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3.99986252405829 out of 53.99986252405829 out of 53.99986252405829 out of 53.99986252405829 out of 53.99986252405829 out of 5 4.00 (14,548 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth George Narrator: Derek Jacobi Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Lynley Series Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553750836
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To this day, the low, thin wail of an infant can be heard in Keldale’s lush green valleys. Three hundred years ago, as legend goes, the frightened Yorkshire villagers smothered a crying babe in Keldale Abbey, where they’d hidden to escape the ravages of Cromwell’s raiders.

Now into Keldale’s pastoral web of old houses and older secrets comes Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley, the eighth earl of Asherton. Along with the redoubtable Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, Lynley has been sent to solve a savage murder that has stunned the peaceful countryside. For fat, unlovely Roberta Teys has been found in her best dress, an axe in her lap, seated in the old stone barn beside her father’s headless corpse. Her first and last words were “I did it. And I’m not sorry.”

Yet as Lynley and Havers wind their way through Keldale’s dark labyrinth of secret scandals and appalling crimes, they uncover a shattering series of revelations that will reverberate through this tranquil English valley—and in their own lives as well.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Pure entertainment from its insidious beginning to its gripping end.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Exceptionally assured and impressive…highly entertaining.”

    Newsweek

  • “Spellbinding…a truly fascinating story that is part psychological suspense and part detective story.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Awesome…immediately thrusts the author into P. D. James’ dark orbit.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 2/13/2014

    " A very entertaining read. I did sort of guess the motive about half way through, but I still liked it. I almost liked it better than the PBS series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 2/11/2014

    " It was ok, not good enough to keep me going in the series, at least at this point... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 2/6/2014

    " This was a really intense mystery and a great entry to the Inspector Lynley series of books. It has everything--decapitation, murder of a dog, unrequited love,a missing mother, and an abhorrent individual whose crimes are so horrible they are terrible to think about. I'll get going on the second book very quickly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aubree Bowling | 2/3/2014

    " I am completely thrilled with this book and excited to have an entirely new series to read. I thought it was very smart and moved quickly but not to the detriment of complicated plotlines and multiple interesting and compelling characters. Can't wait to reAD MORE~ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maleicha | 2/3/2014

    " Lynley and Havers are the best. I've read a traitor to memory first. And then went back to ready the whole collection. I love the study of characters. It's very real. I love the mysteries but here the mystery takes second place to the story of the characters... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aby Lawson | 1/28/2014

    " This is my favorite mystery writer. Thomas Lynley is my favorite (character) detective. I wish I could say why; it's not because you can never guess the who-done-it (b/c there are times when you certainly can), or because the main character is a hero-never-to-be-outdone. It's just good, enjoyable storytelling. For me, certainly the location is a huge attraction, and the characters are layered and real. I've loved where their lives have gone over the years and I'll continue reading EVERY ONE as quickly as Elizabeth George can get them in print!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenine | 1/17/2014

    " Couldn't put it down, really wanted to know the dirt. A little sorry I knew it all by the end. Urk. Wonder if her protagonist Lynley settles down in course of the series. I hear Lord Peter echoes... Will probably read more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Latham | 1/16/2014

    " My mother was right! This is a great book. This is the first in a series & I very much enjoyed this book. Elizabeth George is an excellent writer & the plot (while a bit dark) had plenty of twists as well as interesting characters. I will definitely be reading others in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paulette Ponte | 12/30/2013

    " I had never read the first book of the Lynley-Havers series. Glad I read this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 11/21/2013

    " I enjoyed this first installment in the Inspector Lynley mystery series. Why do I enjoy mystery series set in England more than others? :) I plan to read more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 11/13/2013

    " The writing was great, but the ending was a bit heavy and made me think that I have to start reading happier books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Howard | 10/10/2013

    " Hauntingly sad, but an excellent mystery, starring the suave Inspector Thomas Lynley (the 8th Earl of Asherton) and the truculent Sergeant Barbara Havers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Beall | 3/16/2013

    " I enjoy all of the Inspector Lynley books. I love mysteries that are not only intriguing, but are part of series centered around the same main characters--I enjoy seeing their growth over time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne | 1/29/2013

    " The beginning of one of my favorite series. I would never miss one of these and invariably buy them in hardcover---a rarity! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gill | 12/14/2012

    " I loved watching the Inspetor Lynley mysteries on TV. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave Mc | 10/25/2012

    " I love this lady, her plots, personalities and vocabulary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fred Krapf | 9/15/2012

    " Fantastic. Good cozy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dani | 5/18/2012

    " Once you decide to overlook the use of words that demand you have a dictionary handy, this is a very good book. Although, I'm fairly certain that Lynley deserves canonization for not hitting Havers. I'm hopeful that her character improves over the series! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine Sunderland | 2/9/2012

    " While occasionally this detective story moves from genre mystery to literary mystery, I found the ending to be troubling, unnecessarily dark and graphic. Disappointing, for I admired many phrases and characterizations. Not sure if I shall tackle another one of Ms. George's novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annagrace K. | 11/25/2011

    " Well, that got a little intense. The solution, which I'd guessed, was a leetle too close to home for me and I'm not going to tell you why just that...Bible+abuse=not awesome. Oops--I just told you why. But really good story and satisfying character development/solution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denae | 9/8/2011

    " Didn't anticipate where it went, but that's not a bad thing. Overall, it was a decent book. Nothing profound, but I wouldn't rule out the possibility I'll read some more of her stuff. have any thoughts? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole Green | 5/24/2011

    " This book was a lot more than I thought it was going to be. Not only was it a great detective novel, but it had psychological suspense and many many thrills that I just could not put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debra | 5/7/2011

    " three and 1 half stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jandblock | 4/27/2011

    " This was the first of the series but I started at the end and am working backwards. I enjoy Elizabeth George and this was a very good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 4/6/2011

    " Great book, had me going til the end.. can't wait to read the others! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melanie | 4/6/2011

    " I like the characters, however parts were too graphic for a late night read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ikarus | 3/13/2011

    " Sehr gutes Buch, aber leider etwas hart, weil Kindesmißbrauch immer hart ist. Man will sowas in seiner Freizeit eigentlich gar nicht lesen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 3/11/2011

    " Donada Peters, reader of the audio version I "read," absolutely nailed this one, despite the fact that I wasn't too impressed with her at the beginning. She had me in tears before it was done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 3/8/2011

    " I picked up a bunch of free books and this was one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 2/25/2011

    " I am so happy that I read this! It was a great story. And more than that, the characters are so well-developed and intriguing; I've already checked out the next book because I'm looking forward to another great story and more about Lynley, Havers, Lady Clyde, Deborah, and St. James. Yay! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 2/12/2011

    " This is by far my favorite mystery series! I cannot wait for a new Elizabeth George to come out......The Inspector and his Sergeant have such an interesting relationship that defies class standing or background. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 2/8/2011

    " Good Lord, why has it taken me so long to read the Inspector Lynley series? Now that I've read the 1st one it's so obvious as to why this series is so popular-Damn! Ms.. George can write! "

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About the Author

Elizabeth George is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels of psychological suspense, as well as YA novels, nonfiction, and short-story collections. Her work has been honored with the Anthony and Agatha Awards, the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, and the MIMI, Germany’s prestigious prize for suspense fiction. She lives in Washington State.

About the Narrator

Sir Derek Jacobi has had a long and distinguished career. He has toured in Becket and Uncle Vanya, and he received a Tony Award for his performance as Benedick in the RSC’s production of Much Ado about Nothing. His work in television includes the lead roles in Cadfael and I, Claudius, and his film credits include Henry V, Gosford Park, and Hamlet. His narrations have won him eleven Audiofile Earphones Awards.