Playing for the Ashes (Inspector Lynley, Bk 7)
Playing for the Ashes - Inspector Lynley, Bk 7 Author:Elizabeth George "The story begins with my father, actually, and the fact that I'm the one who's answerable for his death. It was not my first crime, as you will see, but it is the one my mother couldn't forgive." — In her astonishing New York Times bestseller, acclaimed author Elizabeth George reveals the even dar... more »ker truth behind this startling confession. Playing for the Ashes is a rich tale of passion, murder and love in which Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers once again find themselves embroiled in a case where nothing--and no one--is really what it seems.« less
Sheila M. (Page5) reviewed Playing for the Ashes (Inspector Lynley, Bk 7) on
Helpful Score: 3
This was the first Inspector Lynley mystery series that I read. Kept me up past my bedtime reading more than one night! Great characters, multi-layered mystery, and a few unexpected plot twists. Lynley and Havers are a great sleuth team for Scotland Yard. I've read and enjoyed all of the Inspector Lynley series.
George is a gifted writer who spins rich, colorful, mesmerizing, multifaceted stories that combine an absorbing mystery with provocative insights into her characters' innermost thoughts and emotions. Her latest story once again features Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his sidekick, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. Chalk and cheese when it comes to background, philosophy, style, and personality, Lynley and Havers easily forget their differences when a tough homicide needs solving--take, for example, the asphyxiation death of renowned, all-England cricket player Kenneth Fleming. The duo's inquiries turn up some disturbing facts about the cricket star. Not only was his personal life a shambles, but he had a very odd relationship with a former teacher. The case is more byzantine than any Lynley and Havers have encountered in their years as a crack homicide team, and even when they've identified Fleming's killer, the file isn't really closed.
This book really explores the psychology of love, obsession, and possession in almost every imaginable relationship - between friends, lovers, parents and children, co-workers, mentor and protege, teacher and student. The plot, which centers on the murder of a star athlete, moves quickly to uncover suspect after suspect, all with valid motives for the crime. The characters are rich and deep. Excellent read.
As a superb chronicler of all things English, Eizabeth George addresses that uniquely English sport: cricket. However, if you are not a sports person, take heart! This work is not a mind-numbing exposition of the rules of cricket, even though the victim is a cricket superstar. Rather, it is the story of players with unequal assets vying for a highstakes goal.