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Lynley is still mired in his grief for Helen, and mired, too in what seems not to be a very life affirming relationship with his nominal boss Isabelle Ardery. Havers is poleaxed by the return of the delectable Angelina, mother to her neighbour Azhar's lovely daughter Haddiyah (who has been operating as a light in the darkness to Barbara for some time). The rather odd case to which Hillier dispatches Lynley in defiance of all protocol and without notice to his line manager (I bet any police who read this will just explode at the utter impossibility of the situation in real life!) is also awash with grief. A beloved nephew dead in mysterious circumstances, that beloved nephew having devastated his entire family shortly before by having come out of the closet with little thought for how it would affect his nearest and dearest - including his teenaged son and pre-teen daughter - forms the core of the mystery. But fanning out from it are the daughter grieving for her unlovableness, another for her lost marriage, and a prodigal son for the damage his past has caused and looking to make amends by persuading his epically beautiful wife to provide an heir. And to add further layers of sadness and loss, Lynley brings along St James and Deborah whose ongoing struggle for a child is driving the happiness out of their marriage.
What results is a very long way away from George's last book which was a true murder mystery wallowing in gore. There is what the coroner has already called an accidental death and there is a sense of gathering menace over at least one of the characters but the investigation is far more on the emotional level than on the police procedural.Read more ›
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.
However, from the start I was struck by the apparent lack of research behind this one, which also seems to feature time travel. We start in `October' -- no indication of the year, but one when newspapers were still based on Fleet Street (most left in the 1980s), had not yet gone online, and had editors who avoided profanity (was that ever?); Blackfriars tube station was open (it has been closed since 2009, and will reopen later in 2012); people `slapped down credit cards' to pay for train tickets (so before automated ticket machines and chip-and-PIN) ; and a reporter for a national tabloid is not permanently welded to his smartphone, or even appears to possess one. Also an era before there were regular trains from Euston to Oxenholme. To be fair, more than a third of the way through the book, it is pointed out that Fleet Street is no longer the home of newspapers, but that The Source is a rare exception; this seems to have been added as an afterthought, and does not ring true.
We then skip to Cumbria, to a year when gay civil partnerships are a possibility -- so it must be later than 2004, which leaves us with a five-year window before the closure of Blackfriars station. Chip-and-PIN was rolled out nationwide from 2004, and would certainly have been in operation at Euston early in this roll-out...Read more ›
1. Police officers, these days, are under intense scrutiny, especially in the Metropolitan Police. The idea that one senior officer would order another senior officer off up to Cumbria on such a flimsy pretext, and think it would go unremarked upon, is ludicrous.
2. Similarly, a senior Pathologist and his aspirational photographer wife, would simply not go off on such a trip either. And the whole baby thing is getting a bit boring.
3. The characters are unbelievable, except perhaps for Havers, who does real things, and seems rooted in some sort of reality. Lynley is okay when we are not being forced to suffer all his personal angst in book after book. I particularly dislike the infantile Deborah Cotter/ St James person.
4. The geography is superficial and sometimes downright wrong. Saying that the Bardsea/ Great Urswick area is similar to the Broads is preposterous (I live in the South Lakes). Also, from an American standpoint the distances travlled are not far, but in reality the narrowness of the roads and their twistiness, makes journeys round this area quite time consuming and trying on the nerves. A few weeks sojourn in an area is no substitute for writing what you know about.
5. It's time M/s George re-focussed on real police work. The Lynley/ Havers motif works well - the side issues though they are meant to add interest, just turn the book into an overlong bore.
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Book #17, in the Inspector Lynley mystery
This is a good size book over 600 pages of a tightly plotted mystery that brings MS George’s unpredictable characters in the... Read more
I would have given this book a straight 5 but I could not get round the fact that Barbara Havers has been given a scottish accent even though she was born and brought up in London.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very good worked straight away and audible aspect really useful.Published 3 months ago by robert j hawes
A little contrived with several plot lines fairly unlikely / in real but still has that ability to draw one into a fast paced detective novelPublished 6 months ago by K KING