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Getting back to her best form,
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This review is from: Just One Evil Act: An Inspector Lynley Novel: 15 (Hardcover)
This is arguably Ms George's best book since "What Came Before He Shot Her". It's good to see Insp Lynley finally emerging from the depths of grief and getting past his enormous error of judgement in his relationship with his boss. That said, his new love interest seems equally bizarre, so goodness only knows how that will pan out.
However, any story with the redoubtable Barbara Havers at the centre of it cannot fail to be a gem. My only worry is that Ms George is in danger of turning Barbara from a character into a caricature. All her traits, both good and bad seem unnecessarily exaggerated - I'm a bit sick of reading about the stained dressing gown and red high-tops and surely she didn't need to scalp herself to emphasise her contempt for authority? The unrelenting misery of Barbara's life is so bleak. She needs to wise up to the idiot Azhar and look twice at the lovely Italian detective who clearly finds her attractive!
I agree with other reviewers that the book is too long, but most of them are. That doesn't bother me, but what did was the quality of the writing in places. Ms George has always had an interesting way of phrasing sentences, but there are several here that are not just clunky but border on poor English. For example, "It wasn't as difficult as it had used to be..." Ms George is far too good a writer for some of the mistakes in the book, so perhaps she has been a victim of poor editing. Certainly, the suggestion should have been made to cut down on much of the Italian dialogue. While appreciating her always admirable attention to detail, I didn't want to have to sit with an Italian dictionary in order to get the best from the book.
But don't let this put you off, potential readers! On balance it's a cracking story and I can't wait for the next instalment in the lives of Lynley, Havers, et al.