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In her debut novel, George too often plays to the gallery with characterizations broad enough to border on caricature. The legendharking back to violent events in Cromwell's timethat surrounds local Keldale Abbey pales in comparison to a modern-day crime committed in this quiet corner of Yorkshire, England: Roberta Teys, a silent, obese adolescent, is accused of killing her church-going father with an axe. The detectives sent by Scotland Yard to investigate are a mismatched pair. Inspector Thomas Lynley is smooth, attractive and utterly upper-class; "stubby, sturdy" detective-sergeant Barbara Havers, conscious of her plain appearance and lower-class origins, considers Lynley a "sodding little fop." Thrown together, they weigh the general conviction in the villagethat Roberta could not possibly have wielded the bloody axeagainst mounting evidence that damns the now catatonic girl. In sifting slowly through the ashes of the past, the detectives find enough horrific skeletons in every closet to lead them to a climax unexpectedly loaded with fire and fury. While Lynley seems rather bland despite emotion roiling beneath the surface, it is Havers' painful secrets and driving rage that encourage one to overlook decidedly uneven passages in this essentially intriguing psychological thriller. 35,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo.
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got the bookfor my wife she loved it we also watch the series on TVPublished 4 months ago by Ed Titus
My expectations were maybe a bit high... anyway, they've not been fulfilled. The intrigue was straight-forward and the motive of the murder without imagination.Published on Aug. 18 2008 by J. Beauchesne
This is a plot thick book with plenty of fascinating characters. It is a good idea to read this novel first to get a solid background of the characters. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2007 by Toni Osborne
There's not much mystery about who committed the crime in this book; the big mystery is why, and the ending does not disappoint. Read morePublished on Aug. 21 2005
This novel, the first in the 'Inspector Lynley' mystery series, is complex in both plot and character. Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2003 by Tracy Davis
The first in this superb mystery series, A Great Deliverance introduces most of the major characters that inhabit Elizabeth George's later books. Read morePublished on March 4 2003 by PurpleKhads
Just a short comment on this books. It is great. Read the others comments for more details. I just want write down the order of the Lynley and Havers series. Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2002 by Lise Lotte