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Deception on His Mind (Inspector Lynley #9)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  7,314 Ratings  ·  247 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, is found dead on its beach, his neck broken, sleepy Balford-le-Nez ignites. Working solo, without her long-time partner Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, Sergeant Barbara Havers must probe not only the mind of a murderer and a case very close to her ...more
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Published March 24th 2009 by Bantam (first published 1997)
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Nov 30, 2008 Eric_W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 19, 2009 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
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
Anne Hawn Smith
Mar 16, 2011 Anne Hawn Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
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
Skip Maloney
Oct 11, 2009 Skip Maloney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jamie Collins
Oct 11, 2010 Jamie Collins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Toni Osborne
Dec 11, 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
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
Jan 08, 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
Jun 06, 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.
Kathy Davie
Aug 04, 2014 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
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 17, 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
Apr 03, 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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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
Aug 03, 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
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
Oct 19, 2012 Deb rated it really liked it
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
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
Dec 01, 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 19, 2014 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Thomas Strömquist
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
Jul 02, 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: .
Jul 19, 2015 Larraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This riveting book with so many possibilities was published in 1997 and deals with the racial issues involved in Pakistani immigration to the UK. Lynley has just married the love of his life. Barbara Havers, his partner, is recovering from being hurt in the line of duty. Lynley is off on his honeymoon after ordering her to take a vacation. However, Barbara doesn't know anything about relaxation. She is undecided about what to do until she learns that a Pakistani immigrant has been murdered in a ...more
This was another excellent read by Elizabeth George. This book involves Barbara Haver, still recovering from the injuries sustained in the previous book, returning home after the wedding of Thomas Lynley and Helen Clyde. She is on sick leave, and her tiny cottage is extremely hot due to the heat wave washing over England. When her sweet little neighbour, Hadiyyah, tells her that she and her dad are going to an Essex beach, Barbara impulsively follows them to the town of Balford-le-Nez, a rundown ...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
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
Mary Ann
Sep 24, 2016 Mary Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These two consecutive Inspector Lynley books are the best I've read. They go together, and begin with a story involving Barbara Havers, Lynley's DCI. It was a captivating read, with all the Elizabeth George detailed characters and intricate plotting at which she's so adept. We get to know Havers, in all her brash and honest determination, and best of all, we get to know her heart. Highly recommended.
Oct 23, 2016 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, anglophilia
4.5 stars. Upping it to a 5 based on my overall enjoyment of the Elizabeth George series, though I don't suppose any of her books rates a 5. This is the best so far, and I hate to admit it, but it is because it focuses on Barbara crime sleuthing without Lyndley. I love the Lyndley character, but this study of Barbara Havers is so well written and the setting of race relations and sexuality in a small town away from London allows George to focus on the crime setting and solving.
And Havers relatio
Denise Vasak
So Elizabeth George continues to baffle me. She's SO good at writing the angst and strife of her main set of characters, yet SO randomly strange/off/sick when it comes to some of her plots. This story - which doesn't have Lynley it at all - is ALL over the place. There is SO much extra description - and that's saying something with Ms. George - and SO many subplots that my eyes glazed over. I actually stopped reading this book for a few weeks while I decided if I wanted to just skip it all toget ...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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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)
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