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  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (June 1 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553287346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553287349
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.7 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Dec 6 2008
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Well-Schooled in Murder is a fascinating and critical look at social class, the traditions of English public schools and the problems with having a "stiff upper lip." What is more remarkable is that those themes are developed in the context of an unusually complex and rewarding murder mystery. This book barely misses becoming a classic in detective fiction and will greatly reward fans of Elizabeth George's series about Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers and those who do not know the novels.

This is the third book in the series. You can read this book as a stand-alone, but it will work better for you if you first read A Great Deliverance and Payment in Blood.

As the story opens, Lynley is still reeling from having destroyed his relationship with Lady Helen. She's gone off to Greece and sends him occasional noncommittal post cards. Lynley is burying himself in his work. That's making life hard on Barbara Havers whose parents are not doing well.

John Corntel, an old school chum from Eton, approaches Lynley for unofficial assistance in locating a missing student who was under the chum's care. The situation soon changes when the student is found in an unlikely place dead, nude and having been tortured. Lynley takes on the case to avoid having free time to mourn his lost love. A delayed autopsy means that Lynley has to develop a sense of means, motive and opportunity without knowing the facts. The various "suspects" and "witnesses" do their best to mislead him, adhering to a code of silence that protects their most delicate secrets as well.

As the case evolves, it's not a pretty picture that is revealed behind the "privileged" walls of Bredgar Chambers.

There's little to complain about with this book and much to praise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By caseygirl TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Oct. 23 2010
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Perhaps I shouldn't be writing this review because I did not finish this book. I found the subject matter extremely disturbing, although, typical Elizabeth George, incredibly written. She really is a master of literature and in just a few sentences an entire in depth picture is drawn. I do love her writing. However, getting back to this book. It is about the abduction and murder and torture of a young boy. I couldn't continue reading. I do not mean to discourage others, just to warn of the content. Had I done my due diligence and read the comments of others I would have skipped this one completely. If you think you can handle the content, then go for it because Elizabeth George is an incredible writer!
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By Tammy Rossetti on June 3 2014
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I haven't been able to concentrate on a book in several months. This book broke through and got me back into enjoying reading as much as I used to. Captivating from start to finish.
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By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER on Nov. 21 2007
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This is an amazing crime fiction, very complex and chilling, highly critical of social class. The subject matter is very disturbing. She explores social problems, class snobbery, and abuse of students, strained relationships, pedophilia and homosexuality. This novel is well worth reading.
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I purchased this book in paperback three years ago, given my passion for a good murder mystery and all things English. I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN FROM THE MOMENT I BEGAN READING IT!!!! This story combines the elements of a brilliant whodunit with a look inside life at an English boarding school, and is a recipe for a well-done mystery!
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From the moment the reader begins the book on page one until the last word at the other end, he or she is treated to another delicious course of the author's consistently well-done writing! Indeed, as a well-written page turner, Well-Schooled In Murder earns an A-plus for meeting and exceeding the expectations of fans of Elizabeth George's work!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martha E. Nelson on June 3 2002
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I had an odd reaction to this book. I am not usually horrified by reading novels about violent events, and there are other books that I have read and reviewed and have not been adversely affected by when other people have had concerns--Martha Grimes' The Lamorna Wink comes to mind.
Interestingly enough, Well Schooled In Murder upset me very much. I am not sure what the main issue is for me here, but the murder of the child Matthew, and the graphic depiction of his parents, first happy and full of joy in their world, and then plunged into horrifying grief, really bothered me. I almost stopped reading several times, and then decided that I neede to persevere. I'm glad I did, I guess, and I will certainly continue with Elizabeth George's series, which I have really loved so far, but this was hard for me.
I also found the estrangement of Deborah and Simon Alcourt St. James difficult and painful. As I think about it now, Simon's comment to Deborah's question of "how do we get back?" is important. He says "we go on," and maybe that is the answer to most of the pain in this book.
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By A Customer on Feb. 9 2004
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Very interesting book. This is the first I read of this author. Althought I was very disappointed with the last book she wrote, the ones before are all well worth the read. Good mysteries.
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