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Totdat de dood ons scheidt (original 1988; edition 2010)

by Elizabeth George

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A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George (1988)

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What an ending! I need to read the next one to find out what happens next! ( )
  lkarr | Feb 6, 2016 |
Lynley, St. James + Det. good mystery spanning many years - England

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."
  christinejoseph | Feb 5, 2016 |
Being the first in the Lynley series, we are introduced to not only a complex set of police mysteries (father axed to death, missing people, dead baby), but also the main characters. I loved how the detectives, Lynley and Havers, are mysteries that are slowly revealed, along with the police investigations and village secrets. The way each detective reacted to situations and horrors was quite unique in mysteries I've read, and endearing too.

Elizabeth George is an excellent writer (although I was initially worried that she may end up using too many 75-cent words just to impress). She increases the suspense by going back and forth between different people and scenes, not revealing everything chronologically.

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  Connie-D | Jan 17, 2016 |
First published in 1988, A Great Deliverance is the first book in the mystery series featuring Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. In addition to being a Scotland Yard Inspector, Lynley is the eighth Earl of Asherton, an elegant, aristocratic, former Etonian and Oxford man, well dressed, well educated and well connected. Sergeant Barbara Havers, recently demoted because she was unable to work with anyone else, is called back and given one last chance to redeem herself. Barbara is fat, badly dressed, homely and completely lacking any self esteem. She has a huge chip on her shoulder and it's never been more apparent than with her interaction with Lynley. Their task is to investigate a horrific murder in Yorkshire where a farmer's daughter has been accused of decapitating her father with an ax, then sitting calmly next to him, guarding his body.

The story is complex in both character and plot development. The author has done so much to flesh out the backgrounds of the lead characters. There is also a cast of supporting characters who play significant roles as the series evolves. While it might not be as good a book as subsequent books in the series I think this one gives intriguing hints into the relationships between the characters, ensuring you will pick up the next one to learn more.

A Great Deliverance is a great beginning to what is later a great series.
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  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
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 | Nov 24, 2015 |
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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
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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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