Standing in the Shadows: the final novel from Peter Robinson is hidden around the UK

“Time was of the essence…”

The Book Fairies have been busy sharing copies of Standing in the Shadows by Peter Robinson, the final instalment of the DS Banks series. This book fairy activity is in tribute to this fantastic crime writer, who sadly passed away in 2022.

Copies of the fast paced novel were hidden all around the UK, with many of them in Yorkshire, the setting of the book.

About the book:

The discovery of a corpse unearthed by an archaeological dig leads to DS Banks reopening a forty-year-old cold-case in this gripping instalment of the bestselling series…

The brilliant last novel in the number one bestselling Alan Banks crime series – by the master of the police procedural.

Late November, 1980.

Student Nick Hartley returns from a lecture to find his house full of police officers. As he discovers that his ex-girlfriend has been found murdered in a nearby park, and her new boyfriend is missing, he realises two things in quick succession: he is undoubtedly a suspect as he has no convincing alibi, and he has own suspicions as to what might have happened.

Late November, 2019.

A dig near Scotch Corner unearths a skeleton that turns out to be far more recent than the Roman remains the archaeologist is looking for. Detective Superintendent Alan Banks and his team are called in and, as an investigation into the find begins, the past and the present meet with devastating consequences.

Book finders!

We love hearing from finders of the books we leave behind. Here are a couple of our favourites from today!

Get your hands on a copy!

This Peter Robinson novel is available in all good bookshops right now and you can find the entire DCI Banks series too. If you’d rather order your books online, you can still support bookshops by choosing – please click here to order Standing in the Shadows and see the other books Peter wrote.

Become a book fairy yourself

If you’ve been inspired by the activity today, did you know that YOU can be a book fairy, too? Just order your first set of stickers to get started!

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