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This book belongs in the annals of the "good old days" of Thomas Lynley novels. Obviously, characters and situations change in series--but in reading this book (about the 4th or 5th in the series) I was reminded how very much this series has altered over the years, not always for the best. Many of the main people in the more recent books were never even a part of the early ones. And these are the characters that we originally got to know and love--sadly, they rarely, if ever, appear any more.
That being said, this book opens with Inspector Thomas Lynley (who is actually Lord Asherton) bringing his fiancee to his ancestral home, to celebrate his engagement. Murder presents itself fairly quickly, and Lynley finds himself trying to handle this new challenge.
Present are those whom I consider to be the core characters of the early books--Deborah Cotter & her father, who is the butler for Simon Allcourt-St.James, Helen Clyde--who assists in police investigations (and will become more important in future books) and Lynley's family. This book in particular lays out more of the back story of who Lynley is, how he has come to have some attitudes that show up in other books but with fewer explanations. And frankly, just as a mystery novel, this one is far superior to her more recent selections. I've read every one--am a great fan of the series--but I had forgotten how much more engaging the early ones were.
Somewhere along the line, Elizabeth George decided to go in a different direction with characters and plots. I understand change happens, but I sure do miss these old, original books. Plan to listen to them all for the sheer pleasure of the interaction among this set of people. Just one tiny thing--Davina Porter, who is an exceptionally good narrator, does not seem at her best in this one. I found a few of the voices uncomfortable to listen to--however, not so much that I would lower the stars because of it. She is still a very good reader of this book. Highly recommend!
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Would you consider the audio edition of A Suitable Vengeance to be better than the print version?
I don't know. I wished I had the printed book a couple of times so I could remind myself who a particular character was. There are a lot of characters being introduced.
What other book might you compare A Suitable Vengeance to and why?
I'm not sure about a book, but I would loosely compare Elizabeth George's characters and story lines to an episode of Sherlock Holmes or Midsummer Murders.
Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
It's way too long for that, but I definitely didn't want to put it down. I enjoy Elizabeth George and the Lynley series.
Any additional comments?
This author has become one of my favorites. She's an excellent writer with believable character development. You begin to feel as though you know them all personally and get emotionally involved in the story. This wasn't my favorite Lynley mystery, but believe me George doesn't write a bad book, they're all great mysteries with lots of twists and turns. This is the 4th book in the series but the story actually precedes the first 3 books so you could read it first.
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