It did not really take me that long to read this book. I just read some other books in between. If you like flawed characters, this book is full of them. I think I like John Rebus, but not very much. This is a police procedural and done very well. I enjoyed it immensely for a book from the 1980s. I had never heard of Ian Rankin, but I will have to read more of his Inspector Rebus books. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I‘m currently in Scotland, and this is the view from the motor home window (the orkneys in the background). #LetsTravelAugust
These are books from some of my favourite series set in Scotland. Love books set in Scotland.
Frankie was having a good sniff at this second-hand copy of the first Rebus novel. I don't know if he just likes the book smell or if a previous owner left some feline-friendly aroma on it. Anyway, something rustling in the bushes behind me distracted his attention! 🌳🕊🌳
Off to a good start - Rankin's description of an Edinburgh pub persuaded me that a little glass of Talisker whisky would be atmospheric 😋🥃
Today at the National Library of Scotland we announced that Ian Rankin has gifted his literary archive to our collections and to the nation. Everyone is very excited! https://www.nls.uk/news/press/2019/05/ian-rankin-archive
Nobody at #bookclub loved this, but I liked it well enough to read more-just maybe a little later in the series. I liked the setting of Edinburgh and Rebus has potential, but the pacing was odd. Interesting to note that the group started in August, and this is the first male author we‘ve read.
Also the bookmarks I ordered for the group from @That-Bookish-Hiker were a big hit!
Gorgeous Christmas Eve in the Lakes today where I finished the first ever Rebus book for #whodunituk. Written in 1987 it feels a bit dated and Rebus isn't necessarily the same character as in later books either! But still a great thriller. I'm now going to follow @Tove_Reads example and read them all - including the ones I've already read as I haven't kept a record!
Next! This one for #whodunituk, the first ever Rebus novel, what a treat! In the introduction Rankin says Rebus was originally supposed to die at the end - very glad that changed!
Small book - with a slow start. I don‘t know why I‘ve never read this series it just seems to have passed me by! Will add to the series to read eventually list.
This is the next #whodunnituk - apologies it‘s a bit late @ShookBelf I‘m behind with stuff at the moment! Will be on its way soon.
This book starts with the kidnapping and murder of young girls, as the police investigation begins, Rebus receives letters with a piece of string with a Knot tied in it or Crosses made of matches. However, he doesn‘t link these to the murders, at first.
Ian Rankin has created a superbly drawn, trouble character and catches the atmosphere of Edinburgh and the slightly misogynistic 80‘s brilliantly. A thoroughly absorbing read.
A little breakfast reading
Ian Rankin posted his new author‘s picture for his next book on Twitter today. I think he looks pretty good here. That‘s because it‘s the German football coach who looks like a younger Rankin. If you haven‘t read his books, you need to start with this tagged book. He‘s a great Scottish author and you won‘t be disappointed!
Is this the first #whodunituk book with a spoiler sticker?! @LoveToReadLiveToRead I'm sending it on tomorrow!
Also sorry @Libby1 but the elastic broke on the notebook after I took this photo, but I couldn't mend it so it's a bit destroyed now - sorry again! ☹
Finally finished the June #whodunituk and what a cracker! Gritty, dark and grimy! There‘s a rawness to the characters and writing that is refreshing, the best Detective book I‘ve read for a long while! I‘m gutted I‘ve run out of time to read ‘In the name of the rose‘ but I‘ll be posting them out to you tomorrow @jenniferw88
Yep...bout sums it up! (From Audible FB page) 😆 #whodunituk
The “grass percolating water”?
As a crime fan I don‘t know why it has taken me so long to read this series. I am however, pleased that I have now embarked on my journey with Rebus.
Rebus is the perfect leading main. He is intriguing, engaging and flawed everything you want in a leading man. The story is fast paced and keeps you guessing right to the end. The book also introduces a number of supporting cast who I hope we meet in future novels.
A selection of my favourite crime series, but were so many other series I wanted to included as well. Can‘t beat a good crime series and a great detective! #BelovedCrimeSeries #MarchMadness
What‘s not to love about these authors!
Detective Sergeant John Rebus is a complex character. Working in Edinburgh, he finds his life turned upside down when he‘s assigned to a task force to catch a serial killer preying in young girls. At the same time, he‘s receiving anonymous letters. There‘s a lot going on in this book including a couple of really interesting subplots. This is the first in the series and it won‘t be the last that I read. Thanks for the recommendation Andrew65!
One of my favourite Detective series which is set in my favourite city, Rebus and Edinburgh respectively, currently has #21 books in the series. It all started off with Knots and Crosses, and the 21st book is Rather Be The Devil. Knots and Crosses is a great introduction to the series! Definitely a 5 star series, I hope Ian Rankin still writes more. #NovemberByTheNumbers #Twenty-One
My #bookhaul from Edinburgh:
Ian Rankin - Knots and Crosses
Alex Honnold - Alone on the Wall
Jon Krakauer - Eiger Dreams
H.G. Wells - The Time Machine
Markus Zusak - The Book Thief
Vladimir Nabokov - Lolita
Margaret Atwood - The Handmaid's Tale
Call me luggage-master. I travelled to Edinburgh with one backpack for a week (38L) and was able to buy 7 books :D (& the Potter Pilgrimage Map tote bag)
Reading Rankin in front of Edinburgh Castle. Life couldn't be better. Thanks @scripturient for recommending Starbucks' view on the castle :)
Ok so I chose 7 books to read for the month I started a week ago and I'm beginning book 3/7 now. #busted was a cool high school recount from a stoner student. It was 244pages and ended with a cliffhanger and I had lots of questions but as far as I know there isn't a part 2. This is book 3 and it's a creepy detective novel, my favorite kind. I have two by this author and look forward to getting the rest of the set. 228pages should be easy!
Compared with the other Rebus books, this first installment is a so-so for me, mainly because of the eyeroll-inducing sex scene. In a new-to-me series, gratuitous sex scenes are grounds for a bail. Fortunately, I know that later Rebuses contain fewer such scenes and leave the characters their privacy 😉 Start with a later installment, then come back to this one.
My first Rebus. I was not disappointed. I was warned (even by Ian Rankin himself in the introduction) that the first one is not the best, that the character of detective John Rebus is being introduced here, as well as the context of his life.
I didn't mind. His past as a SAS agent comes alive in this first book, which deals with a serial killer in Edinburgh, abducting and killing teenage girls without a sexual motive
This was my first Rankin ever and even though crime is not my usual genre, I really liked this book and will definitely continue with the series.
While we were away, spring has taken over in our garden. 🌸🌼🌻🐝🐞🦋
My teeny tiny Edinburgh book haul. I've never read Rankin so I thought I should start with the first book in his Rebus series. 😍
Have started this on audio today. An author I have long been wanting to read!
Rankin has been upgraded to having his own shelves! It's about time too, since he's a favourite author of mine! I buy everything he publishes! #shelfie
Why has it taken me so long to read some Rankin? Not sure is the answer, but loved it so will be seeking out the rest in the series. I'm interested to see how John Rebus develops because he wasn't how I thought he would be in this initial offering.
#TBT and I'm thinking of August 2013 which was the second time my colleague and I took a group of students to the Edinburgh Book Festival. One night we ended up in this pub, where Ian Rankin's detective character Rebus is a regular. Definitely an experience. :)
My #alltimefavouritebooks or fave authors 😉Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series I absolutely love and have read 3 times. Heartsick, is a twisted serial killer thriller series, I've read 6 times. Of course, Ian Rankin. Have the goal to read the Rebus series again but this time in order. Locke Lamora, I was drawn in by the cover and it was gold; and Myst, a childhood favourite. #augustofpages #photobookchallenge