Just One Evil Act : Inspector Lynley

  • by Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by Davina Porter
  • Series: Inspector Lynley
  • 28 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Barbara Havers puts her career on the line while DI Thomas Lynley attempts to straighten her out before it's too late.
When Hadiyyah Upman disappears from London in the company of her mother, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is as devastated as the girl's father. They are her close friends as well as neighbours, but since the child is with her mother, nothing can be done.
Five months later, Hadiyyah is kidnapped from an open air market in Lucca, Italy, and this triggers an investigation in the full glare of the media spotlight. Barbara's clever manipulation of the worst of London's tabloids forces New Scotland Yard to become involved. But rather than Barbara herself, her superior officer DI Thomas Lynley is assigned to handle a situation made delicate by racial issues, language difficulties, and the determination of an Italian magistrate to arrest and convict someone - anyone - for the crime.

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And with a single bound, Jack was free!

I was hooked, no doubt, it was a good read from that point of view but the ending did have a sort of "with a single bound Jack was free" feel to it. Davina Porter is right up there on my list of favourite narrators, she manages male and female very well and certainly makes the plot come alive. I did want to smack Barbara Havers (as, I suspect, did Lynley!) from time to time but it looks as if the talented duo are destined to ride again in the future. I hope there is more with Lynley's romantic state the next time too, I like Deirdre!
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- ACT1

Bad writing, bad read

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Someone should have mentioned to Davina Porter that this book was not written by Enid Blyton and that she didn't need to act out every blade of grass, car, brick, house, mood or expression. Very bad read. Don't even start me on the clumsy Italian .... not her fault entirely, Elizabeth George shares much of the blame for putting it there in the first place.


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Utter frustration. I have never yelled at a book so much. Barbara Havers used to be such an interesting, quirky character now she's just a moron.


Any additional comments?

I think the Lynley series has finally jumped the shark.

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- Jane F. Clifton

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-15-2013
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton