Elizabeth George is bar none, the best mystery writer. This is an Inspector Lynley,Simon St. James murder about a cleric, a mysterious woman who moves every two years, and the confusion of teenagers. Her narratives, characters, and settings are so well written other mysteries pale in comparison.
Elizabeth George is always a good read and this book is no exception.
Phillippa flees her father's castle when she hears she is to be wed to a repellent baron. A story of thirteenth century Cornwall - from a bestselling romance author
Another elegant, complex work from Elizabeth George!!
The Inspector Lynley series is one of my favorite and this one of my favorite books in the series. Ms George's research is excellent and the book feels like each and every place should be "there", waiting to be discovered in person. As to the content...excellent story.
Elizabeth George is a fantastic writer. This is the 5th book in her "Inspector Lindley" series, but Deborah and Simon St James take the lead in this outing. George's books are very thorough, detailed, and involving. It might be best if you read them in order. She is wonderful at weaving many stories seamlessly together.
Complex, entertaining mystery
This is a great mystery with many unexpected twists. The characters are interesting, too.
Another great thriller from a master writer. Enjoy.
Another great Elizabeth George. This one focuses on Deborah and Simon St. James, who take a holiday, only to encounter murder which requires that their friend, Chief Inspector Thomas Lynley, be called in.
The story is not the type of mystery one might expect. There is no body. But there are quite a few interesting twists and of course the ongoing development of Deborah and Simon's and Thomas and Helen's relationships sprinkled throughout.
Deborah and Simon St James go on a short winter holiday to try to salvage their battered marriage. Deborah has had six miscarriages and has been told to not even try to get pregnant for a year in order for her body to heal. She desperately wants to have a child, HER child as she thinks of it. Simon, on the other hand, is happy to consider adoption, but she refuses to think about it. They decide to go on holiday to a remote town in Lancashire where Robin Sage is the local priest. Deborah had met him at an art gallery when she came in out of the rain. She finds herself drawn to him and his kindness. However, when they get there they discover that he has died. The verdict is an accident, but they involve him eating dinner at the home of a woman who works as a caretaker at an estate. She fed him hemlock instead of wild parsnips, a mistake. But was it? Lynley and Havers are both on vacation. Havers is trying to get her mother's house ready to sell while Lynley was supposed to go to Corfu with Helen, but they had a falling in. Their relationship is a prickly one. He loves her and wants to marry her. She loves him but is unsure of what she wants. So when St James calls Lynley for help on his own time he accepts gratefully. Soon he becomes totally engrossed in the case and things begin to come together. George is such an outstanding writer. Her books are both absorbing and thoughtful. This has to be one of the best in the series in my opinion, but there hasn't been one I haven't enjoyed.
Not as good as some of the others.
I don't quite know where I got this book...it sounds interesting, but I have so many new boks from PBS, it's one I don't mind posting!! I figure I can always get it back. :)
Although I have not read this book, as it is not my type. I found it in my collection of paperbacks. I believe it was left behind by a visiting aunt. Perhaps if I am finished with other books I'm currently interested in. I will eventually read this little gem. Until then it is available for anyone who would like to read it.