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For the Sake of Elena (Inspector Lynley #5)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  10,287 Ratings  ·  319 Reviews
Elena Weaver was a surprise to anyone meeting her for the first time. In her clingy dresses and dangling earrings she exuded a sexuality at odds with the innocence projected by the unicorn posters on her walls. While her embittered mother fretted about her welfare from her home in London, in Cambridge—where Elena was a student at St. Stephen's College—her father and his se ...more
Hardcover, 388 pages
Published 1992 by Bantam
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Mary Beth
Feb 27, 2017 Mary Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy this series. To me I feel that they are a light fluffy read. Some or better than others, but I feel like they just don't have enough action for me. Others will probably feel differently because I love my suspense more than a mystery. I have to say the ending of her series always gives a curve ball and there is always action there. Now I have to say that even though I do not feel that there is not enough action, I really do enjoy them. Elizabeth George does so well on her characterization ...more
Jan 29, 2010 Lobstergirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A very slutty deaf girl is bludgeoned to death whilst jogging near her Cambridge college. Was the killer one of her lovers? Was it a misogynistic Shakespeare professor with an enormous penis? Was it her frigid, Stepfordesque stepmother? Will we have to explore the artistic feud between Whistler and Ruskin, and dissect much facile gibberish about art and the creative impulse before the unlikely murderer with even unlikelier motivations is revealed? Will we ponder the differences between middle-ag ...more
Jamie Collins
Another well-written murder mystery, even if the motive revealed at the end is fraught with melodrama. At first I was indignant, certain the author had cheated me, but after re-reading an earlier chapter (I bet every reader will go back and revisit this chapter) I acknowledged an acceptable bit of cleverness.

The book is rather depressing, as it's full of people making themselves unhappy for various reasons. It's especially cynical about love and marriage, even as Lynley desperately pursues Helen
(#5 in the Lynley-Havers Series)Elizabeth George does it again. A bunch of mini-stories rolled up into one. Elena is murdered. Lynley and Havers are brought in to investigate bringing in personal problems of their own. Helen is in Cambridge helping her sister (Penelope) take care of her kids. Lynley is trying to win Helen over. Havers is desperately trying not to feel guilty about having to put her mom in a home and she is doing everything she can to delay it. George does a wonderful job giving ...more
Talulah Mankiller
Apr 22, 2010 Talulah Mankiller rated it did not like it
The plot is thus: Elena Weaver, a student of English at Cambridge, gets her face smashed in while out for her morning run. Scotland Yard is called in because of blah blah plot contrivance blah. Anyway, Elena was deaf, and this is a MAJOR DEAL TO LIKE, EVERYONE SHE KNEW. Her parents wouldn’t let her learn how to sign until she was in her teens because they wanted her to live a “normal” life, her friend from the campus Deaf Student Group gave her shit because she didn’t embrace Deaf culture as who ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Feb 25, 2017 Kris - My Novelesque Life rated it really liked it
Waiting till after buddy read to rate.

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Description: Elena Weaver, in her skimpy dresses and bright jewellery, exuded intelligence and sexuality. A student at St Stephen's College, Cambridge, she lived a life of casual but intense physical and emotional relationships, with scores to settle and targets to achieve. Until someone, lying in wait on the bank of the River Cam, where Elena went running every morning, bludgeoned the young woman to death. Called
Deborah Pickstone
For a long time I really liked Elizabeth George but eventually her plots became....more taxing than I was willing to read....kind of bizarre. This one was the first I ever read and I really liked it; this time, much less so. It can be quite inevitable that some American writes, writing about England or the UK make some glaring errors that constantly irritate and this is one.

The issue of 'upper class' titles is one that always seems to cause confusion; throughout the series, Helen is inevitably r
Jan 10, 2009 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This has been my least favorite of the series so far. In fact, I would go so far as to say it was almost a deal breaker for me. If the following book in the series is more like this that the earlier books I am afraid I will not be back for the next. There was way to much psychologizing and development of things that didn't relate to the mystery. I found myself often bored. The mystery itself was to easy to figure out, plus motive was implausible. Despite all the time spent developing characters ...more
Kathy Davie
Apr 01, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Fifth in the Inspector Lynley detective mystery series set in modern-day England and revolving around Tommy Lynley, eighth Earl of Asherton, and his Scotland Yard partner, Barbara Havers.

My Take
It all comes down to love of one's craft, love for another, but mostly, love for one's self and how it affects everyone around us. It's a hard lesson for Tommy to absorb and one every man needs to understand. And every woman must comprehend because of its truth. George made a comment about love being abou
May 16, 2013 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finally managed to get back to reading the next Elizabeth George book in her Inspector Lynley series after the huge block that hit me after reading the previous book, “A Suitable Vengeance”. The reading block was because I’m not fond of mid-series books that provide me with character background all in one go. I prefer my authors to build up the characters slowly, but surely, through each of the books in the series. Anyway, “A Suitable Vengeance” was painful to finish and it’s taken me this lon ...more
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Elena Weaver is a special person. Her father is a senior fellow and professor at St. Stephen's College and he almost is a certainty to win the Penford Chair of History. Because of being short listed for the promotion, he needs his daughter to behave. Elena is not behaving. She hasn't been applying herself to much except at enraging her father and her grades have been dropping, but right now she is enjoying her morning run. But, dear reader, not for long. As she pounds along the trail in the fog, ...more
May 24, 2014 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is, without question, the best of the Inspector Lynley series so far, for several reasons. All of George's books that I've read so far have been immensely enjoyable, but this one went above and beyond for me as a reader. Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers BOTH experienced important character growth, something we haven't really seen since the first book in the series. They have finally reached a point where they allow themselves to be honest and vulnerable with one another, particularly in Bar ...more
Apr 30, 2012 Lee rated it really liked it
So that's how Lynley and Lady Helen finally became a couple. Who knew art could drive people into insanity and back from the brink of it within the covers of the smae novel. Elizabeth George never leaves her characters without something to do in their lives and we careen along watching them, wishing we could offer them a cuppa, a shoulder to cry upon, and sometimes a good shaking. In the mantime, Lynley and Havers muddle through it all and like arrows pierce through to the heart of the mess and ...more
Jul 19, 2013 Kerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This seemed a little longer than her other Detective Lynley novels, or perhaps it just took me longer to read. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. The setting at Cambridge University was enjoyable and the emphasis on the arts added a nice element. George always does a wonderful job of weaving her characters personal lives into the fabric of the mystery and this novel was no exception. A deeper look into the lives of Lynley & Lady Helen as well as some pivotal points regarding Havers and her moth ...more
Nov 18, 2013 Jenny rated it liked it
I thought I might read the entire series of Inspector Lynley, but I think I'll stop here. Although the "who done it" aspect of the story is interesting, the writing around the personalities seemed preachy and unconvincing. I'm finding Elizabeth George's writing a little "twee", so time to move on. Did enjoy, however, the Lynley/Harvers relationship. Find reference to "Lady Helen" irritating!
Jun 09, 2010 Naomi rated it liked it
Good read about a deaf student who was killed who had many, many secrets! Lynley is then brought in to solve the crime. This kept my attention and just another great EG book!
Sep 23, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing
One of the best yet in Elizabeth George's "Inspector Lynley" series, this mystery novel takes place during the present day at Cambridge University, eight months after the events in Well-Schooled in Murder (the intervening book, A Suitable Vengeance, being a prequel to the series). As usual the book is well-plotted and the insights into the characters and their development are satisfying--except, in this case, the character of Lady Helen, whose decisions are not as well-explained as one would usu ...more
The 5th Inspector Lynley mystery was, for lake of a better word, a little to smutty for me. I've read the first four novels in the series and so I know Elizabeth George can be a bit graphic, but there was just to much in this novel for my tastes.
The other reason this is not a favorite Elizabeth George is because I did not care for the characters. The more I learned about the victim, the less I liked her. I found her manipulative, two faced attitude annoying. I understand that you are not necessa
Skip Maloney
Jul 06, 2009 Skip Maloney rated it really liked it
George continues to deliver. I'm now halfway to the book that started me on the journey to reading all of the Inspector Lynley mysteries (A Traitor to Memory). Her genius, to my mind, is her ability to combine a traditional 'whodunnit' with recurring characters in whom one becomes emotionally involved. Agatha Christie, by comparison, is heavily invested in the mystery itself, while her detectives (Poirot and Marple) remain something of a mystery to readers. Hard to imagine Poirot agonizing over ...more
Toni Osborne
Feb 08, 2009 Toni Osborne rated it really liked it
5th book in the Inspector Lynley series

Elena was a student at St. Stephen's college, living a life of casual and intense physical and emotional relationships. One day while doing her morning run someone lying in wait along the route bludgeons her to death. The university turns to the New Scotland Yard, who assigns Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his partner detective Barbara Havers to solve the case. Entering the world of Cambridge University they sift through clues to Elena's elusive char
Sep 03, 2012 Deb rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-books-read
I think this is the best Inspector Lynley installment yet. I've been re-reading the series from the beginning, and in each book, the main characters are drawn even more finely. George does a superb job of developing her characters subtly and consistently. In this fifth story, Lynley and Havers are called to Cambridge to aid the local police in the investigation of the murder of Elena Weaver, a university student. Elena, was the daughter of a professor who is a leading candidate for the prestigio ...more
Oct 05, 2009 Erin rated it really liked it
For the Sake of Elena centers on the murder of the titular character. Her father, stepmother, mother, friends, lovers, teachers, and teammates swirl around her in a complex set of motives - only some of which are for murder. The mystery is as good as readers of Elizabeth George have come to expect. For my money, though, the heart of the book lies in its examination of romantic relationships between men and women. What is owed in these relationships, and to whom? How much can you expect from your ...more
Aug 07, 2012 Jeni rated it really liked it
Good mystery - not much fell into place until the end. Also, furthered the relationship between Lynley and Helen, and I am glad that it didn't have a "happily ever after" ending. And thank you, thank you, thank you - whoever was responsible for putting a map inside the cover!! I wish more authors did this - it really helps to get perspective on places and distances. Sometimes a floor plan would help, too! I realize much is supposed to be in your imagination, but some basic help would be wonderfu ...more
Joan Colby
Aug 08, 2016 Joan Colby rated it really liked it
Complex but interesting Inspector Lynley mystery. The side stories, which are always as satisfying as the main theme, include Lynley’s courtship of Helen which finally is realized and Havers dilemma with her demented mother. George ‘s novels are more than typical whodunits, with a wealth of psychological detail (in this one post-partum depression and misogyny are treated as well as Deaf culture).
Oct 14, 2007 Tom rated it really liked it
Elizabeth George is an awesome writer of the literary British mystery. This is the sixth or seventh book in her Lynley series, and it's a good one. A college student is found dead, and the intrigue begins. George is a very literate author, and it's great as a reader to be treated to such great fiction. She's a great writer, period - she just happened to choose this genre.
Mar 03, 2008 Laura rated it it was amazing
Elena Weaver, in her skimpy dresses and bright jewellery, exuded intelligence and sexuality. A student at St Stephen's College, Cambridge, she lived a life of casual but intense physical and emotional relationships, with scores to settle and targets to achieve. Until someone, lying in wait on the bank of the River Cam, where Elena went running every morning, bludgeoned the young woman to death.
Nov 18, 2015 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
After a disappointing Lynley #4, Barbara Havers is back in #5. Elizabeth George leaves lays out plenty of red herrings and keeps up the drama in the (very separate) personal lives of Lynley and Havers. Lynley's life still seems a bit like a stock romance novel but at least it is not the main focus of this book.
One of those easy to figure out mysteries. A little too long, some unneccessary back stories. And for some reason the author started throwing in her own feminist agenda from left field. Maybe during the middle of writing this novel she got into a fight with her husband or something.
Jan 26, 2010 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Fantastic. I love the characterization in Elizabeth George's novels. She has almost ruined me for any other mystery series. These are just great.
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Other Books in the Series

Inspector Lynley (1 - 10 of 19 books)
  • A Great Deliverance (Inspector Lynley, #1)
  • Payment in Blood (Inspector Lynley, #2)
  • Well-Schooled in Murder (Inspector Lynley, #3)
  • A Suitable Vengeance (Inspector Lynley, #4)
  • Missing Joseph (Inspector Lynley, #6)
  • Playing for the Ashes (Inspector Lynley, #7)
  • In the Presence of the Enemy (Inspector Lynley, #8)
  • Deception on His Mind (Inspector Lynley, #9)
  • In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner (Inspector Lynley, #10)
  • A Traitor to Memory (Inspector Lynley, #11)

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