This book is the latest in a mystery series featuring Inspector Thomas Lynley and his partner Sergeant Barbara Havers, both with Scotland Yard. Elizabeth George has been writing books in this series since 1988.
Even though this is the first book I have read by George, I picked up the relationships right away. I was surprised to turn to the back panel and find that Ms. George is an American writer living in Washington State. This book takes place in the London area and George perfectly writes as though she lives there.
At first glance, this book can be intimidating as it contains almost 700 pages and is two inches thick. But I was looking forward to the challenge. The book was hard to put down and kept me on pins and needles. There are stories within the story and it is not until the final pages that she pulls everything together. For almost the entire book, you wonder who deserves the punishment that is named in the title.
Googling this series, you will find that several of her novels have been adapted for the BBC series “The Inspector Lynley Mysteries”. The book is rated 4.4 of 5 stars by Amazon and the Wall Street Journal says “From suspense to social commentary, from violence to pathos, from villainy to possible redemption, Ms. George can do it all, with style.”
Suspense Magazine writes ““Elizabeth George has created journeys for Havers and Lynley before and this, yet again, falls among the ‘must reads’ in the suspense world. For new readers getting onboard and for those who have loved these characters for a while now, this book is one you do not want to miss.”
The book has lots of twists and turns and the ending is hard to predict. One of the customer reviews on Amazon says it best “George has given us a story with innumerable twists and turns to keep the reader spurred on to find the culprit”.
About the Author from the back panel of the book: “Elizabeth George is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty psychological suspense novels, four young adult novels, one book of nonfiction, and two short-story collections. Her work has been honored with the Anthony and Agatha awards, two Edgar nominations, and both France’s and Germany’s first prize for crime fiction, as well as several other prestigious prizes. She lives in Washington State.”
In reading the acknowledgements, you find why her book is so realistic. She locates an area of England that she wants to write about, researches the area and then spends time there familiarizing herself with the area to help her develop her characters, the plot and the subplots. Her research pays off in a very exciting read – and available at the Jefferson Carnegie Library, just waiting for you to check it out. Others in this series are also available in print, large print, and audio CD versions.
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