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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,095 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth George Narrator: Charles Keating Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Lynley Series Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9780061630644
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Devastated by the senseless murder of his wife, Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley retreated to Cornwall, where he has spent six solitary weeks hiking the bleak and rugged coastline. But no matter how far he walks, the painful memories do not diminish. 

Then, at the base of a cliff, Lynley discovers the body of a young man who appears to have fallen to his death. The closest town, better known for its tourists and its surfing than its intrigue, seems an unlikely place for murder. But it soon becomes apparent that a clever killer is indeed at work, and this time Lynley is not a detective but a witness—and possibly a suspect.

But the head of the vastly understaffed local police department needs Lynley’s help, especially when it comes to the mysterious, secretive woman whose cottage sits close to where the body was discovered. Can Lynley let go of the past long enough to solve a most devious and carefully planned crime?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Absorbing…the pleasure of the book is the slow, surprising and often shocking unravelling of the various links between the main characters.” 

    Times (London)

  • “The plausible resolution of the crime leaves enough ambiguity to satisfy readers who prefer psychologically sophisticated plots and motivations.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “You can’t keep a good detective down…George delivers, once again, a mystery imbued with psychological suspense and in-depth characterization.” 

    Booklist

  • “Fans of the Lynley series will savor George’s latest complex investigation into human psychology and murder.” 

    AudioFile

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 2/20/2014

    " A little slow at first but it picked up once Havers came on the scene. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 2/12/2014

    " I really like the way Elizabeth George writes. She keeps it interesting throughout the book. This one kept me entertained throughout. One of the side stories I felt was an unnecessary addition to the book but it was a side story and not to big of an issue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Underwood | 2/5/2014

    " Ins. Lynley is grieving after the death of his wife and stumbles upon a body or a rock climber. He gets involved in the investigation and Havers comes to watch after him. Typical Elizabeth George. Very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele St John | 2/4/2014

    " This is the one Paulien gave me for my birthday last year. It takes place after Lynley's wife is murdered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 1/30/2014

    " I didn't think this book would take as long as it did to finish. Very hard to get into and it was long and drawn out in places. Felt the end didn't justify the getting there as it all came together quickly. However the book was well written and it wouldn't put me off reading another one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Iris | 1/25/2014

    " Not as good as her previous books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Ryhanen | 1/23/2014

    " I haven't read an Elizabeth George for awhile....and I used to really enjoy them. This was a good one.. full of suspense and surprises at the end. Not enough Barbara Havers....I love her character! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 1/18/2014

    " The only thing I did not like was the number of characters, with secondary stories. Big book lots of reading "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judi Young | 12/20/2013

    " I am hooked on the Lynley & Havers & St. James series. Love them all. "

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

    " I found the book very slow. It must be a British thing. Anyway, after a while I found myself wondering if it was worth finishing... not really, but I finished it anyway. I've read worse. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherie | 11/12/2013

    " Certainly not what I consider Ms George's best work. However, it is an interesting read with lots of red herrings and over-the top father-son casualties. I haven't entirely forgiven her for killing Helen Clyde or for neglecting Barbara Havers, but she's the author and she calls the shots. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Allen | 7/16/2013

    " This is the first Elizabeth George I'd read, and I really liked Inspector Lynley: I'll read more of them. This one seems to have an intriguing spin: All the characters seem guilty! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Jo | 2/17/2013

    " A long book (600+ pages) but it intrigued me enough that I couldn't put it down. Lots of twists and turns and a rather surprising ending. It takes place in a rather remote area of England and the dialect was somewhat difficult at times to follow, but I did enjoy reading the book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Lynn | 2/16/2013

    " I love English mysteries and Elizabeth George is my all-time favorite. Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers, their associates, friends and neighbors have all become familiar over the years. George's books are complex and compelling. I hope she keeps writing for the rest of my life! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryEllen | 12/24/2012

    " Love this series and Lynley. George is a terrific and intelligent writer--one of the very few that can send me scrambling for the dictionary! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lora | 12/16/2012

    " Good, but not quite as complex as usual. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 12/9/2012

    " I liked this one. Even though I didn't know how Lynley could possibly recover from the last book's tragic end. I think it will be able to go on. Good. I love Havers. I don't want her to disappear. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tammy | 6/29/2012

    " This was very hard for me to follow, as far as who all the characters were. Possibly due to not having read any of her other books? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dot | 6/3/2012

    " This was my first read of a Elizabeth George novel and I loved it! Very well written. I loved how she wrote the characters so well. I felt like I got to know them very well by the end of the book. A very satisfying read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Muriel Kudera | 3/9/2012

    " George is another of my favorite writers.This book is not disappointing.Having finished this book and enjoyed it,I would like to see more of Barbara one of George's characters as well as Deborah and her husband. This book appears to be a lead in to still another story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 5/19/2011

    " I enjoy reading books by Elizabeth George...but I found this story to be slow starting and I did not finish the book. Maybe I was in a weird mood as I read...sometimes that can be a factor in how I feel about a book. I will try it anain later...maybe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 5/16/2011

    " She's a great writer if you're into mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 5/13/2011

    " I'm usually pretty good at guessing the murderer, but with 30 pages to go I have no clue.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 5/13/2011

    " This is a well wrought mystery like all the Thomas Lynley series with well developed characters and plot. A cracking good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorna | 5/5/2011

    " fan of the lynley / havers books for sure "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristine | 5/1/2011

    " Elizabeth George's books get better as she gets older. They become more complex and intriguing and are much, much more about the main characters than the mysteries they solve. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 4/29/2011

    " Good story, but some parts were a bit graphic for me. Focused too much on sex. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jetreno | 4/21/2011

    " See review under "A place of Hiding" by Elizabeth George
    Copyright 2008 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 4/21/2011

    " While I'm not a mystery lover, George is a master at creating character and place, and so kept me fully engaged. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathleen | 4/8/2011

    " Took me two years to finish this book - boring... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn J. | 3/29/2011

    " Great depth of character and I love a mystery where the roots lie in the past. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Florence | 3/15/2011

    " Murder mysteries are not my favorite genre but I decided to give this one a go. There were lots of characters to keep in mind and many plot details designed to throw one off the track. The Cornish coastal atmosphere was nice but in the end I was left hungry as with a non nutritious meal. "

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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.