4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent writing and plot,
This review is from: With No One as Witness (Inspector Lynley Mysteries 13) (Paperback)
Despite not normally being a fan of crime fiction, I always eagerly buy the latest Elizabeth George, and with good reason. These are intricate, intelligent mysteries, with believable principle characters and perfectly crafted plots.
As with the earlier books, there are plenty of twists and red herrings, and more suspects than you can shake a truncheon at. George has the ability to keep the reader guessing right until the end, leading her assortment of cops (and the readers) up numerous garden paths. I think I suspected virtually every character who graced the pages at one stage or another.
George is unafraid of making bold decisions about her characters, and this book is no exception. It's a little darker than some of the earlier novels, but there is no explicit gore or violence; there's no need, as the plot is rivetting enough without it. The insights into the mind of the serial killer are chilling. The book touches unflinchingly on serious issues of institutionalised racism and the relationship between police and media, but without labouring any points or detracting from the central mystery story.
If you've only seen the BBC adaptions, I would urge you to read these books - the TV series just cannot do justice to the quality of writing and the complexity of the plots that can be found in the novels. This is the best crime writing available at the moment.