After writing 16 Inspector Lynley novels, New York Times best-selling author Elizabeth George has millions of fans waiting for the next one. As USA Today put it, "It's tough to resist George's storytelling, once hooked." With Believing the Lie, she's poised to hook countless more.
Inspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he's sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the request of the man's uncle, the wealthy and influential Bernard Fairclough. The death has been ruled an accidental drowning, and nothing on the surface indicates otherwise. But when Lynley enlists the help of his friends Simon and Deborah St. James, the trio's digging soon reveals that the Fairclough clan is awash in secrets, lies, and motives.
Deborah's investigation of the prime suspect - Bernard's prodigal son Nicholas, a recovering drug addict - leads her to Nicholas's wife, a woman with whom she feels a kinship, a woman as fiercely protective as she is beautiful. Lynley and Simon delve for information from the rest of the family, including the victim's bitter ex-wife and the man he left her for, and Bernard himself. As the investigation escalates, the Fairclough family's veneer cracks, with deception and self-delusion threatening to destroy everyone from the Fairclough patriarch to Tim, the troubled son Ian left behind.
Crack another case with Inspector Lynley.
©2012 Elizabeth George (P)2012 Penguin
I love all the characters, They are like old friends in this series.
As always....easy to listen to...and I am very discerning when it comes to readers.
No...Just really enjoy reading books written by Elizabeth George
I often base my choices on what other reviewers say. I like this author so much I decided to forge ahead and purchase it...I love a good long book for 1 credit!! And i was not disappointed at all. I really enjoyed this listen!
I stuck with this story to the end but it got rather graphic for me in some parts and I felt let down at the end. Havers seemed to me to be the only engaging character in this one and although I know the issues were deep, I got very irritated with some of the characters
I've recently returned from living and working in Alaska. I, my beautiful two dogs, and wonderful three cats travelled together.
A plot would have been nice.
A Ngaio Marsh novel or Michael Connelly.
I'm sure she did her best. However,she gave a reading that sounded like someone were dying. A reading from a Sunday school teacher would have been more interesting.I have noticed that a good narrator performance, sometimes makes a mediocre plot enjoyable. It's too bad that this was not the case here. I will certainly not by anything narrated by Davina Porter in the future.
Good editing would have improved this book tremendously.What editor let this pitiful book be published as it is! The detail was written in the most pathetic manner. There was too much boring, uninteresting, and extraneous detail about the family in Cumbria; Most of this could have been cut. The Affair with the Inspector's supervisor could have been done away with for certain. The intimate scenes were written as if one were going to the Dentist for a Root Canal .If this is an Inspector Lynley novel wouldn't it have been nice to include he and his team in the story! If I could I would get a refund. The author seems to be loosing her touch I may never read one of her novels again.
Another reviewer said exactly what I was thinking - this book is a downward spiral of the Lynley series and nothing compared to the earlier books in the series. Lynley himself was quite two-dimensional throughout, with none of the interesting interactions with his "team" that made earlier books in the series so compelling. His main focus in this book was an affair that seemed both unbelievable and out of character. Lynley's affair was just plain boring and trite with nothing to recommend it. The plot was really a tangle of tangents with so many "sub-plots" it was hard to care about any of them. Instead of having one or two - or even three - subplots with good character development - George had at least seven different subplots with a heavy hand on sexual/gender issues that didn't improve the story overall. More is not better. Deborah St. James came across like an idiot and deserves better. Simon St. James got the barest whisper of a part and didn't fair well, either. The only long term character that seemed true to herself in this story was Barbara Havers, and since she was only tangentially involved in any of the miriad subplots she wasn't enough to carry the story. I used to wait with great anticipation for the next installment in the Lynley series. Not anymore. If the downward spiral continues I won't be reading the next one. A once good series is being slowly tortured to death.
I love mysteries and Elizabeth George has been one of my favorite authors for over 20 years. But this is the first audiobook of hers I have tried. Even though it is one of the few stories I partially figured out, I still really enjoyed it. Lots of twists and turns plus good narration made it a great listen.
Australian, living in beautiful central Victoria. Audio book addict otherwise fairly well balanced.
As much as I admired this book I do wish Inspector Lynley would get over his wife's death and throw himself into the centre of the action again. However despite the lack of Lynley, Believing the Lie is a very well constructed book. One of of Lynley's old flames, Deborah St James, is a main character in this story and frankly she gave me the pip - in fact many of George's female characters can be annoying but the brilliantly drawn Barbara Havers (also pushed to the margins in this book) makes up for all of them. I'm not a fan of Davina Porter as a narrator but I think I'm one of the few. You won't find a lot of gory murders in this book, it's an engrossing story of lies creating serious consequences for those who tell them and those who believe them.
I enjoyed the plot and sub plots of this book. I kept me intrigued and I reached a point where I did not want to put the book down.
Inspector Lynley . He understand what is important fact and what isn't normally sidetrackede.
A couple of characters grinded on me. I credit the author for doing a great job creating interesting characters.
Just don't give up on this at the beginning because it starts so ploddingly slowly. Elizabeth George hasn't failed to deliver before so I had faith and kept going. It blossomed and
delivered!! You cant really fail with Inspector Lynley and good old Barbara sorting things out. It's not my favorite but still worth the read...
It ends with a definite lead int the next book...and I cant wait for that one.
This author seems to have missed the concept that less is more. She sets the stage and tells and retells the foundation over, and over, and over again. I was getting so frustrated with the drawn out dialogue that I almost stopped listening and move onto another book. The only thing that kept me listening was wanting to know how the children came out. The ending left me thinking that's it? The goal of an author is to make the reader want to get their hands on another book by that author ASAP. This author did not achieve that with me. I was just glad it was over.
Trouble through out the book. Less setting the stage that had already been set. Assume the reader is not stupid and got it the first time maybe the second but to repeat and repeat just not necessary.
Yes, I did follow that.
Oh, yes! They are two of my favorites. I'm hoping this book is just a one off. I probably didn't rank Porters performance as high as I should because the story was so bad.
I would. Elizabeth George is one of my favorite authors and I used to love Inspector Lynley.
I would not have published the book. The plot is so unbelievable. Starting with the reason Lynley was sent to investigate in the first place. Every scene with Deborah St James should be removed. She was acting soooo out of character and invading people's personal lives for no reason, except personal nosiness--so much harm done. And, please Ms George, how could you let Lynley be interested in a woman like Isabelle? I was flabbergasted at that in the last book of this series. Again, so out of character for him.
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