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In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner (Inspector Lynley #10)

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You don't think of the Agatha Christie style of novel as being overhauled, but in fact, a number of very good writers have been pushing the cozy into some brave new areas. Nancy Pickard, Joan Hess, and Carolyn Hart, to name just a few, have demonstrated that the cozy can be serious as well as seriously (or pointedly, if you prefer) funny.

Over the past decade, Elizabeth Geo

ebook, 608 pages
Published March 24th 2009 by Bantam (first published December 12th 1991)
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Christina Mitchell
I know who done it! I know who done it! HA!

Another favorite author and detective discovered compliments of PBS "Masterpiece Mystery." I have not been reading the Inspector Lynley series in order. This is because I am having difficulties coming across used copies of the author. I know that sounds cheap, but I am cheap. And, it seems a tragedy of tragedies to spend money on shipping for a paperback book. So, I haunt the library cast-off book store where the lovely volunteer keeps her eyes open for
Oct 22, 2012 Jeni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a long book. Too often, I find myself disappointed when I get to the end of a story; having grown to know the characters, becoming interested in the created community beyond the immediate concerns of the plot and just enjoying the ride. Ms. George's Inspector Lynley books are becoming longer, it seems, with each new installment. Yet I am reading them as fast as I can. The characters are believable and presented warts and all (sometimes exploring their faults more than their strengths). ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes
Number ten is superb and proves the series is worthy of reading

I absolutely believe this novel proves George to be a literary writer. Without question she also writes with a feminine 'taint'. As long as men make the rules of what quality writing must consist of, the author probably will never completely receive what she is due in respect or awards. But as for my opinion, there are few writers, literary or genre, who can fulfill both the requirements of providing reading entertainment, informing
May 04, 2008 Pilvi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: crime book readers
Shelves: crime
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Apr 01, 2012 M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yea! YaY!! Tommy finally sees why Barb had to shoot at the DCI to save her little neighbor. Of course his illumination comes about because of Helen, who is far more intelligent than she or her friends give her credit. I love Helen, she is by far my favorite character, she is bubbly, happy and yet conflicted about her importance in the world. She is the kind of friend I would love to cultivate, someone who is loyal to a fault and fun to be with. The mystery was so involved--as all EG's books are- ...more
As usual, Elizabeth George keeps me glued to the pages, and sporadically reaching for the dictionary (reredos?).

I find it interesting that some people gave this one fewer stars because they hated the way Lynley behaved toward Havers etc. HELLO? THEY AREN'T REAL PEOPLE, PEOPLE! The fact that we are disappointed in him sort of indicates EG's skill at characterization, wouldn't you say?

Anyhow, complex plot, and I didn't recall all the details from the first time I read it (I get her stuff ASAP and
Mar 08, 2014 Lucy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-series
The mystery portion was intriguingly convoluted, but, man, is Elizabeth George long-winded! 6 pages devoted to the back story and daily details of the person who found the body, another 6 pages for the back story and daily details of the kid who found the murder weapon, and we also get a continuing, unnecessary side plot about the murder victim's boyfriend, his alcoholic father, and their failing family estate.

I was also occasionally distracted by the odd vocabulary choices. It sometimes felt as
Kathy Davie
Aug 04, 2014 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, i-own-this
Tenth in the Inspector Lynley mystery series set at Scotland Yard in London.

The Story
The daughter of an old friend of Thomas' is missing. Well, missing until she's found brutally murdered out on the moors in a henge. Nor is she alone in her death and it's this second victim that provides the clues and the public destruction of a number of people.

The clues lead all over and both tidy up and destroy a variety of people as Lynley, Nkata, Havers, and Hanken push their way through the evidence leadin
Anna Ligtenberg
May 05, 2012 Anna Ligtenberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ISBN 0553575104 - I'm of the opinion that you won't need to have watched a movie or television show, or have read another book to enjoy this one. The plot takes a good long while to make perfect sense - this is not one of those books where you have any hope of being a step ahead of the storyteller. Once you begin to gather the threads together, it will all seem so obvious that you might need to read it again, just to try to figure out how you missed it the first time.

Well worth the investment of
Jun 25, 2008 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I think like most Elizabeth George fans, I got frustrated with the way Lynley behaved in this book. Normally I get through her books in a flash, but with this one I got so bogged down in the Havers/Lynley mess. One of the things I like so much about this series is their relationship and it was on the skids. I wanted to hit him.

But, it was George, so it was still a good read.
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
A marathon read of 752 pages, but worth the time invested as ever with Ms. George. This story is about the murder of a young woman at Nine Sisters in Derbyshire, but there is also a youth of 19 years old, also found dead at the same site and this causes confusion at the scene, as they have been murdered in two entirely different ways and there seems to be initially, no link between them. The girls father, is an ex-policeman, who was once Linleys superior and he asks for Scotland Yard to send Tom ...more
Oct 12, 2012 Annette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book from Elizabeth George! Lots of plot twists and many candidates as suspects in the double murder! George writes with a lot of British slang and local jargon, so it takes a while to "get into" her style of writing. But doing that adds so much depth to the characters and it also endears them to the reader.

One bit that lacked for me was I wanted to see a conclusion to the Broughton Manor story, i.e., the relationship between Julian and his cousin Samantha. Also, did Jeremy give up
May 27, 2008 whichwaydidshego? rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to whichwaydidshego? by: PBS & NPR
Shelves: mysteries
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Jul 25, 2016 Merry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star
This was definitely my favorite Inspector Lynley book to date. Full of twists and turns, as well as the discontent between Lynley and Barbara Havers, it was hard to not read it straight through. In the previous book, Barbara had made a split second decision in order to save a little girl's life. That decision, which involved shooting at (without the intent to hit) a superior officer cost her several months of unpaid leave and a demotion. So that played throughout this entire book. Then there wer ...more
Neill Smith
Nov 27, 2015 Neill Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
When DS Barbara Havers is reduced to Detective Constable after her perceived insubordination in her last case Detective Inspector Lynley is reluctant to use her on a case involving the murder of the daughter of a retired undercover operative for New Scotland Yard. However, Winston Nkata, his new subordinate, assigns her part of the investigation. Her pursuit of her own leads arising from her notable intuition, rather than giving absolute priority to the jobs assigned by Lynley, leads to some dis ...more
Jamie Collins
Nov 03, 2010 Jamie Collins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another very good Lynley/Havers novel. A complex murder mystery, great characterizations, and plenty of soap opera. I love the dramatic titles which suit these novels so well!

In the early books, Havers is a rather unlikeable character. She's bitter and resentful of Lynley's aristocratic background. In contrast, Lynley was very understanding of her attitude and sympathetic to her many troubles.

In this book, though, Lynley is being a real bastard. Havers is in disgrace with the Yard following an i
Jul 25, 2009 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I've been renting the BBC productions of Elizabeth George's Lynley books from NetFlix, and for some reason the season that includes this book is unavailable. Since it falls in the middle of the series and at a critical plot juncture for one of the main characters (and because I'm OC about doing series in order) I picked up the book to fill in. Although the characters are a bit different in print vs TV (especially Havers) I enjoyed it - it's well plotted, with intelligent writing and classic Engl ...more
Oct 30, 2012 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of Lynley's former colleagues Andy Maiden has asked for his help in finding the person who murdered his daughter. It's a gruesome double murder and suspicion falls on Maiden. Barbara Havers has been demoted to Detective Constable after her performance in Essex and Lynley cannot forgive her behavior. He relegates her to general dogsbody and instead takes Winson Nkata as his partner. Aside from the gripping murder investigation, the real star of the book is the struggle both Havers and Lynley ...more
Feb 05, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#10 in the Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley & Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers series.

#10 Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley & Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers series - David King-Ryder, a renowned Andrew Lloyd Webber-like British musical writer/producer, commits suicide on the eve of his successful comeback. His untimely death ties in with a double homicide in the Derbyshire countryside and brings back the New Scotland Yard team of detectives Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers. Newly ma
Rebecca Nebesar
I looked forward to reading this, my first Elizabeth George Detective Lynley novel. I have been a fan of Detective Lynley and his assistant Barbara Havers from watching the show on Netflix. As with any effort to bring a novel to life with actors, there are certain changes. The Havers of the novel is not at all like Sharon Small, who is just too cute compared with the frumpy unattractive persona described by Ms. George. The novel (716 pages!) took a much longer time to read than watching a show o ...more
Jan 23, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps the best book in the series so far. It begins not long after Deception on His Mind, with Barbara Havers in disgrace at New Scotland Yard and Inspector Thomas Lynley appalled at her failure to follow the chain of command (instead of her heart) in the previous book. The author creates a complex and brilliant plot, with at least three possible murderers (thus the pursuit of the proper sinner, I suppose, although their are certainly other sinners in the book). She also ties up all the loose ...more
Oct 26, 2015 SamuraiKitty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I'm the mother of 3 daughters,aged 30, 26, and 22. Without giving anything away about this book, there ARE some novels that I read that touch emotions as to how I would feel if I had to deal with certain things if I was dealing with them personally; and how I would deal with my emotions in relationship with my husband, our daughters, and our life together. While this book was not my favorite of George's, and I think it's because it made me look at the choices one's children can make as adults - ...more
Alice Harbin
Feb 21, 2015 Alice Harbin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely one of the best mysteries I've ever read! Wow! I couldn't stop reading all 716 pages. I have messed with my priorities big time!
Ok, it has a lot of lurid detail in it, but for someone like me who worked with sex offenders in prison, that did not bother me. The parent child relationship was a killer for me. We had a rebellious teenage daughter and I could so relate to the parents' pain. Granted our daughter did not go as far as Nicola had, but she edged on the border of that.
I knew t
Sep 19, 2016 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. While I have an ironclad rule not to assign 5 starts to anything other than a "classic" (e.g. The Catcher in the Rye; To Kill a Mockingbird; The Red and the Black... but I digress...), this Lynley/Havers/Nkata/Helen/Denton novel (I could add St James and Deborah as well) really satisfies, especially given the gut-wrenching conclusion of #9, Deception on His Mind. Havers has to earn back stripes (at least figuratively) in this new novel; she has to deal with a judgmental shit (aka Lynley); s ...more
Lucy Barnhouse
The conclusions of this novel were something of a letdown, both in the whodunit and in the ongoing drama of our protagonists' personal lives. For me, though, this was in part because the rest of the novel was so satisfying. The mystery kept me guessing as to motive, means, and opportunity, while conscientiously providing clues (I'm a Detection-Club-Rules kind of reader.) And most of the personal affairs I found gripping as well. We see more of the deep flaws in our urbane inspector's character, ...more
Agnes Ross
Aug 12, 2015 Agnes Ross rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Lynley of Scotland Yard and his crew uncover numerous crimes and wrongdoings as they investigate murder. And in the midst of all the sinners people uncover their own shortcomings and omissions and the best forgive themselves and go on.
Lois Wood
Nov 04, 2007 Lois Wood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone!
A re-read for me -- couldn't find anything that appealed, and Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers have never let me down. Elizabeth George is a stunning writer -- every sentence is a joy to read. I never tire of reading her books ...
Sep 15, 2015 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I often say, Elizabeth George writes about relationships superbly. In this novel we see a crack in the relationships that Lynley has with his new wife and his partner, Barbara Havers. Yet again, he is called in, by name, to solve a crime - this time about the murder of the daughter of a retired Met officer who Lynley admires. In working with the local police, he finds himself dragged along upholding the beliefs of the local detective, even though he doesn't share them himself. He still does n ...more
Nov 21, 2015 Elizabeth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women
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Jul 09, 2014 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved it! This is Elizabeth George's tenth book in the Inspector Lynley series, and so far I believe that this one is her BEST. The story begins with the murders of an intelligent and very attractive 25-year-old young woman named Nicola Maiden and her 19-year-old male companion who is not immediately identified. Even Nicole's parents do not know him, and they are mystified because she always introduced all of her friends to them. The plot develops and Nicola's life is revealed and secre ...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)
  • A Suitable Vengeance (Inspector Lynley, #4)
  • For the Sake of Elena (Inspector Lynley, #5)
  • Missing Joseph (Inspector Lynley, #6)
  • Playing for the Ashes (Inspector Lynley, #7)
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