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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,428 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: 9780553750874
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Award-winning author Elizabeth George gives us an early glimpse into the lives of Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, forensic scientist Simon Allcourt-St. James, and Lady Helen Clyde in a superlative mystery thatis also a fascinating inquiry into the crimes of the heart. Lynley, the eighth earl of Asherton, has brought to Howenstow, his family home, the young woman he has asked to be his bride. But the savage murder of a localjournalist is the catalyst for a lethal series of events that shatters the calm of a picturesque Cornwall village and embroils Lynley and St. James in a case far outside their jurisdiction-and a little too closeto home. When a second death follows closely on the heels of the first, Lynley finds he can't help taking the investigation personally-because the evidence points to a killer within his own family.

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Quotes & Awards

  • George is a master...an outstanding practitioner of the modern English mystery. Chicago Tribune
  • Ms. George proves that the classiest crime writers are true novelists. The New York Times
  • Ms. George can do it all, with style to spare. The Wall Street Journal
  • A master of the modern English mystery. Entertainment Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Hinsley | 2/6/2014

    " Reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbi | 1/29/2014

    " I've been reading this series chronologically and this prequel is the weakest entry so far. I definitely missed Havers' acid tongue. Still it provides a good backstory to many of the series' convoluted relationships. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 1/22/2014

    " Our February book club selection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam Lauer | 1/19/2014

    " When I started to read this book I kept thinking this sounds familiar. I then realized that this book was what one of the episodes the PBS Mystery was based on. I think I enjoyed the book more that the show. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ray | 1/15/2014

    " Really good. Takes a look back at Inspector Lynley and his friends' history. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Solarpowered | 12/30/2013

    " This book is a snooze-fest. The characters that were so interesting in the first three books are made out to be weak and self-absorbed. Havers is such an interesting character and she hardly makes an appearance in this book. As for the mystery - it was really drawn out and dull. When I read her first three novels I found I could not put them down. I actually have to force myself to pick this one up. I'm not sure I want to continue on to the fifth. Is it worth it? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan Horkey | 12/28/2013

    " I loved this book but there seemed to be too many plots going on at once. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kellyklturner | 12/22/2013

    " Please note - this is a 4 star rating in the "delicious, delicious mind candy" category. I get it - this is not high art. I don't care, I'd still rather read all the deets of Inspector Lynley sussing out the crime than have a conversation with a person. I bet you would too! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindywho | 12/10/2013

    " This one was a prequel - rehashing the Lynley angst that was referred to in the other mysteries. I missed Havers, though she did put in a cameo. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mandy Huot | 9/20/2013

    " Although I haven't read much of George's books, I was not a fan of this one. I read all the way to part III, and still was not into it, pushing myself to get even that far. I gave up trying. I'm hoping her others are not this boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cm Perkins | 8/17/2013

    " I really liked this book and stayed up reading it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 8/17/2013

    " This was an interesting book in that it was not chronological in the series as book #4. The plot takes place well before Lynley and Havers are partnered. It tells the back story of Lynley and Deborah, Deborah and St. James, and much about the Lynley family's dysfunction. Murders galore, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 5/21/2013

    " Elizabeth George never disappoints me. Highly intelligent writing with both mystery and sensitivity making her characters real people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 5/19/2013

    " This was a very well-written and entertaining mystery story - so much so, I think I'll go back and read the beginning of the Lynley series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 5/16/2013

    " I liked it. A prequel to George's Lynley series. Fills in some holes... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 B.J. Foley | 4/23/2013

    " Elizabeth George's prose is incomparable. Loved the mystery, the characters, the location descriptions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naomi | 1/19/2013

    " Anything by Elizabeth George falls into my MUST READ category. Her writing is so good that I stalk her website to find out when new books are coming out. Unfortunately, I believe Lynley and George have def. gone into retirement! This book is no exception. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 International Cat Lady | 7/4/2012

    " As always, an excellent read... although this flashback into the earlier lives of Lynley, St. James, Helen, and Deborah was somewhat disconcerting. Way too much partner swapping in their history! Nonetheless, excellent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katrina | 3/2/2012

    " A bit lackluster -- not surprising, since we already know what happens with the major relationship featured in the storyline. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/19/2012

    " Good, well-crafted mystery. I'm told the others in the series are more mystery and less character-driven. Whatever. Kind of soap-opera-ish with the bad boyfriends and partner switching, but overall a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/31/2011

    " Glad that there are many more of these to come! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ceri | 4/12/2011

    " Very good. My only moan is this is 'billed' as book 4 in the series, but goes back to when Lynley was due to marry Deborah; Havers was not yet Lynley's partner etc. I would have read this first if I'd known!! Chronologically it comes before all the ones I've read so far. :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 3/1/2011

    " Due to fleshing out the back story in A Suitable Vengeance reading A Great Deliverance will make more sense. Read this one first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita | 2/1/2011

    " I enjoyed the mystery part, but the interpersonal relationships got a bit tedious.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kellyklturner | 12/20/2010

    " Please note - this is a 4 star rating in the "delicious, delicious mind candy" category. I get it - this is not high art. I don't care, I'd still rather read all the deets of Inspector Lynley sussing out the crime than have a conversation with a person. I bet you would too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harry | 12/11/2010

    " Another winner from Ms. George. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Henk | 11/24/2010

    " This book left me rather unsatisfied. The characters were unbelievable and some of the psychology too far fetched. The whole story left me wondering and indeed wandering. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 11/23/2010

    " I love Elizabeth George. This was a book about the early days of Inspector Lynley and his friend,St. James . How interesting to read of their early associations. I recommend it no matter if you've read one before or if this is your first. She writes mysteries for smart people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 10/24/2010

    " As always, an excellent read... although this flashback into the earlier lives of Lynley, St. James, Helen, and Deborah was somewhat disconcerting. Way too much partner swapping in their history! Nonetheless, excellent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 10/18/2010

    " Interesting family in the English countryside. I enjoy Inspector Lyndley mysteries on BBC made from this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 7/19/2010

    " Glad that there are many more of these to come! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naomi | 6/9/2010

    " Anything by Elizabeth George falls into my MUST READ category. Her writing is so good that I stalk her website to find out when new books are coming out. Unfortunately, I believe Lynley and George have def. gone into retirement! This book is no exception. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 5/31/2010

    " Great fun to go back in time with them, but seriously, Deborah is only 20? She's just a kid! Yet she's a professional photographer and woman of the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 5/24/2010

    " Almost a four star. Not my usual fare, needed to get used to her British style. Didn't care for the soap opera approach to explaining why St. James had been out of contact with Deborah for all those years. "

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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 multiple Audiofile Earphones Awards.