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3.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and brilliant but..., 17 May 2010
This review is from: This Body of Death: An Inspector Lynley Novel: 13 (Inspector Lynley Mysteries 16) (Hardcover)
After the murder of Helen I almost parted company with Elizabeth George. However I gave Careless in Red a chance which it richly deserved. Now I'm unsure whether I'll continue my love affair with George's books. Her earlier novels were by far the best and whilst she writes with assurance and her prose is beautiful parts of the plot are unneccessarily convoluted and could be condensed without harm to the storyline. Reading the sub-story made me feel uncomfortable with such close parallels to the Bulger story and the police chase after the paranoid schizophrenic was too close to the Jean Charles de Menenes incident. George is taking chances here it seems to me. And an ACC drinking on the job - acting ACC, but even so, I certainly hope not! Was this all a bit over-imaginative? Pushing the boundaries a bit too far. And Lynley acting out of character even given the madness of his grief with the alchoholic Isabelle robbed me of some of my sympathy for him. George's style is evolving, as this must for an author,but it's into something less wholesome than the novels which brought her to prominence.
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Initial post: 18 May 2010 16:59:36 BDT
M Hambro says:
I agree with your review! The books have become increasingly over populated and in the process lost focus, unfortunately in my opinion. I did not mind killing off Helen - but Ardery is not a character I am willing to invest in. The book was engaging but written without any passion, the question Who Killed Jemima Hastings got lost and I am not sure I care after having read it.
I much prefer the earlier novels, though the insular attachment switches are like a Jane Austen quadrille.

Posted on 11 Jun 2010 20:16:35 BDT
S. Finch says:
I agree with this reviewer - I found it distasteful that story lines here so closely parallel real life tragic events - events that are not only back in the news but are imprinted on the hearts and minds of those involved.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jun 2010 20:27:20 BDT
Jane Baker says:
Thank you for your comments. I'm now heavily committed to Serrailler in Susan Hills' series and to Martin Hughes' Lake District mysteries. Both well worth reading and both contain "meat" - not merely an easy read. For something a bit lighter I recommend Inspector Banks in Peter Robinson's crime fiction series.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jun 2010 20:31:34 BDT
Jane Baker says:
I agree with you totally but I still feel I shall stick with Lynley - at least once more! Are you familiar with Susan Hill's Serrailler series? Brilliant in my opinion, as are Martin Hughes's Lake District mysteries. Both contain stories to become involved in. For a lighter read I can recommend Inspector Banks in Peter Robinson's crime fiction series.

Posted on 13 Jun 2011 09:12:02 BDT
I had to stop reading this book to close to the Bulger case,. like you say,and I agree,I think George has over stepped the mark,, Will think twicw about reading any more of her new ones,,

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Aug 2011 20:53:19 BDT
This book is sitting in my caravan as I had to stop reading it after realising the closeness to the Bulger case. Having a 2 year old grandson it seemed too close for comfort. What a shame - Elizabeth George has always been a favourite.
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