Inspector Lynley [unabridged]

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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 ax in her lap, seated in the old stone barn beside her father's headless corpse. Her first and last words were "I did it. And 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.

©1989 Susan Elizabeth George (P)2018 Random House Audio
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  • Book 1

    • A Great Deliverance

    • Inspector Lynley, Book 1
    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Donada Peters
    • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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 ax in her lap, seated in the old stone barn beside her father's headless corpse. Her first and last words were "I did it. And I'm not sorry". 

    Regular price: $35.00

  • Book 2

    • Payment in Blood

    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 255
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 234
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 230

    The producer of a troubled play invites the cast to spend the weekend in his remote Scottish Highlands estate to hash out the problems. When the housemaid finds the playwright murdered in bed, Thomas Lynley and his partner must unmask the villain.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Fair for Elizabeth George

    • By Jennifer Pineiro on 05-09-16

    Regular price: $31.49

  • Book 3

    Well-Schooled in Murder audiobook cover art
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  • Book 4

    • A Suitable Vengeance

    • Inspector Lynley, Book 4
    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 279
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 251
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 254

    Two murders, one on the heels of the other, point in the direction of Thomas Lynley's younger brother Peter - a cocaine addict who ruins Thomas' engagement party, then disappears on the evening of the second murder.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Read This Book First Even Though It's Fourth

    • By April B. on 02-25-17

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  • Book 5

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  • Book 8

    • In the Presence of the Enemy

    • Inspector Lynley, Book 8
    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Donada Peters
    • Length: 20 hrs and 49 mins
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    Hailed as the "king of sleaze", tabloid editor Dennis Luxford is used to ferreting out the sins and scandals of people in exposed positions. But when he opens an innocuous-looking letter addressed to him at The Source, he discovers that someone else excels at ferreting out secrets as well. Ten-year-old Charlotte Bowen has been abducted, and if Luxford does not admit publicly to having fathered her, she will die. 

    Regular price: $42.00

  • Book 9

    • Deception on His Mind

    • Inspector Lynley, Book 9
    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Donada Peters
    • Length: 22 hrs and 54 mins
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    Balford-le-Nez is a dying seatown on the coast of Essex. But when a member of the town's small but growing Asian community is found dead on its beach, his neck broken, sleepy Balford-le-Nez ignites. Working solo without her longtime partner, Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, Sergeant Barbara Havers must probe not only the mind of a murderer and a case very close to her own heart, but the terrible price people pay for deceiving others...and themselves. 

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  • Book 10

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  • Book 11

    • A Traitor to Memory

    • Inspector Lynley, Book 11
    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Donada Peters
    • Length: 28 hrs and 54 mins
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    "To listen is to be, but to play is to live...." So believes Gideon Davies, 28-year-old musical wunderkind, a virtuoso violinist whose talents are internationally celebrated. When Gideon finds himself center stage, unable to play, his tortured search for his music - and for the truth behind the appalling event that shaped his life - will lead him to the very heart of love's darkest manifestations. 

    Regular price: $42.00

  • Book 12

    • A Place of Hiding

    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes
    • Length: 26 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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      5 out of 5 stars 15
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      4 out of 5 stars 15

    The sudden death of Guy Brouard after his morning swim shocks the residents of Guernsey. A generous patron and benefactor of the island since his arrival there a decade ago, his demise puts a question mark over many cherished projects. When a young American woman is charged with the murder, her brother seeks help from the only contact he has in the UK - Deborah St James. Deborah is horrified to find that her old friend has been arrested and persuades her husband Simon to accompany her to Guernsey to avert this miscarriage of justice. There they find a tangled web of deceit and betrayal....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Story

    • By Ina on 11-01-12

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    • A Place of Hiding

    • Inspector Lynley, Book 12
    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Donada Peters
    • Length: 22 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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. The St. Jameses must delve into Guernsey’s dark history - both past and present - and into the troubled psyche of someone who may have exacted retribution for the most unspeakable crime of all. 

    Regular price: $42.00

  • Book 13

    • With No One as Witness

    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
    • Length: 24 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    When the Metropolitan Police fail to realise a serial killer is at work, London ignites over the fact that the killer's victims are young black and mixed race boys. Institutionalised racism is claimed by the community's activists and tabloids alike. Acting Superintendent Thomas Lynley is given the case, and his Scotland Yard task force is soon handling more killings and a looming tragedy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This book has it all... a must read!

    • By Paul V Rodais on 07-07-18

    Regular price: $21.31

  • Book 14

    • What Came Before He Shot Her

    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Inika Leigh Wright
    • Length: 25 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
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      4 out of 5 stars 13
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      4 out of 5 stars 13

    The shocking conclusion of Elizabeth George's previous bestseller, With No One As Witness, saw the wife of New Scotland Yard's Thomas Lynley gunned down in the street outside her home. Under arrest for the crime is a twelve-year-old boy, Joel Campbell. What possible motive could he have? What chain of events could have led such a child from the housing estates of North Kensington to the elegant streets of Belgravia with such deadly intent?

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • performance is important

    • By Jennie Begg on 08-17-12

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  • Book 15

    • Careless in Red

    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Crispin Redman
    • Length: 21 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    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 43rd day of this walk, he sees a cliff climber fall to his 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 13th year. These events propel him into a case that brings Barbara Havers from London....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the best

    • By Ina on 11-01-12

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  • Book 16

    • This Body of Death

    • An Inspector Lynley Novel
    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 23 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 640
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 368
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 372

    Thomas Lynley is called back to Scotland Yard when the body of a woman is found stabbed and abandoned in an isolated London cemetery. His former team doesn't trust the leadership of their new department chief, Isabelle Ardery, but Lynley may be the sole person who can see beneath his superior officer's hard-as-nails exterior to a hidden and possibly attractive vulnerability.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting Mix for Elizabeth George Fans

    • By Rebecarol on 08-14-10

    Regular price: $46.77

  • Book 17

    • Believing the Lie

    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Tim Bentinck
    • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    Detective Inspector Lynley is approached by business magnate Bernard Fairclough for a confidential review - not a formal investigation - of the circumstances of his nephew's demise. The coroner's verdict is accidental death.Still grieving for his murdered wife, Lynley has personal reasons for welcoming a spell away from London. He heads to the wild beauty of the Lake District, with Deborah and Simon St James to provide cover for his inquiries.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Charles Dickens or Elizabeth George?

    • By Wanda on 07-28-12

    Regular price: $20.65

    • Believing the Lie

    • An Inspector Lynley Novel
    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 23 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 670
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 551
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 553

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Bizarre turn from an established storyteller.

    • By Jami E. Nettles on 01-19-12

    Regular price: $42.00

  • Book 18

    • Just One Evil Act

    • A Lynley Novel, Book 18
    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 28 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 645
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 572
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 568

    Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is at a loss: The daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar has been taken by her mother, and Barbara can't really help - Azhar had never married Angelina, and his name isn't on Hadiyyah's, their daughter's, birth certificate. He has no legal claim. Azhar and Barbara hire a private detective, but the trail goes cold. Azhar is just beginning to accept his soul-crushing loss when Angelina reappears with shocking news: Hadiyyah is missing, kidnapped from an Italian marketplace.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A huge disappointment

    • By Joan Farrell on 11-02-13

    Regular price: $45.50

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