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2.0 out of 5 stars
Less than brilliant, 21 Sep 2009
I have long been a great admirer of Elizabeth George. Her skilful plotting, the fulness of her minor characters, her psychological insight more than make up for her occasional lapses as a non-British author. My favourite was a knitted tea-caddy!
Her books are infinitely more interesting that the TV version would suggest. On this occasion, however, she comes down with a bump. Her knowledge of Cornwall seems factitious (is Cornwall now turned over entirely to surfers?), her damaged Cornish characters all have outlandish names to match their improbable histories, the equally damaged local police inspector is highly offensive, the damaged Lynley is recognizable but plays a comparatively minor role and undamaged Havers is a revolting parody of her normal self. The plot is pretty complex but not involving.
As always her title scarcely relates to the content bu "careless" is certainly appropriate.