Tuesday, July 31, 2007

'Knots & Crosses'

by Ian Rankin

Fiction/Crime, first pub. 1987
Orion paperback, 222 p.
Inspector Rebus series - Book #1

(Book #31 for 2007, Summer Mystery Challenge - Book #2)
‘And in Edinburgh of all places. I mean, you never think of that sort of thing happening in Edinburgh, do you…?’
That sort of thing is the brutal abduction and murder of two young girls. And now a third is missing, presumably gone to the same sad end. Detective Sergeant John Rebus, smoking and drinking too much, his own young daughter spirited away south by his disenchanted wife, is one of many policemen hunting the killer. And then the messages begin to arrive: knotted string and matchstick crosses – taunting Rebus with pieces of a puzzle only he can solve.
Well, on the 20th Anniversary of the Rebus series, I’ve finally read the first one. As predicted, I quite enjoyed it and now I’ll have to continue with the other books in the series, all 15 or so of them! Just what I need- a reason excuse to buy more books! This was exactly why I’d been putting off reading this and other series for so long! You know I'm not really complaining though! Thanks to the Summer Mystery Challenge I’m finally getting to a few of them.
This was a fun, easy read that, while not perfect, left me wanting to read more. Luckily I do already have the 2nd one so I’ll probably read it sometime soon.
View of Edinburgh from the Castle
May 2003


  1. so glad to hear that you've finally read Rebus & enjoyed him.
    think i have read most of them - and mostly out of order too, and have enjoyed everything single one of them.

    did you know bbc (or itv) has made them into a tv series (programme)? the scottish bloke who was in 4 weddings and a funeral is rebus.
    can't see the resemblance myself - but at least he's scottish....

  2. Beautiful picture of Edinburgh! I'd give a kidney to visit there!

  3. I often hesitate about starting reading a series for those same reasons, but when I do I normally wish I'd started sooner.

    That's a very nice picture. I can't wait to finally make it to Scotland.

  4. I need to read some more Ian Rankin--and thanks for the great picture of Edinburgh!

  5. MissSin,
    Yup I finally gave in! I saw one of the tv episodes with that guy that aired when we were living in the UK. They've apparently made a few more recently with another actor as Rebus.

    We were only there for a couple of days. I'd like to go back someday.

    I have plenty of other series book that I've been putting off reading too. I guess it's not so bad if there are only a couple books out in a series, but these ones with well over 10 books! Oh well! :P
    We only spent a couple of days in Edinburgh. I'd love to see more of Scotland someday.

    Gentle Reader,
    I guess the good thing is I've got lots of Rankin reading still to look forward to.

  6. Yay - I'm so glad you liked Rebus. I'm on book 6 or 7 now and I do think they are getting better too. I had the opportunity to hear Ian Rankin when he was in Dallas earlier this year and he was just so funny and nice.

  7. Iliana,
    He does seem like such a nice guy. I had a feeling I just might like them and I'm glad I was right, except for now having so many more books to buy! :P

  8. I haven't read Rankin in quite a while. Thank you for the reminder! I know I haven't read this particular book (have only read a couple), so I've put in my request at BookMooch. LOL :-)

    By the way, totally loving your European photos this week.

  9. Laura,
    You're welcome. :P
    I hope to read the next one in the series sometime soon.


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