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Deception on His Mind (Inspector Lynley #9)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  7,612 Ratings  ·  262 Reviews
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, a Pakistani named Haytham Querashi, is found dead near its beach, his neck broken, sleepy Balford-le-Nez ignites. And working solo, without her long-time partner Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, Sergeant Barbara Havers must probe not only the mind o ...more
Hardcover, 616 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by Bantam (first published 1997)
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Dec 07, 2008 Ed rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: British Murder Mysteries
I slogged through this 713 page monster because I have enjoyed George's Inspector Detective Thomas Lynley stories so much, both in print and on the televised BBC series. (I also have a hard time abandoning books I begin.) This one features his side-kick and apprentice, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, no Lynley to be found.

In this story, Elizabeth George takes on the cultural difficulties of Pakistani immigrants as background for the entire book. To paraphrase The Grateful Dead, "What a Long
Jamie Collins
Sep 23, 2010 Jamie Collins rated it really liked it
Another very enjoyable read. I like these books more and more, and I'm going to be sad when I've finished them all. The characterizations are outstanding and the mysteries are well-crafted, as long as you don't mind the author's slight cheat of putting you in the mind of the killer without revealing that he or she is the guilty party.

This is the first of these novels to focus entirely on Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers - Lynley is absent entirely. On leave from New Scotland Yard, Havers takes
Thomas Strömquist
Jul 02, 2014 Thomas Strömquist rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-collection
One of my favorites in the series. Havers is this time around the main character and Lynley largely away. The case Barbara gets on her hands has ties into the Asian community of a certain town, where the leaders have a very complicated relationship with the rest of the community and an even more troublesome and infected one with the local authorities. A situation not easily navigated, and Barbara Havers does make waves when she comes.
aPriL does feral sometimes
“Where is the man who has the power and skill
to stem the torrent of a woman’s will?
For if she will she will, you may depend on’t;
and if she won’t she won’t so there’s an end on’t.”

from the pillar erected on the Mount in the Dane John Field in Canterbury

The above is how the ninth Elizabeth George book in the Inspector Lynley/Detective Havers police mysteries begins. While it eventually becomes clear why George used this quote, the novel is about so much more.

Usually, there is a strong current of
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 15, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Lynley Series
This is my favorite in the Lynley series after the first one, A Great Deliverance. I didn't find it quite as powerful, that first book in the series moved me to tears. In this one Inspector Thomas Lynley is off on his honeymoon so his partner Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers--who was battered emotionally and physically in her last case--is on her own. And instead of taking the rest Lynley urged on her, Havers heads to Essex where a murder case is setting off racial tensions between English and ...more
Kathy Davie
May 17, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, i-own-this
Ninth in the Inspector Lynley mystery series set in contemporary London.

The Story
Tommy and Helen have gotten married and are off on their honeymoon while Barbara has been ordered to take time off to heal after her injuries in In the Presence of the Enemy. Lord, taking time off. All that time with nothing to do but think so it's no surprise that Barbara jumps at the opportunity to follow Azhar and Hadiyyah when they must leave London to help with a family emergency.

The Characters
I think Emily do
Oct 14, 2012 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barbara Havers shines in this installment. Lynley makes his presence known only in Barbara's actions as she channels his comments in her head. Mr. Azar, Barbara's London neighbor, is called away to a small seaside town for a family emergency. Barbara follows when she discovers that the family emergency involves a potentially explosive situation revolving around racial prejudice. She fears that Azar is in over her head. She discovers that the DCI is her former classmate and friend who seconds her ...more
Diana Donnelly
This book took place at Essex on the coastline. It's about the Pakistani culture which for me was drawn out at times and cost at least one full star in my rating. This time Sergeant Barbara Havers had center stage and I enjoyed that. Reading this in sequence has been enjoyable and I've grown fond of the characters. Barbara is a great detective which she got to show us that in this book. She has also developed a strong feeling for her neighbors which is why she ended up in Essex. It was supposed ...more
Nov 30, 2008 Eric_W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 30, 2013 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I'm now a George devotee. Every character George presents is compelling. I care about their futures, even if I despise a particular person or assume s/he's the murderer. I especially admire George's ability to take on the difficult subject of race, immigration, and Pakistani-Anglo community relations in this story. Muslim tradition clashes with Western European xenophobia and racism, as well as gay lifestyles and ascendancy of women in the form of female police officers.

Barbara Havers is my kin
Jun 03, 2014 Patricia rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! What really interested me were the relationships that were unraveled and further developed during the course of yet another murder mystery in the Inspector Lynley series. I was consistently analyzing with what I learned about everyone. Additionally, I was intrigued by the setting. The setting was at a fictitious shoreline town in England called Balford-le-Nez. I later learned that it was supposed to resemble an actual town on the shore in Essex England called Walton-o ...more
Marguerite Kaye
An Inspector Lynley where Inspector Lynley made no appearance, and actually this one was all the better for it. Barbara Havers gets to take centre stage, and I enjoyed that - I had got really very bored with the Lynley/Helen relationship and the whole thing about Deborah and her husband not being able to have children was getting me down, so it was refreshing. There were all the usual things in this that annoy me - principally some of the writing and tone is VERY patronising - but there were all ...more
Feb 07, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#9 in the Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley & Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers series.

Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley & Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers series - Barbara Havers, who's on leave from New Scotland Yard to recuperate from injuries suffered in In the Presence of the Enemy (1996) while Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and Helen Clyde honeymoon. When her neighbors, microbiologist Taymullah Azhar and his endearing young daughter, Hadiyyah, leave London to visit his family i
Lola Wallace
I like Elizabeth George, but I LOVE Detective Barbara Havers. I think I've found the mystery series for me. George offers me all the thrills and sensation I crave*, plus three-dimensional characters and smart plots for the gray matter. And aside from the genre stuff, it's got this whole fascinating narrative about recognizing prejudice in your friends and neighbors that mirrors the exposition of the mystery itself. And George even acknowledges intersectionality!

A note on the audio version: the p
Jan 03, 2011 Sallie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
My mind is in conflict about this book. On one hand, I stayed up until 0336 to finish it, but all the characters and twists and turns in it were annoying, as was George's need to constantly tells us the characters who were German said "haff" "vish" "vant" etc in an aside after their dialogue until I was ready to throw the book across the room. Either put the accent in their actual dialogue or forget it all together. Or once maybe, but all the time???? I haven't read many of George's mysteries, a ...more
May 16, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a previous book I complained because there was very little Havers. This book is all Havers and no Lynley, and I have no complaint! I guess I know who my favorite character is in the series. Very interesting plot that involves Barbara's neighbors, who appeared in the last book (and maybe the one before too?). Such a great series.
Jul 31, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery

All the Inspector Lynley books are quite
wonderful but I especially enjoyed this one. It focused on Barbara Havers and a friend, another woman in the police, and issues of self-deception and racial
Jun 22, 2015 Sunsy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Barbara Havers mal ohne Inspector Lynley - aber deswegen nicht weniger scharfsinnig bei diesem brisanten und verflixt komplizierten Fall. 09/10 Punkte.

Meine Rezensin könnt ihr hier nachlesen: .
Anneliese Tirry
Nov 11, 2016 Anneliese Tirry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ik vind de boeken van Elizabeth George de perfecte boeken om mij te begeleiden op meerdaagse staptochten - ze zijn dik, ze zijn spannend en ze lezen vlot.
Ook weer dit boek, verschenen in 1997 en het 9e uit de Lynley serie, al is hij zelf nergens te bespeuren!
Ik sta er steeds van verbaasd hoe de auteur, als Amerikaanse, toch zo weet te schrijven over Engeland.
Verschillende thema's komen aan bod in dit boek - discriminatie, klassenverschil, vrouwenonderdrukking, mensenhandel - en dan het spannende
Janet Mahlum
Mar 09, 2017 Janet Mahlum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like Elizabeth George. I really like that her male/female detectives aren't in love with each other and going through all that angst with each other. This one was especially well written even if handsome, debonair Lynley wasn't there. The vocabulary was definitely still the two bucks' worth, but at least most of the big fancy words were ones you could hear in normal conversation. I never did guess who did it and was really surprised when all was revealed. This book does leave the reader ...more
Linda Earl
Dec 12, 2016 Linda Earl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally intriguing!

Her best, most intriguing mystery so far! A real grabber from start to finish -- had me up half the night and on the edge of my seat right up to the last page! Loved it!!
Mar 14, 2017 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding! Primarily set in a coastal town where tension is brewing between the Pakistani community and the WASPs. Well written and compelling.
Jan 05, 2017 Afsheen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How can we begin to understand what we do not know? but alas how easily we make snap jugdments about something that is outside our realm of understanding.
Sara Cochran
Mar 14, 2017 Sara Cochran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the setting and characters, but missed Lynley et al
Aggie Sanders
Nov 18, 2016 Aggie Sanders rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
This is my first Elizabeth George novel but it certainly won't be my last. I enjoyed the insight into Pakistani culture interspersed in a murder mystery set in England. What could be better than that? I like to learn about the customs of other cultures. The mystery was complicated and really heated up towards the end.
Sep 24, 2012 Carlos rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Antes que otra cosa suceda tengo que confesar mis pecados, y es que en una entrega anterior cometí un error pequeño pero error al fin y es que hace como 6 meses que leí una obra de Elizabeth George, El Padre Ausente, y les había dicho que era inglesa, pero ¿saben qué?, no es así, lo que pasa es que esta mujer americana cuando tenía 16 años fue en un viaje a conocer la tierra de Shakespeare y sus alrededores y se quedó enamorada del país y desde entonces quedó obsesionada, de tal manera que cuand ...more
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Apr 09, 2012 Author Groupie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
When my European friend recommended a British mystery for me to read, I did not hesitate for a minute. Her first recommendation was a result of her laughing aloud hysterically while reading Jane Green's Straight Talking (book club ideas coming soon) when we were on retreat together. I am not a laugh aloud reader (more of a goofy smirk reader), but I was willing to try after her constant giggles during the night. Thus, Deception on His Mind was soon stacked on top of my nightstand.
Being cartograp
Toni Osborne
Oct 27, 2010 Toni Osborne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 9 in the Inspector Lynley series

Elizabeth George plunges us once again into a gripping and twisted "Whodunit" plot based in Balford-le-Nez, a dying fictional sea town on the coast of Essex. True to her style, this book in the series is beautifully written, the plot well-crafted and the characterization excellent. This is a complicated mystery which may be a tad too long and a bit slow-moving at times but one that will not fail to draw you into the story immediate. You will be caught up in
Jan 31, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Part of the Inspector Lynley series but a rarity in that Lynley is barely in the book at all, instead the focus of the book is DS Barbara Havers. Barbara is on an enforced holiday after being severely beaten in the last installment, "In the Presence of the Enemy." She becomes involved in a potentially explosive situation as she follows her Pakistani neighbors to a town near the coast where a young Pakistani man has been brutally murdered and the potential of racial riots may break out at any mom ...more
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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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Inspector Lynley (1 - 10 of 19 books)
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