A well-writen mystery novel in the Inspector Lynley series. This one is in Cornwell. Great British mystery. My favorite author.
A gripping story of love, family and friendship with just happens to have murders wrapped up in it as well.
interesting storyline with likable characters
A contemporary murder mystery set in Britain. Rich folks, drug use, love affairs and medical research all play a part in this fairly typical whodunnit.
Not bad - my main complaint is that for the first couple of chapters you really think one of the main characters is an older man, then you find out he's 32. (Both the friend who gave me the book and I felt this way). It's disconcerting to have to readjust your mental image of him so suddenly. And I didn't find the drug use, as portrayed, very convincing. I got the feeling Ms. George has likely not tried any illegal drugs (not that I'm saying she should!)
Award-winnig author Elizabeth George gives an early glimpse into the lives of Detective Inspector Tom Lynley & his friends, forensic scientist Simon St James, Lady Helen Clyde & Deborah Cotter, his betrothed in this novel about the savage murder of a local journalist.
This is a mystery that is also an inquiry into the crimes of the heart. The savage murder of a local journalist is the catalyst for
a lethal seriers of events that shatter a picturesque Cornwall village.
A step back in the series, giving you early history of most of the central characters.
-(#4 in the Havers-Lynley series) This book was a prelude to the series. It described Deborah, St. James, Tommy and Helens relationship when Deborah was with Tommy. They went to the mansion to announce their engagement with Deborahs Dad, Helen, St. James, St Jamess sister (Sydney) and boyfriend (Justin), Tommys brother and girlfriend. There were drugs, murder, family secrets and suspense in this one. Family members were involved. Mick, the caretakers son-in-law was murdered first. It was meant to look like it was done by a jealous husband or someone like that because he was castrated. The second death was Sydneys boyfriend. They werent sure if it was murder or an accident. You find out about Tommys estranged relationship with his mom. She was having an affair with a Dr. friend of the family while his father was dying of cancer. Tommy found out and things blew up from there. I liked this book but I thought there was way to much plot. I felt saturated by information which included a violent fight between Sidney and Justin, Lynley's cocaine-addicted brother, the brutal murder of Mick, and Justin's death on the cliffs, Lynley's estrangement from his mother since his father's death many years before, and St. James's love for Deborah. (Tommy brakes off the engagement when he realized Deborah loved St. James)
Award-winning author Elizabeth George gives us an early glimpse into the lives of Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, forensic scientist Simon Allcourt-St. James, and Lady Helen Clyde in a superlative mystery that is also a fascinating inquiry into the crimes of the heart. Lynley, the eighth earl of Asherton, has brought to Howenstow, his family home, the young woman he has asked to be his bride. But the savage murder of a local journalist is the catalyst for a lethal series of events that shatters the calm of a picturesque Cornwall village and embroils Lynley and St. James in a case far outside their jurisdictionand a little too close to home. When a second death follows closely on the heels of the first, Lynley finds he can't help taking the investigation personallybecause the evidence points to a killer within his own family.
This book goes back in time & fills in part of the story of Tommy & Deborah's engagement. They all go to Cornwall for an engagement weekend.
This book has a little bit of everything. Lots of turmoil among the different families (Lynley's, St. James' & Deborah's), some drug dealing, sex & jealousy. It was well worth the read, especially if you're a fan of the series. It's prior to Lynley's partnership with Havers, but she does make a short noteworthy appearance.
I'm not a big mystery reader, but I do enjoy Elizabeth George because of her characters. Her stories are about people, not just murders. This was no exception.
Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, has brought to Howenstow, his ancestral home, the young woman he has asked to be his bride. But the savage murder of a local journalist soon becomes the catalyst for a lethal series of events which shatters the calm of the picturesque Cornish community, tearing apart powerful ties of love and friendship, and exposing a long-buried family secret. The resulting tragedy will forever alter the course of his life.
From Publishers Weekly: "At the heart of George's darkly vibrant modern English mystery lie love, requited and not; and injuries of the kind that only intimates--parents, siblings, lovers, close friends--or perhaps one's own treacherous ego can inflict. Thomas Lynley, eighth earl of Asherton and a detective inspector of New Scotland Yard, brings his fiancee Deborah Cotton to Cornwall to meet his widowed mother. Accompanying them are Lynley's best friend, forensic scientist Simon St. James; St. James's sister Sidney; her boyfriend Justin Brooke; Lady Helen Clyde, St. James's partner and former lover; and Deborah's father, St. James's valet. Unexpected events of the weekend include a violent fight between Sidney and Justin, the appearance of Lynley's cocaine-addicted brother, the brutal murder of the village newspaper editor, and Justin's death on the cliffs. Lynley and St. James attempt to trace motives and alibis among guests and villagers while each is deeply enmeshed in personal pain: Lynley's over his estrangement from his mother since his father's death many years before, and St. James's over his unspoken--and, he believes, unspeakable--love for Deborah. The resolution of the accumulating murders involves different kinds of illegal drugs and centers around the activities of a young London woman whose true identity surprises everyone. Even more intricate than George's deftly handled plot, however, are the paths etched by her anguished, memorable characters, as they struggle with the secrets of their hearts." Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.