Inspector Lynley [abridged]

23 books in series
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A Great Deliverance Publisher's Summary

To this day, the low, thin wail of an infant can be heard in Keldale's lush green valleys. Three hundred years ago, as legend goes, the frightened Yorkshire villagers smothered a crying babe in Keldale Abbey, where they'd hidden to escape the ravages of Cromwell's raiders.

Now into Keldale's pastoral web of old houses and older secrets comes Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley, the eighth earl of Asherton. Along with the redoubtable Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, Lynley has been sent to solve a savage murder that has stunned the peaceful countryside. For fat, unlovely Roberta Teys has been found in her best dress, an axe at her side, seated in the old stone barn beside her father's headless corpse. Her first and last words were "I did it. I'm not sorry."

Yet as Lynley and Havers wind their way through Keldale's dark labyrinth of secret scandals and appalling crimes, they uncover a shattering series of revelations that will reverberate through this tranquil English valley- and in their own lives as well.

©1992 Susan Elizabeth George (P)1992 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • A Great Deliverance

    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
    • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 258
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 194
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 197

    To this day, the low, thin wail of an infant can be heard in Keldale's lush green valleys. Three hundred years ago, as legend goes, the frightened Yorkshire villagers smothered a crying babe in Keldale Abbey, where they'd hidden to escape the ravages of Cromwell's raiders.Now into Keldale's pastoral web of old houses and older secrets comes Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley, the eighth earl of Asherton. Along with the redoubtable Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, Lynley has been sent to solve a savage murder that has stunned the peaceful countryside. For fat, unlovely Roberta Teys has been found in her best dress, an axe at her side, seated in the old stone barn beside her father's headless corpse. Her first and last words were "I did it. I'm not sorry."Yet as Lynley and Havers wind their way through Keldale's dark labyrinth of secret scandals and appalling crimes, they uncover a shattering series of revelations that will reverberate through this tranquil English valley- and in their own lives as well.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The first and best Elizabeth George

    • By Ellen on 03-09-05

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    • A Great Deliverance

    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
    • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Fat, unlovely Roberta Teys is found beside her father's headless corpse, wearing her best dress and with an axe in her lap. Her first words are: 'I did it. And I am not sorry,' and she refuses to say more.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it

    • By Barbara Stilwell on 03-23-18

    Regular price: $10.84

  • Book 2

    • Payment in Blood

    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
    • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 38

    The career of playwright Joy Sinclair comes to a rather abrupt end on an isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands when someone drives an 18-inch dirk through her neck. Called upon to investigate the case in a country with virtually no authority, the aristocratic Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his partner, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, grapple for both a motive and a murderer.Emotions run deep in this highly charged drama, for the list of suspects soon includes Britain's foremost actress, its most successful theatrical producer, and the woman Lynley loves. He and Havers must tread carefully over the complicated terrain of human relationships, while they work to solve a case rooted in the darkest corners of the past and the unexplored regions of the human heart.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • praise with reservations

    • By Miriam on 07-10-05

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  • Book 3

    • Well-Schooled in Murder

    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
    • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 62

    When 13-year-old Matthew Whateley goes missing from Bredgar Chambers, a prestigious public school in the heart of West Sussex, aristocratic Inspector Thomas Lynley receives a call for help from the lad's housemaster, who also happens to be an old school chum. Thus, the inspector, his partner, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, and forensic scientist Simon Allcourt-St. James find themselves once again outside their jurisdiction and deeply involved in the search for a child - and then, tragically, for a child killer. Questioning prefects, teachers, and pupils closest to the dead boy, Lynley and Havers sense that something extraordinarily evil is going on behind Bredgar Chambers's cloistered walls. But as they begin to unlock the secrets of this closed society, the investigation into Matthew's death leads them perilously close to their own emotional wounds - and blinds them to the signs of another murder in the making...

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Grim, miserable tale

    • By Santa Barbara shopper on 08-11-17

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  • Book 4

    • A Suitable Vengeance

    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
    • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 67
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 32

    Award-winning mystery author Elizabeth George gives us an early glimpse of Inspector Thomas Lynley, his friend forensic scientist Simon Allcourt-St. James, and Lady Helen Clyde, as well as a masterfully crafted whodunit, in this suspenseful recording of her superlative mystery novel. It was supposed to be a festive engagement weekend. But when Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, Eighth Earl of Asherton, and his fiance; Deborah Cotter, arrive at Lynley's family home, Howenstow, they find the atmosphere rife with tension. Lynley's friend Simon is struggling with the pain of losing Deborah. As for Lynley, estranged from his mother and now faced with his younger brother's recurring drug addiction, home has always been a place of tormenting memories he'd much rather forget. And then a journalist is found gruesomely murdered in the nearby village of Nanrunnel and the engagement party is truly over. Mick Cambrey had given scores of people reason to kill him - especially his wife's father, the estate manager of Howenstow. But what St. James can't figure out - and what Lynley won't explain - is the Howenstow aristocrats and those who have long served them...and who would keep their masters' secrets to the graves. Though the series of murders that follow are out of Lynley's jurisdiction as a Criminal Investigator for New Scotland Yard, he has assigned himself to the case - for the evidence begins to point not only to his family's estate manager, but to his family itself.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A Suitable Vengence - Good - However........

    • By Julie on 08-12-09

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    • A Suitable Vengeance

    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
    • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
    • Abridged
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    Inspector Thomas Lynley, 8th Earl of Asherton, feels some trepidation as he introduces his bride-to-be to his mother at the ancestral home of Howenstow in Cornwall. But Lynley's private concerns are soon forgotten as the brutal murder of a local journalist requires him to focus on the professional, rather than the personal.

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  • Book 5

    • For the Sake of Elena

    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
    • Length: 3 hrs
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 83
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 52

    A young student at St. Stephen's College, the daughter of a professor up for a prestigious post, is found brutally murdered on an isolated jogging path. Unwilling to turn the killing over to the local police, the university calls in New Scotland Yard. Thus Lynley and his partner Havers enter the rarified world of Cambridge University, where academic gowns often hide murderous intentions. For both officers, the true identity of Elena Weaver proves as elusive as the mythical creature whose image decorated her dorm room. Not until they come to terms with the woman she was will they have a line on the killer - who just may kill again.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I hate abrudged books!!

    • By Pamela on 06-27-18

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  • Book 6

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  • Book 7

    • Playing for the Ashes

    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
    • Length: 3 hrs
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 102
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 59

    When country milkman Martin Snell makes his usual delivery to Celandine Cottage one spring morning in Kent, he expects to be greeted by the cottage's sensual and seductive tenant, Gabriella Patten, not by the charred remains of fire pointing to murder.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good Story, but...

    • By Andre on 06-29-05

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  • Book 8

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  • Book 10

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  • Book 11

    • A Traitor to Memory

    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Simon Jones
    • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    When Eugenie Davies is killed by a driver on a quiet London street, her death is clearly no accident. Someone struck her with a car and then deliberately ran over her body before driving off, leaving nothing behind but questions. What brought Eugenie Davies to London on a rainy autumn night? Why was she carrying the name of the man who found her body? Who among the many acquaintances in her complicated and tragic life could have wanted her dead?

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • No More Abridged

    • By Rebecca Seaquist on 09-27-12

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  • Book 12

    • A Place of Hiding

    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Simon Jones
    • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    An isolated beach on the island of Guernsey in the English Channel is the scene of the murder of Guy Brouard, one of Guernsey's wealthiest inhabitants and its main benefactor. Forced as a child to flee the Nazis in Paris, Brouard was engaged in his latest project when he died: a museum in honor of those who resisted the German occupation of the island during World War II. It is from this period of time that his murderer may well have come. But there are others on Guernsey with reason to want Guy Brouard dead....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • never again

    • By Jean on 05-20-17

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  • Book 13

    • With No One As Witness

    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Charles Keating
    • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 224
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89

    In With No One as Witness, her thirteenth novel, Elizabeth George has crafted an intricate and absorbing story sure to enthrall her readers. Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, along with his longtime partner, the fiery Barbara Havers, and newly promoted Detective Sergeant Winston Nkata, is back, and on the hunt for a sinister killer.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • ABRIDGED, ABRIDGED, ABRIDGED

    • By Kathleen on 04-18-05

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  • Book 14

    • What Came Before He Shot Her

    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Charles Keating
    • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 134
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 63

    The brutal, inexplicable death of Inspector Thomas Lynley's wife has left Scotland Yard shocked and searching for answers. Even more horrifying is that the trigger was apparently pulled by a 12-year-old boy. Who is he? Where did he come from? And what were the circumstances that led to his final act of desperation?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Bleak, pedantic but...love Elizabeth George

    • By Rebecarol on 12-20-07

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  • Book 15

    • Careless in Red

    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Charles Keating
    • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 366
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 127
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 128

    After the senseless murder of his wife, Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley retreated to Cornwall, where he has spent six solitary weeks hiking the bleak and rugged coastline. On the 43rd day of his walk, at the base of a cliff, Lynley discovers the body of a young man who appears to have fallen to his death.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A bit of a disappointment

    • By Paul on 10-04-08

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    • Careless in Red

    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Charles Keating
    • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    It is barely three months since the murder of his wife and Thomas Lynley takes to the South-West Coast Path in Cornwall, determined to walk its length in an attempt to distract himself from his loss. On the forty-third day of this walk, he sees a cliff climber fall to his death - a death apparently witnessed by a surfer in a nearby cove. Shortly afterwards, Lynley encounters a young woman from Bristol whose personal history is a blank before her thirteenth year.

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  • Book 16

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