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“I am re-reading all of the Thomas Lynley novels in order. I do love Elizabeth Goerge's writing. I'm rarely disappointed with her.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“This is the second E. George book that I have read. While I love a good mystery and George spins a good tale, she delves a little too far into topics that I don't find entertaining, for example masochism and sadism. I'm done with reading George.”see full review » see other reviews »
“This is the second E. George book that I have read. While I love a good mystery and George spins a good tale, she delves a little too far into topics that I don't find entertaining, for example masochism and sadism. I'm done with reading George.”Carol R wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Delightfully complex tale with four detectives in two locations tracking a raft of possible killers of a young man and a young woman. All the clues are there, but the rozzers have to pursue every possible blind alley before the true sinner becomes obvious. A sub-plot involving the perceived insubordination of one of the officers emerges as the main plot to this satisfying novel.”Stephen Partington wrote this review Friday, July 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Havers has ticked off Lynley after her disregard for authority in saving Haddiyah. Lynley's anger at her is almost unrestrained, and so is his confusion about Helen's questioning his treatment of Havers. As Lynley tries to solve the mystery of who killed his friend's daughter, he must struggle with the investigator in charge, with Havers who won't follow his orders, and with Nkata Winston who allows Havers to stay more active on the case than Lynley intends. The tensions are tight among them all, and the murders of the girl and a young artist who was with her lead to many red herrings and a very good read.”Charlotte B wrote this review Saturday, January 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I am re-reading all of the Thomas Lynley novels in order. I do love Elizabeth Goerge's writing. I'm rarely disappointed with her.”Tonya M wrote this review Monday, September 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellent character development along with a hard to guess mystery. Reading the next one immediately!”Sue D wrote this review Saturday, March 31, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was okay. Keep your dictionary beside you - Lots of big words. ”The Devine Miss Em wrote this review Wednesday, November 2, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Book 10, in the Inspector Lynley's mystery series
Elizabeth George hasn't lost her touch and her work continues to be amazing. She is one of the true masters at spinning webs of intrigue. A swift pace and an engaging protagonist had a stimulating effect on my imagination; it was quite exhilarating trying to guess the next move. This is a mind-absorbing fiction, as powerful and provocative as all the previous ones.
This intricate plot and complex tale has D.I. Thomas Lynley on the scene of a grisly crime, in which a young man and woman have been brutally murdered and their bodies found in the wilds of Calder Moor. The case is also a sensitive one, it happens that one of the victims is, Nicola Maiden, the daughter of a former undercover officer and one of Lynley`s past mentors.
D.C. Winston Nkata is his lead assistant on the case. His usual partner, Barbara Harvers, has been demoted to Detective Constable for an incident the previous summer and ever since, both have suffered from a strained relationship. Although in the dog house for over stepping her boundaries, Barbara is determined, she is a woman of strong character and not the type to sit on the sideline. With this in mind, she clandestinely starts her own investigation, hoping to prove to Lynley that her renegade attitude can bring positive results and be an asset to his team....When Lynley found out what she was up to, my first reaction was can he take the grrr out of the tiger and get her to follow orders....
As they dig deeper into the life of the two victims, a disturbing pattern emerges, suspects are plentiful, nothing is as it seems and everyone appears to be concealing something. The tension grows as each layer of deceit is peeled away, the result created an intense mystery populated with great characters.
I found myself totally engaged till the end, it is a large book but I enjoyed every moment spent with it. ”
“aka "Wie zonder zonde is... " in Dutch”Jacques Z wrote this review Tuesday, April 26, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I have never been so glad to finish a book! The story was fine and the characters were believable, but 700+ pages was way too many!! I liked the dual story and the irony of how everything worked out, but seriously, this it took forever to read this book. Much like Stieg Larson, I feel Ms. George could benefit from some editing.”Fagan's Mom wrote this review Sunday, October 24, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No