was an openly gay man working in a local theater company. While generally well liked, there were some who were not comfortable with Hardcastle's lifestyle. And is so often the case, there was both competition and jealousy among the theater company. Complicating things even more, no one really seemed to know much about Hardcastle's past. Much was known about Silbert. His mother was quite well known. His life appeared to be an open book, until his mother revealed that Laurence had worked undercover for MI6. That revelation changed everything.

While this book is well written, and I enjoyed Banks using Othello, the last production Hardcastle worked on as a sort of backdrop for the investigation, I'm not a big fan of spy and espionage books, so I was a bit disappointed with that element. However, I'm sure that very thing will draw other readers to the series.

My only complaint with the series overall has been the ongoing saga of Alan Banks' love life. In some of the previous books, I've thought Banks' romantic woes have interfered with the progress of the book. While All the Colors of Darkness started with Alan on holiday with Sophia his new love interest, that distraction was really not much in evidence in this book. Overall, this was another solid outing for the series.

REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR

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