A Place of Hiding (Inspector Lynley, #12)
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A Place of Hiding (Inspector Lynley #12)

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An isolated beach on the island of Guernsey in the English Channel is the scene of the murder of Guy Brouard, one of Guernsey’s wealthiest inhabitants and its main benefactor. Forced as a child to flee the Nazis in Paris, Brouard was engaged in his latest project when he died: a museum in honor of those who resisted the German occupation of the island during World War II.

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Published July 29th 2003 by Bantam (first published 2003)
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In order to read a George novel you have to clear the deck. Her dense prose and rich characters mean you need a supreme effort to gear up for each book, and then she spins a tale in which gradually each suspect is shown not to be the killer, while at the same time showing that each was hiding something. But sometimes that many characters, that many hidden things, that many red herrings are just too much. I suffocated on her red herrings.
Elizabeth George has been one of my favorite mystery writers since I read her first book. The thing I like best is her ability to create several related strands of plot and, by the end of the book, weave them together into a coherent whole. Often each strand affords Ms. George an opportunity to examine a different aspect of whatever she has chosen for her theme, aside from the murder. It gives her mysteries a depth and complexity that most murder mysteries don't possess. In this book, Ms. George...more
This one left me a bit cold, but I think I was just not in the mood for George's particular brand of miserable and/or despicable characters. Plus I missed Lynley and Havers - this book focuses on St. James and Deborah, who are trying to solve a murder mystery on the Channel Island of Guernsey.

The island setting was nice, and so was the little dose of WWII history. The murder mystery itself was so-so, obfuscated by George's typically bizarre characterizations. I like St. James, but this constant...more
Deborah's American friend China Rivers has been arrested on the island of Guernsey for the murder of a prominent wealthy citizen. China's brother Cherokee appears on the St.James's doorstep asking for Deborah's help. With a great deal of reluctance, Simon accompanies his wife to Guernsey to investigate. This is a complicated mystery involving a WWII museum, a missing painting, and a will, the contents of which leave everyone baffled and upset. I really miss Lynley and Havers, and I am a bit tire...more
Oct 16, 2012 Lobstergirl rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Binders full of women
Sadsack ginger Deborah St. James and her maimed, domineering husband Simon enjoy madcap adventures and rekindle old friendships on the island of Guernsey as they try to figure out who stuffed a rock down an elderly Jew's throat after his morning swim. I wish I could say this one had a happy ending, but both St. Jameses were still alive and resolved to work on their marriage as the curtains drew closed.

Note: This is not the one where Tommy Lynley impregnates Barbara. Barbara isn't even in this on...more
This is my least favorite of this series. The main reason is Lynley and Havers were not in this book. Deborah and Simon St. James are the main characters and Deborah is whiny and annoying. I would have skipped this one had I known.
I am a long time lover of British tee-vee mysteries, but this is the first time I've read one. The plot just plodded along, like a pudgy little British guy dressed all in tweed, with a lot happening but in no way quickly. I often wished I could read while washing dishes, as multi-tasking always makes British mysteries more exciting.

I had quite a few issues with the dialogue, several times screaming "Men don't say that!", "Married people don't talk that way!", "Men don't SAY THAT!" Mostly I just...more
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
I love Elizabeth George and have loved all of her books to date. This one however, was just lacking in something that I could not put my finger one and I was not feeling the love right from the start. This book was just about good enough to stay with, so I plodded through it, just as Ms. George seems to have plodded through with the plot. Sometimes however, it felt like that plot was a heavy as dough. The story did not feature Linley or Havers, but instead featured Simon and Deborah St.James. De...more
Dec 22, 2009 Raymond rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Penny Duane, Kathi Hale, Gloria Gilmartin, everybody who like a good, near great, read.
As I began reading a Place of Hiding, I realized that I’d read the book a few years before. Knowing who did the crime gave me the chance to explore the story in ways other than as an armchair Sherlock. I was not disappointed. As much as I remember appreciating the book the first time through, I don’t think it compares with my appreciation for the book this time through.

The first time through, I only noted the wonderful depictions of some of the minor and even major characters and their relations...more
I think I've read all of Elizabeth George's Inspector Lynley novels over these many years, and I have re-read some of them in audiobook format. I chose this one from the library's shelves largely because it was about Deborah and Simon, friends with whom Lynley has a ongoing and complex relationship. I have felt that the absence of this plot line from television series makes the plots simpler (out of necessity for TV) but also less interesting.

In this installment Lynley appears only on the teleph...more
Beth Withers
This is not my favorite of the Inspector Lynley novels. First, Lynley and Havers aren't in the book, or hardly at all. The main characters are St. James and Deborah. I can barely tolerate Deborah. She is a spoiled rotten brat who needs desperately to grow up, and St. James gives into her constantly. Fortunately, in the other books, her part is much smaller than in this one! The mystery itself is a good one. A wealthy man is killed on Guernsey, and the main suspect is an American whom Deborah kne...more
Lisa Rathbun
I'd never read an Elizabeth George book before; I had a feeling that this was one of a series though and that long-time readers had more familiarity with Simon and Deborah than I, a newbie, did.

I was interested in each scene the author wrote and the characters were very well done, but it took a long, long, long time for anything to happen. And even when things DID happen, many times people talked about them happening; we didn't see them happening as they occurred. This slowed the story down and...more
For many years, my dad and I shared George's wonderful mysteries. He would read the book and I would listen to the audio. We both liked the characters - I think my dad liked Lynley best and I liked Havers, the woman who worked with Inspector Lynley. It was good to share these stories with my father.

This is the last Elizabeth George novel that my dad read. I gave it to him for Christmas the year it came out. When my dad died, my mom returned the book to me. Because of all the memories, I never r...more
This is the first book I have read by Elizabeth George, although I am familiar with Inspector Lynley from TV. Some thoughts:

First and foremost, it is excellent writing. I can see where Ms. George gets her reputation, and I look forward to delving into more of her works. The characterizations are bold and sharp. One feels these people really exist, somewhere. Notably the arch-bitch Margaret, Guy Brouard's first wife, and the lamentable, frightened, mentally challenged Paul Fielder.

However, some...more
Carol Waters

The most likeable character is a kid who can't speak. Too much confusion and too many shallow characters. Kept grabbing Inspector Linley for a paragraph or too, just to say, "I can write good crime novels but didn't want to this time." Hiding what? The plot? Even the stolen thing could have been reclaimed with a little legal help.
Anneselden7 Selden Berry
I was so afraid Ms. George was going to kill off the sensitive kid that I could hardly bring myself to finish the novel. It was a great ending and all I can say is, the imagery of the island made me want to visit if I can next time I go to the UK.
Another book on tape . . .(I'm quilting) It was only just barely better than listening to nothing at all.
When Deborah St James's American friend China River is arrested for murder on Guernsey, Deb and her husband Simon travel to the channel island and begin their own investigation into the case. The mystery was intriguing and multilayered as usual with George's books, but I've never been that much of a fan of either Deborah or Simon as I find them both to be extremely irritating characters. I really missed Lynley (who only gets a short cameo appearance) and Havers (who doesn't turn up at all) in th...more
Toni Osborne
Book 12 in the Inspector Lynley series

Ms. George has created a tale of human relationships, a story of betrayal and devotion. This mind bending who- done-it investigative suspense brings us to the Channel Island of Guernsey to solve the murder case of millionaire Guy Brouard.

The story commences with China River and her brother Cherokee travelling from California to deliver architectural drawings to Guy Brouard, a rich philanthropist with eccentric ideas. Shortly after their arrival, Brouard is m...more
(#12 of the Havers-Lynley series) This was about Debra and St. James. Back when Debra was in California, way before her and St. James were married, she had a close friend, China, who helped her thru her abortion. Now China is in trouble on an island in the English Channel and her brother Cherokee has come to ask for help. So St. James and Debra go to the island to see if they can help. This starts a series of mini-plots that George is known for. China is accused of murdering a rich tycoon (Guy)...more
Mike Cook
This book gets off to a slow start. Part of this has to do with the difference between British and American English, both in terms of the names of things and in sentence structure. Our cars have hoods. Theirs have bonnets. Our streets have curbs. Theirs have kerbs. Our cities have jails. Theirs have gaols. Our kitchens might have a food warmer. Their kitchens have hobs. Our kitchens also have ranges. Theirs have cookers. There is also the English use of the tenses of the verb "do" that might see...more
My first time reading Elizabeth George. I have had an aversion to picking up her books in the past because doubtless I would find a paperback with many (MANY!) quotes from excited publishers and reviewers, and no hint what the book was actually about. Finally I discovered she writes the Lynley mysteries I like to watch on PBS. Don't you know, this book features Lynley only in a cameo role.

It reads very much like PD James... even plods along a bit in spots the same as PD James. And the further an...more
Kathy Davie
Twelfth in the Inspector Lynley mystery series with this particular installment revolving around Deborah and Simon St. James in the Channel Islands.

My Take
Oh, what a twisty tale George weaves this time around! It's one of the few times I've had to rethink my own particular mantra that knowledge is power for in this case, knowledge is death.

It took me forever to read---George has really stretched this out with an excess of pounding Guy's perfidies into us---and she had me swinging from one cha...more
Elizabeth George's A Place of Hiding (Inspector Lynley, #12) by Elizabeth  George is excellent. Her characters are very well developed, the story transitions are smooth and the various storylines are all wrapped up by the end.

Inspector Tommy Linley takes a back seat in this book, as his friend Deborah is unexpectedly reunited with old friends that draw her and Simon into a wonderfully written story of murder and motives. When I had to put this book down for such interruptions as work or sleep, I would find myself wondering what was coming next. She gives...more
After reading "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society," I have wanted to visit the Channel island of Guernsey. This was a "revisit" in a way, since the first book was set during World War II and this book has a few threads reaching back to that time. This isn't really an Inspector Lynley book, since he is only mentioned in passing, really, so that was a bit of a letdown. This one focuses more on Simon and Deborah St. James, Tommy's friends.

The story deals with various issues of betray...more
Very little Lynley and no Havers at all, this story features Simon Alcourt St. James and his wife Deborah who are pulled into a mystery on the Channel island of Guernsey by some old friends of Deborah's. While I like Simon quite a bit, I'll admit I've never really liked the Simon/Deborah relationship. Deborah tends to irritate me and I can't pin down a single reason why... she's just not a character that I have a lot of sympathy for. I really missed the Lynley/Havers interactions and the story s...more
I continue reading Elizabeth George's high quality Inspector Lynley murder mysteries and continue enjoying them. As before, there is great depth of character development, and the plot keeps the reader guessing and wondering (with surprises) about how it's going to turn out in the end. In this one Inspector Lynley is actually a very minor presence (and Sgt. Havers doesn't appear at all). This time the mystery is solved with the work of Simon and Deborah St. James.
Sandy D.
OK, I was disappointed in this because I really loved a lot of Elizabeth George's earlier mysteries. And I just didn't *like* a lot of the main characters (especially China & Cherokee River, the suspects).

Also -- there were only a few minor mentions of Thomas Lynley, NO mention at all of Barbara Havers -- my favorite character! What is happening with her life?!!!!

Instead, Simon St. James & wife Deborah do the investigation. China was a college friend of Deborah's when she spent 3 years i...more
Deborah and St James are trying to help Deborah's American friends who are being investigated by the police. I would have liked to see a little more warmth between them. They seemed an upper class couple with some issues St James has a physical problem and Deborah has some history when in America.
This is the first of Elizabeth George's books I have read and they are quite long but storyline ok. The elderly male chasing very young women and so many of them being happy to be caught was I felt a li...more
Jul 29, 2008 Fran rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans, Elizabeth George fans
Recommended to Fran by: at my local library
As has happened to me many times, I checked a book out of the library, thinking I hadn't read it before. By page ten I knew I HAD read it, but I couldn't remember the details, plot, or most importantly, who did it or why.

Unlike most EG, this one does not feature Lynley and Havers, but instead Lynley's friends criminalist Alcourt-St. James and his photographer wife. The main theme is history, both their personal histories together and apart, and the history of the Island of Guernsey during German...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.

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