Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin

I’ve just started reading Ian Rankin’s latest Rebus book – Saints of the Shadow Bible. It arrived on my Kindle this morning and I had to have a look at it straight away and then of course I couldn’t stop reading. I’ve now read 22% and am totally gripped. Rebus is back on the force, now a DS and about to cross swords with DI Malcom Fox.

It’s not often that I start to read a book as soon as I’ve bought it. I’ve always got other books on the go and plenty more waiting to be read. So I ‘shouldn’t‘ really be reading it yet as I’m part way into Gone With The Wind  – nearly halfway! – and it’s very good. And I’m also reading Julius by Daphne du Maurier, also good.

But I can’t help myself and so I am reading Saints of the Shadow Bible, trying to make it last as long as possible and reading it slowly paying attention to all the details, but the pace and the characters are drawing me along so quickly. I don’t really want to finish it today!!!

9 thoughts on “Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin”

  1. When that happens you might as well give in and just read it. LOL. I’m resisting Have His Carcase, a Lord Peter Wimsey book, which came in the post yesterday. It looks like huge fun but I need to finish a book I just started which will finish off a challenge, but it’s sheer murder stopping myself from grabbing the new book! The things we put ourselves through…


  2. Books like this one by Ian Rankin are difficult to put down once you get caught up in the story. I haven’t read anything by Rankin yet but I have seen the British TV show with DS Rebus based on these books. It’s quite good, my husband and I really enjoy watching Rebus in action although I’m often trying to tell him what to do when he’s veering off course and about to make life tough for himself! Rebus is such a great character. Have fun & Happy Reading!


  3. Isn’t it wonderful when you just fall in love with a book–I’ve only read one Rebus but I’m primed for more! I think I’m going to do a challenge next year where I get to read one book a month as soon as I get it. There is such a thrill associated with instand gratification!

    How are you liking GWTW?


    1. Jane, that does sound like a good challenge – instant gratification!!

      I’m liking GWTW very much – I left off reading when I got the Rebus book just as Scarlett and Rett are leaving Atlanta following the Confederate army’s retreat – on their way to Tara – very dramatic. I’ll get back to it soon.


  4. I know I would drop everything for a favourite writer – and Rankin definitely is one of mine (although I wasn’t perhaps that keen on his last two, non-Rebus books). Enjoy guilt-free!


  5. Margaret – I know just what you mean. Isn’t it a lovely experience when you’re reading a favourite author’s latest release? It’s so tempting to read slowly so the moment doesn’t pass too quickly. 🙂


  6. I’m always amazed at people like you who can read more than one book at a time. The only way I can do it is if I’m reading a whopping big nonfiction book, and I can put it aside occasionally to read a novel. Still it’s hard. Maybe I just get really into novels (unless they’re so bad I don’t finish) so interrupting them to read something else ruins the flow for me. Who knows? Anyway, glad to hear the latest Rebus is so good.


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