Missing Joseph: An Inspector Lynley Novel: 6 Paperback – 7 Jun 2012
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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)
The sixth novel in the best-selling Inspector Lynley mystery seriesSee all Product Description
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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.
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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