Bob Skinner

30 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 307 ratings

Skinner's Rules Publisher's Summary

As head of Edinburgh’s CID, Detective Chief Superintendent Bob Skinner has seen it all…but even he is shocked by the savagely mutilated corpse discovered in a dark alleyway. The victim is identified as a successful young lawyer, and the motive for the brutal death remains a mystery. Then further seemingly random killings in the city begin to suggest a vicious serial killer on the rampage. But when the lawyer’s fiancée is also murdered, Skinner realises that someone is in deadly earnest.

What eventually emerges is an elaborate smokescreen shrouding a deep-rooted and intricate conspiracy. Now, whatever the danger to himself, Skinner is determined that in Edinburgh, at least, folk will abide by his rules.

©1993 Quintin Jardine (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd
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  • Book 1

    • Skinner's Rules

    • Bob Skinner, Book 1
    • By: Quintin Jardine
    • Narrated by: James Bryce
    • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 41

    As head of Edinburgh’s CID, Detective Chief Superintendent Bob Skinner has seen it all…but even he is shocked by the savagely mutilated corpse discovered in a dark alleyway. The victim is identified as a successful young lawyer, and the motive for the brutal death remains a mystery. Then further seemingly random killings in the city begin to suggest a vicious serial killer on the rampage. But when the lawyer’s fiancée is also murdered, Skinner realises that someone is in deadly earnest.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A good story

    • By Amazon Customer on 01-07-15

    Regular price: $15.59

  • Book 2

    • Skinner's Festival

    • Bob Skinner, Book 2
    • By: Quintin Jardine
    • Narrated by: James Bryce
    • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    Every August thousands of tourists and performers flood into Edinburgh for its famous festival. But this year, on the very first day, an explosion rocks Princes Street, and a man is killed. A few hours later, a threatening letter is delivered to the Secretary of State – apparently from a freedom group – demanding political separation from England. Assistant Chief Constable Bob Skinner, head of CID, quickly assembles his team, with SAS backup.

    Regular price: $15.59

  • Book 3

    • Skinner's Trail

    • Bob Skinner, Book 3
    • By: Quintin Jardine
    • Narrated by: James Bryce
    • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    First the joyous birth of Skinner’s son… Then the grim reality of murder in ones of Edinburgh’s prosperous suburbs. A man has been found knifed in a luxury villa. The victim had run a chain of launderettes, saunas and pubs throughout the city, but for some time the police suspected these to be the front for a drug-distribution network.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Get rid of the baby! And the accents!

    • By Julie Jones on 08-04-13

    Regular price: $16.31

  • Book 4

    • Skinner's Round

    • Bob Skinner, Book 4
    • By: Quintin Jardine
    • Narrated by: James Bryce
    • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    The opening of an elite country club, marked by a prestigious golf tournament, turns to chaos when a man is found dead in the clubhouse jacuzzi – with his throat cut. When the murder is linked to a legendary witches’ curse, Assistant Chief Constable Bob Skinner thinks it’s fantasy. He’s more concerned with harsh reality than East Lothian’s past as a centre for witchcraft. But when another body is found, he must uncover the disturbing truth beneath a dark mythology…

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great golf, great mystery!

    • By Patricia Brugman on 03-19-17

    Regular price: $16.31

  • Book 5

    • Skinner's Ordeal

    • Bob Skinner, Book 5
    • By: Quintin Jardine
    • Narrated by: James Bryce
    • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    A plane explodes mid-flight and plunges to disaster from the Scottish skies, the British and American defence secretaries among the victims. Now Edinburgh’s Deputy Chief Constable Bob Skinner must lead the most high-profile investigation of his career. The means of destruction is apparent from the start, but the investigation quickly grows more puzzling. When Skinner himself is wrenched from the case, his colleagues struggle with the mass of clues while he fights for his life, trapped with the secret horrors of his past.

    Regular price: $16.83

  • Book 6

    • Skinner's Mission

    • Bob Skinner, Book 6
    • By: Quintin Jardine
    • Narrated by: James Bryce
    • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    When an Edinburgh car showroom is torched, leaving a charred body among the burnt-out luxury cars, Deputy Chief Constable Bob Skinner wonders if a life of crime has finally caught up with one of the city's most elusive villains. But the corpse turns out not to be that of Jackie Charles, the owner of the showroom, but his wife Carole. Skinner now finds himself on the same side as his old enemy. However, Skinner's number one priority is a murder much closer to home.

    Regular price: $16.31

  • Book 7

    • Skinner's Ghosts

    • Bob Skinner, Book 7
    • By: Quintin Jardine
    • Narrated by: James Bryce
    • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Deputy Chief Constable Bob Skinner could be forgiven for thinking that someone is out to get him. With his marriage already on the rocks, he suddenly finds his private life plastered across the pages of a tabloid. And then a woman already linked to Skinner by tragedy is found dead, with her young son a kidnap victim. Skinner finds himself at the centre of a deadly maze of conspiracy and unless he can clear his name he stands to lose everything.

    Regular price: $15.59

  • Book 8

    • Murmuring the Judges

    • Bob Skinner, Book 8
    • By: Quintin Jardine
    • Narrated by: James Bryce
    • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    In Edinburgh's old Parliament House, an armed robbery trial is about to take a macabre turn. While the lawyers tussle over the evidence, the judge suddenly collapses in mortal agony--the victim of an apparent heart attack.

    Regular price: $27.68

  • Book 9

    • Gallery Whispers

    • Bob Skinner, Book 9
    • By: Quintin Jardine
    • Narrated by: James Bryce
    • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4

    With his boss recovering from a heart attack, Deputy Chief Constable Bob Skinner is filling his shoes - and that means more time behind a desk. But he's about to be provided with more drama than he could ever want. One of the world's most ruthless terrorists is on his way to Edinburgh - and he can only have one thing on his mind: the forthcoming conference of world heads of government.

    Regular price: $26.30

  • Book 10

    • Thursday's Legends

    • Bob Skinner, Book 10
    • By: Quintin Jardine
    • Narrated by: James Bryce
    • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Skinner's Thursday Legends amateur football team has more to worry about than aching backs and dodgy knees. Is someone targeting this disparate group of colleagues and friends in some bizarre scheme of retribution? Or is the murderer one of them?

    Regular price: $26.30

  • Book 11

    • Autographs in the Rain

    • Bob Skinner, Book 11
    • By: Quintin Jardine
    • Narrated by: James Bryce
    • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      2.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 3

    As Deputy Chief Constable Bob Skinner takes an evening stroll with Louise Banks, an old flame and now a film star, it seems his biggest worry is that a new colleague is scheming to enlarge his territory at Skinner's expense. But when a frightening shot-gun attack sends them diving for cover, it seems danger has chosen to zero in on him once again.

    Regular price: $26.30

  • Book 12

    • Head Shot

    • Bob Skinner, Book 12
    • By: Quintin Jardine
    • Narrated by: James Bryce
    • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 3

    Assistant Chief Constable Bob Skinner's legendary cool is shaken when he's faced with the bodies of his wife's parents, who have been brutally murdered. At the death scene in New York state, Skinner's out of his jurisdiction - but he's not going to let that stop him shaping the investigation.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Halfway through the Skinner series

    • By Edgar on 08-10-16

    Regular price: $27.68

  • Book 13

    • Fallen Gods

    • Bob Skinner, Book 13
    • By: Quintin Jardine
    • Narrated by: James Bryce
    • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    The heat is on for DCC Bob Skinner. His career hangs by a thread, as a recent illness has given his enemies a weapon to use against him. A body found in the detritus of a flood is identified as the hated brother whose existence he has kept hidden for years. And an incendiary device destroys a valuable painting in the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh. As Skinner and his team tackle these crises, his wife Sarah, recovering from the loss of her parents, finds comfort with an old college lover.

    Regular price: $20.65

  • Book 14

    • Stay of Execution

    • Bob Skinner, Book 14
    • By: Quintin Jardine
    • Narrated by: James Bryce
    • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    A small time crook stumbles upon a body hanging from a tree; a veteran from a Belgian marching band is killed in a hit and run incident and another dies of an apparent heart attack.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointed

    • By Lorraine on 08-18-12

    Regular price: $27.87

  • Book 15

    • Lethal Intent

    • Bob Skinner, Book 15
    • By: Quintin Jardine
    • Narrated by: James Bryce
    • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Four Albanian gangsters have infiltrated Edinburgh. They are smart guys, ruthless operators and deep undercover. MI5 are on their case and, unknown to DCC Bob Skinner and his men, they have set up a drug-dealing sting to flush the gangsters out.

    Regular price: $27.68

  • Book 16

    • Dead and Buried

    • Bob Skinner, Book 16
    • By: Quintin Jardine
    • Narrated by: James Bryce
    • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    DCC Bob Skinner has a failed marriage on his hands and a death on his conscience, but little time to deal with either as he faces the biggest challenge of his career within the secret corridors where dark power is wielded. Four crimes, four crises: can Skinner and his people solve them?

    Regular price: $27.68

  • Book 17

    • Death's Door

    • Bob Skinner, Book 17
    • By: Quintin Jardine
    • Narrated by: James Bryce
    • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    When two young female artists are murdered in what looks like ritualistic killings, the pressure is on to find a highly professional murderer. The arrival of the father of one of the victims, millionaire businessman Davor Boras, brings in the big guns of the Home Office, MI5, and the CIA. It isn't long before Deputy Chief Constable Bob Skinner gets called back to the front line in a case that is as deadly as it is mysterious.

    Regular price: $29.07

  • Book 18

    • Aftershock

    • Bob Skinner, Book 18
    • By: Quintin Jardine
    • Narrated by: James Bryce
    • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Still reeling from the tragic death of their much-loved colleague, Skinner's men are about to discover that a disturbed serial killer is still at large and very close to home. DCC Bob Skinner and his men get a call informing them that the body of a young woman has been found on a golf course. The way she has been laid out is uncannily familiar; the body has been "composed", just like the bodies of three other young women in a previous case. Could it be the work of a copycat killer?

    Regular price: $29.07

  • Book 19

    • Fatal Last Words

    • Bob Skinner, Book 19
    • By: Quintin Jardine
    • Narrated by: James Bryce
    • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    It's August and the Edinburgh International Book Festival is in full swing. The world of books is focused on Charlotte Square Gardens, so it's a considerable embarrassment when a successful crime writer, and key member of the Scottish Parliament, is found dead in the author tent. But is it natural causes? DCC Bob Skinner, on the edge of a career-defining moment, doesn't need this in his life.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Colourless and limited

    • By Amazon Customer on 09-24-10

    Regular price: $20.96

  • Book 20

    • A Rush of Blood

    • Bob Skinner, Book 20
    • By: Quintin Jardine
    • Narrated by: James Bryce
    • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    The horrific suicide of a successful Lithuanian entrepreneur shocks newly appointed Chief Constable Bob Skinner and his colleagues. Why would a man with everything to live for take his own life? As enquiries begin, a mystery girl, drugged and incoherent, is dumped in a health centre by a mysterious Galahad, who promptly disappears. Who is she, who is he, and where has he gone? Is it coincidence that most of the massage parlours in the city have suddenly closed overnight?

    Regular price: $17.34

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