“If the incident had been a scene in a film, it would have looked beautiful. The violence would have taken place in elegantly choreographed silence and slow motion. Perhaps it would have started with the wedding party milling around outside the picturesque country church, then the camera would zoom in on a rose of blood blossoming from the bride’s white gown as she looks up, surprised, and floats serenely to the ground, arms reaching out, gasping for something too insubstantial to hold.”
The 24th book in Peter Robinson‘s DCI Banks series, published in 2017, Sleeping in the Ground begins with a shocking mass murder at a wedding in a small Dales church. A huge manhunt follows as Banks feels the need to dig deeper into the murders. But as he struggles with the death of his first serious girlfriend, Banks is plagued with doubts as to exactly what happened outside the church that day, and why. With the return of profiler Jenny Fuller into his life, he uncovers forensic and psychological puzzles that lead him to the past secrets that might just provide the answers he is looking for. But when the surprising truth becomes clear, it is almost too late.