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Elizabeth George
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1 Oct 1992 Inspector Lynley Mysteries
Elena shocked anyone meeting her for the first time. In her skimpy dresses and bright jewellery, she exuded intelligence and sexuality, challenging all preconceptions. Until one morning, while out jogging, she is bludgeoned to death. Detectives Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers investigate.

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  • Paperback: 489 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group); New edition edition (1 Oct 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553402374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553402377
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,664,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Ingenious; very well and subtly done' (Sunday Times )

'This excellent thriller is fast paced and believable with strong, well-rounded characters and an absorbing background' (Today)

'Cunningly deceptive' (Scotsman) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rich, detailed and compelling 18 Aug 2010
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
A Cambridge student is killed violently while out running one morning and Scotland Yard is called in to investigate. Caught up in university politics, local affairs, and the unravelling of more than one marriage, Lynley and Havers have to negotiate their way very carefully to find a solution.

Having just read George's latest This Body of Death (Inspector Lynley Mysteries 16), this book, published in 1992, feels much simpler in tone and structure, a testament to the way the author has developed. Set before Lynley's marriage to the irritating and unbelievable Helen (who is called Lady Helen everytime she appears - even though her sister is always just Penelope, or Pen), the relationship between him and Havers seems far more down to earth and jokey, with none of the almost awed respect of the later books.

But George is already expanding the genre to discuss social issues in an unforced and natural way: here she touches on ideas of social `normality' in the context of being deaf or gay; and also focuses on marriage, gendered expectations, and the fissures between people.

I have to admit that I found the murderer and the motive utterly unconvincing (hence the dropping of one star) - but that doesn't spoil the enjoyment of a rich, detailed and compelling story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me guessing right up until the end 17 Sep 2000
By A Customer
This is the first Elizabeth George book I've read and I was very impressed. The characters were all vivid and the plot was interesting and kept me guessing all the way through.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant complex book 14 Dec 1999
By A Customer
Elizabeth George's best novel - takes a number of very different aspects of women's experiences and weaves them into both a gripping detective story and a multi-layered analysis of women's different roles. I have read all her books and many many more of this genre. This is outstanding and memorable.
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This was the first Elizabeth George book I read and I loved it. Well written, pacy, plenty of suspects and interesting examinations of why people behave to each other as they do. Not much of that fanciful rubbish about the English aristocracy that mars the other books in the series I've since read either - it took me a while to realise that Lynley is meant to be an Earl from this one (an Earl? in the police force? yeah, right...). Buy this one but only borrow the others....
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4.0 out of 5 stars first time I have read this author 23 Jun 2014
By Dusty
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I normally find it hard to get into books but found this gripping, will definitely read more from this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery par excellence. 20 May 2014
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Her books are always full of information, I like to follow the same characters as they develop through all the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 23 Mar 2014
By Madge
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I wonder whether perhaps a bit less philosophical discussion and description of scenery would make this un-put-downable, otherwise it was a good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For the Sake of Elena 10 Mar 2014
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I liked the book very much, and would definitely read more from Elizabeth George.
Looking forward to the next book containing the same characters.
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Published 8 hours ago by bml
5.0 out of 5 stars For the sake of Elena
Always enjoy Elizabeth George.
This was very moving indeed.
Would recommend to those who like crime novels with intricate characters.
Published 10 months ago by Lynda
5.0 out of 5 stars Still reading it!
So far so good, an enjoyable read up to Elizabeth George standard. You know Havers is going to look a heap and Lynley terribly well bred, but somehow they always come up with the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Concise
5.0 out of 5 stars For the sake of Elena
Well written,good descriptions, excellent characterisation. I Thoroughly enjoyed this book and would read others by this author.I would recommend this to other readers.
Published 18 months ago by Mrs. Valerie Round
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read
As with all the Inspector Lynley novels I have raed so far, this one keeps you gripped. I just cant wait to pick it up and carry on reading it.
Published 18 months ago by Avidreader1944
4.0 out of 5 stars fine
Good book, jsut a few pages slightly damaged but not important ones (no text on it).
Elizabeth George in Cambridge where it always seems to be densely foggy. Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2011 by Charlotte Salomon
3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best
This is the third Elizabeth George novel I have read. I thought the other two were outstanding ("What Came Before He Shot Her" and "Careless in Red") but this one I find just an... Read more
Published on 14 Jun 2011 by Wayward
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
The book was received on time, exactly as described. Would for sure recommend the seller
Published on 11 Jan 2010 by M. Saric
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