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Missing Joseph: An Inspector Lynley Novel: 6 Paperback – 7 Jun 2012

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (7 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444738313
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444738315
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 3.8 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Superbly constructed . . . George wastes not a single strand of her virtuoso plot (Scotsman)

Splendid writing . . . the mystery is a very good one (Sunday Telegraph)

Ms George is the connoisseur's crime writer (Sunday Express)

Captivating (The Times)

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The sixth novel in the best-selling Inspector Lynley mystery series

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Missing Joseph is a powerful story about what it means to be a human being, a parent, a lover, a friend, a daughter and someone who misuses others. While there is a mystery in the book, the story itself transcends the mystery. The detection involved is skillfully designed to help illuminate Ms. George's main subjects.
The characters involved build on past novels by looking more deeply into the relationships between Simon and Deborah St. James, Thomas Lynley and Lady Helen Clyde, and Barbara Havers and her mother. To extend those themes in new directions, Ms. George adds several new characters who are tied together by tragedy. These characters include a widowed local constable, an Anglican vicar, the vicar's witchcraft-practicing housekeeper, a reclusive provider of potions from herbs and her daughter. Seldom will you discover a book that develops so many characters in so many dimensions in one book. I found myself staying up past 1 a.m. to finish the story, and would have gone later had it been necessary.
As the book opens, the vicar raises a fundamental question that resonates throughout the book: Where's Joseph? Originally asked in connection to the many images of Jesus and Mary, that question takes on haunting new meanings before the book ends.
Even if you have never read another book in this distinguished series, I'm sure you would find this book to be a rewarding choice.
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This book deals on a deeper level wit relationships, post natal depression, the emotional problems of a woman who has as yet not been able to have a baby, the mystery of a dead wife who turns up alive and is in reality running away from her husband, a vicar's religious problems - there are so many levels in this book, you have to think while reading it, but the problems are relevant and the characters interesting, so you keep on reading. Not a cozy little mystery for reading on the train, more a book for long winter evenings, but definitely worth reading.
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Why I keep reading these romantic, verbose, overtly sexual novels with murders attached as secondary - or thirdly - matters of importance I don't know. I flip through so many pages that hold no interest to me to get to the investigation of the murder. Do ordinary people spend hours in deep self-study? And do I really care whether secondary characters have a baby or adopt? Also will someone please tell Miss George than in England women wear heels or high heels or court shoes, not pumps with heels. Ballerinas and athletes wear pumps. Also in the UK we snigger not snicker - isn't that a chocolate bar? I am amazed that a reasonable TV series was dug out of these books. Having said that I keep coming back to them almost as an act of masochism and I don't know why except that they fill in an hour or so and, if you skip the sex and ponderous philosophical sections, they are clever. This book is a convoluted example, in depth description of rape, agonising mothers and would-be mothers, even imaginary sex in detail. But as with all her books - ingenious.
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I was disappointed. I enjoy the partnership of Lynley and Havers, disparate characters but intelligent detectives.but in Missing Joseph there was no clear crime, just a surprising death. There was not much action, but a lot of reflection and much attention on the sexual emotions pf teenage girls. Lynley was on hand in Cumbria, brought in St. James and Deborah; Havers was sent to Cornwall with a flimsy base for enquiries.

Frequently in a crime story there are at the beginning several separate narratives but eventually we learn how they are connected. Certainly this happened but the different strands did not easily weave together into a satisfying pattern. Some details did not fit in easily.
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I found the basic story gripping so I did have the patience to read through pages of irrelevant description around minor characters but I would be pretty desperate for a read before I tried again. Three pages about the fridge and removal problems of a character who has no bearing on the main plot at all and that at a point when the action is getting interesting. This writer could be really good if she learns to precis all descriptions and prune the characters down to the ones that matter.
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I found this story line gripping. The characters were well drawn and credible. There were lots of twists and turns, so what started out as a simple poisoning became more and more complicated. Love the battles in the various relationships too.
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I ordered this book because it was the only Elizabeth George I had still to read and couldn't find it elsewhere. An avid fan of this author, I was not disappointed. In fact it was a good book to finish the Inspector Lynley series with, a nice plot with good interest.
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Book was new, perfect condition and arrived promptly. Actuall Inspector Lynley mystery a bit disappointing (I reviewed it on Goodreads) because there was very little interaction between Lynley and Havers, but it was what I'd call a good beach read - and it was a lot longer than the previous ones I've read!
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