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!
Read This Book First Even Though It's Fourth
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.
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.
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.
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.
- April B.