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A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George

A Great Deliverance (1988)

by Elizabeth George

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Series: Lynley/Havers Mysteries (1)

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Elizabeth George was a high school teacher for over a decade before selling her first book to Bantam Books, who remains her publisher. The first in her famous Inspector Lynley series is A Great Deliverance. In this first case, the bucolic Yorkshire countryside is shocked by a brutal murder, and the devastating secrets Scotland Yard investigators Havers and Lynsley unearth as they investigate. Many Americans truly discovered George when the BBC TV series began airing on PBS.
  ktoonen | Jun 7, 2015 |
A Great Deliverance. Elizabeth George. 1988. Somehow or another I missed the PBS Mystery series based on the Inspector Thomas Lynley series. It is just as well. I fell in love with Lynley and will enjoy reading the rest in the series; maybe then I’ll watch the PBS version. Scotland Yard Inspector Lynley is also the eight Earl of Asherton and every bit as civilized and elegant as his title implies. He is sent Kendale to investigate a gruesome murder. Ugly, weird Roberta Teys has been found in the barn next to the headless body of her father. Detective Sargeant Barbara Havers accompanies Lynley. She is as unattractive as Lynley is handsome. A large part of the plot explores the developing relationship between Lynley and Hayers as well as their personal background. Investigate they do and uncover a twisted story of revenge and abuse. ( )
  judithrs | May 3, 2015 |
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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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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