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Elizabeth George (1) (1949–)

Author of A Great Deliverance

For other authors named Elizabeth George, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

Elizabeth George was born on February 26, 1949, in Warren, Ohio. She received a bachelor's degree in education from the University of California in Riverside and a master's degree in counseling/psychology from California State University at Fullerton. She taught English in high school for about show more thirteen years before leaving to become a full-time writer. She is the New York Times and internationally best selling author of twenty British crime novels featuring Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his unconventional partner Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. Her novel, A Great Deliverance, won the Anthony Award, the Agatha Award, and France's Le Grand Prix de Literature Policiere in 1989. Her crime novels have been translated into 30 languages and featured on television by the BBC. She is also the author of a young adult series set on the island where she lives in the state of Washington. Her title's include Edge of Light, The Edge of the Shadows, The Edge of the Water, I, Richard, and The Punishment She Deserves. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by Elizabeth George

A Great Deliverance (1988) 3,683 copies
With No One As Witness (2005) 2,845 copies
Payment in Blood (1989) 2,660 copies
Well-Schooled in Murder (1990) 2,581 copies
In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner (1999) 2,480 copies
In the Presence of the Enemy (1996) 2,465 copies
Careless in Red (2008) 2,461 copies
Deception on His Mind (1997) 2,412 copies
A Traitor to Memory (2001) 2,408 copies
Playing for the Ashes (1994) 2,347 copies
For the Sake of Elena (1992) 2,316 copies
A Suitable Vengeance (1991) 2,273 copies
Missing Joseph (1992) 2,268 copies
A Place of Hiding (2003) 2,243 copies
What Came Before He Shot Her (2007) 2,066 copies
This Body of Death (2010) 1,902 copies
Believing the Lie (2012) 1,545 copies
Just One Evil Act (2013) 1,172 copies
The Punishment She Deserves (2018) 892 copies
I, Richard (2001) 753 copies
Something to Hide (2022) 467 copies
The Edge of Nowhere (2012) 439 copies
The Edge of the Water (2014) 166 copies
Two of the Deadliest (2009) — Editor — 157 copies
The Evidence Exposed (1999) 151 copies
Hotel Angeline: A Novel in 36 Voices (2011) — Contributor — 123 copies
The Edge of the Shadows (2015) 104 copies
The Best American Mystery Stories 2016 (2016) — Editor — 82 copies
The Edge of the Light (2016) 63 copies
Crime from the Mind of a Woman (2002) — Editor — 59 copies
The Surprise of His Life (1995) 54 copies

Associated Works

The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920) — Introduction, some editions — 8,902 copies
Gaudy Night (1935) — Introduction, some editions — 5,448 copies
Whose Body? (1923) — Introduction, some editions — 4,912 copies
Strong Poison (1930) — Introduction, some editions — 4,459 copies
The Nine Tailors (1934) — Introduction, some editions — 4,378 copies
Busman's Honeymoon: A Love Story with Detective Interruptions (1937) — Introduction, some editions — 3,936 copies
Murder Must Advertise (1933) — Introduction, some editions — 3,770 copies
Clouds of Witness (1926) — Introduction, some editions — 3,647 copies
Have His Carcase (1932) — Introduction, some editions — 3,306 copies
Unnatural Death (1927) — Introduction, some editions — 3,168 copies
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (1928) — Introduction, some editions — 3,045 copies
Five Red Herrings (1931) — Introduction, some editions — 2,835 copies
Lord Peter Views the Body (1928) — Introduction, some editions — 1,754 copies
Hangman's Holiday (1933) — Introduction, some editions — 1,579 copies
The Documents in the Case (1930) — Introduction, some editions — 1,564 copies
In the Teeth of the Evidence and Other Stories (1939) — Introduction, some editions — 1,542 copies
Striding Folly: A Collection of Mysteries (1972) — Introduction, some editions — 775 copies
Women on the Case (1996) — Contributor — 210 copies
The Best American Mystery Stories 1997 (1997) — Contributor — 117 copies
Sisters in Crime 2 (1990) — Contributor — 100 copies
The Best of Sisters in Crime (1997) — Contributor — 92 copies
The Complete Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2008) — Original Stories — 17 copies
Suspense Magazine September 2012 — Contributor — 1 copy


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Common Knowledge

Legal name
George, Susan Elizabeth
Warren, Ohio, USA
Places of residence
Huntington Beach, California, USA
Seattle, Washington, USA
University of California, Riverside
mystery writer
Awards and honors
Romantic Times Career Achievement Award (Mystery Series, 2003)
Robert Gottlieb (Trident Media Group)
Short biography
Elizabeth George, the mystery writer, writes about England to perfection and lives in California and was brought up here.



Inspector Lynley turned in his badge at New Scotland Yard and went back to Cornwall. When the story opens, Lynley is trying to deal with the death of his wife, Helen, by walking the cliff-side paths around Cornwall. When he comes upon a young man dead at the bottom of a cliff, he breaks into Daidre Trahir's cottage to call the authorities. However, she does not have a phone and comes home while he is in her house. She is a veterinarian in London, but has some secrets that seem to implicate her in the murder. After cleaning himself up from over a month of walking and sleeping rough, Lynley is asked to help in the investigation, particularly with Deidre's secrets. He asks Barbara Havers to look into her background, which Barbara does on her way to Cornwall, but does not tell him that she has been sent to help with the investigation and keep an eye on him. The lead investigator is a divorced woman, DI Bea Hannaford, with a 15-year-old son, Peter, who wants his parents to get back together. She has an interesting relationship with her ex-husband, Ray, an Assistant Chief Constable. The victim, Santos Kerne, was murdered by someone tampering with his cliff climbing equipment, a crime almost impossible to solve since there were many people who could have wished him harm. He had just broken up with his girlfriend, Madelyn, who had been pregnant with his child, due to his promiscuous ways. Lynley decides to look into the background of Santos' father and discovers another death of a teenage boy 30 years prior. The book moves at a glacial pace with much description of the surroundings, the weather, preparation for the tourist season in the area, and surfing. Again, I was not happy with the ending, as I was not happy with the previous book. It is not as bad as the previous one, but not anywhere near her earlier efforts.… (more)
baughga | 88 other reviews | Mar 12, 2024 |
George crafts a careful tale where characters are slowly developed to show their multiple facets and secrets. There is nothing splashy about this novel, but it leads the reader through various assumptions and reversals which keep the rhythm going. This minutia helps create the final shock, expected but emotionally charged and thoroughly appalling.
While I would have preferred less details about tea and daily routines, I did very much enjoy the slow pace and the many story lines that converge nicely.… (more)
Cecilturtle | 50 other reviews | Feb 27, 2024 |
Another intriguing and confusing addition to the series. Confusing, in a good way, as you're never sure what will happen next. Lots of character development for Lynly and Havers as well.
1 vote
majkia | 75 other reviews | Feb 24, 2024 |
This is the story of the three Campbell children, Toby, Joel, and Vanessa (Nessa) and their Aunt Kendra before Helen Lynley was shot. At the beginning of the book the 3 children are left on Kendra's doorstep without her knowledge by her mother who has decided to follow her current boyfriend to Jamaica with the promise that she would send for the children. Kendra has a job and is also trying to start a massage and tanning bed business. She tries to take care of the children, the offspring of her dead brother and his wife who is in a mental institution. Vanessa is 15 years old and rebelling. Toby wears a life preserver ring and is not mentally around most of the time. Joel is 12 years old and a misfit who tries to take care of his brother Toby and keep the secrets of his sister Vanessa. When Vanessa gets involved with the Blade, a gang leader who is into almost everything illegal, drugs, sex, robbery, intimidation, and murder, thing get even worse for the family. Vanessa has not been going to school since the move, Joel becomes involved with the Blade. This is not the best book of Elizabeth George, in fact it is the full of so much description that I skipped 3/4 of the book, read just the first 25% and some of the end of the book. There is no hope for this family or others in their situation shown here.… (more)
baughga | 57 other reviews | Feb 21, 2024 |



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