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A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George
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A Great Deliverance (1988)

by Elizabeth George

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Series: Lynley/Havers Mysteries (1)

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In Homewood, I started Elizabeth George from the beginning... I had forgotten that she wasn't a plain old mystery writer - she has beautiful descriptions and captures the characters' feelings in a way that many writers do not. ( )
  olegalCA | Dec 9, 2014 |
In Homewood, I started Elizabeth George from the beginning... I had forgotten that she wasn't a plain old mystery writer - she has beautiful descriptions and captures the characters' feelings in a way that many writers do not. ( )
  olegalCA | Dec 9, 2014 |
Only the last third is worth reading, although it's strange how a writer can write so pretentiously in the first half and so sensitively about a horrific case of child abuse in the last part.

I'll write a proper review later, but I won't be reading any more Inspector Lynley mysteries. ( )
  Jemima_Pett | Nov 11, 2014 |
This is the first in the Inspector Lynley mystery series by Elizabeth George and it introduces Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley, the 8th Earl of Asherton and Barbara Havers, a blue collar Sergeant. The mystery alone makes this an interesting book to read, but what raises this above all the other good mysteries is the character development of Lynley and Havers. As an Earl, Lynley doesn't need to work, and even more so, doesn't need to work for Scotland Yard tracking down seedy criminals. Havers is the polar opposite of Lynley - plain and dumpy, unsuccessful in her career, and from very poor blue collar stock, whereas Lynley is the Golden Boy - handsome, wealthy, titled, successful, and a complete chick magnet. Part of this novel is the story of how Lynley and Havers form a begrudging partnership and it is wonderfully scripted, showing both partners perspectives. Although I've enjoyed some of the middle books in this series, this is definitely one of those mystery series that has to be read in order. Glad to start at the beginning and looking forward to enjoying all of them. ( )
1 vote jmoncton | Jul 7, 2014 |
Very much enjoyed the book. Looking forward to reading others in the series. ( )
  gail616 | Apr 21, 2014 |
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Epigraph
And he said, ye have taken away my gods which I made, and the priest and ye are gone away; and what have I more? Judges 19:24
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For Natalie in celebration of the growth of the spirit and the triumph of the soul.
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It was a solecism of the very worst kind.
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"The lovely Thais by his side,
Sate like a blooming Easter bride,
In flow'r of youth and beauty's pride.
Happy, happy, happy pair!
None but the brave deserves the fair."
-John Dryden, Alexander's Feast;or, The Power of Music
"One sin, I know, another doth provoke.
Murder's as near to lust as flame to smoke."
- William Shakespeare, Pericles
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De zestienjarige Roberta Teys wordt met haar mooiste kleren aan gevonden in een boerenschuur in het landelijke Engelse dorpje Keldale. Naast haar liggen een bijl en het ontzielde lichaam van haar vader. Onthoofd. Het enige wat Roberta erover zegt, is: 'Ik heb het gedaan. Ik heb geen spijt.' Scotland Yard geeft de leiding van het onderzoek in handen van inspecteur Thomas Lynley en zijn absolute tegenpool Barbara Havers.
Elizabeth George heeft voor haar werk de Anthony Award, de Agatha Award en in Frankrijk Le Grand Prix de Littérature Policière gewonnen. Ze werd tevens genomineerd voor de Edgar Award, de Macavity Award en de Duitse MIMI Award.
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To this day, the low, thin wail of an infant can be heard in Keldale's lush green valleys. Three hundred years ago, as legend goes, the frightened Yorkshire villagers smothered a crying babe in Keldale Abbey, where they'd hidden to escape the ravages of Cromwell's raiders.

Now into Keldale's pastoral web of old houses and older secrets comes Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley, the eighth earl of Asherton. Along with the redoubtable Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, Lynley has been sent to solve a savage murder that has stunned the peaceful countryside. For fat, unlovely Roberta Teys has been found in her best dress, an axe in her lap, seated in the old stone barn beside her father's headless corpse. Her first and last words were "I did it. And I'm not sorry."

Yet as Lynley and Havers wind their way through Keldale's dark labyrinth of secret scandals and appalling crimes, they uncover a shattering series of revelations that will reverberate through this tranquil English valley—and in their own lives as well.


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To this day, the low, thin wail of an infant can be heard in kekdale's lush green valleys. Three hundred years ago, as legend goes, the frightened Yorkshire villagers smothered a crying babe in Keldale Abbey, where they'd hiddend to escape the ravages of Cornwell' raiders....now.......… (more)

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