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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning author Elizabeth George delivers another masterpiece of suspense in her Inspector Lynley series. 

When a Member of Parliament shows up at New Scotland Yard requesting an investigation into the suicide of the son of one of his constituents in the beautiful town of Ludlow, the Assistant Commissioner sees two opportunities in this request: the first is to have an MP owing him a favour, and the second is to get rid of Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, whose career at the Met has been hanging by a thread for quite some time. So he assigns Havers to the case and for good measure partners her with the one person who shares his wish to see the back of her: Detective Chief Superintendent Isabelle Ardery. 

But Ardery has her own difficulties. She is not happy to be sent away from London and as a result is in a rush to return. This causes her to overlook certain uncomfortable facts. Soon the case is opened again, and this time it is Lynley who must accompany Havers to Ludlow, with little more than a week to save the Met's reputation and Barbara's job. And the more they investigate, the more it looks as if the suicide was part of a much more sinister pattern of events. 

©2018 Susan Elizabeth George (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Terrific read

The fully rounded characters bring this intricate plot to life... couldn’t stop listening, loved it.

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The pursuit of excitement

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Those readers who are not expecting the style of Elizabeth George's earlier novels.

What was most disappointing about Elizabeth George’s story?

The change from her earlier style by the inclusion of multiple descriptions of sexual activity. Little is left to the reader's imagination. In addition, the increasingly bizarre actions of two of the police characters go far beyond what would be tolerated in any organisation. There would be much earlier and stronger intervention in such hierarchical structure. There were also subplots with sentimental or improbable resolutions. Most characters seemed exaggerated some to the point of being unidimensional.

What about Julia Barrie’s performance did you like?

I think her performance enabled easy identification of characters, but she did not capture the style of Thomas Lynley. I may be influenced by my liking of narrators of earlier books.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The description of the meeting between Jasmine and her parents showed what the author can do.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-04-18

Superb

Great story as always from EG; love her books and all the characters. Can’t wait for the next one.

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  • J. VINER
  • 03-30-18

A great read and listen

Elizabeth George has surpassed herself with this her latest book and Julia Barrie’s narration is superb. There are so many seemingly disparate threads in this story and it is fascinating to see how the author has woven them all into a complex and beautifully crafted whole. Fans of Barbara Havers will enjoy seeing her character develop and have a heart rending glimpse into her inner thoughts. The themes of teenage angst and family relationships are well defined and do not detract from an overall gripping narrative.

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  • Anne
  • 03-24-18

loved it<br />

a great listen, one of those compelling books, the plot layered with back stories. very well narrated which brought the story to life. looking forward to the next one.

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  • Joy
  • 03-31-18

A plot entwined by multiple threads

Started slowly with stories that seem far removed from the main plot. Pay attention to these early threads as George cleverly weaves everything back together creating just the right amount of suspense.
As always, the characters come alive with humour, complex emotional and social issues while maintaining a fast and furious pace of detecting.
The narrator is brilliant, keeping the many characters running in what is sometimes a mind bending pace.
Loved it👍

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-16-18

enjoyable and satisfying

I found this book one of the most enjoyable and satisfying in the series. Well worth listening to.