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In Pursuit of the Proper sinner (original 1999; edition 1999)

by Elizabeth George

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Title:In Pursuit of the Proper sinner
Authors:Elizabeth George
Info:New York : Bantam Books, c1999.
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:Inspector Lynley, Book 10, hiker, police procedural

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In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner by Elizabeth George (1999)



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I bought this book in a library sale for I think 0,50 Euro; because I'm a fan of the Lynley tv-series...

It took me a long time to really get into the story. It's a long book, about 750 pages, people might think that's quite a lot for a detective book. Well, it is. The start felt very slow, and it took more than 200 pages to start really enjoying the story.

Truth be told, after that, I found it hard to put the book down. I can't really say what changed for me, but it almost felt as if I was reading another book altogether. So, in the end, it wasn't a bad book, it was quite nice to read. Maybe it didn't help in the beginning that this is the tenth novel in the Lynley series, so obviously I've missed a lot of character development (although I've gotten to know quite a lot about Lynley and Havers trough the tv-series) ( )
  Floratina | May 26, 2016 |
This was okay. Keep your dictionary beside you - Lots of big words. ( )
  GeneHunter | Mar 13, 2016 |
Nicola Maiden, dotter till en pensionerad detektiv vid Scotland Yard, hittas mördad mitt i en förhistorisk stencirkel i Derbyshire. I närheten återfinns en mördad oidentifierad man. Kommissarie Thomas Lynley får uppdraget att utreda omständigheterna kring deras död. Han måste göra det utan sin assistent sedan många år, Barbara Havers. Inspektör Havers har degraderats på grund av tjänstefel som hon gjorde sig skyldig till i samband med en utredning av ett mord i den lilla badorten Balford-le-Nez (se Med svek i sinnet) Men Barbara Havers är inte den som ger upp. Hon har egna planer och de handlar om just det fall Lynley är inkopplad på
  svkkarlskrona | Feb 3, 2016 |
wow, this book has sat on my bookshelf for a long time, almost 8 years. But I always knew that I would read it if only because of the standing stones on the cover. I've been fascinated with stone circles, like Stonehenge, since I was young. It still amazes me that ancient people could erect these stones with nothing but hand labour. Wikipedia says that there are 1,303 stone circles in Britain, Ireland and Brittany. The henge in this book, Nine Sisters Henge, exists although not where the map on the inside covers shows it.. This list of the 10 best stone circles in Britain has Nine Sisters (which the writer refers to as Nine Ladies) places it at number 6.

This book came out in 1999 and it reflects the technology of the time. There are mobile phones but they are not as widely used as now. Instead some of the characters in this book use pagers (remember them?) There are computers but they are neither as fast or as reliable as present day. In one key scene near the end the police computer system is down and motor vehicles searches have to be done over the telephone which takes much more time and leads Inspector Lynley to make a mistake.

Two young people, a man and a woman, were killed on the moors in Derbyshire. The woman is the daughter of a former policeman who requests that DI Thomas Lynley be brought in on the murder. Although Lynley has normally partnered with DS Barbara Havers he chooses DC Winston Nkata to be his partner this time. That's because Havers has been demoted as a result of an incident where she disobeyed a superior's orders that took place while Lynley was on his honeymoon. Havers does get involved in the investigation when Nkata requests her help in establishing the identity of the young male victim. From then on she takes the bit in her teeth and follows her hunches which makes Lynley even angrier than he was. Revelation follows revelation about these two victims. Each police officer involved has his or her own favourite as the perpetrator. See if you can guess who is right? ( )
  gypsysmom | Oct 25, 2015 |
In this installment of the Lynley/Haers series, Inspector Lynley is asked by an old friend to aid the investigation of his daughter's murder. She was found near another body out on the desolate moors. Havers, having been demoted and relegated to an almost nonexistent role in the investigation is trying hard to solve the murders from a completely different angle and get back into Lynley's good graces.

This was another great offering in the Lynley/Havers series! I so enjoy these! ( )
  bookwoman247 | Sep 28, 2013 |
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elizabethgeorgeonline.com- Calder Moor is a wild and deadly place: Many have been trapped in the myriad limestone caves, lost in collapsed copper mines, injured on perilous gritstone ridges. But this time, when two bodies are discovered in the shadow of the ancient circle of stones known as Nine Sisters Henge, it is clearly not a case for Mountain Rescue. The corpses are those of a young man and woman. Each met death in a different fashion. Each died violently.

To Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, brought in to investigate by special request, this grisly crime promises to be one of the toughest assignments of his career. For one of the victims was Nicola Maiden, the daughter of a former officer in an elite undercover unit at New Scotland Yard and a man Lynley once regarded as a mentor. Now, as Lynley struggles to find out if Nicola's killer was an enemy of her father's or one she earned herself, a disgraced Barbara Havers, determined to redeem herself in the eyes of her longtime partner, crisscrosses London seeking information on the second murder victim.

He is Terry Cole, a struggling artist of questionable talents and even more questionable monetary assets. How or even if he knows Nicola Maiden is a mystery to everyone, for no one in Nicola's family can identify the young man. And no one in the area has ever seen him before his body is found on the moor.

The more dark secrets Lynley and Havers uncover, the more they learn that neither the victims nor the suspects are exactly who they appear to be. And once again they come up against the realization that human relationships are often murderous and that the blood that binds can also kill.
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The narrative talents of English stage actor Derek Jacobi are put to excellent use in this intriguing mystery of a double murder most foul. Author Elizabeth George presents her popular detectives Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers with one of their most grisly and difficult cases ever as they search for clues to a bloody crime while struggling to repair their own strained partnership. George's mystery bobs, weaves, twists, and turns from a packed West End theater through the sumptuous halls of a country manor and into the desolate reaches of the high country moors before revealing its delightfully wicked and suspenseful conclusion. Jacobi tackles the complex plot and diverse cast of characters with relish, working his theatrical skills into an outstanding performance. (Running time: 6 hours, 4 cassettes) --George Laney

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Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley investigates the murder of two people found in a remote prehistoric stone circle.

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