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A Place of Hiding (Inspector Lynley #12)

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A Place of Hiding
Hardcover, 514 pages
Published July 29th 2003 by Bantam (first published 2003)
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Lobstergirl
Sep 13, 2010 Lobstergirl rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Binders full of women
Sadsack ginger Deborah St. James and her maimed, domineering husband Simon enjoy madcap adventures and rekindle old friendships on the island of Guernsey as they try to figure out who stuffed a rock down an elderly Jew's throat after his morning swim. I wish I could say this one had a happy ending, but both St. Jameses were still alive and resolved to work on their marriage as the curtains drew closed.

Note: This is not the one where Tommy Lynley impregnates Barbara. Barbara isn't even in this on
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Jeffrey
Feb 24, 2008 Jeffrey rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
In order to read a George novel you have to clear the deck. Her dense prose and rich characters mean you need a supreme effort to gear up for each book, and then she spins a tale in which gradually each suspect is shown not to be the killer, while at the same time showing that each was hiding something. But sometimes that many characters, that many hidden things, that many red herrings are just too much. I suffocated on her red herrings.
Alice
Oct 11, 2010 Alice rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
This was a tragedy! Not only did George attempt to develop the character of Deborah St. James and turn her from a sympathetic supporting character into a harpy from hell who is as irritating as she is selfish, spoiled, and childish - BUT, the plot strained the reasonable credibility one expects in a murder mystery.

Seriously, a civilian would be allowed to investigate like that? The rest of the novel and plot were interesting and, I dare say believable IF a real police officer were involved.....
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aPriL does feral sometimes
Simon St. James is a bit anxious about his wife, Deborah. Deborah is extremely upset. Her old friend, China River, is in trouble and being held by the police on the Island of Guernsey in the English Channel. Now, Cherokee River, her brother, is in London suddenly in their home pleading with Deborah and Simon to help China. He has already tried the American Embassy, but they are limited in what assistance they can offer.

Deborah becomes as desperate as Cherokee, thus Simon’s worry. He has more of
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Blaire
Feb 21, 2009 Blaire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Elizabeth George has been one of my favorite mystery writers since I read her first book. The thing I like best is her ability to create several related strands of plot and, by the end of the book, weave them together into a coherent whole. Often each strand affords Ms. George an opportunity to examine a different aspect of whatever she has chosen for her theme, aside from the murder. It gives her mysteries a depth and complexity that most murder mysteries don't possess. In this book, Ms. George ...more
Deb
Deborah's American friend China Rivers has been arrested on the island of Guernsey for the murder of a prominent wealthy citizen. China's brother Cherokee appears on the St.James's doorstep asking for Deborah's help. With a great deal of reluctance, Simon accompanies his wife to Guernsey to investigate. This is a complicated mystery involving a WWII museum, a missing painting, and a will, the contents of which leave everyone baffled and upset. I really miss Lynley and Havers, and I am a bit tire ...more
Jamie Collins
Jan 10, 2011 Jamie Collins rated it it was ok
This one left me a bit cold, but I think I was just not in the mood for George's particular brand of miserable and/or despicable characters. Plus I missed Lynley and Havers - this book focuses on St. James and Deborah, who are trying to solve a murder mystery on the Channel Island of Guernsey.

The island setting was nice, and so was the little dose of WWII history. The murder mystery itself was so-so, obfuscated by George's typically bizarre characterizations. I like St. James, but this constant
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Charles
This is a reluctant 3 stars, but after 5 months away from the Lynley series (because the previous novel, A Traitor to Memory, was so dreadful), I found this one much more tolerable. George has a penchant for overly long descriptive passages, especially annoying when certain characters and/or circumstances are uninteresting, but at least this novel intrigues and builds interest to an, alas, unsurprising denouement. And all this despite excluding my two favorite characters entirely (Havers and Hel ...more
Raymond
Dec 04, 2009 Raymond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Penny Duane, Kathi Hale, Gloria Gilmartin, everybody who like a good, near great, read.
As I began reading a Place of Hiding, I realized that I’d read the book a few years before. Knowing who did the crime gave me the chance to explore the story in ways other than as an armchair Sherlock. I was not disappointed. As much as I remember appreciating the book the first time through, I don’t think it compares with my appreciation for the book this time through.

The first time through, I only noted the wonderful depictions of some of the minor and even major characters and their relations
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Lisa
Mar 07, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel in the Lynley/Havers series focuses on Simon and Deborah St. James, who are called to the island of Guernsey when an old friend of Deborah's is arrested for murder. The book contains George's usual felicity with characterization, red herrings, description, and plot--I didn't guess whodunit until the person was revealed, which is a fine accomplishment. And, oh blessed day, we get to page 300+ before there's any gratuitous sleaze, and that is short-lived, and there's not any more. I rea ...more
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
I love Elizabeth George and have loved all of her books to date. This one however, was just lacking in something that I could not put my finger one and I was not feeling the love right from the start. This book was just about good enough to stay with, so I plodded through it, just as Ms. George seems to have plodded through with the plot. Sometimes however, it felt like that plot was a heavy as dough. The story did not feature Linley or Havers, but instead featured Simon and Deborah St.James. De ...more
Mike Cook
May 04, 2013 Mike Cook rated it really liked it
This book gets off to a slow start. Part of this has to do with the difference between British and American English, both in terms of the names of things and in sentence structure. Our cars have hoods. Theirs have bonnets. Our streets have curbs. Theirs have kerbs. Our cities have jails. Theirs have gaols. Our kitchens might have a food warmer. Their kitchens have hobs. Our kitchens also have ranges. Theirs have cookers. There is also the English use of the tenses of the verb "do" that might see ...more
Mollysusie
I am a long time lover of British tee-vee mysteries, but this is the first time I've read one. The plot just plodded along, like a pudgy little British guy dressed all in tweed, with a lot happening but in no way quickly. I often wished I could read while washing dishes, as multi-tasking always makes British mysteries more exciting.

I had quite a few issues with the dialogue, several times screaming "Men don't say that!", "Married people don't talk that way!", "Men don't SAY THAT!" Mostly I just
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Linda
Jun 09, 2013 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2013
I think I've read all of Elizabeth George's Inspector Lynley novels over these many years, and I have re-read some of them in audiobook format. I chose this one from the library's shelves largely because it was about Deborah and Simon, friends with whom Lynley has a ongoing and complex relationship. I have felt that the absence of this plot line from television series makes the plots simpler (out of necessity for TV) but also less interesting.

In this installment Lynley appears only on the teleph
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Lorraine
Another great read from Elizabeth George. This book involves Deborah and Simon St. James. Cherokee Rivers, brother of Deborah's great friend China Rivers, appears at their door one rainy November night. He asks for their help in finding the U.S. Embassy and says that China has been imprisoned for murder on the island of Guernsey. Of course the St. James' drop everything and go to Guernsey with Cherokee to find out what has happened. They discover that wealthy Guy Brouard was suffocated with a sm ...more
Beth Withers
This is not my favorite of the Inspector Lynley novels. First, Lynley and Havers aren't in the book, or hardly at all. The main characters are St. James and Deborah. I can barely tolerate Deborah. She is a spoiled rotten brat who needs desperately to grow up, and St. James gives into her constantly. Fortunately, in the other books, her part is much smaller than in this one! The mystery itself is a good one. A wealthy man is killed on Guernsey, and the main suspect is an American whom Deborah kne ...more
Kate Millin
Oct 13, 2014 Kate Millin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite this book being in the Inspector Lynley series he has a very small part in it - the main focus is Deborah and Simon St James. They are asked to help a friend of Debbie's who has been arrested for murder on the island of Guernsey. I find the angst between Debbie and Simon a little irritating in many oracles, but overall this is an interesting thriller with lots of twists and turns. There are a number of people with motives, and it is interesting to see how avarice affects the way people r ...more
Jane Stevenor
Jan 05, 2016 Jane Stevenor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though this is not a Lynley/Havers book, I read it because of George's ability to create characters and subplots. All the characters except the main characters ring true and were developed well. Cherokee and China, though, didn't garner my sympathy, and St. James and Deborah need to grow as a married couple and as individuals. I wanted to see Deborah stop throwing tantrums.
I did, however, learn from her how to structure plot. Because I didn't focus on the main characters like I do when Lyn
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Kristen
Oct 17, 2015 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
A Place of Hiding has been the strongest book in this series so far. George dispenses with the multiple narrators and non-linear structures she'd be experimenting with previously and puts together a really elegant and straightforward mystery. Her characters are also strong here. She has a way of creating idiosyncratic personalities that I find quite fascinating.
Senga
Apr 07, 2015 Senga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, detective, 2015
I am a huge fan of Elizabeth George and her Inspector Lynley series. I am also a huge fan of an intelligent, well planned detective mystery and George is at the front of the pack. Her clever plots, well developed characters and rich language all meld together to produce a satisfying journey for the reader. Already looking forward to picking up the next!
Juan Rodriguez
Dec 18, 2015 Juan Rodriguez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like most of Ms George's books, it takes a long circuitous route to tell the tale. It's a very interesting read. All the characters introduced were sufficiently interesting, I wanted to know more about them and their involvement. The ending was a surprise to me although after analyzing the story afterwards it was probably evident to others but eluded me.
Carol Waters

The most likeable character is a kid who can't speak. Too much confusion and too many shallow characters. Kept grabbing Inspector Linley for a paragraph or too, just to say, "I can write good crime novels but didn't want to this time." Hiding what? The plot? Even the stolen thing could have been reclaimed with a little legal help.
Anneselden7 Selden Berry
I was so afraid Ms. George was going to kill off the sensitive kid that I could hardly bring myself to finish the novel. It was a great ending and all I can say is, the imagery of the island made me want to visit if I can next time I go to the UK.
Melanie
Oct 07, 2015 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a really good read, even if DI Lynley was only mentioned on very few pages! It should be titled a Simon St James story!
Anne
Mar 25, 2010 Anne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Another book on tape . . .(I'm quilting) It was only just barely better than listening to nothing at all.
Justin Nelson
Adequate in terms of plot and twists. Unsympathetic characters made it a bit of a core to read at times, but worth reading
Mantelli
Feb 23, 2016 Mantelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how I managed to miss this one. I enjoyed its setting on Guernsey and its focus on Deborah and Simon. It was good to have a book in which Deborah's not mopey and whining.
Paul Servini
Jan 09, 2015 Paul Servini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating story. Kept my interest to the very end.
Sue
Oct 12, 2015 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great mystery with unexpected turn at the end.
Sheila Martinez
This was my 3rd Elizabeth George novel. I didn't care for it at all.
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Susan Elizabeth George is an American author of mystery novels set in Great Britain. Eleven of her novels, featuring her character Inspector Lynley, have been adapted for television by the BBC as The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.

She was born in Warren, Ohio, but moved to the S
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