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Deception on His Mind (Inspector Lynley #9)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  6,159 ratings  ·  201 reviews
Balford-le-Nez is a dying seaside town on the coast of Essex. But when a member of the town's small but growing Asian community is found murdered near its beach, the sleepy town ignites. Intrigued by the involvement of her London neighbor--Taymullah Azhar--in what appears to be a growing racial conflagration, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers arranges to have herself assig ...more
Paperback, 624 pages
Published March 24th 2009 by Bantam (first published 1997)
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Jan 19, 2009 Ed rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
aPriL eVoLvEs
“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
Kathy Davie
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
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
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
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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
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 17, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
This entry in the series "stars" Barbara Havers (no Thomas Lynley at all). She's supposed to be resting up from the events of the previous book, but instead decides to take a busman's holiday to a seaside resort (very much in need of refurbishing) where a murder has occurred and her neighbors have gone to help their family. The book is fascinating for its insights into the attitudes of light-complected, traditionally Christian Englishmen (and women) toward the many darker, traditionally Muslim P ...more
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.
Inspector Lynley is barely in this installment of the series. Instead the focus of the book is DS Barbara Havers. Barbara is on an enforced holiday after being severely beaten in the last book. She becomes involved in a potentially explosive case as she follows her Pakistani neighbors to a town near the coast where a young Pakistani man has been murdered race riots may break out at any moment.

The plot of this book, like most of her work, is pretty complex. But above that, the characters are comp

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
Thomas Lynley becomes insufferable in this book, and it only serves to buttress my argument that this series needs to die, with a new series to follow, with Barbara Havers leading it. the fellow suddenly loses all humanity and perspective. also, it is obvious Elizabeth George loves to torment all her main characters, and it is time she lets them have some sort of a happy ending--with a new Barbara Havers series. Havers and her neighbours, Hadiyahh and her father Azhar, together with this author' ...more
Denise Mullins
This Inspector Lynley mystery had a refreshing perspective in that Sgt. Barbara Havers was the protagonist, using all her collected knowledge from her mentor to wade through a complex murder rife with tense racial overtones. Though the book was written in the late 90s, the opinions via dialogue sounded realistic and fresh.
Although some of George's descriptives tend to be unnecessarily long-winded (and the final solution a bit cliché), the book holds readers' interest. The main problem seems to
I enjoyed all the 6 Inspector Lynley books I have read thus far, with most of them, I feel, deserving 4-5 stars. However I am giving this one 3 because I felt the story was unfinished. I like the books because of the intriguing stories and characters surrounding the main murder mystery itself, and how they all tie together in the end. For me there were too many loose ends here - I felt there wasn't a satisfactory conclusion to the Theo/ Sahlah, Theo/ Agatha and Rachel/ Sahlah storylines. But I s ...more
I had read this book a few years ago, but didn't really remember the ending. It is a typical George book with lots of character analysis, and an attempt to portray a segment of British society not widely known. George is a wonderful writer in this genre with excellent skills.
As a mystery there are lots of twists to the plot, plenty of red herrings and lovely little sidetracks. In the end, George delivers a great story.
I have always enjoyed Barbara Havers in these stories, and this is a book with
Toni Osborne
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
In deze pittige serie wordt de hoofdrol gespeeld door een aantal roulerende Scotland Yard-rechercheurs. In di boek wordt Sgt. Barbara Havers bij een moordzaak betrokken terwijl ze op vakantie is in een naargeestige kustplaats aan de zuidkust van Engeland.

Moord op Pakistaans immigrant
Het slachtoffer: Haytham Querashi, een Pakistaanse immigrant die een paar dagen later zou worden uitgehuwelijkt aan de prachtige Sahlah Malik, dochter van de eigenaar van een plaatselijke fabriek.

Verwerking van de mo
Anne Hawn Smith
I just finished this for the second time. I couldn't remember all the details of the end, so I decided it was time to enjoy it again. I love the books in this series that involve Taymullah Azar and his delightful daughter. They are both very good characters.

The plot of this book, like most of her work, is pretty complex. A Pakistani man was murdered on the beach and the Pakistani community is up in arms because they feel that a white person has done the crime and that the local police will try t
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
-(# 9 of the Lynley-Havers series) Another great one by George! This was about Barbara and her Pakistani neighbor. She finds out he is called away to the beach to help out some family in crisis. She figures out through press releases that he is there to help his family with the murder of the future son-in-law. Since she is on leave to recover from her injuries from the last book, she decides to go to the coast and see if she can see what’s going on. She finds out, the lead investigator is someon ...more
Lisa H.
When Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers' Pakistani neighbor Taymullah Azhar and his eight year old daughter depart unexpectedly for a seaside village, responding to an upsurge of racial tension involving his family, Havers (who has a few issues with impulse control) takes advantage of a mandated holiday from her job and follows them, thinking to aid Azhar in navigating official channels. On arrival, however, she discovers that Azhar's background is more complicated than she realized. Once she lea ...more
Skip Maloney
Well, Lynley finally gets his relationship with Helen squared away, and George gives us an adventure minus Lynley, following Havers into a culture clash murder that pits her against a community of Muslims, as she follows a neighbor of hers to the seashore and helps out an old 'police academy' friend solve the crime.
The relationship that's developing between this neighbor of hers and her daughter is evolving slowly and as in the previous Lynley mystery (In the Presence of the Enemy) in which Hav
Iniciei a leitura deste livro um pouco desgostosa quando me apercebi este era o seguimento de outro: "Na Presença do Inimigo", mas mesmo assim decidi continuar e ainda bem que o fiz ;)
A autora presenteia-nos com um verdadeiro policial em que quando tudo parece "claro como água" vem um pequenino pormenor que nos faz regressar à estaca zero.
São surpresas atrás de surpresas num ambiente de crime que vai desde o roubo ao homicidio.
A comunidade Islâmica vitima de racismo em Inglaterra tenta a todo o
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
Author Groupie
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
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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  • Payment in Blood (Inspector Lynley, #2)
  • Well-Schooled in Murder (Inspector Lynley, #3)
  • A Suitable Vengeance (Inspector Lynley, #4)
  • For the Sake of Elena (Inspector Lynley, #5)
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  • Playing for the Ashes (Inspector Lynley, #7)
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  • In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner (Inspector Lynley, #10)
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