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Detective Inspector Lynley is approached by business magnate Bernard Fairclough for a confidential review - not a formal investigation - of the circumstances of his nephew's demise. The coroner's verdict is accidental death.
Still grieving for his murdered wife, Lynley has personal reasons for welcoming a spell away from London. He heads to the wild beauty of the Lake District, with Deborah and Simon St James to provide cover for his inquiries. Barbara Havers, back at base, makes her own unique contribution to the case, distracted only by Isabelle's ambitions to improve her Detective Sergeant's appearance.
When he comes to know the various members of the extended Fairclough dynasty, Lynley finds many possible motives for murder, and uncovers layers of deceit and betrayal that expose the lies at the heart of the Cumbrian community.
©2012 Eilzabeth George (P)2012 Hodder & Stoughton
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3 out of 5 stars
By Wanda on 07-28-12

Charles Dickens or Elizabeth George?

I've read all her other Lynley books so despite the mixed reviews I listened to this one.
The story's okay - less detective novel than a book describing relationships.
The main problem I had was the narration. The accents weren't brilliant - the newspaper editor sounded like Fagin from the film 'Oliver'.
Al in all, not a complete waste, but not a resounding success either.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mrs on 02-10-12

Vintage Elizabeth George

Another convoluted story from Elizabeth George that keeps your mind sharp and your ears firmly attached to the phones. Nothing is quite as it seems and there are times when I wanted to shake the characters for their misunderstandings. The reader was great for the most part but obviously has a wealth of accents ready to be called upon. Having read all of the Lyndley series I was startled by the rich scottish accent of Barbara Havers - I have always thought of her more as Essex. Thankfully, the majority of the book was read in the reader's normal voice which is excellent. The ending leaves many questions being asked, roll on the next instalment.
It is worth reading the series from the beginning so that the development of the characters can be followed.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Penny on 11-27-12

One Major Problem

This story is up to the usual standard of Elizabeth George and her fans will not be disappointed except for one factor ..... Tim Bentick for some reason, (good with all the voices of the other characters) reads Barbara Havers WITH A SCOTTISH ACCENT! She came from South London for goodness sake, as did her family!

Apart from that grating factor otherwise very enjoyable and nice and long.

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