Missing Joseph - Inspector Lynley, Bk 6 Author:Elizabeth George Deborah and Simon St. James have taken a holiday in the winter landscape of Lancastershire, hoping to heal the growing rift in their marriage. But in the barren countryside awaits bleak news: The vicar of Wimslough, the man they had come to see, is dead -- a victim of accidental poisoning. Unsatisfied with the inquest ruling and unsettled by the... more » close association between the investigating constable and the woman who served the deadly meal, Simon calls in his old friend Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley. Together they uncover dark, complex relationships in this rural village, relationships that bring men and women together with a passion, with grief, or with the intention to kill.
Peeling away layer after layer of personal history to reveal the torment of a fugitive spirit, Missing Joseph is award-winning author Elizabeth George's greatest achievement.« less
Elizabeth George is bar none, the best mystery writer. This is an Inspector Lynley,Simon St. James murder about a cleric, a mysterious woman who moves every two years, and the confusion of teenagers. Her narratives, characters, and settings are so well written other mysteries pale in comparison.
The Inspector Lynley series is one of my favorite and this one of my favorite books in the series. Ms George's research is excellent and the book feels like each and every place should be "there", waiting to be discovered in person. As to the content...excellent story.
The story is not the type of mystery one might expect. There is no body. But there are quite a few interesting twists and of course the ongoing development of Deborah and Simon's and Thomas and Helen's relationships sprinkled throughout.