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Careless in Red (Inspector Lynley #15)

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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  9,418 ratings  ·  875 reviews

He found the body on the forty-third day of his walk . . .

Devastated by the senseless murder of his wife, Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley retreated to Cornwall, where he has spent six solitary weeks hiking the bleak and rugged coastline. But no matter how far he walks, the painful memories do not diminish.

Then, at the base of a cliff near a town better known for

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Kindle Edition, 545 pages
Published (first published 2008)
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Michael
It’s been four years since we last caught up with Inspector Thomas Lynley and Sgt. Barbara Havers. Four very long years.

Four years made longer by the fact that at the end of With No One As Witness, Elizabeth George left Lynley and the entire series as a cross-roads. Something big happened at the end of the book that left me stunned at the audacity of George to contemplate it, much less pull it off. And it left me eager for more.

And then we got her last book, What Came Before He Shot Her, which w
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L
Isn't Elizabeth George terrific?! I love her books and just wish she's crank them out more regularly and quickly. It isn't as if the woman isn't productive, either. It's just that fans want more, always more. Of course then they wouldn't be the same books, would they?

Here we have DS Lynley mourning the loss of his wife. Lynley takes mourning very, very seriously. He's been wandering the coast of Cornwall for weeks, living rough and not especially well. Just walking. Naturally he finds a body. I
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Julie
Okay, I think we’ve got the train back on track. We have Lynley, we have Havers. Whew. This should go without saying, but after the dreck that was "What Came Before He Shot Her", you cannot take these things for granted.

Other than the presence of Lynley and Havers, though, I’m not that crazy about this installment. I didn’t like any of the other (secondary) characters, and actively disliked most of them. The few that I did like eventually ended up annoying me too.. And, after the first third of
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Samantha
Jun 01, 2008 Samantha rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers, readers of the Inspector Lynley series
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Diane
I've read all the Thomas Lynley novels and found them all to be a cut above most detective series, partly because George develops complicated characters who lead complex lives. Careless in Red, despite the somewhat trite title, is more of a sprawling family novel than it is a mystery. Several family sagas are played out, incorporating the intergenerational conflict that binds individual family members to each other and intertwines them for good and ill with other families involved in the story. ...more
 EmmaLee Pryor
I picked this book up because I have watched Thomas Linley on Mystery (on PBS) and they were okay. The last one I had seen was where his pregnant wife (why do they always have to be pregnant) had been killed. They had also just gotten back together after being separated. (All the elements to make it truly tragic.) She was killed by a 12 year old with no motive, just a senseless killing. On TV they had a different storyline about what happened. Anyway, he is dealing with that tragedy by walking a ...more
Redhedd496
Jun 14, 2008 Redhedd496 rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys a great mystery with several plots intwined in the main plot
Elizabeth George at her very best! You begin to feel that the characters are people you know well, and the dead body, the person who committed the murder, had me fooled to the very end!I can usually figure out "whodunit" quickly, so this was a great surprise. The only problem with any of her books, when you're finished with it, you feel a sense of loss because the story is over, and the characters are now no longer a part of your life. I wish she would write the novels quicker, but then, they wo ...more
Vivisection
There are books meant to be read pool/beach side in the hot sun with sweat dripping down your face, one hand shielding your eyes from the sun all the while angling your book so that you may read it. They don't have complicated plots--Janet Evanovich comes to mind. As does any bodice ripper romance. Light, fluffy books that don't require much thought are for summer waterside recreation.

There are also books to be read on the plane. See above considerations.

800 page novels filled with complicated
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Faith Mortimer
It's been a while since I last read an Inspector Lynley murder mystery, so I was looking forward to it. It was a massive read - 800 odd pages, and at first a little slow. Then as the book progresses the plot and subplots become well-drawn out and well executed. We have a tortured Lynley who has recently lost his wife Helen, and unborn child in a mindless myrder. It is his psychological state that we are subjected to in a very touching process, we wait with faint breath as he gradually begins to ...more
Kellie
#15 of the Havers-Lynley series- This phase of the series follows the death of Helen and Lynley has left Scotland Yard and is walking aimlessly along the English coast. A section of coast that is known for surfing. That was an interesting aspect of this book. When Tommy reaches the area of Casvelyn, he finds a body on the cliffs by the shore. He runs up to a cottage hoping someone is there and breaks the window to get in. He finally finds Daidre who helps him find a phone to call the authorities ...more
K
Disappointing. For starters, the book was way too long and the build-up was extremely slow. Elizabeth George has enjoyed a successful career, with good reason mostly, and she seems to have reached the point where people are afraid to edit her. It happens to a lot of authors, and it's unfortunate. Even the best authors need editors, especially after they've started believing their own hype.

There were also too many confusing subplots. I kept forgetting which pairs were brother and sister and which
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Susanna
I was waiting in eager anticipation for this book for a long time, which I think was part of the problem. I definitely wouldn't recommend this to anyone who hasn't read some of the earlier books in the series, most importantly the last one, because this is a follow-up of the dramatic ending of that book. I thought it had about the right tone- it felt appropriate to the situation in which George had put her characters. But there was something about it that just didn't grab me. I didn't find the m ...more
Ann
I've long been a fan of Elizabeth George and her Inspector Lynley mystery series. I found this book to be somewhat of a disappointment, however, for a number of reasons. First, I have to say the flaws have nothing to do with the writing style. George is one of the best mystery writers out there today and her writing remains as strong as ever, even though the first Lynley book was published more than 20 years ago.
My objections have more to do with the plot than anything else. Although I thought
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Grady McCallie
This long, rich mystery does several things, all well. First, although well into the Inspector Thomas Lynley series, it opens shortly after the detective suffers a horrific and wrenching loss that in some sense serves as a reboot for the character. This is the first novel I've read by Elizabeth George, and so came to the novel without personally missing the characters killed off in the previous volume, but I still found the subplot of Lynley's grieving quite powerful, and very well done.

Second,
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Jessica
Elizabeth George is rightfully recognized as one of the most literary and literate of police procedural writers, but this latest entry in her Thomas Lynley series is too literary for its own good. Instead of creating an intriguing mystery, George chooses to explore a rather obscure subculture -- middle-aged surfers in Cornwall, England -- and their conflicts with their children over whether or not they should surf or rock-climb.

Tommy Lynley literally wanders into this world -- he is on a long w
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patience
Nov 29, 2008 patience rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans
One of my problems with Elizabeth George is that she writes books with so many characters it's hard for me to establish who is who at first. Also, as with so many other writers, she has put her characters through so many horrible personal tragedies she almost seems like a sadist. It's similar to a tv show that has been running for so long the writers feel they must shoot the main character, or his wife, or his best friend, or his mother...to keep things interesting...even if it's supposedly a bo ...more
Sally
I was so happy to see another Thomas Lynley novel by Elizabeth George. After the last one that she wrote when she had his wife (Helen) and unborn baby killed, I was afraid that she wouldn't write any additional books about him. This one was really good, and I enjoyed it. I don't think that I enjoyed it as much as her other books about him, because I really loved the relationship he had with his wife. But now I have hope for being able to read about him and his co-hort Barbara Havers in future no ...more
Samira
A very well done book, but it spent less time on the characters of Lynley, Havers, and the other longterm characters than I would have liked.
Karin
Last book in the Thomas Lynly series. If you like a well written and good detective story read one of Elizabeth George's books.
Darcy
I always enjoy reading Elizabeth George's Inspector Lynley series. It was great to get back to the Lynley story in this one after the last one, What Came Before He Shot Her, which was one of the saddest books I've ever read. It took me awhile to pick this one up, even though it was on my shelf, because I had to think about the last one. Lynley's trek to cope with the death of his wife Helen, his withdrawal from life, and his inability to stay withdrawn shows the humanity of his character, and wh ...more
David Brown
Careless in Red is all about relationships between parents and their child/children. Elizabeth George creates numerous plots and sub-plots all depicting this theme and spins them round and round in the readers head whilst trying to work Thomas Lynley and DS Havers into the story somewhere.
It’s a chaotic and inappropriate mess, barely a police procedural that is very difficult to maintain interest in. I can only assume that something was going on in the author’s life at the time that stimulated t
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Susie
Wow, reading this back-to-back with The Private Patient was something of a relevation. Whoever called Elizabeth George the poor woman's PD James? (Besides me, that is.) Careless in Red was extremely good, and dare I say it, better than the latest PDJ. The cast of characters was more diverse, the setting (Cornwall) more distinct, and the dialogue more mysterious. Isn't a mystery supposed to be a mystery to the reader as well as the detectives in the story? E. George did a great job of keeping me ...more
Roderick Hart
The cover of this book tells us that ‘Inspector Lynley Is Back’. Regular readers will know what this means though I didn’t know he’d gone away.

The title is unusually good, but I can’t say why without giving away too much of the plot. It refers to a femme fatale by the name of Dellen, who likes to wear red. The ‘careless’ goes straight to the heart of the matter.

As crime writing goes, this has a lot going for it. First of all, and though there is a death, it occurs before the action begins so the
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Ann
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Sandy
I have one word for this book horrendous! I used to be a huge fan of her books. I gave up on her two books ago. A friend of mine gave me this book and told me that she had heard that the author was back to writing the way she used to…… compelling, multilayered good stories. Why oh why am I such a trusting soul???? I should have smelled a rat when she sent it to me to read first……. ( Actually I do still think she did it out of the goodness of her heart) Halfway through the book, I almost stopped ...more
Lewis Weinstein
I am a real fan of Elizabeth George's novels, and am very hopeful, as I begin Careless in Red, that she has regained the touch she lost so badly in What Came Before He Shot Her.

I'm about 400 pages in, and very pleased. The plotting is meticulous, as always with George. There were enough characters that I made a list; I guess if I did that, perhaps she should have.

There is a very touching process going on in this book. Thomas Lynley, who George has "lived with" through 14 other novels, has been
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Mary Lou
Acting Supt Thomas Lynley wanders the coast of England looking for heartache relief after his pregnant wife is killed by a child with a gun. Instead he finds a teenager dead at the base of a cliff. Includes many of the inhabitants of the surfing town (out of season) as well as people from 30 yrs prior. Characters include a sex-crazed mother & son, 2 people with aliases & a misunderstood girl who wants to be a contemplative nun.
Not a humorous book but 2 bits: 1) Teenage boy with no othe
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Alarra
In the aftermath of his wife's terrible death (which is the subject of the previous two books in the Lynley series), Thomas takes a walk along a deserted coastal path to try and escape everything in his life, but when he comes across a dead climber along a section of cliff, he is drawn back into police investigations, and into human contact once more.

I've never believed in the character of Helen, and as callous as it sounds, I'm kind of glad that she's dead, and giving greater complexity to the
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Mardel Fehrenbach
i had been waiting to read Elizabeth George's Careless in Red, waiting for the mass market paperback so that I could add it to the collected Thomas Lynley stories on the shelf, and I snapped it up as soon as possible and plunged right in. First off, I can only say that Elizabeth George's portrayal of Lynley's grief is spot on. It seems that she has a good handle on how people experience grief, and also on the personality of her character, because Inspector Lynley's grief over the death of his wi ...more
Andrea
a well crafted who done it - based in Cornwall England. A very dirty, down on his luck drifter is walking along above the ocean when he spots a dead body - her breaks into a nearby cottage hoping to find a phone - he is caught be the resident who accompanies him to see the body. He turns out to be inspector Lynley of New Scotland Yard - in deep mourning after the death of his wife. She is a vet on holiday in her little cottage. The dead body is of a local youth who died in a climbing accident - ...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)
  • In the Presence of the Enemy (Inspector Lynley, #8)
  • Deception on His Mind (Inspector Lynley, #9)
  • In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner (Inspector Lynley, #10)
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