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3.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 5 3.53 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian Rankin Narrator: James Macpherson Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Rebus Series Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781478985921
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When a former soldier and recluse murders two seventeen-year-old students at a posh Edinburgh boarding school, Inspector John Rebus immediately suspects there is more to the case than meets the eye.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A Question of Blood confirms Mr. Rankin’s place as part of the nouveau-noir pantheon.”

    New York Times

  • “Ian Rankin’s brilliant series featuring Detective John Rebus is the kind of blistering police procedural that gives the genre a good name.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “[A Question of Blood] can certainly bear comparison with the best of today’s American crime writing.”

    Washington Post

  • “Ian Rankin just keeps getting better and better.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn Dunn | 2/15/2014

    " I'm on a crime reading spree at the moment and this one I found difficult to put down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 2/8/2014

    " Mystery + Arson + Drinking + Scottish People = Not Bad "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 1/14/2014

    " Reviewed in PW. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 1/9/2014

    " I'm looking forward to seeing what Rebus can get into next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances | 1/3/2014

    " good once I got into it, took a couple of tries. Going to read the rest of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 12/8/2013

    " Entertaining book with a good plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis Fischman | 11/30/2013

    " Better-than-average mystery, but with too many loose ends and something of a Hollywood idea of what's credible, not quite typical Rankin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerry Casey | 11/28/2013

    " A killer book. A little loose, but a story that is purely believable even if the motive is a little difficult to grasp. I can only imagine how cool Scotland is and how great a place it would be to pub hop with John Rebus. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mystery Lover | 11/1/2013

    " This book is seriously bloated. It could be reduced to a third of its size. Even at that, the story is not that interesting, and the subplot is annoying. While interviewing a shooting victim, he takes some of the kid's painkillers! What cop would do that? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 10/24/2013

    " A good, old fashion mystery. I am enjoying this book and am looking at the online library system to order more in the series. I like mysteries that take place in London, maybe it reminds me of Sherlock Holmes. :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rene | 8/14/2013

    " Great suspenseful read. I liked the way things often took a turn to the unexpected. Rebus' problems with alcohol and authority are beautifully worked out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lili | 6/3/2013

    " I love the relationship between Rebus and Siobhan, both intensley defensive and protective of the other. A Question of Blood is another great read although I did guess the ending pretty early on this time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 3/7/2013

    " I always enjoy Rebus novels but this one is particularly gripping. I found the characters compelling, in this particular book there is a lot of depth to even the incidental characters. The twists in the storyline are well managed and Rankin's writing is top notch as usual. Highly recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacy | 11/29/2012

    " Trusty Rebus. Comfy read as you know what to expect and don't guess what the end of the plot is going to be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda J | 11/13/2012

    " My first listen of an Inspector Rebus book, although I think I've read others a long time ago. This one was good although a bit more drawn out than necessary. I will read or listen to more of this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 10/18/2012

    " Rankin has just joined the ranks of one of my favorites... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ricardo | 10/6/2012

    " This book was excellent. One of the best by Rankin that I've read so far in the Rebus series. The plot was well developed, interesting, and with a great pace. Detective Rebus almost seems to jump out from the pages thanks to Rankin's ability to make him so alive "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 8/25/2012

    " Inspector Rebus. I don't usually figure out the endings to Rankin's books, but did on this one. Still, the writing is excellent and he manages to bring all the plot lines together without a contrived feeling to the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colin | 8/3/2012

    " Not one of his better ones "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 5/11/2012

    " What can you say except pacy, gritty and an all round good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 10/3/2011

    " I know Ian Rankin is a prolific writer but this is the first book of his that I've read. Even though the main characters are complicated interesting and the plot keeps the story moving I found it rather depressing-- no one seems happy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roxane | 4/28/2011

    " Excellent - one of the best in the series... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steffi | 2/16/2011

    " this was my first ian rankin but got to say it didnt really catch me. it was a good read but thats it, nothing special.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 badger | 1/10/2011

    " This is my first Inspector Rebus book...I love the live, witty dialogues! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 1/3/2011

    " Mystery + Arson + Drinking + Scottish People = Not Bad "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 12/11/2010

    " Among the strongest in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaylol | 12/9/2010

    " It was not the page turner I thought it would be at least for me but the last part was worth reading the book for! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 10/18/2010

    " I actually give between a 4 and a 5 but I am so hooked on Inspector Rebus
    I err on the side of generosity. Love this character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roxane | 8/14/2010

    " Excellent - one of the best in the series... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 8/5/2010

    " What can you say except pacy, gritty and an all round good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 6/6/2010

    " Detective Inspector John Rebus and Detective Sergeant Siobhan Clarke break most of the rules (thank heaven) as they crisscross their way around Edinburgh and, of course, catch the bad guys. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mahesh | 4/18/2010

    " I couldnt complete it. I lost it midway.. Probably not my type of book But it kept me engaged till the point I read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank | 2/10/2010

    " Enjoyable but far too easy to guess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eunira | 1/18/2010

    " Rankin is consistently good.
    I enjoyed the part where the less-than-smart Bob is introduced to The Wind in the Willows, his first book. "

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About the Author
Author Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin is an award-winning crime writer best known for his Inspector Rebus novels. He is a winner of the Edgar Award and the Crime Writers of America’s Gold Dagger Award, among others, and was the recipient of a Raymond Chandler Fulbright Fellowship. He lives in Edinburgh with his partner and two sons.

About the Narrator

James MacPherson is a Scottish actor, best known for his role as Detective Michael Jardine in the STV drama Taggart, as well as his portrayal of Hugh Hamilton in BBC Radio 4’s hit drama series Citizens.