Book Review: Playing for the Ashes (Inspector Lynley series #7) by Elizabeth George

Forget the side characters St. James, Lady Helen and Deborah, this one is all about murder – its background, character sketch of victim and potential murderers, and of course Inspector Lynley and Sergeant Havers (both of them truly rock in this book, what a partnership, wow), and because of that, this book Playing for the Ashes is part of my topmost list of Elizabeth’s books.

Such a thick book and so many characters with each of them having one reason or the other to lie, but it is Elizabeth George‘s writing which could pull it all together with such clarity of words (okay fine, the thoughts of Olivia Whitelaw could have been given a break). Though the name was a bit misleading for I kept on thinking round and round about the reason for murder being cricket, but no, it is the character sketch and circumstances of a person who can murder. So, basically, anyone can be a murderer, when it comes to that! What do you think, my dear reader? Can you be a murderer? Hmm, I can be, for all you know…Shhhh…….

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Book Blurb:

“The story begins with my father, actually, and the fact that I’m the one who’s answerable for his death.  It was not my first crime, as you will see, but it is the one my mother couldn’t forgive.”

In her astonishing New York Times bestseller, acclaimed author Elizabeth George reveals the even darker truth behind this startling confession. Playing for the Ashes is a rich tale of passion, murder and love in which Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers once again find themselves embroiled in a case where nothing—and no one—is really what it seems.  Intense, suspenseful and brilliantly written, Playing for the Ashes will make readers “search out the sleuthing pair’s first six adventures…a treasure,” as Cosmopolitan predicted in their review.

About the author:

Elizabeth George is the New York Times and internationally best selling author of twenty British crime novels featuring Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his unconventional partner Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. Her crime novels have been translated into 30 languages and featured on television by the BBC. She is also the author of a young adult series set on the island where she lives in the state of Washington.

A longtime instructor of creative writing, she has taught at colleges, universities, writers’ retreats, and conferences internationally. She is the recipient of the Anthony Award, the Agatha Award, France’s Grand Prix di Literatture Policiere, and Germany’s MIMI. She has twice been nominated for an Edgar Award, and she is the recipient of an honorary doctorate of humane letters from California State University Fullerton, and an honorary MFA from Northwest Institute of Language Arts (Whidbey Island MFA Program).

Twitter: @LynleyMysteries

Rating: 9/10
Genre:Mystery Thriller
Book Name:Missing Joseph
(Inspector Lynley #6)
Author:Elizabeth George
Publication Year:1994

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