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Book Review: In the Presence of the Enemy (Inspector Lynley series #8) by Elizabeth George

When you have a kid, you get more attuned to what may affect them. Thus, reading this book and its character Eve Bowen who was so much career-oriented that even the kidnapping of her daughter, she treated as a symbol of power struggle. No, I am just writing down a different way of synopsis, and my post (book review) is not going to lead to any spoilers. Though the first part of the book In the Presence of the Enemy was lacking (umm, what can I say, I like Sergeant Havers’ characterization better and she was almost absent), the second part of the book, specially the end more than made for the lacuna.

Well, for some, love is not made and people are destined to be on their own, but wait, story abhi khatm nahi hui hai (story is not yet over). Okay okay, I am not writing anything more, for I will end up telling you the end, ah, so good is it really 🙂

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Book blurb:
Hailed as the “king of sleaze,” tabloid editor Dennis Luxford is used to ferreting out the sins and scandals of people in exposed positions. But when he opens an innocuous-looking letter addressed to him at The Source, he discovers that someone else excels at ferreting out secrets as well.

Ten-year-old Charlotte Bowen has been abducted, and if Luxford does not admit publicly to having fathered her, she will die. But Charlotte’s existence is Luxford’s most fiercely guarded secret, and acknowledging her as his child will throw more than one life and career into chaos. Luxford knows that the story of Charlotte’s paternity could make him a laughingstock and reveal to his beautiful wife and son the lie he’s lived for a decade. Yet it’s not only Luxford’s reputation that’s on the line: it’s also the reputation—and career—of Charlotte Bowen’s mother. For she is Undersecretary of State for the Home Office, one of the most high-profile Junior Ministers and quite possibly the next Margaret Thatcher.

Knowing that her political future hangs in the balance, Eve Bowen refuses to let Luxford damage her career by printing the story or calling the police. So the editor turns to forensic scientist Simon St. James for help. It’s a case that fills St. James with disquiet, however, for none of the players in the drama seem to react the way one would expect.

Then tragedy occurs and New Scotland Yard becomes involved. Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley soon discovers that the case sends tentacles from London into the countryside, and he must simultaneously outfox death as he probes Charlotte Bowen’s mysterious disappearance. Meanwhile, his partner Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, working part of the investigation on her own and hoping to make the coup of her career, may be drawing closer to a grim solution—and to danger—than anyone knows.

In the Presence of the Enemy is a brilliantly insightful and haunting novel of ideals corrupted by self-interest, of the sins of parents visited upon children, and of the masks that hide people from each other—and from themselves.

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).

Website: elizabethgeorgeonline.com
Twitter: @LynleyMysteries

Rating: 9/10
Genre:Mystery Thriller
Book Name: In the Presence of the Enemy
(Inspector Lynley #8)
Author:Elizabeth George
Pages:656
Publication Year:1996

Book Review: A Suitable Vengeance (Inspector Lynley series #4) by Elizabeth George

Sometimes when I have completed reading a book, I try to read reviews written by others to gauze their reactions, especially when I am ambivalent towards liking the book. And this book A Suitable Vengeance turned out to be one such book. Yes, it was a prequel, so some dissonance with respect to our favorite characters and background was pertinent, still without Sergeant Havers, her special dressing sense and working/practical sensibilities, it seemed there was so much missing (okay okay, she was there but cameo does not amount to much, right?).

The book is all about the central characters (yes yes, except Havers) and a few side ones as well and their linkages and relationships with each others of past and additionally, which revolves around a murder mystery striking so closer to home. The mystery was interesting, but the other parts (characters/relationships) really crazy. But then all that ends well, is well, even if in a whodunnit.

Also, you know, while reading this book, I tried to imagine if closure of a murderer in other books also depend on so much coincidence. I guess, I would need to keep a closer eye when I read the next books in this Inspector Lynley series. What do you think?

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Book blurb:
‘Award-winning author Elizabeth George gives us an early glimpse into the lives of Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, forensic scientist Simon Allcourt-St. James, and Lady Helen Clyde in a superlative mystery that is also a fascinating inquiry into the crimes of the heart. Lynley, the eighth earl of Asherton, has brought to Howenstow, his family home, the young woman he has asked to be his bride. But the savage murder of a local journalist is the catalyst for a lethal series of events that shatters the calm of a picturesque Cornwall village and embroils Lynley and St. James in a case far outside their jurisdiction—and a little too close to home. When a second death follows closely on the heels of the first, Lynley finds he can’t help taking the investigation personally—because the evidence points to a killer within his own family.

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).

Website: elizabethgeorgeonline.com
Twitter: @LynleyMysteries

Rating: 8/10
Genre:Mystery Thriller
Book Name:A Suitable Vengeance
(Inspector Lynley #4)
Author:Elizabeth George
Pages:449
Publication Year:1991

Book Review: A Banquet of Consequences (Inspector Lynley series #19) by Elizabeth George

I am crazy when I like a writer’s book and want to keep on reading the same. So, when I was not able to get another book in the Inspector Lynley series after I completed A Great Deliverance (1st book), I jumped to this book, a 19th one in this series though I would not recommend for anyone to do such a jump for the background stories of Lynley and Havers are equally important. But the murder mystery, especially “the ending” was written so well that I could not care and thought of it as a standalone book only. Any other talk about ending will spoil it for you, so my lips are all sealed when it comes to that…

Okay fine, a few things here and there could have been given a miss – the three affairs, one of which involved Lynley. But then Lynley was at like at the back of this book, and it was all about Havers and Winston, the camaraderie between them is what I absolutely loved. Does it beat the partnership between Havers and Lynley, ah, only time will tell! And I am waiting to find that out for I am no more interested in St. James and Deborah, for that matter (for I have read many other books, all set prior to this book in the series since this book).

So, skip a few pages here and there, if you want, but you must read this book to find out the ugly truth of human relationships (yes, a murder boils all down to relationships).

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Book Blurb:

Inspector Lynley investigates the London end of an ever more darkly disturbing case, with Barbara Havers and Winston Nkata looking behind the peaceful façade of country life to discover a twisted world of desire and deceit.

The suicide of William Goldacre is devastating to those left behind. But what was the cause of his tragedy and how far might the consequences reach? Is there a link between the young man’s leap from a Dorset cliff and a horrific poisoning in Cambridge?

Following various career-threatening misdemeanours, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is desperate to redeem herself. So when a past encounter with bestselling feminist writer Clare Abbott and her pushy personal assistant Caroline Goldacre gives her a connection to the Cambridge murder, Barbara begs DI Thomas Lynley to let her pursue the crime.

Full of shocks, intensity and suspense from first page to last, A Banquet of Consequences reveals both Lynley and Havers under pressure, and author Elizabeth George writing at the very height of her exceptional powers.

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).

Website: elizabethgeorgeonline.com
Twitter: @LynleyMysteries

Rating: 8/10
Genre:Mystery Thriller
Book Name:A Banquet of Consequences
(Inspector Lynley #19)
Author:Elizabeth George
Pages:576
Publication Year:2015

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).

Website: elizabethgeorgeonline.com
Twitter: @LynleyMysteries

Rating: 9/10
Genre:Mystery Thriller
Book Name:Missing Joseph
(Inspector Lynley #6)
Author:Elizabeth George
Pages:619
Publication Year:1994

Book Review: Missing Joseph (Inspector Lynley series #6) by Elizabeth George

Even when I was reading Missing Joseph after For the Sake of Elena (which was a bit of a dampener for me), I was still let down. No Havers to speak of, okay there were a few scenes but just a few scenes and thus, no chemistry between both the detectives, Lynley and her. And if that was not enough, the other interactions between characters and the way the murder was solved was too much far-fetched.

I mean this is one of those books in which almost everything under the sun is explored, teenage drama, love and hate, witchcraft, rape, and what not! I really hated this book while I read it and it dragged for almost a month when finally I heaved a sigh of relief the time it ended. In conclusion, I will say skip this book and go to next one in the series for I am half-way through the seventh book Playing for the Ashes and it is really interesting.

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Book Blurb:

Deborah and Simon St. James have taken a holiday in the winter landscape of Lancashire, hoping to heal the growing rift in their marriage. But in the barren countryside awaits bleak news: the vicar of Winslough, the man they had come to see, is dead – a victim of accidental poisoning. Unsatisfied with the inquest ruling and unsettled by the close association between the investigating constable and the woman who served the deadly meal, Simon calls in his old friend Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley. Together they uncover dark, complex relationships in this rural village, relationships that bring men and women together with passion, with grief, or with the intention to kill.

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).

Website: elizabethgeorgeonline.com
Twitter: @LynleyMysteries

Rating: 5/10
Genre:Mystery Thriller
Book Name:Missing Joseph
(Inspector Lynley #6)
Author:Elizabeth George
Pages:576
Publication Year:1992

Book Review: For the Sake of Elena (Inspector Lynley series #5) by Elizabeth George

When there can be so many potential murderers, it gets confusing on which part to exactly focus on, especially with just too many parallel things happening and far too many side characters thrown in, with not much value added. This is what my reaction was after reading For the Sake of Elena. No, I am not giving away spoilers, but it was just too much for me to like this murder mystery, even when the author is Elizabeth George!

Coming to the good parts of the book, the story of both Inspector Lynley and Sergeant Havers moves on seamlessly with both coming to terms with what is best for them and for their loved ones. Next, the focus on how one’s life changes after having kids that it is important to not lose one’s self motivation by one way or the other. Another positive point – the focal point of this murder was about the art being considered very close to heart and the point where it was mentioned being ‘deaf’ considered not exactly a disability when ‘Deaf’ people embrace their deafness and don’t try to hide it and consider it as world of their own than others who can hear. So, overall, I can say it is an okay-okay book, in conclusion.

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Book Blurb:

Elena Weaver was a surprise to anyone meeting her for the first time. In her clingy dresses and dangling earrings she exuded a sexuality at odds with the innocence projected by the unicorn posters on her walls. While her embittered mother fretted about her welfare from her home in London, in Cambridge—where Elena was a student at St. Stephen’s College—her father and his second wife each had their own very different image of the girl. As for Elena, she lived a life of casual and intense physical and emotional relationships, with scores to settle and goals to achieve–until someone, lying in wait along the route she ran every morning, bludgeoned her to death.

Unwilling to turn the killing over to the local police, the university calls in New Scotland Yard. Thus, Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his partner, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, enter the rarefied world of Cambridge University, where academic gowns often hide murderous intentions.

For both officers, the true identity of Elena Weaver proves elusive. Each relationship the girl left behind casts new light both on Elena and on those people who appeared to know her best—from an unsavory Swedish-born Shakespearean professor to the brooding head of the Deaf Students Union.

What’s more, Elena’s father, a Cambridge professor under consideration for a prestigious post, is a man with his own dark secrets. While his past sins make him neurotically dedicated to Elena and blind to her blacker side, present demons drive him toward betrayal.

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).

Website: elizabethgeorgeonline.com
Twitter: @LynleyMysteries

Rating: 6/10
Genre:Mystery Thriller
Book Name:For the Sake of Elena
(Inspector Lynley #5)
Author:Elizabeth George
Pages:388
Publication Year:1992

Book Review: Well-Schooled in Murder (Inspector Lynley series #3) by Elizabeth George

Elizabeth George brings us another gruesome murder mystery but this time from a school campus making us question whether kids can be so evil. The description of murder victim, a school boy found nude in a well secluded church with tortuous marks on his body hits you and makes you scared of what this world has come to.

By the way, have you read the first two books by Elizabeth George – A Great Deliverance and Payment in Blood? You are up for a thrilling ride because this book is much much better than those two. Well thought of and put together is the main story-line and the perfect closure. Even the back story between detectives better. “As Lynley watched her, he thought how ironic it was that he had come to depend upon having Havers as his partner. Initially he had believed that no one could possibly be less likely to suit him. She was prickly, argumentative, easily given to anger, and bitterly aware of the enormous gap that existed between them, an impassable chasm created by birth, by class, by money, by experience“.  I loved this book for everything (and I guess I have become immune to reading anything now).

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Book blurb:
When thirteen-year-old Matthew Whately goes missing from Bredgar Chambers, a prestigious public school in the heart of West Sussex, aristocratic Inspector Thomas Lynley receives a call for help from the lad’s housemaster, who also happens to be an old school chum. Thus, the inspector, his partner, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, and forensic scientist Simon Allcourt-St. James find themselves once again outside their jurisdiction and deeply involved in the search for a child–and then, tragically, for a child killer. Questioning prefects, teachers, and pupils closest to the dead boy, Lynley and Havers sense that something extraordinarily evil is going on behind Bredgar Chambers’s cloistered walls. But as they begin to unlock the secrets of this closed society, the investigation into Matthew’s death leads them perilously close to their own emotional wounds–and blinds them to the signs of another murder in the making….

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).

Website: elizabethgeorgeonline.com
Twitter: @LynleyMysteries

Rating: 10/10
Genre:Mystery Thriller
Book Name:Well-Schooled in Murder
(Inspector Lynley #3)
Author:Elizabeth George
Pages:432
Publication Year:1989

Book Review: Payment in Blood (Inspector Lynley series #2) by Elizabeth George

It is so easy to pick books when you have zeroed down on an author. Though it took time for me to get accustomed to Elizabeth George, for she writes on human relationship like no other with such distorted relationships brought to forefront that may make you question humanity. And this is the reason it took me time even after glowing reviews from my friend Addy, but yes, I did persist in start liking Elizabeth’s writings.

Payment in Blood, the second book in Lynley series (the first one being A Great Deliverance) brings with it yet another twisted reasons to murder a person. The time I read a scene with the description of murder so brutal of a very young man (16 year old, a boy still, right?) murdered with a knife from back and pushed into hot boiling water pipe in a way that the boy could feel burning water flowing between his skin and clothes and when at last, he was taken out, he was still alive with his skin and clothes all moulded into one though he died soon after. Gruesome, no? The description in the book was even more so. And that is what the reaction was of my husband when I told this part to him and he questioned me why do I read such books in the first place. I think I am growing more immune to anything that happens around me, except of course that which concerns my little boy Aaru.

Coming back to the book, it is a typical Elizabeth George with emotions and relationships at play of the murder victims and the murdered and separate stories of the detectives Lynley and Havers and the other side characters. This is yet another must-pick-up book if you have read her first book, but please please read these books in chronological order because there is so much more back story about the detectives in these books.

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Book blurb:
The career of playwright Joy Sinclair comes to an abrupt end on an isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands when someone drives an eighteen-inch dirk through her neck. Called upon to investigate the case in a country where they have virtually no authority, aristocratic Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his partner, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, grapple for both a motive and a murderer. Emotions run deep in this highly charged drama, for the list of suspects soon includes Britain’s foremost actress, its most successful theatrical producer, and the woman Lynley loves. He and Havers must tread carefully through the complicated terrain of human relationships, while they work to solve a case rooted in the darkest corners of the past and the unexplored regions of the human heart.

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).

Website: elizabethgeorgeonline.com
Twitter: @LynleyMysteries

Rating: 9/10
Genre:Mystery Thriller
Book Name:Payment in Blood
(Inspector Lynley #2)
Author:Elizabeth George
Pages:432
Publication Year:1990

Book Review: A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George

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This is one book which came highly recommended by my book-reading-group-member-turned-new-friend Addy. And I was so happy once I started reading it that I completed it quickly. You know I have a very bad habit of reading two or more books simultaneously but once I started this book, I was so focused on finding what actually happened with the murder and what was happening with the detectives (ok, ignore the part that I was reading in between 1000 Year Old Boy by Ross Welford but very very slowly for it was accessible on my mobile and this one, I was reading on my Kindle. But hey, the one by Ross Welford is another great book whose review here will follow soon, very soon). Though the crude murder mystery solving made me suffer a night or two, if you are not easily affected by murders, you should read this book. And if otherwise, give this book a skip and read the next ones in this series, I am sure you would love Inspector Lynley, the main protagonist of this series.

The way Elizabeth George has described the scenes creates an aura of such great visualization of the country but at the same time not make it feel superfluous at all. In fact, as my dear friend Addy says, the people have such great meat on the bones, such characterization of British times (yes, it is a historical murder mystery) that it feels you are transported as one of the witnesses of what is happening in the book around you. And it also reminds me of the setup of Agatha Christie‘s Miss Marple series (by the way, I am a big fan of Agatha Christie books and as the reviews posted on my blog will show the count of her books being 20+).

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Book blurb:
To this day, the low, thin wail of an infant can be heard in Keldale’s lush green valleys. Three hundred years ago, as legend goes, the frightened Yorkshire villagers smothered a crying babe in Keldale Abbey, where they’d hidden to escape the ravages of Cromwell’s raiders.

Now into Keldale’s pastoral web of old houses and older secrets comes Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley, the eighth earl of Asherton. Along with the redoubtable Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, Lynley has been sent to solve a savage murder that has stunned the peaceful countryside. For fat, unlovely Roberta Teys has been found in her best dress, an axe in her lap, seated in the old stone barn beside her father’s headless corpse. Her first and last words were “I did it. And I’m not sorry.”

Yet as Lynley and Havers wind their way through Keldale’s dark labyrinth of secret scandals and appalling crimes, they uncover a shattering series of revelations that will reverberate through this tranquil English valley—and in their own lives as well.
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).

Website: elizabethgeorgeonline.com
Twitter: @LynleyMysteries

Rating: 9/10
Genre:Mystery Thriller
Book Name:A Great Deliverance
(Inspector Lynley #1)
Author:Elizabeth George
Pages:413
Publication Year:1988
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