Careless in Red (Inspector Lynley #15)
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
There are also books to be read on the plane. See above considerations.
800 page novels filled with complicated ...more
There were also too many confusing subplots. I kept forgetting which pairs were brother and sister and which ...more
My objections have more to do with the plot than anything else. Although I thought ...more
Tommy Lynley literally wanders into this world -- he is on a long w ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Not a humorous book but 2 bits: 1) Teenage boy with no othe ...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 ...more
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