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Missing Joseph [Mass Market Paperback]

Elizabeth George
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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1 May 1994
Deborah and Simon St. James have taken a holiday in the winter landscape of Lancastershire, hoping to heal the growing rift in their marriage. But in the barren countryside awaits bleak news: The vicar of Wimslough, the man they had come to see, is dead—a victim of accidental poisoning. Unsatisfied with the inquest ruling and unsettled by the close association between the investigating constable and the woman who served the deadly meal, Simon calls in his old friend Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley. Together they uncover dark, complex relationships in this rural village, relationships that bring men and women together with a passion, with grief, or with the intention to kill. Peeling away layer after layer of personal history to reveal the torment of a fugitive spirit, Missing Joseph is award-winning author Elizabeth George's greatest achievement.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 567 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; Reissue edition (1 May 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553566040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553566048
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,702,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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She writes extremely well, plots brilliantly and reaches an emotional level deeper than most . . . Captivating (The Times)

Splendid writing . . . the mystery is a very good one (Sunday Telegraph)

Superbly constructed . . . George wastes not a single strand of her virtuoso plot (Scotsman) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The sixth novel in the best-selling Inspector Lynley mystery series --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing - lacks plot and pace 16 April 2008
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I have enjoyed many of Elizabeth George's books, and it has surprised me that I 'discovered' her relatively recently. Like other readers I enjoy the classic 30s detective stories, and PD James in the modern era. I have found many of George's books gripping - really well-written, with extremely good plot lines and interesting back-drop with the main characters developing their own lives through the novels - rather in the style of Dorothy L Sayers. Having just read 'Missing Josepth', I now know why it took me so long to find her. I read this book a long time ago, and it put me off her writing for ages. In fairness, the book is well-written, and the plot development of the relationship between Deborah and Simon St John is good, but the actual crime story is turgid - extremely slow-paced and with none of the twists and layers of other work. The whole lot seems shrouded in the Lancastrian mist! I would recommend others before attempting this one.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Missing Joseph is a powerful story about what it means to be a human being, a parent, a lover, a friend, a daughter and someone who misuses others. While there is a mystery in the book, the story itself transcends the mystery. The detection involved is skillfully designed to help illuminate Ms. George's main subjects.
The characters involved build on past novels by looking more deeply into the relationships between Simon and Deborah St. James, Thomas Lynley and Lady Helen Clyde, and Barbara Havers and her mother. To extend those themes in new directions, Ms. George adds several new characters who are tied together by tragedy. These characters include a widowed local constable, an Anglican vicar, the vicar's witchcraft-practicing housekeeper, a reclusive provider of potions from herbs and her daughter. Seldom will you discover a book that develops so many characters in so many dimensions in one book. I found myself staying up past 1 a.m. to finish the story, and would have gone later had it been necessary.
As the book opens, the vicar raises a fundamental question that resonates throughout the book: Where's Joseph? Originally asked in connection to the many images of Jesus and Mary, that question takes on haunting new meanings before the book ends.
Even if you have never read another book in this distinguished series, I'm sure you would find this book to be a rewarding choice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars over descibed 29 Aug 2013
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I found the basic story gripping so I did have the patience to read through pages of irrelevant description around minor characters but I would be pretty desperate for a read before I tried again. Three pages about the fridge and removal problems of a character who has no bearing on the main plot at all and that at a point when the action is getting interesting. This writer could be really good if she learns to precis all descriptions and prune the characters down to the ones that matter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Read from Elizabeth George 7 Jun 2014
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I ordered this book because it was the only Elizabeth George I had still to read and couldn't find it elsewhere. An avid fan of this author, I was not disappointed. In fact it was a good book to finish the Inspector Lynley series with, a nice plot with good interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Missing Joseph 3 Jun 2014
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I love all Elizabeth George's books. This is another one in her Insp. Lynley series. Perhaps it is Insp. Lynley I love.
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3.0 out of 5 stars review 26 May 2014
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to early to rate as I havent started reading it yet,ask me in a months time when I will have read it
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well written but doesn't feel original 24 Jan 2013
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Well written (although there are sometimes anachronisms due to the American author using a British setting). I'm beginning to find her books a bit samey, but as a one at a time read, quite a good bed time book ...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good 11 Jan 2013
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Full of twists and turns. Interesting development of characters and explorations of the moral and real worlds. On to the next one in the series now!
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