Are none of these books less that 600 pages? I don't know if I'll jump into the next book in the series right away.
Another favorite author and detective discovered compliments of PBS "Masterpiece Mystery." I have not been reading the Inspector Lynley series in order. I truly believe the author is fully worth the $1 I spend per book. Inspector Lynley of the books is a much more complicated man than the character depicted in the BBC series. The BBC Lynley seems to have it more together while coming off as a bit of a prig, while George's Lynley is more complicated and introspective.
Number ten is superb and proves the series is worthy of reading I absolutely believe this novel proves George to be a literary writer. But as for my opinion, there are few writers, literary or genre, who can fulfill both the requirements of providing reading entertainment, informing the reader about elements of class and society, while illuminating the truths of the human heart. However, because of the continuing and ongoing threads between Thomas Lynley, Detective Inspector at New Scotland Yard, Earl of Asherton, and DI Constable Barbara Havers, working class maven, I recommend reading the previous nine books in the series first, in order. Lynley is frequently blinded completely by the upperclass education and social chains of his Class, and he has been misled by his preconceptions far more often than Barbara Havers has been by her perceptions. The interplay of Class and sex discrimination in the relationship between Lynley and Havers is spectacularly background with deceptive subtlety, and it's partially why I love this ongoing mystery series. To any reader who is thrilled by good writing along with a fun mystery, Elizabeth George is a crackerjack writer of literary talent.
Ms. George's Inspector Lynley books are becoming longer, it seems, with each new installment. I am very impressed with the author's use of language - I usually have to look up at least one word in the dictionary while reading her books.
One final thought: Inspector Lynley is insufferable to Barbara Havers in this book. By the end of the book, he has decided to oh-so-magnanimously bestow his good opinion, but he never apologizes AND it takes an unnecessary and illogical tragedy to make him come around.
The thing that wondered me most is how come they really thought the murderer was after Nicola? If the victim is killed "cleanly", like Nicola was, the murderer didn't know the victim and just had to kill her.
Of course his illumination comes about because of Helen, who is far more intelligent than she or her friends give her credit. I love Helen, she is by far my favorite character, she is bubbly, happy and yet conflicted about her importance in the world.
I'm always impressed with the author's vocabulary and after reading 10 books with the same characters my fondness grows for them.
Anyhow, complex plot, and I didn't recall all the details from the first time I read it (I get her stuff ASAP and devour it, then re-read in a few years)so the plot twists were surprising...probably one good thing about getting older, I can re-read mysteries and still be surprised.
Thomas is angry that Barbara could ignore the chain-of-command and is determined that she will learn her place while Lady Helen comes to a realization as to just why Thomas is really angry with Barbara. The Story The daughter of an old friend of Thomas' is missing. The clues lead all over and both tidy up and destroy a variety of people as Lynley, Nkata, Havers, and Hanken push their way through the evidence leading to a high-end escort service, a brilliantly successful musical in the West End, a couple of artists who will crack you up, a happily retired couple building their retirement with a successful yet intimate hotel, and a beleaguered young man doing what he can to revive the family fortunes. She simply keeps pushing and pushing at a person just like a therapist does when they want you to come to the realization on your own. A bit of a Neanderthal, but there's hope for this old dog to learn new tricks! I do like that we learn a bit more about his youthful history! Her parents, Thomas' friends, Andrew and Nan, have always protected her from the negative aspect of her father's career Detective Inspector Peter Hanken of the Buxton police force is less than happy that the victim's father has requested Scotland Yard intrude on his case. The title, however, is spot on as everyone from Havers to Lynley, Hanken to Maiden are all In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner.
Susan Elizabeth George is an American author of mystery novels set in Great Britain. Her first published novel was A Great Deliverance in 1988, featuring Thomas Lynley, Lord Asherton, a Scotland Yard inspector of noble birth; Barbara Havers, Lynley's assistant, from a very working-class background; Lady Helen Clyde, Lynley's girlfriend and later wife, of noble birth as well; and Lynley's friends Simon and Deborah St. James.