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Careless in Red (Inspector Lynley, Bk 15)
Careless in Red - Inspector Lynley, Bk 15
Author: Elizabeth George
After the senseless murder of his wife, Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley retreated to Cornwall, where he has spent six solitary weeks hiking the bleak and rugged coastline. But no matter how far he walks, no matter how exhausting his days, the painful memories of Helen's death do not diminish. — On the forty-third day of his walk, at th...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780061160875
ISBN-10: 0061160873
Publication Date: 5/6/2008
Pages: 640
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 95 ratings
Publisher: Harper
Book Type: Hardcover
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Page5 avatar reviewed Careless in Red (Inspector Lynley, Bk 15) on
Helpful Score: 4
Not George's best :-(

I was so looking forward to this book but it was slow to start, the storyline plods along. Some of the characters are well drawn but George has a lot to draw from since nearly every character is from a dysfunctional family or has an obsessive compulsion. I have read the entire series and this is the first book I have not finished reading in less than a week.
mahbaar avatar reviewed Careless in Red (Inspector Lynley, Bk 15) on + 111 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Wow. What to say about this book. While the ending was satisfactory, getting there was excruciating. It took every ounce of willpower to get to the end, as I found pretty much every suspect in this novel completely insufferable. The only thing holding me was the interesting Bea Hannaford (the regional inspector heading the murder investigation), coupled with her perspective on the relationship between Lynley and Havers.

If you're only half-way devoted to this series, I doubt you'll find this to your liking. If you're a devoted fan, you will want to read it in preparation for the next novel. I won't be picking the next one up, however, if its reviews are tepid. This one overall was a disappointment to me.
reviewed Careless in Red (Inspector Lynley, Bk 15) on + 86 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
The story kind of drags out a bit - I found myself skimming through paragraphs in the hopes of finding an exciting twist or turn, to no avail until the end, and even that wasn't earth-shattering. I love her style of writing, though, and as with nearly all of the other books in this series, I gained an interest in some day visiting yet another part of England.

A fairly good story, but not Elizabeth George's best.
tracey13 avatar reviewed Careless in Red (Inspector Lynley, Bk 15) on + 309 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Another excellent Inspector Lynley murder mystery/detective story - set on the southern coast of England. Full of secrets and revenge.
julie575 avatar reviewed Careless in Red (Inspector Lynley, Bk 15) on + 19 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Elizabeth George is a lyrical writer who uses language so beautifully to evoke a sense of place and convey rich characters. She has the capacity to draw such complex, realistic people. In this book, I saw more than ever her amazing gift for gradually revealing layers of depth in every character as she unveils the reasons behind the murder around which the book is constructed. The two processes are inextricably linked and both are fascinating. In addition to a gripping mystery, Careless in Red offers more insight into Thomas Lynley as a man and policeman. I also learned a lot about Cornwall and surfing, which was fun.
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