I have read all of the the Inspector Lynley novels and this one does not disappoint. This book is very long but well worth the time. The character development is great as well as the mystery. I look forward to the next Lynley mystery.
I am gradually getting over Helen being killed off several books ago but I am still reading books about Lindley. This one was a reasonable read but not as good as many of the early books.
I like to weed and read at the same time.
For me the narrator completely ruined this reading. His background voice has a nasal Birmingham twang to my ears,which has no place in a London based book and was completely distracting. His female voices are awful and irritating. I am spoiled by the TV series in which Linley and Havers are played to perfection. I would not read another Linley narrated by this reader.
Lots of suspects and subplots trying to lead you astray
As usual great performance with different voices for each of the characters.
Had difficulty putting it down; wanted to continue
You may want to listen to it again in fast speed to put it together after you know the ending.
Retired "Okie" librarian & happy to have found Audible for good stories & staying in touch with new authors & books.
Unbelievable that the audio version is even better than the PBS Mystery series which I loved. The characters are more likable (except for the criminals of course), especially Inspector Lynley. The author has very cleverly woven & interwoven the various threads of the mystery. Classically Elizabeth George introduces all the pertinent characters to the reader, we are provided all the information to mentally solve the mysteries, & the solution is revealed through the good efforts of the characters. It all remained a mystery to me until the "slap my forehead" moment.
John Lee is great & his voice modulation helps in identifying a full cast of characters.
This is a great looong listen, well worth the time.
great character development
good performance by the reader
minor thing, but the producer chose the worst and most menacing music, which really doesn't translate well to the few places it is heard. Ignore the music at the end- terrible placement and not relevant to what is actually happening.
Tantalizing, suspenseful mystery
Two stories side-by-side that became one ending
Narrator had no inflections in voice to such an extent that he put me to sleep!!!
Neither one but did have empathy for the prime character who tried to make a success of his life and never succeeded due to surrounding circumstances and people.
Better read than audio
This is my first Elizabeth George novel. The best thing about it, I thought (and I enjoyed the book a great deal), was the opportunity to go from mind to mind of the characters. I think George does a great job of integrating varying points of view and finding a balance between a novel that is driven by the plot (as is the genre of mystery) and involved in the reactions and thoughts of the characters. It's not particularly difficult to conjecture the "bad guy" but that seems to be ok with the author and was ok with me. The turns of the plot are not spoiled by having a sense of "who done it." There are enough hidden detail to make the who less compelling than the how. The book is well narrated and well paced. Good read.
I wonder if they are all this good. She builds a complex, multi-track mystery and pulls it all together very plausibly in the end. Like other reviewers I don't want to disclose too much about that. The surprises are a plus. George writes well, develops characters one cares about and it has made me want to read more of her books. Unfortunately Audible has few, and some are abridged. I wouldn't want to read an abridged version because I like the detail and character development.
John Lee is a favorite of mine and once again he does a good job. This may not have been the perfect book for his voice, but I'm so used to it, I just settle down with an old friend and let him read to me.
Beautifully written and read, the kind of audiobook that makes you miss your subway stop. Full of memorable set pieces and psychologically rich characters. My only disappointment is that I am not seeing any other Lynley novels: please put them all on audio!