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Just One Evil Act (Inspector Lynley Book 18)

Just One Evil Act (Inspector Lynley Book 18) [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth George
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)

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Her treatment of the Mediterranean settings (along with a raft of intriguing new characters) shows a new exuberance. The prodigious sprawl of the book will perhaps rule it out for any casual readers, but George aficionados will consider that Just One Evil Act possesses (as Schumann said of Schubert's Great C Major symphony) "heavenly length". (Barry Forshaw Independent 2013-10-24)

Elizabeth George is a wonderful author. She spins exciting 'whodunits' with great twists and turns, peopled with fabulous stand-out characters. (

The most demanding and satisfying of the many detective novels by Elizabeth George featuring Havers and her New Scotland Yard partner, Inspector Thomas Lynley . . . The author combines an old-school aptitude for twist-riddled plots with modern psychological insights, ethical agonizing, realistic violence and sardonic humor. (Wall Street Journal)

[Lynley is] one of the great character portraits in contemporary crime fiction. (Boston Globe)


She's a designer of fastidious mosaics that never fail to intrigue.


Presses all the buttons to make us hoover her stuff up. (Daily Telegraph)

Her crime novels combine Victorian craftsmanship, psychological observation and ingenious plotting. George's celebrated attention to detail keeps the reader totally immersed. Bliss. (Kate Saunders Saga)

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Barbara Havers puts her career on the line while DI Thomas Lynley attempts to straighten her out before it's too late.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1067 KB
  • Print Length: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (15 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,281 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Masquerading as an Inspector Lynley novel. 10 Jan 2014
I've been an avid reader of Elizabeth Geoge's Lynley books for quite a number of years now but this will probably be the last book I will purchase in this series.
It just didn't hold my interest at all, the whole Italian setting and the complexities of the relationships of all involved was just so convoluted, and totally unbelievable.
I just couldn't finish it - and that's rare for me.
As much as I once loved Lynley and Haver, I won't justify wasting any more time on any future books in this series if they continue to be written like this one.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What Happened Here? 17 Jan 2014
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I realised within the first hundred pages that this was going to be a long drawn-out read, as indeed it proved to be. I have read all Elizabeth George's other books, except 'Before He Shot Her', which I didn't think I needed to get involved in. I did finish this book but it has been a struggle, I'm a quick reader but it dragged on and on and I was losing the will to live at some points. I tried to skip some of the pointless narrative to hurry it up and keep it tighter but it was still a struggle. I know this book is fiction but, really, it delved into the realms of fantasy in many instances. Barbara Havers has become a caricature of herself and unbelievable, which is a shame because, in the earlier books of the series, she was just eccentric. Shame about all this, I really enjoyed the first few of her books, except, maybe 'Playing for the Ashes', which was over-the-top, in my opinion. I shall consider reviews carefully before buying another.
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64 of 72 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars George's Ghastly Medicine. 31 Oct 2013
By Pigwin
When Hadiyyah,the daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar, is taken by the girl's mother, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is in no position to help since Azhar has no legal claim as he and Angelina had never married and his name does not appear on the girl's birth certificate. Five months later things take a sinister turn when Angelina turns up in England and accuses Azhar of kidnapping their daughter from an Italian marketplace where Angelina has been living with her Italian lover, Lorenzo. Havers is distraught for Azhar but also very concerned about Hadiyyah as she has grown to care deeply for the young girl.

Readers of Ms. George's novels will not be surprised that Barbara immediately sets out on a course of action that could well place her career in jeopardy in order to clear Azhar of suspicion and to find his daughter alive and well. However, the case is far more complicated than Havers could possibly imagine.

This book is a complete mess and is perhaps the worst novel I have ever read, largely due to Ms. George's writing style. There are other factors such as a ridiculously far fetched and needlessly complicated plot and the novel, comprising more than 700 pages, is far too long and over-written; I had lost interest in the story and had been driven to distraction by page 150. Elizabeth George has always been guilty, even in her better and earlier novels, of using words out of context and squashing as many obscure words as possible into each chapter- presumably to show readers just how erudite and well-read she is. Does she not realize that the best writers use beautiful, clean, uncluttered English.

What sets this novel apart and gives rise to my unadulterated dislike of the story is the Ital-inglese she employs in those chapters set in Lucca.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The end of a Lynley era for me 14 Nov 2013
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I have long been a fan of the Inspector Lynley series. I know that writers have to move forward but there are some keys aspects that readers always enjoy - Lynley's obvious wealth that contrasts with his love for his job, his strange but very loving relationship with Havers, and the fact that the pair of them will go on adventures to solve crimes, often bending the rules along the way. After the truly awful 'What Came Before He Shot her' I hoped that a classic Lynley book would be just what us fans needed. Firstly, we have Lynley pursuing this farcical romance. Then we move onto the plot about Hadiyah. George has built the relationship between Havers and the little girl and his father so sensitively over the years. When she goes missing it gives the perfect chance for a storyline about her search, which you hope Havers will be at the frontline of, ready for action. Instead you get what all authors do when short on story - take it abroad. The moving of the story to Italy, involving a cast of characters that you do not care about, is just adding insult to injury. By this point there are far too many characters to speak of, and to be quite honest, you give up hope of caring. It is a long book, and I was already giving up just a quarter of the way through, but I stayed with it. If I could ask for my money book I would and itis was great sadness that I will not purchase another Lynley mystery. I have been such a loyal and avid reader but sometimes you have to know when to throw in the towel.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tedious 23 Nov 2013
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I suggested this to a thriller readers' group - and wished that I had not, as no-one liked it. In fact I may be the only member of the group who finished it! Excluding the spoiler, here is what I reported back to the group:

At last I have reached the end of `Just One Evil Act' and it has been a real rollercoaster of a ride. I am left wondering what to say about it - simply because it is SO long and parts of it are so tough to get through. The last quarter of the book is the best by far. I think that the entire book could have been cut right back with some judicious editing. I could also have been made much easier to read by the exclusion of Italian words - you have to ask yourself WHY she felt the need for this when it actually detracts from the reader's understanding and enjoyment of the book. Bizarrely in the first part of the book the description and behaviour of Barbara Havers drove me mad and, I believe, has put some readers right off the book - and yet once she arrives in Italy this all seems to change. The character of the Italian policeman Salvatore Lo Bianco is beautifully drawn and his interaction with Barbara is intriguing as it combines compassion with a fierce intelligence.

Am I glad I read to the end? Yes, and I actually enjoyed the last 20%! Would I recommend it? Er... probably not.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars How to rate that?
Negatives first: That book reads as if it has been written by three persons. One of them is clearly George. Another one is obviously learning, while tipping, Italian on his Ipod. Read more
Published 14 hours ago by Alyssum saxatile
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb read
A brilliant plot with twists and turns a plenty. Couldn't put the book down. Loved the Italian flavour and Barbara at her absolute worst.
Published 2 days ago by Bronwen
1.0 out of 5 stars Shocked
Repetitive, tedious, confused. A total insult to the reading public. Time to sack the editor. And drop the author pronto.
Published 4 days ago by trixie
3.0 out of 5 stars I was disappointed in her last book but this one defies description
I am a long time Elizabeth George fan; I was disappointed in her last book but this one defies description . Read more
Published 8 days ago by Francesca
4.0 out of 5 stars You may need to re-read some paragraphs
A few disjointed pieces and some flaws but enjoyable and lots of twists
Published 14 days ago by Mr Michael J Shanahan
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I nearly didn't buy this book because of previous reviews - but I loved it. OK the Italian was a bit of a nuisance as I had no idea what was being said, but it was fairly easy to... Read more
Published 22 days ago by CB38
5.0 out of 5 stars first inspector Lynley book, wont be the last
I don't know why it has taken so long to find this author but i am glad. I look forward to the next time
Published 23 days ago by pauline claire bridger
3.0 out of 5 stars just following the series !
have followed Lynley through thick and thin but haven't actually started the book yet ! I'm sure it will not disappoint when its turn comes round !
Published 1 month ago by lizell
2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious
I have always enjoyed her books in the past but found this one unexciting and,frankly,I got to the point where I didn't care who did it so gave up on it!
Published 1 month ago by M R R Kenny
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the usual enjoyable Lynley tale
I found this nothing like as enjoyable as the usual Elizabeth George books. Very convoluted plots. Very long winded and lots of Italian phrases not translated.
Published 1 month ago by Sais
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