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
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers are two of the best drawn and most admirable characters in mystery literature, in my opinion. Elizabeth George did justice to Havers in this somewhat dull story, but I am disappointed in the way she has developed Lynley's character after his tragic loss (wife died in previous book).
I don't want to spoil the plot, but Lynley began as association with someone who is heinous and unsympathetic. It seemed so out of character that I was stunned. I am prepared to believe that we sometimes act differently when tragedy has knocked us flat, but ... UGH.
The story was just not that interesting.
The narrator did wonderful accents, but her "silly me" girlish voices for at least two of the women in the story were downright insulting.
Yes, make the story interesting, and not so focused on issues having little to do with the
I have loved her books in the past, may go back and read an earlier one that I missed.
riveting, well written, addictive
I love the way Elizabeth George consistently weaves a story together with no lack of continuity and with over the top intrigue! This story had my full attention from beginning to end. Her prose is delicious and her character development is unmatched. I'm sad that I discovered her so late in my life but very glad I finally did find her.
No, this is the first one but I do think she's very good.
Deadly family secrets revealed
MEDIUM TO HIGH. THERE WERE TOO MANY SUBPLOTS. I THOUGHT THAT IF I WERE READING IT IN A BOOK, I WOULD PLACE BOOK,MARKS, OR HIGHLIGHTS HERE AND THERE TO KEEP TRACK OF THE MANY CHARACTERS.
IT WAS TOO LONG COMING, BUT IT WAS A "GOOD SHOCK" WHICH LEAVES IT OPEN FOR MS. GEORGE TO RIGHT ANOTHER TALE OF LYNLEY ETC.. WHICH I WILL READ/LISTEN TO.
ALITAYA, I FELT SORRY FOR HER, SHE WAS ABUSED BY DEBRA
YES! ANNOYANCE! WITH THE REPEATED STATING OF THE FULL NAME OF ALITAYA DE VASQUES DE THIS AND THIS AND THIS EVERY TIME SHE CAME INTO THE STORY! AND. THE BRITISH ACCENT OF THE NARRATOR GRATED ON ME WHEN SHE PRONOUNCED THIS LATIN NAME. AT ONE POINT NEAR THE END OF THE BOOK I SHUT DOWN THE BOOK, IN EXASPIRATION! THINKING "IF SHE SAYS IT ONE MORE TIME I WILL SCREAM! WHY NOT JUST SAY "ALITAYA"? WE KNOW HER NAME."
IT WAS A GOOD STORY, BUT THE CHARACTERS, SOME OF THEM, WERE A BIT OUT OF CHARACTER. MOSTLY DEBRA, I THINK. BARBARA HAVERS IS GREAT! AND I LOVED FREDDIE.
Not difficult to be utterly taken by Elizabeth George - she is one of the best crime novel writers ever. And I really appreciate the audio productions of her books hence would be delighted to find the earlier E. George novels (that I have all read) soon as audio books. I surely would buy them all!
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.
The plot twists, so many twists and turns, yet not confusing at all.
I like to read Ms. George's books before or after listening to them. Ms Porter heightens the excitement while focusing on the drama.
Yes and l am happy that my travel permitted long stretches of listening.
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.
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.
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.
Just my usual dislike of the ever emotional, but never rational Deborah. I don't like her and her behavior causes others great pain.
Just ,if Ms George reads these, thanks for your talent and write faster. My heart goes out to Barbara,
I would make fewer story lines and develop the new characters more fully.
I usually love her books, but this one was so convoluted that is was tough to finish.
I always enjoy Barbara Havers scenes with Inspector Lynley. Those kept me going.
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.
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!
The narration is excellent, with the flexible voice of Davinia Porter taking all the diverse parts with authority.
It's long, and soap opera-y, but enjoyable. Cut it?? Never!!
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