• Missing Joseph

  • Inspector Lynley, Book 6
  • By: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: Donada Peters
  • Length: 17 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (227 ratings)

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Missing Joseph

By: Elizabeth George
Narrated by: Donada Peters
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Publisher's Summary

Deborah and Simon St. James have taken a holiday in the winter landscape of Lancastershire, hoping to heal the growing rift in their marriage. But in the barren countryside awaits bleak news: The vicar of Wimslough, the man they had come to see, is dead - a victim of accidental poisoning.

Unsatisfied with the inquest ruling and unsettled by the close association between the investigating constable and the woman who served the deadly meal, Simon calls in his old friend Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley. Together they uncover dark, complex relationships in this rural village, relationships that bring men and women together with a passion, with grief, or with the intention to kill.

Peeling away layer after layer of personal history to reveal the torment of a fugitive spirit, Missing Joseph is award-winning author Elizabeth George's greatest achievement.

©2008 Elizabeth George (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"[George] proves that the classiest crime writers are true novelists." (The New York Times)
 

"Layered, intricate...deftly plotted, highly atmospheric." (Publishers Weekly

"A totally satisfying mystery experience." (Denver Post)

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Unsatisfactory ending

Where to start. The mystery itself played out pretty well, but the ending felt rushed and somehow incomplete. I didn't care for the narrator at all. Both Helen Clyde and Deborah St. James got on my nerves for most of the book. There was a particularly brutal rape that seemed to go on forever and the perpetrator is left unpunished. Just unsatisfied with the whole of the book.

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whiney

could be the era it was written but women are so whiney and insufferable, this one was more of a slog than the others. some beautiful writing here and there as always.

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Disappointing

Definitely a disappointment. Not Elizabeth George’s best work and certainly not enough of Barbara Havers

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Too much explicit sex.

None of the other books had this kind of explicit language. I really love Linley and the Sgt. but this book really was a shocker. The story was convoluted and hard to follow. I hope the rest are NOT like this one.

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George's Darkest Yet

This is the darkest and most violent in the Lynley series yet (which I am listening to in chronological order), but it is also thoughtful and reveals more of our beloved characters' deeper thoughts. I enjoyed the theme that weaved the mystery and the familiar characters together (especially Debra), subtle at first and then more clearly.

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Too much explicit sex

I have been reading this series in order and this is the first time I was totally turned off. I finished because I wanted to know The Who and the why but it was too much sex. I often listen without headphones but could not do that at all.

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A good deal of confusion with the chapter numbers seems very careless to me A A competent copy editor would have been able to fix that problem

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  • 07-11-21

Disappointed

Too many sex scenes!! Everybody at it, all the time, and the plot is completely buried under.

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  • Sue
  • 02-21-19

Another great story from Elizabeth George

Fabulous story with all your favourite characters and a few new ones. You know you are in safe hands with this author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-05-19

Disappointed

I usually like these books but this one was pretty much sex and more sex in each chapter. Nothing against some in the story but more crime solving please as this is the supposed genre. I was a bit disappointed :(