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Short Synopsis
After delving into a forbidden love affair, the beautiful Caroline is brutally stabbed to death just three days before Christmas. And although Chief Inspector Alan Banks is eager to absolve the innocent, that will have to wait until this troubling mystery is resolved.

Full Synopsis
A picturesque Yorkshire village is dressed in its finest for the upcoming Noel. But one of its residents will not be celebrating this holiday.

Chief Inspector Alan Banks knows that secrecy can sometimes prove fatal—and secrets were the driving force behind Caroline Hartley's life...and death. She was a beautiful enigma, brutally stabbed in her own home three days prior to Christmas. Leaving her past behind for a forbidden love affair, she mystified more than a few. And now she is dead, clothed only in her unshared mysteries and her blood. In this season of giving and forgiving, Banks is eager to absolve the innocent of their sins. But that must wait until the many facets of a perplexing puzzle are exposed and the dark circle of his investigation finally closes...and when a killer makes the next move.

"Robinson…creates an appealing Yorkshire setting with evocative descriptions of the wintry town, dales and seaside." ---Publishers Weekly

"He always manages to come up with an intriguing cast of characters, a skilfully crafted plot, and a climax that's as surprising as it is satisfying." ---Booklist

"A steady, cleareyed revelation of Caroline's personality, combined with piercing insight into an unusually generous circle of suspects." ---Kirkus

"Immensely satisfying." ---St. Petersburg Times

"Book and reader are perfectly matched and, together, won't ever grow old." ---AudioFile

Past Reason Hated

A Novel of Suspense

Author Peter Robinson

Narrated by James Langton

Publication date Dec 24, 2010

Running time 11 hrs

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