Very minimal damage to the cover including scuff marks, but no holes or tears. It's Havers taste in clothes that brings her in touch with Claire Abbott, the murder victim. It is coincidence that she hears Clare in the radio whilst on the way to a shopping date with a coworker with whom she has no believable connection. But while I still feel Elizabeth George is a wonderful writer, getting to know these characters was not particularly wonderful. A must read for any Elizabeth George fan 3.
Telling people was part of the problem. Telling people was part of the problem. Oh my goodness, I think Elizabeth George is back on track. What is the relationship between these two women? You know I hate it when you do that. Havers is actually the one annoying quibble I have with this series. After various issues with her department, Barbara Havers is desperate to redeem herself. Havers has a charming to readers way of bucking authority.
Those who love Lynley as a character or this particular branch of Scotland Yard as depicted in novel form will likely sink into this book like they would a warm and very large blanket. This is my first Elizabeth George book, and I am eager to read any more of them that combine traditional novel with a detective story. The book's fly leaf asks the question whether or not there's a connection between a suicide and an author's death and another attempted murder years later. But this just shows how well constructed it was. So good is she at exploring the edges of more-or-less normal psychology, that it is almost a pity that, before the end, she needs to delve into some sexual behavior that ranges from the mildly perverse to the outright monstrous. By the time the mystery is wrapped up you just don't care. Right on the heels of this discovery, the author's friend nearly dies the same way.
The author did a superb job of combining the two different genres—in fact, this felt like a story that eclipsed genre altogether. Eventually all these threads begin crossing and, because this is a murder mystery, someone ends up dead. I felt rather the same about Elizabeth George's British mysteries, though I read a good many more of them before giving up. This was actually a good installment in the series. When Nkata returned, he was carrying a shopping bag with fixings for homemade beef, mushroom, and lager pie with a side of sprouts with bacon, shallots, and hazelnuts.
I'm looking forward to the next book, and so happy to say I'm back in the Elizabeth George fandom! Some additonal problems I had with the story: an unnecessarily long and detailed description of women being beaten and raped and one being murdered ; too many uncomfortabLe scenes of Lynley pursuing Dairdre - with whom he seems to have minimal chemistry; excessive information about Caroline's unfaithful husband and his paramour; ditto India and her new boyfriend. A few days later her editor almost dies as well. There are also some positive changes in both their lives which makes me look forward to the next book a lot. Her incorrigible refusal to bend to societal expectations both frustrates and endears her to us. Tommy Lynley seems like a bit part player in this rather slow and tedious tale and though I have not been gripped as I have in the past and at times tried to think of other things to do rather than read which is very unusual for me. It's over 600 pages long and I know as a reader that the author really needs to be able to write a story that keeps the reader interested all the way and a 600-page book is tricky. To my mind, partaking of the purported infidelities seems perfectly within the feminist scope.
Caroline Goldacre in particular is a gem of evil, around which others tend to cringe because much of her behavior is so plausible that it makes the truth about her past as difficult to accept as the brutality of her behavior toward the children she tortures. She has to be a bit of a renegade. On the other hand, an obscure rock band called Chilliiwack once said - without an audience there is no show. I had really about given up but thought that I'll give it one more try. Thanks for the review copy! The unspoken secrets and buried lies of one family rise to the surface in Elizabeth George s newest novel of crime, passion, and tragic history.
Indeed, George could even have omitted the mystery altogether, and I would still have been satisfied. Susan Elizabeth George is an American author of mystery novels set in Great Britain. The crime itself was excellent even though I knew who the killer was quite early. Unlike many of my formerly favourite crime writers, Elizabeth George has not jettisoned complex sentences, or interesting vocabulary. When Clare dies suddenly during a book tour, the police take an interest. Though no longer partners, and physically separated for much of the book, their complex, endearing relationship — he wants her to succeed but is infuriated by her stubbornness; she wants his respect but chafes at his rule-following — takes hold of the novel.
But that is close to ending. And, that means that Havers have to behave and that's hard for her but quite fun to read about. Professionally, she started out as a teacher. Click on the cover image above to read some pages of this book! She claims she can write anywhere, but it is true she does extensive research in the British Isles to complete the set for her mysteries. There was a certain clique about relationships. Now I have been a rabid Elizabeth George fan since the very first book, For the Love of Elena, and I have a hard time waiting for the next book each time. Havers is still walking a thin line with her boss, Isabelle Ardery, who desperately wants her gone.