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For the Sake of Elena (Inspector Lynley #5)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  8,179 ratings  ·  227 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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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
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
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
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
Fifth, publication-wise, and sixth, if you’re concerned with the chronology of the mystery series set in modern-day England, Inspector Lynley.

The Story
A vibrant, young life is brutally taken and Cambridge University requires Scotland Yard take over the investigation. The father, a history professor and candidate for the Penford Chair, is devastated for the loss of the daughter, Elena, he’s finally getting to know and for the overwhelming sense of guilt he feels for leaving her so many years ago
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
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
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
aPriL does feral sometimes
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
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
Toni Osborne
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
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
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
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
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
Elena Weaver is a beautiful, sexually precocious, and extremely troubled student at St. Stephens College in Cambridge. One morning Elena is out running when she's attacked and killed by an unknown person. Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley is assigned to the case, along with his longtime partner, Sergeant Barbara Havers. Lynley is more than happy to take on the assignment because Lady Helen Clyde, the woman he has been in love with for some time, is in Cambridge and staying with her sister Penelo ...more
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
Having once lectured at Cambridge University and spent the night at Trinity College, which is supposedly next door to the fictional St. Stephens where this Lynley and Havers murder mystery takes place, I was probably more interested than most in the setting. That said, the meticulous descriptions of the various architectural accoutrements grew tedious. George's obsession with detail even extends to eating behavior. When Lynley and Havers discuss the crime over a pub lunch, we are given a bite by ...more
Janet Mahlum
I really enjoy reading Elizabeth George books. I had read several of the Inspector Lynley mysteries higgilty piggilty and enjoyed the series on Masterpiece. I discovered that anytime I read an Elizabeth George book, I needed a dictionary by my side. I started an Elizabeth George notebook, listed all the books in order and began reading from book 1 and noting in the notebook all the words I had to look up. The English slang will get me - this book kept talking about gyp rooms, bedders, and kips w ...more
Elena Weaver is dead, waylaid while on her pre-dawn run, smashed in the face with the ubiquitous blunt object, strangled with the tie from her hood and buried in a leaf pile by the river. Within three days of her murder and because of it, eight more people will be dead, in body or in soul. But four others will be saved, particularly in soul, including our Lynley, Havers and Lady Helen.

Elena was 20 years old at the time of her death. A second-year student, she was studying English at Cambridge Un
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!
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.
Edward Creter
He who has ears to hear...unless you're deaf...or unwilling to listen.
Elena Weaver is a collegiate at St. Stephens college in Cambridge, a beauty, and a deaf woman, who gets slugged to death with a heavy object while jogging in the fog, a definite nono. Famous detectives of the series Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers are assigned to the case, which gets more twisted than they've bargained for. There's family secrets, illicit love affairs, even (possibly) incest. In this book Lynley and Havers ar
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.
Everyone projects his/her interpretation of the beautiful, promiscuous, deaf Elena. The father uses her to add points to why he should be selected for the big academic prize, her stepmom hides Elena's pregnancy and the baby's father, her mother uses he for martyrdom, the deaf boy in love with her uses her as a symbol of the difference between deaf and Deaf.
In the midst of all this, Lynley and H\avers have personal cries: he, when Lady Helen refuses his proposal I(and he has to see himself and hi
Apr 19, 2007 Terry rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers
The Elizabeth George mysteries are amazingly complex, character studies. The most "likable" characters are shown to have flaws; the most unlikable characters are shown to have goodness.
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!
Neill Smith
Due to a dispute between two forensic officers in the Cambridge police force Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and Sergeant Barbara Havers are called in to investigate the death of Elena, a deaf student and daughter to a candidate for a prestigious appointment in the History Department. The investigation is already complicated with a number of interrelationships between students in a running club, the deaf club, a painting class, the broken marriage of the victim's father, competing candidates f ...more
oh no! oh jesus! I've been going back to the early books in the series, and the writing is clearly sub-Elizabeth George. 'For the Sake of Elena' is about (artistic/pro-) creation, and our relationship with that (artistic/pro-)creation. what it is worth, what it demands of us.

but, with so much overt explanations of motivations, intent, and psychological workings, at every other paragraph, instead of letting the reader reach those conclusions on his/her own, there is far too much TOLD here, rathe
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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.

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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)
A Great Deliverance (Inspector Lynley, #1) Well-Schooled in Murder (Inspector Lynley, #3) This Body of Death (Inspector Lynley, #16) Payment in Blood (Inspector Lynley, #2) Careless in Red (Inspector Lynley, #15)

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