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In this latest from bestseller Elizabeth George, China River, recuperating from a failed love affair, agrees to accompany her ne'er-do-well brother Cherokee to the Channel Islands to hand-deliver a set of architectural drawings to an expatriate millionaire whose plans to fund a museum commemorating the war-time exploits of his Guernsey neighbors comes a cropper after he's found dead under suspicious circumstances. George spins an intricate and lively plot that spotlights the efforts of series regulars Deborah and Simon St. John to help Deborah's old friends free themselves; in the process, she introduces a fascinating cast of secondary characters, many of whom had much more obvious motives to wish Guy Brouard dead than the California siblings who seem tailor-made for a frame-up. A fine addition to George's ouevre, this thirteenth outing in her popular series will delight her fans. --Jane Adams
Fans disappointed by George's atypical story collection, I, Richard (2002), will be relieved to find the bestselling transatlantic author back at the top of her form. This exquisitely plotted mystery bursts with well-developed characters, notably forensic scientist Simon St. James and his photographer wife, Deborah. Lured by the free airline tickets and the $5,000 fee, China River, an old friend of Deborah's, and her half-brother, Cherokee (their mother was into the hippie counterculture), agree to fly from sunny California to rainy England to deliver a package containing architectural drawings to Guy Brouard, a rich landholder on the Channel island of Guernsey. The drawings are for a museum Brouard plans to build on the island honoring those who resisted the WWII German occupation. When the philandering philanthropist gets murdered and the police arrest China, Cherokee turns to Simon and Deborah for help. Curiously, for all the victim's wealth, no one seems to benefit from his death. The theme of hiding-of hopes, of the past, of secret places-underpins this intricate story about friendship, anger, loyalty and betrayal. Comic touches provide some relief as the suspense builds to an unexpected and explosive climax. With her flair for language, George reinforces her reputation as one of today's finest mystery writers.
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I enjoyed this story - it's complex plot challenged to the end, but the development and interplay of the characters, and their motivations, was very well done. Read morePublished 13 months ago by GeoEng51
Another very interesting, well developed story. I enjoyed this book - another of the many great stories written by Elizabeth George.Published on April 4 2013 by Donna Holowaychuk
Book 12 in the Inspector Lynley series
Ms. George has created a tale of human relationships, a story of betrayal and devotion. Read more
I have read all of Elizabeth George's novels after watching the BBC series based on them. This one was a real dud as far as I was concerned. Read morePublished on May 31 2004 by Susan Smith
Worst novel of the lot. In this novel I was left wondering why Simon didn't uncerimoneously dump his tiresome twit of a wife (Deborah St. James). Read morePublished on May 24 2004
I am an avid E. George fan, but this book was such a disappointment! There were so many elements that are uncharacteristic of her usual clever, taut action and dialogue. Read morePublished on May 21 2004 by Ann Derrick
A Place of Hiding was, as always with Elizabeth George novels, intriguing. The plot was well developed and the pace exciting. The mystery kept me guessing until near the end. Read morePublished on May 12 2004
Cherokee Rivers talks his sister China into accompanying him to the island of Guernsey to hand deliver a parcel. Read morePublished on May 8 2004 by Beverley Strong
Simon and Deborah have always been the least likeable characters in all of Elizabeth George's substantial mystery books. Read morePublished on April 24 2004