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4.0 out of 5 stars Rich, detailed and absorbing, 9 Jan. 2012
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This review is from: Believing the Lie (Inspector Lynley) (Hardcover)
Lynley is back at Scotland Yard, but when Hillier asks him to do an off-the-books review of an accidental death in the Lake District, he heads out of London with the St James' as cover.

I really enjoyed this book which is classic, vintage Elizabeth George. If you like your crime tight and linear then this might well frustrate: it takes a detailed look at the Fairclough family, all of whom (of course) have motives that might mean an accident could be murder.

At the same time, the narrative explores the lives of long-time characters: Lynley, starting to recover from the grief of his wife's death; the St James', still having fertility problems; Barbara Havers, having a makeover to please her new boss.

George excels at creating real personalities and getting inside their lives. Some of the saccharine sweetness of the St James' marriage wears off in this book, making them both far more real than they have been in some of the earlier books. There's also a dark edge to Barbara's story, and a kind of melancholic air to the book overall.

So this is, in lots of ways, far more than a crime novel: while there are a number of crimes in the story, this is also a multi-plotted, character novel that is rich, detailed and absorbing.
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Initial post: 9 Jan 2012 16:48:58 GMT
bookelephant says:
You beat me to it by a couple of hours! Lovely review as always. BTW surprised not to find you reviewing Death Comes to Pemberley?

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2012 11:15:20 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Jan 2012 11:19:40 GMT
Roman Clodia says:
Thank you - how kind!

I read the Kindle sample of Death Comes and have to admit I hated it as a bit of an Austen travesty - maybe it gets better?

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2012 11:42:10 GMT
bookelephant says:
Well I was pretty sceptical myself, but ultimately couldnt resist. And I really enjoyed it; it's certainly far from pitch perfect, but I found it a really enjoyable homage with a twist. It also works well on an emotional level, which is good for sentimental Jane-ites like me!
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