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Book #17, in the Inspector Lynley mystery

This is a good size book over 600 pages of a tightly plotted mystery that brings MS George’s unpredictable characters in the middle of a case involving pedophilia, alcoholism, homosexuality, transgender reassignment, surrogacy and above all….everything comes down to money in the end…In this chronicle, Linley will be looking into a wealthy Cumbrian family private deeds and secrets.

What a long and complicated book this is. We find multiple sub-plots that radiate from the main story, the drowning of Ian Cresswell, before converging near the end of the book. It took some time for everything to mesh before I could let my mind enjoy this mystery that revolved around so many social issues. Near the end of the book we have one big twist that expose a wealth of family secrets and lies. “Believing the Lie” has Lynley and Havers at center stage although Deborah St-James plays a good part with all her vulnerabilities. She surely wasn’t at her best this time. Ms. George is particularly skilled in setting her story, Cumbria seems so inviting (so much so I may add it on my bucket list:). Of course we also have panoply of juicy characters to keep track of: among them are squabbling children, an inept reporter, a sexy Argentinean woman and many many more.

There is a lot to grasp here maybe too much for some: this book is an endless litany of melodrama, melancholy and the bad and dysfunctional family dynamic. Some may like this mystery and some may find the experience may be a drag….
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on March 10, 2013
I have always liked Elizabeth George. It is interesting reading. And, again I noticed that her characters act as if on their own, she created them, and off they went to live and behave, even though in this book there is again probably the most revolting character that the authoress created on this side of the law.

Isabelle with whom Lynley gets entangled is selfish, self-righteous and a drunkard. It is greatly unpleasant to have such a person as a character, for Lynley as well as for Barbara.

I have never understood Barbara, however. Why should she be a priori unattractive, totally undesirable, someone standing out in the company in which she lives and works, when more people from her strata of society are commonly found in her profession than is the case of the incredibly aristocratic Lynley?

The ending opens up into what must follow in the next volume, namely finding Haddiyyah, and the future life of Lynley.

It is amazing that the author could keep the nine epic lines in the book logical and believable.

The hardcover book is big and heavy. I will recommend it to everyone who can hold it in his/her hands.
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on December 27, 2013
I enjoy the Lynley series and this didn't disappoint. Looking forward to the next book and the developing story with Barbara
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on February 4, 2016
A grest mystery and easy read. My first of her books and will read more.
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on May 19, 2013
I'm a newcomer to Inspector Lynley novels, this being the third one that I have read. But I'm hooked. I've already put in an advance order for the next book. I like the principle actors of these novels -- Lynley and his friends and co-workers. They are flawed but likable people, and I want to keep reading to find out what happens to them. The plots are also interesting on levels, other than the detective story, and so many interesting characters have appeared in all of the novels I have read to date. This one was no exception. And finally, as a westerner, I'm really impressed at how someone from a island in Washington state can write a novel about England that feels so authentic in its setting and in the attitudes of its characters. I went through a time of reading mystery novels almost exclusively, but I haven't done much of that recently, except for a few favourite authors that I continue to follow avidly. George has been one, added to that list.
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on February 2, 2012
I have only read a couple of her books in the past and stopped awhile back but I was keeping an eye out thankfully because this book caught my attention and then I read it. To me this is the best book in the series.
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