Book Reviews of For the Sake of Elena

For the Sake of Elena
For the Sake of Elena
Author: Elizabeth George
ISBN-13: 9780553081183
ISBN-10: 0553081187
Publication Date: 7/1/1992
Pages: 388
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 7 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Hardcover
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Absorbing characters- One of her best!
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My SON loved this book. He said it was really good and he was suprised at the ending. This is a book crossing book, the first I've seen.
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I enjoy this series of books and the characters in each.
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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 Cambridgeâwhere Elena was a student at St. Stephen's Collegeâher 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 bestâfrom 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.
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love this book. Elizabeth George never disappoints.
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Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley of New Scotland Yard investigates murder at Cambridge University as he continues his suit for the love of Lady Helen in George's (A Suitable Vengeance) latest well-crafted mystery.

The high-born Lynley and his sergeant, Barbara Havers, whose personal dilemmas revolve around choosing adequate care for her increasingly senile mother, are sent to advise the Cambridge constabulary after student Elena Weaver, a long-distance runner and daughter of highly respected university history professor Anthony Weaver, is found battered to death near a running path.

As the investigation reveals that Elena, who was deaf, was not at all the innocent naif her doting father imagined, Lynley comes to understand Lady Helen's deep-rooted questions about their relationship and their individual independence.

Another murder occurs and assorted extracurricular passions among prominent academics are bared; George also explores such issues as whether deafness is a cultural stigma or a genuine handicap, the nature of family identity and betrayal, and the imperatives of the creative temperament.

While elements of the plot are somewhat stretched, George's story never fails to engage. -- Publisher's Weekly Review
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Wonderful mystery! I can't wait to read my next e. George book.
Diane
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Another Excellent Elizabeth George mystery.
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Keeps you guessing
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Another great mystery by Elizabeth George with Det. Inspector Lynley and Det. Sgt. Havers. Scotland Yard at its best.
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Very good. Much better than the "Mystery!" presentation on PBS.
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Elizabeth George's Inspector Lynley & his sidekick Barbara Havers investigate the murder of a student near Cambridge University. Another engrossing, satisfying & 'classy' mystery.
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For the Sake of Elena was pretty exciting and kept my interest all the way through. It gave me a different view of the mind of a young college girl among others. It touched on so many different types of relationships. Not very complimentary towards marriage or men in general, but a good read anyway.
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From Publishers Weekly: "Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley of New Scotland Yard investigates murder at Cambridge University as he continues his suit for the love of Lady Helen in George's ( A Suitable Vengeance ) latest well-crafted mystery. The high-born Lynley and his sergeant, Barbara Havers, whose personal dilemmas revolve around choosing adequate care for her increasingly senile mother, are sent to advise the Cambridge constabulary after student Elena Weaver, a long-distance runner and daughter of highly respected university history professor Anthony Weaver, is found battered to death near a running path. As the investigation reveals that Elena, who was deaf, was not at all the innocent naif her doting father imagined, Lynley comes to understand Lady Helen's deep-rooted questions about their relationship and their individual independence. Another murder occurs and assorted extracurricular passions among prominent academics are bared; George also explores such issues as whether deafness is a cultural stigma or a genuine handicap, the nature of family identity and betrayal, and the imperatives of the creative temperament." Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Description: "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 Cambridgewhere Elena was a student at St. Stephen's Collegeher 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 bestfrom 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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Another good one with Lynley and Havers-this one focused on murders of students at Cambridge
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Another great book by Elizabeth George. As always it keeps you guessing until the very end. 10 on a scale of 10. Elizabeth George books are always winners!