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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite
Peter Robinson delights readers with the return of his Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks who shows his love of classical music and the ability to solve even the most difficult of crimes. In "Watching the Dark", Inspector Banks teams up with D.A. Winsome, fellow officer and sometime love Annie Cabot, and his superior Catherine Gervaise as under the watchful eye of Inspector Joanna Passero from Professional Standards, he looks into the crossbow murder of Detective Inspector Bill Quinn while he is a patient at the St. Peter's Police Treatment Center. Bill Quinn has been an excellent police officer but has always been troubled by one of his unsolved cases of some years back. Young, pretty Rachel Hewitt disappeared six years earlier while on a trip with girlfriends to Tallinn, Estonia, and Quinn was never able to solve her disappearance even though he traveled to Estonia in the hope of finding Rachel Hewitt's body. Disturbing photos show up of Bill Quinn with a young woman, decidedly not his wife, and then Mihkel Lepikson, the reporter who covered Rachel's case, is murdered. Can Alan Banks find out what exactly is happening now and what happened to Rachel Hewitt those six years past?
"Watching the Dark" is Peter Robinson at his very best as all his 'Detective Alan Banks' stories always seem to be. Banks, Annie Cabot, D.A. Winsome, Catherine Gervaise, newcomer Joanna Passero and the characters in this story, which reaches back to when Bill Quinn and Mihkel Lepikson actively followed Rachel Hewitt's disappearance, are all believable and well-created. The dialogue and the plot line with its twists and turns appear to be created by a master writer. Readers will always put Peter Robinson's works on their "must read" lists and now "Watching the Dark" belongs there as well.