I love Elizabeth George novels--they always have a complicated plot you can't figure out right away or even until the end when it's revealed--unlike a lot of other murder mystery writers where you've got it figured out way in the beginning. And the characters are each full-bodied.
What can I add that no one has said yet about this g-r-e-a-t mystery writer. Forget the TV series! It's a pale shadow compared to the books. What's really neat about the book is that you see the story from the perspectives of so many of the characters. And such a lot of intriguing layers! Great mystery writing.
And this is where it all began...Thomas Lynley working a case with Barbara Havers. This won several awards for best debut novel in the mystery genre-and well deserved!
If you enjoy great murder mysteries set in the UK, you'll definitely enjoy this series. The characters are well developed, as is the plot. I kept thinking I knew who "done it" and the ending was a complete surprise. It made me want to begin reading all of the Thomas Lynley series! I'm definitely an Elizabeth George fan now.
Agatha winner for best first novel, although it is not a cozy by any means. It has a much more complex plot than the TV version. This book has some violent scenes.