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Believing the Lie: An Inspector Lynley Novel | [Elizabeth George]

Believing the Lie: An Inspector Lynley Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    ACT1 Australia 02-16-12
    ACT1 Australia 02-16-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Disappointed"

    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

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    K 06-27-12
    K 06-27-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Classic Elizabeth George (which is a good thing)"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Bordentown, NJ, United States 05-06-12
    Karen Bordentown, NJ, United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great stuff; I just don't get the negative reviews"
    Any additional comments?

    It was just what I would expect from Elizabeth George - delectable. Wonderful, complex characters you've come to know and love. Intriguing multiple storylines. (Audible, PLEASE offer more of this author's UNABRIDGED past works.) And Davina Porter's narration, as always, is perfect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick BEAVERTON, OR, United States 04-10-12
    Patrick BEAVERTON, OR, United States 04-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Plot starts simple but comes complex fast"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Inspector Lynley . He understand what is important fact and what isn't normally sidetrackede.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    A couple of characters grinded on me. I credit the author for doing a great job creating interesting characters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 04-05-12
    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 04-05-12 Member Since 2009

    Diana bookworm

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    "Started slowly but finished well"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Spokane, WA, United States 04-05-12
    Kenneth Spokane, WA, United States 04-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Too... Drawn out!!!"
    Would you try another book from Elizabeth George and/or Davina Porter?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about Elizabeth George’s story?

    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.


    Did Davina Porter do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, I did follow that.


    What character would you cut from Believing the Lie?

    ?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Love 03-27-12
    S. Love 03-27-12
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    "So disappointed in Inspector Lynley"
    Would you try another book from Elizabeth George and/or Davina Porter?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth George again?

    I would. Elizabeth George is one of my favorite authors and I used to love Inspector Lynley.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Believing the Lie?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Holman 02-20-12
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    "One of my favoirte authors. NOt disappointed!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I love all the characters, They are like old friends in this series.


    What about Davina Porter???s performance did you like?

    As always....easy to listen to...and I am very discerning when it comes to readers.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No...Just really enjoy reading books written by Elizabeth George


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cristina Somerville, MA, United States 02-15-12
    Cristina Somerville, MA, United States 02-15-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Not the old George"

    While seemingly on the road to recovery ("Believing the Lie" is definitely an improvement from the depressed, morose Lindley on his endless walk after the death of his wife), Elizabeth George is still not where she was with her earlier novels. She is such an incredible writer (and Davina Porter is such an incredible reader) that you will be drawn in despite that by the brilliant descriptions, plot twists, and characters...but, ultimately, you will be disappointed - both with the story and with the characters' behavior! If the explanation for the mystery (a tad unbelievable) is what George makes it out to be, then our inspectors messed up catastrophically, destroying people's lives in their stubborn perseverance to redeem themselves as 'sleuths.' Once they realize this, they don't even seem that contrite. One can almost hear them say "Oops," as they go on about their lives, leaving the victims of their sleuthing behind.

    The good thing is that "Believing the Lie" is definitely an improvement over the last few George novels. Maybe the next one will be back to her old standards!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Terry 02-13-12
    Terry 02-13-12
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    "brilliant"
    What made the experience of listening to Believing the Lie the most enjoyable?

    this book reads like her early novels ... intriguing, balanced, holds your interest, plethora of characters ... holds your interest throughout


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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