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A Great Deliverance | [Elizabeth George]

A Great Deliverance

To this day, the low, thin wail of an infant can be heard in Keldale's lush green valleys. Three hundred years ago, as legend goes, the frightened Yorkshire villagers smothered a crying babe in Keldale Abbey, where they'd hidden to escape the ravages of Cromwell's raiders.Now into Keldale's pastoral web of old houses and older secrets comes Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley, the eighth earl of Asherton. Along with the redoubtable Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, Lynley has been sent to solve a savage murder that has stunned the peaceful countryside. For fat, unlovely Roberta Teys has been found in her best dress, an axe at her side, seated in the old stone barn beside her father's headless corpse. Her first and last words were "I did it. I'm not sorry."Yet as Lynley and Havers wind their way through Keldale's dark labyrinth of secret scandals and appalling crimes, they uncover a shattering series of revelations that will reverberate through this tranquil English valley- and in their own lives as well.
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To this day, the low, thin wail of an infant can be heard in Keldale's lush green valleys. Three hundred years ago, as legend goes, the frightened Yorkshire villagers smothered a crying babe in Keldale Abbey, where they'd hidden to escape the ravages of Cromwell's raiders.

Now into Keldale's pastoral web of old houses and older secrets comes Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley, the eighth earl of Asherton. Along with the redoubtable Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, Lynley has been sent to solve a savage murder that has stunned the peaceful countryside. For fat, unlovely Roberta Teys has been found in her best dress, an axe at her side, seated in the old stone barn beside her father's headless corpse. Her first and last words were "I did it. I'm not sorry."

Yet as Lynley and Havers wind their way through Keldale's dark labyrinth of secret scandals and appalling crimes, they uncover a shattering series of revelations that will reverberate through this tranquil English valley- and in their own lives as well.

©1992 Susan Elizabeth George; (P)1992 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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    Ellen Portland, ME, USA 03-09-05
    Ellen Portland, ME, USA 03-09-05
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    "The first and best Elizabeth George"

    This is the book that made me an Elizabeth George fan. It's power and force are in it's treatment of the subject of sexual abuse in a very human, psychologically complex way. Read it first, preferably unabridged.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Washington, DC, United States 05-16-10
    Emily Washington, DC, United States 05-16-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Go With the Paper Version"

    I really enjoy Elizabeth George's work, but the this audiobook is much too condensed and has poor audio quality.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Stubbs 03-30-12 Member Since 2006

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    "YUCK, UGH, DOUBLE YUCK!!!"

    This story started out sad and went downhill. I don't even want to describe it.
    I thought the Inspector Lynley series would be good -- it's certainly popular and has been around for a while. However, after listening to this first book in the series, I cannot understand why. The book is well written, but the subject matter and most of the characters in this book are depressing. The details of what happens in the story and why are gruesome and revolting. I won't be listening to any more of this series. In fact, I'm trying to find out how I can delete this book from my Audible library. With all of that said, the narrator was outstanding.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Gene 07-13-14
    Gene 07-13-14 Member Since 2008
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    "It was not awful, but I had to slow the speed."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Fans of Elizabeth George.


    Would you recommend A Great Deliverance to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Too many characters to develop for a short story.


    What three words best describe Derek Jacobi’s performance?

    OK, pretty good.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Fall River Mills, CA, United States 03-04-13
    Lori Fall River Mills, CA, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Relationships...they are always so complicated."

    An ugly, yet riveting mystery that tells stories about human strengths and weaknesses that go beyond the crime being investigated. A bit long, after you know for sure who dunnit and how ugly the crime is. Well performed.

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    Celeste Houston, TX, United States 07-25-12
    Celeste Houston, TX, United States 07-25-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Modern British mystery"
    If you could sum up A Great Deliverance in three words, what would they be?

    Characters well developed.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Lots of twists & turns in the plot.


    What does Derek Jacobi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Brings the characters to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, too long for that, but didn't want to go too long in between sittings.


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