Award-winning author Elizabeth George gives us an early glimpse into the lives of Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, forensic scientist Simon Allcourt-St. James, and Lady Helen Clyde in a superlative mystery that is also a fascinating inquiry into the crimes of the heart.
Lynley, the eighth earl of Asherton, has brought to Howenstow, his family home, the young woman he has asked to be his bride. But the savage murder of a local journalist is the catalyst for a lethal series of events that shatters the calm of a picturesque Cornwall village and embroils Lynley and St. James in a case far outside their jurisdiction - and a little too close to home. When a second death follows closely on the heels of the first, Lynley finds he can't help taking the investigation personally - because the evidence points to a killer within his own family.
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Vintage Lynley -- 1991 was a VERY good year!
- Kathi "Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy."
I'm sorry, but I can't stand Davina Porter
It's an excellent, complex story that highlights the history of Elizabeth George's characters, while also containing a murder mystery of its own.
It's not precisely an "edge of your seat" kind of mystery. It develops slowly, with in-depth explorations of characterizations.
Simon Vance if a man. Jennifer Ikeda if a woman. Or someone, anyone, who can manage to portray a warm male voice.
Thomas Lynley is, surprise surprise, the central character of the Lynley Mysteries. I love the books, but I find it difficult to listen to the audio books narrated by Porter, because she gets Lynley completely wrong. She makes him sound like an uptight irritating prig with no gentleness or compassion, when it is precisely these characteristics (gentleness and compassion) that are central to his character in the books. He is one of my favorite characters in literature, but Porter makes him sound downright unlikeable.
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