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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,434 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth George Narrator: Simon Jones Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Lynley Series Release Date: July 2003 ISBN: 9780739304518
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An isolated beach on the island of Guernsey in the English Channel is the scene of the murder of Guy Brouard, one of Guernsey’s wealthiest inhabitants and its main benefactor. Forced as a child to flee the Nazis in Paris, Brouard was engaged in his latest project when he died: a museum in honor of those who resisted the German occupation of the island during World War II.

It is from this period of time that his murderer may well have come. But there are others on Guernsey with reason to want Guy Brouard dead: his wives, his business associates, his current mistress, the underprivileged teenagers he mentored—any of whom might have harbored a secret motive for murder. As family and friends gather for the reading of the will, Deborah and Simon St. James find that seemingly everyone on the history-haunted island has something to hide. And behind all the lies and alibis, a killer is lurking. In order to bring this person to justice, the St. James must delve into Guernsey’s dark history—both past and present—and into the troubled psyche of someone who may have exacted retribution for the most unspeakable crime of all.

In A Place of Hiding, bestselling novelist Elizabeth George marks new territory in the darker landscapes of human relationships. She tells a gripping, suspenseful story of betrayal and devotion, war and remembrance, love and loss…and the higher truths to which we must all ultimately answer.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 2/15/2014

    " Oh, my! A twist that I had not anticipated -- the murderer was not anyone I would have guessed -- the writing was super; the characters all had flaws; the plot was complicated but not unreal -- it's good!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pia | 2/15/2014

    " no lynley in this one, mostly st james and deborah. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 2/4/2014

    " omg - i learned i can still read something long after i should have stopped. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Blaire | 2/2/2014

    " Elizabeth George has been one of my favorite mystery writers since I read her first book. The thing I like best is her ability to create several related strands of plot and, by the end of the book, weave them together into a coherent whole. Often each strand affords Ms. George an opportunity to examine a different aspect of whatever she has chosen for her theme, aside from the murder. It gives her mysteries a depth and complexity that most murder mysteries don't possess. In this book, Ms. George has chosen to examine familial relationships; particularly sibling relationships. And she does it well. I enjoyed this book slightly less than most of her others because I found myself becoming really annoyed with the two protagonists, Simon and Deborah. Unfortunately, I became really annoyed really early in the book. For one thing, the dialog between them doesn't ring true. For another, they're both so extremely prickly and tightly wound that they tiptoe around each other all of the time. I found myself wondering what they are doing together since they never seem to relax and enjoy themselves. Enough venting about that. On the whole, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to my friends (with the above-mentioned reservations.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 2/2/2014

    " Another good George mystery, this time with Simon and Deborah with Lynley playing only a supporting role! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tammy AZ | 1/22/2014

    " Not her best. No Detective Lynley - focuses on St. George and Deborah. While the mystery is good, Deborah is annoying and whiny, as are many of the main characters. Don't start with this book if you've never read George. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 1/21/2014

    " I listened to this book. If I had it to do over, I'd look for the abridged version. While I find George's stories not at all dull, I find the large number of characters and the long suffering musings of each character sometimes more than is necessary to put together a good story. This book was too long and not very satisfying in the ending. I still like George and will continue reading the rest of her books. I especially love the ones with a lot of Lynley, Havers and even Nkata. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne Grunert | 1/11/2014

    " Elizabeth George's books are okay...this is one of her better ones. The prose is clunky at times. I do, however, like to read her books and this one had a pretty good plot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dana | 1/7/2014

    " Lengthy....bt d thrill was der! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roberta | 12/8/2013

    " Did not enjoy this as much as others in this series. Overly long and the mystery seemed to take second place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 12/6/2013

    " Every time I read another Inspector Lynley book, I think it's my favorite, and this one is no exception. George weaves plot, characters, setting and intricate details into stories that have an emotional pull. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 amanda | 11/26/2013

    " I go back and forth about Elizabeth George, but in the end, she always has a clever mystery even if its not the most elegantly written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scott Porter | 11/25/2013

    " This book was terribly long. I also found part of the ending implausible. I find it hard to believe I stayed to the end. I'm glad this was a library loan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy Allen | 11/19/2013

    " Yet another strong story by one of my favorite (or should I say favourite) authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 11/11/2013

    " Complex well developed characters. This the first Elizabeth George I have read. Clearly familiarity will previous books would have been helpful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jandblock | 9/30/2013

    " A good convoluted murder mystery. I like this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ken | 8/6/2013

    " Had potential, but there were so many plots and subplots that by the time I found out who the killer was, I really didn't care any more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise Hartman | 8/1/2013

    " I love Elizabeth George's writing and characters. This was not my favorite ones perhaps because I got out of order in the series and possibly because Lynley was not the main character. A good enough read though. I loved the environment and historical implications of the story on Guernsey Island. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dav'ne | 5/24/2013

    " Elizabeth George is a masterful writer...the twists and turns of this plot kept me coming back for more...right up to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glennie | 1/25/2013

    " Another excellent George with lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing. I missed the presence of Lynley and Havers, but it was interesting to see the focus on Simon and Deborah. Excellent secondary characters too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbi | 11/9/2012

    " Barbara Havers was sorely missed in this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Missmath144 | 8/24/2012

    " It goes off in too many directions. The characters aren't likeable. The solutions to the mysteries are based largely on things the reader couldn't have known about. So - ha ha - the author figured it out. . . not too difficutl since she created the mystery. "

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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

Simon Jones is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator. He has appeared in the films The Devil’s Own, Twelve Monkeys, For Love or Money, Green Card, Brazil, Monty Python’s Meaning of Life, and Miracle on 34th Street. His television appearances include a role in The Cosby Mysteries and Murder She Wrote, and he has been featured in nine Broadway productions.