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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.
©2013 Elizabeth George (P)2013 Penguin Group USA
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By ACT1 on 03-21-14

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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By Jane F. Clifton on 02-04-16

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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By barjil on 11-18-13

Agreeing with other listeners.......

Would you consider the audio edition of Just One Evil Act to be better than the print version?

No. As other reviewers have said, there's far too much Italian. I can read Italian a bit but couldn't follow the speech. It would have been better if the author had translated somehow where necessary because sometimes the Italian was relevant to the plot. Also the names would be easier to follow in print.

Would you be willing to try another book from Elizabeth George? Why or why not?

I have always loved Elizabeth George's books and grabbed this one before there were any reviews. It is a disappointment.

What didn’t you like about Davina Porter’s performance?

Her voice wasn't suitable to the book - a man would have been better. Maybe she was chosen for her Italian?

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Too long and complicated for one sitting.

Any additional comments?

I am just at the end of Part 3 and no longer really care who did what to whom but am gritting my teeth to get to the end. This seems quite different from Elizabeth George's previous Lynley books and seems a bit self-indulgent.

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By Erika Salzeck on 12-28-13

What a struggle!

Elizabeth George a writer whom I have admired until recently is really scraping the barrel with this one. This is a shame because she could have cut 50% of the unnecessary verbiage & possibly ended up with a half decent novel. As it stands this is painfully long and crammed with verbal detritus which badly detract from the essential storyline. I only stuck with it because of a feeling of loyalty and the constant hope that at some point she would return to form. Sadly it never happened.
Davina Porter's stiff uber plummy narration has always been a major downside to Elizabeth Georges audiobook repertoire. In this book though my patience finally snapped. The reading was ill prepared and Ms Porter's control of her material was poor but the coup de grace was her truly execrable Italian accent - each time she switched to Italian it was like listening to fingernails scraping down a blackboard! Is it too much to expect that narrators do a bit of research & preparation before the reading?

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By Linda Robinson on 04-16-17

Davina Porter - The best narrator ever.

The narrator is the make or break for a novels success. She brings all the characters to life with her gift for portraying males, females and children of any age and cultural background. There is no one even close to her talents.

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By Mr. T.J. Burt on 06-15-16

just one evil act

This book is spoiled by the over done narration. Too superior and hopeless with accents, Davina Porter is to be avoided in future

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