#BookBeginnings A Song for the Dark Times: An Inspector Rebus Novel

Let’s take a look at  A Song for the Dark Times: An Inspector Rebus Novel by Ian Rankin for Book Beginnings on Fridays.

Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!



A Song for the Dark Times: An Inspector Rebus Novel* by Ian Rankin

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Summary:  John Rebus has retired from the police. Therefore, when his daughter calls to tell him her husband is missing, he can drop everything to go stay with her. Once he arrives, however,  he has to walk a fine line between being a father and being a police detective who might not want the truth uncovered.

First Sentence Prologue:

Siobhan Clarke walked through the emptied flat. Not that it was empty; rather the life had been sucked from it.

First Sentence Day One:

Siobhan Clarke woke to a text from Rebus. She decided it could wait until she made coffee.


I haven’t started reading yet, so I’m not sure how Siobhan Clarke fits into the picture. Rebus’s daughter is Samantha.


The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice. The premise is simple. Turn to page 56 in the book and pick a quote.

Day Two

Rebus had awoken on the sofa to find a pair of eyes watching him intently.

“Where’s my daddy?” Carrie asked softly.


What do you think? Have you read any of Ian Rankin’s John Rebus books?


  1. Laurel-Rain Snow

    The excerpts pull me in and hint at terrifying events ahead. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

  2. Freda Mans-Labianca

    I’m so intrigued for more!!! Happy weekend!

  3. Catherine @ Book Club Librarian

    I’ve heard of this series before–I hope you enjoy it!

    • Roberta

      It is like a drive through the Scottish countryside. The pace isn’t fast, but it is an enjoyable ride.

  4. Yvonne

    I’ve never read this author before, but these snippets make me want to. They sound really good.

    • Roberta

      Ian Rankin has a long series of mystery novels featuring DI John Rebus.

  5. Ashley S.

    Those snippets really have me curious for more. Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂

    • Roberta

      I was a bit concerned how Rankin would handle Rebus’s retirement because he’s always had a team surrounding him, but I think he’s getting help in believable ways.

  6. Sammie @ The Bookwyrm's Den

    Interesting that the daughter mentioned in the summary isn’t in any of the snippets. I’m curious how the other characters connect too.

    • Roberta

      Definitively two separate strands in the story and it isn’t clear until the end whether they will merge or not.

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