Missing Joseph Mass Market Paperback – May 1 1994
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From Publishers Weekly
In George's deftly plotted, highly atmospheric bestseller, forensic analyst Simon St. James investigates the death of an English vicar.
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"A totally satisfying mystery experience."—Denver Post
"[George] proves that the classiest crime writers are true novelists."—The New York Times
"Layered, intricate...deftly plotted, highly atmospheric."—Publishers Weekly
"Perhaps Ms. George's most satisfying puzzle yet...this rich, intricate novel is a perfect choice for anyone in the market for first-rate summer fiction."—The Sun, Baltimore
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Missing Joseph is a compelling study in relationships. Not only are Simon and Thomas experiencing some strain with their significant others, but certain Winslough residents are also suffering through the ups and downs of love. Lynley has to understand these relationships before he can get to the bottom of what really happened to Sage. Needless to say, it isn't easy, which is partly what is so fascinating about this book. The plot is not complicated and the suspect list isn't overly long, however, it takes 567 pages to tell the story because the relationships within this story are definitely complex. Author Elizabeth George beautifully describes feel the anguish of her characters, and throws the whole concept of justice and happy endings into question. It's a great book that works well as a stand alone in this highly acclaimed series.
~ * ~ This is definitely one of Elizabeth George's best novels. It features the winning combination of Inspector Thomas Lynley and Sergeant Barbara Havers. Happily for fans of the series, Lynley's forensic scientist friend Simon, and his wife Deborah have prominent roles in the story. They are working through a very difficult time in their marriage.
~ * ~Deborah meets an interesting clergyman, and decides they should stop and visit him on a small trip they are taking, but they find he had just died of (? accidental) poisoning. ~
~ * ~, Elizabeth George strength in characterization is evident here: she fills her story with complex characters, each of whom have weaknesses that we can sympathize with. The conflicts between the characters are so well plotted; we are drawn into the story completely.
~ * ~ As always, the ending is surprising. Elizabeth George can weave a web so intricate and subtle, that despite all the clues we encounter, we don't ever "see" the solution until it is too late
. ~ * ~ My personal favorite of the Lynley/Havers series are" A Suitable Vengeance" which focuses on the early history of Lynley, Deborah and Simon; and "Deception on His Mind ", which focuses on Sergeant Barbara Havers, and an investigation which forces her to take a stand.
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However, "Missing Joseph" is definitely a powerfully absorbing and suspenseful read, and a great sample of the Lynley/Havers team and their friends. Definitely a 5 star ***** read, I recommend it highly for mystery lovers.
However, i still really really enjoyed this book. As a long-time devotee of Agatha Chrisite, i have yet to find anyone who comes close to being a modern day model of her. George's novel are of the right style, the right topic, the right mood, and always feature the right sort of mystery. I have no doubt that if Christie was still writing today, these are the sort of books she would be writing.
George is able to craft great mysteries, with great well drawn plots, and always manages to create a cast of colourful and realistic characters. That is why i like her books so much, i think. Her intricate and puzzling plots, and how well she draws her characters. You may not like them all, but they are still interesting and colourful, human and well developed. She concentrates not just on the mystery, but on the lives of the characters as the mystery goes on around them. Which is what i admire, because while a mystery effects lives, it does not stop them.
Here she goes back to A Great Deliverance country with a "whydunnit" rather than a "whodunnit". We know from the start who killed him. There is a little room for doubt, but not serious doubt. The mystery is more focused on why the killer did what they did.
With her resolutions and solutions, George is a master. Always has good motives and an unexpected and clever answer to the mystery.
She falls down on one point. Always.
Her depections of English life.
Her books are similar to Christie, and a bit too similar.Read more ›
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Inspector Lynley, book 6
This is one captivating and intricate mystery, with it, Ms George has given us a brilliantly plotted story that reaches emotional levels deeper... Read more
Missing Joseph is a powerful story about what it means to be a human being, a parent, a lover, a friend, a daughter and someone who misuses others. Read morePublished on Dec 6 2008 by Donald Mitchell
I classify mystery writers into three categories. First there is Sue Grafton and her alphabet series, always a casual, enjoyable read without a lot of thinking. Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2003 by Avid Reader
This is an excellent, deeply atmospheric novel. The supporting characters are developed in a great deal of detail and they are given the chance to reveal themselves slowly and to... Read morePublished on May 9 2003 by Martha E. Nelson
Missing Joseph is the first Elizabeth George book that I've read. I do plan to read others, particularly in the Lynley/Havers series. Read morePublished on Dec 26 2002 by A reader
"Missing Joseph," like Elizabeth George's previous Lynley mysteries, has both strengths and weaknesses. Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2002
This was my first George novel. I found the story intriguing, and it certainly kept me turning pages, but I have to concur, "Get on with it! Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2001 by evelyn johnston