Lynley is called to a Scottish mansion to find Lady Helen Clyde among the suspects of a stabbing murder. Lots of quirky characters in a theatre company are involved in a tale of family scandal and theatrical rivalry. Read by British actor Derek Jacobi, I really enjoyed this on the road.
Good read, twists and turns until the end.
Another spell-binding mystery with Det. Inspector Lynley and Det. Sgt. Barbara Havers. Human relationships and murder in the Scottish Highlands.
Intriguing story line, as always. I will have to read the hard copy to understand and fill in the blanks. There are only 3 CD's in this abridgement and so much was left out, by the end, when most questions were answered, all I could think of was "oh". Derek Jacobi is an excellent narrator and I will try to find the unabridged release to listen again.
I don't read many mysteries, but Elizabeth George is my favorite mystery writer, and this book didn't disappoint me. It held my interest to the very end. And her characters are very well developed, which is unusual for mystery writers, in my experience.
Someone drives a a knife through playwright Joy Sinclair's neck,murdering her. Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley soon suspects Britain's foremost actress,it's most successful theatrical producer,and the woman Lynley loves.........
Elizabeth George is AMerican, but writes great British mysteries. This one is about a playwright. I'm a sucker for anything with theatre folks in it.
This is the second book in Elizabeth George's excellent series featuring Inspector Lynley and Barbara Havers. These books have been televised on PBS' Mystery series. Nothing beats the original books, however. Start the series with "A Great Deliverance".
Murder and suspects with deeply entangled relationships make this a fun read. Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, a British aristocrat, and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers--of working class origins--form the police team assigned to the case.
The much acclaimed author of A Great Deliverance delivers her challenging second novel--a literate, vastly detailed, and intricately characterized piece which progresses from a frigid Scottish manor house/hotel to a swarming, theatrical London. Scotland Yard's Thomas Lynley (series detective and Earl of Asherton), unexpectedly assigned to a gory stabbing murder, uncovers deeply hidden family secrets and various psychological convolutions among suspects, but allows personal jealously to color his choice of prime suspect. A bit mechanical in places, and slow-moving in others, but steadily absorbing and masterful overall.
Great as always - phoentic writing of different dialects was a little difficult to follow at first, but a lot of fun to read (*and say HA!)
Elizabeth George is a master at involving you in the story so much so that you don't want to stop reading.
Inspector Thomas Lynley and Det. Sgt. Barbara Havers solve the murder of a playwright in the Scottish Highlands. Second book in this series.
This is a good "modern English mystery" series, not too violent, a little dark, featuring some interesting character psychology. The plot moved slowly, the characters interesting but a bit stereotypical. The story was clever enough, however.
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 upone 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.
This was an excellent read. If you enjoy traditional murder mysteries a la Agatha Christie, I hightly recommend it.
Very good story. A little draggy in the begining but overall good.
Enjoying the series so far.
A standard 'murder at an English country house' mystery, this second book of the Lynley series is made fresh by a complex but well-managed plot that kept me guessing to the end. And the chemistry between the characters is terrific. Even the abrasive Sergeant Havers began to grow on me; her struggle to control the personality traits that stand between her and success is a fine piece of character development. Looking forward to more of this series.
From Publishers Weekly: Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, eighth Earl of Asherton, is sent to Scotland to solve the death of playwright Joy Sinclair in what PW termed a "vividly characterized story of murder and espionage with elements of theatrical life, British class consciousness and love gone awry." Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal: The much acclaimed author of A Great Deliverance delivers her challenging second novel--a literate, vastly detailed, and intricately characterized piece which progresses from a frigid Scottish manor house/hotel to a swarming, theatrical London. Scotland Yard's Thomas Lynley (series detective and Earl of Asherton), unexpectedly assigned to a gory stabbing murder, uncovers deeply hidden family secrets and various psychological convolutions among suspects, but allows personal jealously to color his choice of prime suspect. A bit mechanical in places, and slow-moving in others, but steadily absorbing and masterful overall. Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --
Standard fun to read Eliz George book