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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,383 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: 9780553755442
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In her astonishing New York Times bestseller, acclaimed author Elizabeth George reveals the even darker 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. Intense, suspenseful and brilliantly written, Playing for the Ashes will make readers "search out the sleuthing pair's first six adventures...a treasure," as Cosmopolitan predicted in their review.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morrigan | 2/19/2014

    " I loved this book, she wove a tale that was intriguing and I didn't know who did it half way through. I will certainly read more of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica Howard | 2/17/2014

    " The mystery itself was fascinating and character driven, as are all of Elizabeth George's books. This book wasn't my favorite of hers though because it told the story in alternating chapters told from two different perspectives on the crime. I prefer the books where the whole thing is from the perspective of Inspector Lynley. "

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

    " A bit slow overall but still pretty good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merry | 1/30/2014

    " One of the best Inspector Lynley books I've read to date! It had several sub-plots, and I was almost to the end before I knew for sure "whodunit." The only negative was some descriptions were a bit much for me (read: gory) and several of the characters were lower class, hence the dialog was a little "rough." But all in all, a very satisfying read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/25/2014

    " George tries out running two perspectives counter to each other, which doesn't entirely achieve a harmonious whole, but otherwise satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg Hannah | 1/21/2014

    " George is such a good writer. This one is a little more gritty, and she takes a different tack to convey the story, which is interesting and flows well. But I'm not sure I can completely believe in some of the characters or in some of their actions. In particular, I felt I didn't know Kenneth and his motivations very well. Still, it's a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 1/20/2014

    " This is my favorite do far in this series.. it delt with MS in a gentle manner. The book stands alone. I recommend reading it even if you have not read the others in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda | 1/11/2014

    " I didn't want to like this one. But I felt it might be blasphemy if I didn't keep reading. It is very wordy but a nice twist for the ending made me give it the three stars. This is more risque' than her earlier titles and I did enjoy knowing that George could write about the dirty side of SoHo in London. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lily Smalls | 1/10/2014

    " I'm not into crime fiction, but I do like Elizabeth George. I think she is a great artist when it comes to setting up a plot and creating characters. Playing for the Ashes is my favourite of her novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MaryAlice | 1/10/2014

    " the new year is all about reading mysteries in mass paperback sizes for me and catching up on series that I have not completed. this was a good entry in this series. she is such a good writer (and there are so many bad ones in this genre) though I did think the story was a little long-winded and "slight" in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 12/24/2013

    " Another good Elizabeth George mystery. She is a master at including horrific circumstances into her mysteries. This take was complex with many twists and turns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherie | 11/24/2013

    " If I had to choose one book out of all E. George's Inspector Lindley, I'd probably choose this. An aging woman, a toyboy, and revenge gone very wrong. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwen | 11/10/2013

    " I like Elizabeth George. This one was regarding a famous cricket player who was murdered by accident - meaning someone else was suppose to die instead. DI Lindley asks Helen to marry him. His side-kick moves into a new apartment and makes friends with neighbor girl. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 meaghan | 11/7/2013

    " My favorite mystery author. Great series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 10/17/2013

    " At first I had trouble getting into this one. Maybe it was all the British terms and references. However, once the scene was set this story got REALLY GOOD. I love a great who-done-it mystery. I might have to read more by this author. Thanks Mom for the recommendation. "

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

    " Classic Inspector Lynley "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Di | 2/20/2013

    " TAnother great installment in the Inspector Lynley series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth A | 10/26/2012

    " Always love DI Lynley and Sgt Havers. Once again I did not know who dun it 'til the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 10/16/2012

    " This series just keeps getting better and better! Can't wait to read the rest! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 9/20/2012

    " This was my least favorite Elizabeth George book so far :( I've really been enjoying the series. Hopefully the next one is better.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/27/2012

    " A long, but well paced mystery. I guessed the murderer very early in the book . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie Hickman | 5/3/2012

    " It was a bit long but loads of twists and turns. I never knew the results till the end. It was wonderful! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judi Young | 4/11/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 12/4/2011

    " I have been stuck on all the Elizabeth George books. Great characters, excellent mysteries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mindy | 5/6/2011

    " Inspector Lynley mystery told from the perspective of the the person who know who murdered the victim. Really enjoyable read. Tommy and Helen become engaged. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cora | 4/23/2011

    " This one's kind of sad, but one of my favorites. Really compelling secondary characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 4/2/2011

    " Another good Elizabeth George mystery. She is a master at including horrific circumstances into her mysteries. This take was complex with many twists and turns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annagrace | 3/15/2011

    " One of my favorites in this series, so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peg | 2/28/2011

    " The mysterious death of a famous soccer player with unusual familial ties brings Inspector Lynley and team into another exploration of the English countryside with murder to be solved. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky | 2/8/2011

    " Not my favorite one so far, but I am not discouraged. I will keep reading this series because I enjoy the characters. I usually enjoy the story, but this one dragged and I didn't enjoy the chapters written in the first person in Olivia's voice until the latter part of the book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Peggy | 1/16/2011

    " An ugly book that left me with a bad taste in my mouth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 La Chipie | 11/29/2010

    " M'a pas marquée plus que ça, je me rappelle juste qu'il était bien ficelé, comme toujours. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherie | 11/12/2010

    " If I had to choose one book out of all E. George's Inspector Lindley, I'd probably choose this. An aging woman, a toyboy, and revenge gone very wrong. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catharine | 8/23/2010

    " Not my favorite of George's Inspector Lynley novels. George's introduction of a second narrator to the tale was a little clumsy. Still, she's a remarkable talent and I'll start the next in the series in a day or two. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenine | 7/6/2010

    " Pros: sense of place (the barge, Isle of Dogs, cottage, etc.); handling of animal lib. theme; Cons: too long and drawn out; characters behaving oddly. It was adequate: it fulfilled the job of a novel and made me want to get to the end. "

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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.