For the Sake of Elena (Inspector Lynley, #5)
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For the Sake of Elena (Inspector Lynley #5)

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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
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Published April 15th 2008 by Bantam (first published 1992)
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Lobstergirl
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
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...more
Kellie
(#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
Deb
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
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...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
Lisa
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
Jeni
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
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...more
Jeanette
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...more
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
Monica
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
Erin
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
Lee
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
Kerry
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
 Olivermagnus
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
Jenny
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!
Tom
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...more
Kerri
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.
Terry
Apr 19, 2007 Terry rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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.
Naomi
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
MeinKampfy
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...more
Heather
This is the fifth of the series. They should really be read in order to avoid spoilers in the recurring character story arcs.
Karen
A college student is ambushed and bludgeoned to death while out for her morning run. Finding suspects is no problem. It seems several people have motive, means and/or opportunity. The Stepford Wife stepmother, one of her many lovers or jilted pursuers, the parents who didn't want their daughter to be act deaf or be seem as "handicapped"?
Add to this the parallel stories of Linley's pursuit of Lady Helen, the love of his life (my least favorite favorite part of the novel) and Haver's dilemma of ho...more
Suzanne Auckerman
This is one of the early ones, but I always enjoy them.
Donna Mcnab
Elena is a deaf college student attending Cambridge University and running with the running Club at the school. Elena is beaten to death while out on an early morning run by herself and Inspector "Tommy" Lynley goes from London to Cambridge to investigate. At the same time, Lynley is seeing Lady Helen in Cambridge and is again trying to persuade her to marry him. Elizabeth George is one of my favourite writers and her aristocratic Tommy and his very different sidekick Barbara Havers are characte...more
Barbara Bogle
I read What Came Before He Shot Her and Careless In Red a couple of years ago. My favorite of the two was WCBHSH, primarily because of the character development. EG did a brilliant job of bringing her characters to life and making me care about them. In CIR, she subsequently heightened my respect for her splendid ability to tell a story, and she interested me enough in the characters of Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers to want to read more about them. So, now about two years later, I decided to...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Aug 13, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lynley Fans
I think this would have been the strongest Lynley mystery yet since the first, A Great Deliverance, were it not for one major flaw. While this didn't move me to tears as that first in the series did, this one feels all more of a piece than any of the prior George books. While in others the subplots concerning Havers' and Lynley's personal lives felt intrusive, in this one I feel for the first time since the first book George struck a good balance. Havers' dilemma with her mother, whose dementia...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...more
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