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Elizabeth George
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1 Aug 1995
"The story begins with my father, actually, and the fact that I'm the one who's answerable for his death.  It was not my first crime, as you will see, but it is the one my mother couldn't forgive."

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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  • Mass Market Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; Reprint edition (1 Aug 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553572512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553408454
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 10.9 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,947,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A very fine writer' (The Times)

'An adult and meaty crime story' (Daily Mail) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Hurts 18 Jun 2005
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Elizabeth George continues her superb exploration of the theme of how love affects us in this engrossing police procedural. For once, she balances her powerful character-development skills with an intriguing plot to explore an intriguing mystery. This is the work of a master with all her talents fully on display.
The title refers to the UK-Australian cricket rivalry. If you don't know cricket, relax. Although cricket is part of the book's backdrop, you don't need to know anything about it to enjoy the book.
The stage is set when the UK's foremost cricket batsman, Kenneth Fleming, is found dead in a country cottage, the apparent victim of an arson-based fire. But he seems misplaced. The man was supposed to be in Greece with his elder son. What's going on?
Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers face their toughest case yet as they probe the causes of the celebrity death while the tabloid headlines scream their usual exaggerated fare. There are plenty of clues . . . but they don't tie into any particular suspect . . . and the usual suspects all have alibis. How will they solve the case?
For me, the biggest appeal of this book is its broad look at attraction, parental love, romantic love, marital love, love among friends and love for our fellow creatures. She also does a remarkable job of exploring the hate and cruelty that come through the dark side of love. Ms. George takes the position that we are bound to be ensnared in harmful ways by all of these loving feelings, but that we wouldn't be human if we weren't. Our challenge: To do the right thing whenever enough passion cools its grip enough to allow us to function somewhat rationally.
Most of the attention is on characters who only appear in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Hurts 18 Jun 2005
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Elizabeth George continues her superb exploration of the theme of how love affects us in this engrossing police procedural. For once, she balances her powerful character-development skills with an intriguing plot to explore an intriguing mystery. This is the work of a master with all her talents fully on display.
The title refers to the UK-Australian cricket rivalry. If you don't know cricket, relax. Although cricket is part of the book's backdrop, you don't need to know anything about it to enjoy the book.
The stage is set when the UK's foremost cricket batsman, Kenneth Fleming, is found dead in a country cottage, the apparent victim of an arson-based fire. But he seems misplaced. The man was supposed to be in Greece with his elder son. What's going on?
Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers face their toughest case yet as they probe the causes of the celebrity death while the tabloid headlines scream their usual exaggerated fare. There are plenty of clues . . . but they don't tie into any particular suspect . . . and the usual suspects all have alibis. How will they solve the case?
For me, the biggest appeal of this book is its broad look at attraction, parental love, romantic love, marital love, love among friends and love for our fellow creatures. She also does a remarkable job of exploring the hate and cruelty that come through the dark side of love. Ms. George takes the position that we are bound to be ensnared in harmful ways by all of these loving feelings, but that we wouldn't be human if we weren't. Our challenge: To do the right thing whenever enough passion cools its grip enough to allow us to function somewhat rationally.
Most of the attention is on characters who only appear in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Certainly not leg before wicket 23 Aug 2003
Format:Paperback
This was the first Elizabeth George book I read - although I have since read them all in chronological order.
This is a well constructed insight into the human psyche that will not disappoint. The plot is multi-stranded with intricate twists and turns that will keep your imagination well exercised!
As a long-time fan of PD James, I had expected to be able to draw comparisons between her and Elizabeth George; I can, but only in terms of the high standard of writing - their styles are quite different.
If you are concerned that you need an in-depth understanding of cricket to be able to read this book - you most certainly don't.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Holds your attention, good plot, but..... 30 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I very much enjoyed the book and it held my attention well. It thought it was well written and the plot well crafted. However, I did find some aspects of the book improbably at best, particularly from a behavioural standpoint, for example I found it highly implausible that a British Police Inspector would do his 'rounds' in London in a Bentley, no matter what his background or funding. In spite of this, a very good read, and I will definately read more of Elizabeth George if not only to explain some of the background of the characters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic thriller but with some niggly faults 5 Aug 2000
Format:Paperback
I am a first time reader of Elizabeth George and read this book on holiday after being recommended by my Mum. Easy to follow (no complicated plot) with thorough grounding. However I was disappointed that some of the factual police procedure, especially in relation to the questioning of Jimmy, was far from the real world. I felt irritated that facts that should have been properly researched by the author, were not. Apart from this, very enjoyable! Wide use of coarse language and sexual nuances may offput some.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Playing for the Ashes
I am reading all of the Inspector Lynley series in order. Elizabeth George is a talented and clever writer. Could not put this book down and can't wait to start the next.
Published 2 months ago by meryel wood
3.0 out of 5 stars Overlong but . .
. . . a good plot with an almost-plausible denouement. I kicked myself - it was a bit like having a conjuring trick explained and thinking, Well it's obvious when you tell me. Read more
Published 7 months ago by ELS 904
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but lacking
I am reading all the Lynley novels in order, and this one happened to coincide with the final Ashes test of this season. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mrs Gaylene P Parish
5.0 out of 5 stars Another solid George read
If you like Elizabeth George and Lynley, you can't go wrong with this book. The plot has you hooked from the off and the intertwining characters all come together well. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jeff
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Enjoyed the change of structure in the book which made it interesting... another good book.... enjoying the development of the characters ...
Published 9 months ago by Andy Dawes
5.0 out of 5 stars Not really about cricket
Great book omce again. If you have a love of Inspector Lynley stories then you will love this as well.
Published 13 months ago by Mrs. S. J. Murray
1.0 out of 5 stars A let down
I have read the first five of the Inspector Lynley series and loved them, but this one was huge disappointment. I found the book very tedious and couldn't get through it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by amanella
5.0 out of 5 stars A STICKY WICKET
This is a thoroughly enjoyable and superbly crafted book, in which two apparently disparate strands of narrative become woven together, albeit not altogether convincingly. Read more
Published on 18 Sep 2010 by Barry McCanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Intricate and detailed human drama
When Kenneth Fleming, England cricketer, is found dead in a Kent cottage the press have a field day. Read more
Published on 23 Mar 2010 by Roman Clodia
1.0 out of 5 stars very disappointing
i had never read an elizabeth george book before and was looking forward to this one. i was very disappointed. it is overly long
for its plot and has too much description. Read more
Published on 25 Sep 2004 by david trewick
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