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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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    Sandra Hudson, FL 10-19-12
    Sandra Hudson, FL 10-19-12 Member Since 2005

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    "The narration makes this a great book."
    What made the experience of listening to Believing the Lie the most enjoyable?

    I listened to this book on a long car ride down the east coast. Both my husband and I were so engaged by the story and he narration that time just flew and we were reluctanct to pause when it was time to re-fuel. Ms. Porter's narration was superb.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot twists, so many twists and turns, yet not confusing at all.


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

    I like to read Ms. George's books before or after listening to them. Ms Porter heightens the excitement while focusing on the drama.


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

    Yes and l am happy that my travel permitted long stretches of listening.


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    Electic Chef USA 10-11-12
    Electic Chef USA 10-11-12 Member Since 2012

    Eclectic Chef

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    "Always a Fan of Elizabeth George"
    Would you listen to Believing the Lie again? Why?

    Never felt the need to listen to a book of this sort again. They are mysteries and once the mystery is solved, I'm anxiously awaiting the next book. Enjoy every minute I am listening though.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Inspector Lynnly is more like himself after the death of his wife. He is thoughtful throughout the investigation and tries as usual to guide Deborah St. James and she as usual blunders along and reeks havoc. She is like a rock in your shoe to me but her character moves the story along, but if she fell in a sand trap, I wouldn't miss her. Story has plenty of Barbara Havers time. She is really my favorite character. As usual, the story left us with a cliff hanger so I hope the next book is well on the way. Miss George writes well and has real, well developed characters.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    She is always a favorite. I am never disappointed by her. She takes me to each character with her voice. She is so good that I am never distracted by her just enthralled.


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

    Just my usual dislike of the ever emotional, but never rational Deborah. I don't like her and her behavior causes others great pain.


    Any additional comments?

    Just ,if Ms George reads these, thanks for your talent and write faster. My heart goes out to Barbara,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    W. S. Trowbridge 08-01-12 Member Since 2006

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    "I Finished It, but..."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would make fewer story lines and develop the new characters more fully.


    What was most disappointing about Elizabeth George’s story?

    I usually love her books, but this one was so convoluted that is was tough to finish.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I always enjoy Barbara Havers scenes with Inspector Lynley. Those kept me going.


    Was Believing the Lie worth the listening time?

    no


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    Rosemarie Treece Camas, WA United States 07-08-12
    Rosemarie Treece Camas, WA United States 07-08-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Still Waiting"

    Having read all of Elizabeth George's Inspector Lynley novels, I'm always pleased to receive a new one. I didn't appreciate the narrator and found her attempts to differentiate between voices unsatisfying. I believe I'll stick to printed matter for this author in the future. The final plot twist was a surprise but not nearly as interesting as "Missing Joseph," nor was the story as captivating as "In the Presence of the Enemy." Bottom line, perhaps I set my standards too high for future novels based on the truly remarkable body of work she has produced in the past. The death of Lynley's wife, Helen, marked the shift in storytelling that has left me dissatisfied. The stories suffer from a lack of witty conversation, and Deborah without Helen becomes more of a childish and immature figure. Overall, Ms. George is head and shoulders above most mystery writers even when she has not produced her best work, and her novels are certainly worth taking the time; however, my joy in following the details of the lives of her characters has diminished.

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    IVAL FREEHOLD, NJ, United States 06-13-12
    IVAL FREEHOLD, NJ, United States 06-13-12 Member Since 2014
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    "The saga continues"
    If you’ve listened to books by Elizabeth George before, how does this one compare?

    This book continues the lives of George's enjoyable characters of the London CID. As in the other books, Barbara Havers steals the show. In this long and complex tale, themes of sexual confusion and infertility are everywhere. It' s a page turner for your ears!


    What three words best describe Davina Porter’s voice?

    The narration is excellent, with the flexible voice of Davinia Porter taking all the diverse parts with authority.


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

    It's long, and soap opera-y, but enjoyable. Cut it?? Never!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl 05-22-12
    Cheryl 05-22-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Ok. Enjoyed reading but not my favorite,"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Fdyes because it was interesting but I would rate it as average.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Elizabeth George? Why or why not?

    Yes,dc as because she is entertaining to read.


    Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but I really liked to listen to her


    Could you see Believing the Lie being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Maybe.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Ladden Copake Falls, NY, US 04-29-12
    Diana Ladden Copake Falls, NY, US 04-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    "MOST ANNOYING CHARACTER SINCE DORA COPPERFIELD"

    Ms George is an excellent writer and usually I am enthralled by her books, but the overwhelming and annoying presence of Deborah St James ruined this book for me.
    Her personal obsession with becoming pregnant was allowed to become part of and, in fact, influenced the case.
    Worse, in my opinion, the author allowed the character to escape full responsibility for the chaos and death she caused. The characters that surround her, usually intelligent and compassionate, made excuses for her selfishness and stupidity and never allowed her to face the depth of damage done by her interference.
    It is possible that Ms. Porter is responsible for some of this impression as Deborah St. James's voice is relentlessly self-pitying and coyly theatrical.
    Oh, how I wish Mrs. St. James had been visiting and opened the door on the day of Lady
    Helen's unfortunate demise.

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    Linda C. Ingalls Sandy, Utah United States 04-24-12
    Linda C. Ingalls Sandy, Utah United States 04-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good book."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. A set of scenarios about different characters that were interesting and in the quality that Elizabeth George writes.


    What other book might you compare Believing the Lie to and why?

    Any of her other books.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Good clear voice. Intonation was good.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked it. Even though you're left hanging it was still good. I wish Havers was in more of it as she is my favorite.

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    Catherine 04-20-12
    Catherine 04-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Not as good as usual but worth the credit for fans"

    I have been a longtime Elizabeth George fan and have read every one of her books. They can sometimes be tough to get through, so I wondered at Davina Porter's narration, but her performance was wonderful. George's characters, always so layered and unique, shine through in this audiobook...but the story! A barely-there excuse for the ever-crush worthy and luscious Lynley to waste his multitude of talents. Is there a crime? Isn't there a crime? (And at some point: Who cares if there's a crime?) I have to admit, I felt a little insulted. It just isn't a very smart plot. Also if you hated Deborah St. James before (really...couldn't George have killed HER off instead of Helen?) you will find her especially grating in this book.
    But, here's the rub, if you are a Lynley fan you are probably going to get this book. I keep giving George just one more chance based on the genius of her earlier books in this series. Her characters really feel like old friends and her descriptions of London and small town England are always spot on. I feel comfortable with her novels. But maybe that's the problem. Her books have become cozy. They used to be intense and intelligent. They challenged me. I used to say I loved reading Elizabeth George because I always felt she was smarter than me. But sadly with this book I am brought one step closer to walking away from her future books and just revert to re-reading her older ones. In fact, if you have never read Elizabeth George, please don't start with this book! Come on, Elizabeth George, it's time to knock another one out of the park in the Lynley mystery series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Portland, OR 02-28-12
    Ellen Portland, OR 02-28-12
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    "Long time George fan listens for the first time"

    As a new Audible customer, I caution readers of this review to keep that in mind. I have always READ, not listened to books, but am giving listening a try, for the car, and for long walks. I've read just about everything Elizabeth George has written, and looked forward to her new one. Must say I am disappointed, and not sure whether it is the writing or the listening experience. Davina Porter falls flat to me when she emulates the male characters, and there are many, with a whole host of different accents. The book jumps around a lot, to different places and different subplots. Many characters, families, and relationships. There are, of course, the regulars - Lynley and Havers, the St. James', but a also host of others and I find myself getting confused more than I used to, and not being able to go back through the pages to refresh my memory.
    I've picked a less complex novel for my second "read" and will better be able to separate my issues.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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