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Totdat de dood ons scheidt (Inspector Lynley #1)

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De zestienjarige Roberta Teys wordt met haar mooiste kleren aan gevonden in een boerenschuur in het Engelse dorpje Keldale. Naast haar liggen een bijl en het ontzielde lichaam van haar vader. Onthoofd. Het enige wat Roberta erover zegt is: 'Ik heb het gedaan en ik heb er geen spijt van.´ Scotland Yard geeft de leiding van het onderzoek in handen van inspecteur Thomas Lynle...more
Paperback, 335 pages
Published June 2010 by A.W. Bruna Uitgevers (first published January 1st 1988)
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I initially saw the television adaptation of this book on PBS Mystery!. I was moved by the dark, Yorkshire setting and the budding friendship of Lynley and Havers. It had such a gritty conclusion, that I went to the library the next day and checked out the next book in the series. That was almost 9 years ago! After finishing book six in the series last year, I felt it was time to read the book that started it all.

I can't believe I waited so long! Thus far, this my favorite book in the series! F...more
Mixed feelings on this one.
Lynley and Havers are fascinating characters, complex and marvelously well-drawn (except for one somewhat gratuitious Lynley interlude). I love the way Havers is allowed to express her resentment and how her inbred distrust and dislike of nobility is thwarted by Lynley's compassion and decency.
There are some interesting secondary characters, as well, my favourite being the little girl, Bridie, and her pet duck, Dougal.
However, at times the book is too description-he...more
Lewis Weinstein
This is the first of the Lynley-Havers stories, and also the first that I am re-reading. I hope I don't remember too much of the plot (it's been 10 years at least) but my real purpose in re-reading is to study George's writing techniques. Her use of setting, development of character, and plot surprises, among other elements, are superb. For fans of Elizabeth George who are also writers, I recommend Write Away: One Novelist's Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life.

George unfolds the layers of a...more
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 4 solid stars of five

The Publisher Says: To this day, the low, thin wail of an infant can be heard in Keldale's lush green valleys. Three hundred years ago, as legend goes, the frightened Yorkshire villagers smothered a crying babe in Keldale Abbey, where they'd hidden to escape the ravages of Cromwell's raiders.

Now into Keldale's pastoral web of old houses and older secrets comes Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley, the eighth earl of Asherton. Along with the redoubtable Detective Ser...more
Don't let the public television series distract you - they mostly just took the names and killed off most of the players.

For a treat and a journey that only your willingness NOT to read reviews can preserve, begin here at the beginning. The arc of personal story that runs behind the crimes and through the novels is truly wonderful, and her brilliant portrayal of race and class issues builds to the truly startling "With No One As Witness" and the revelatory "What Came Before He Shot Her."

Larry Bassett
This is my first Elizabeth George and is part of my search for women authors with feminist protagonists. In this case it will be the second in command protagonist, not, on the face of it, the most- promising start in finding a strong, independent woman. I am defining feminist as someone who supports and works toward equal rights and opportunities for women. I am interested in the development of the relationship between the two main characters. There is a tension and occasional antagonism between...more
Nikki Nielsen
As exhausted as I am, Elizabeth George has managed to hold my attention into the wee hours of the morning. That, in itself, says something.

I was surprised to learn, after finishing this book, that the author is American. I have read a great deal of British Mysteries, and I have to say she does it well. I learned this about her after reading the book, because I never read the inside cover or back of a book until I have finished. I don't like to start out with pre-conceptions. I like to be surpris...more
I was surprised to dislike this book intensely. I'd not read (or seen) any Inspector Lynley and I was expecting to enjoy this tale of an aristocrat police detective. It's the first in the series and sometimes the first outing is not the best whilst an author is establishing characters but I am really not sure I can bear to try another unless the author has been given a sound talking-to and promised to reform. It has left my teeth feeling as if the enamel has been stripped off.

I can cut the plot...more

Da tempo bramavo Elizabeth George (..intendo i suoi libri) e fra una pesantezza letteraria e l'altra l'occasione per staccare la spina e tentare la sua via era lì pronta, in uno scaffale perfettamente raggiungibile della mia biblioteca di paese. Prima esperienza, primo libro della serie dell'ispettore Lynley. E meno male che non è l'ultimo, perché io già mi sono prenotata il secondo sperando che non manchi all'appello nello stesso scaffale.

A lettura finita devo fare i miei più sentiti compl...more
In this, the first Inspector Lynley mystery, Elizabeth George unrolls a particularly hideous plot and typically unappealing supporting cast of characters. Even our main characters, Lynley and Havers, are unappealing; Lynley is a serious slut who apparently will bed down with any redhaired woman and who crippled his best friend in a drunk driving accident, and Havers is shapeless yet also barrel-shaped and has tiny pig eyes. Oh, and Lynley is blond. (In my mind he became antiques expert identical...more
Marie-Jo Fortis
Mysteries no longer seem mysterious. At least the ones that have fallen into my hands in the past few years.

What the hell do you mean? will be the retort of the critical friend. A non-mysterious mystery? And then, a glance will follow with this implication, criticism now tinted with concern: Marie-Jo must have hit her head on a real hard surface. Main be it’s time for brain surgery.

Before I am being taken to the hospital, however, let me explain. I believe that what has been placed on the fo...more
I wavered between strongly disliking this book, actively despising the author and reading it in a compulsive how could this get any worse kind of way.

The plot in brief: a lord who for reasons unknown works in scotland yard is paired up with a working class police woman to solve a grisly decapitation in Yorkshire.

I understand some suspension of belief is par for the course when you read a crime thriller and that the depth of character plotting is not a universal strength of the genre. But there...more
This was an enjoyable murder mystery, very well written with detailed, rather intense characterizations. The drama was perhaps a little over-the-top, and the Dark Secret behind the murder was a bit obvious.

The mystery shared the stage equally with the personal stories of the detectives, the aristocratic Inspector Lynley and the working-class Sergeant Havers. I like this in a series mystery novel, because in the long run I'm more interested in the recurring characters than in the murder-of-the-we...more
This is the first in the Inspector Lynley mystery series by Elizabeth George and it introduces Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley, the 8th Earl of Asherton and Barbara Havers, a blue collar Sergeant. The mystery alone makes this an interesting book to read, but what raises this above all the other good mysteries is the character development of Lynley and Havers. As an Earl, Lynley doesn't need to work, and even more so, doesn't need to work for Scotland Yard tracking down seedy criminals. Hav...more
Toni Osborne
This is a plot thick book with plenty of fascinating characters. It is a good idea to read this novel first to get a solid background of the characters. If you love rich and complex characters you will be delighted. This novel is beautifully written, has a lot of suspense and is utterly absorbing. The author leaves a message that goes far beyond a murder mystery.
Era stato proprio un gran maleducato. Le aveva starnutito fragorosamente in faccia, inondandola di schizzi, dopo aver resistito allo stimolo per almeno tre quarti d'ora.

Solo la George può iniziare così un romanzo e non temere di perdere audience.. Mitica!!
Per chi ama il genere thriller (ma anche per chi vorrebbe approciarvisi, per chi ha curiosità, per chi vuol cambiare aria..) questo libro è davvero imperdibile. La George scrive divinamente e vi catturerà! Per me era una rilettura, ma l'ho iniz...more
I have been a fan of the Thomas Lynley books, and before I read the newest one, I decided to return to the beginning of the series. I assumed I'd read all of them. If I ever read this first book in the series, I have absolutely no recollection of it. Aside from introducing two of the most interesting (and flawed) characters, Thomas Lynley, and Barbara Havers, the story was gripping. Thomas Lynley is sent to a small village to investigate the gruesome murder of a farmer. Barbara Havers, a failed...more
One of my Goodreads friends suggested that the Inspector Lynley series was one of the best in detective fiction, and that the books should be read in order. I had only seen the PBS series on television, so I tried this, the first one. At first I was put off by George's oblique writing style, half-introducing many characters, with only slight hints of why or whether they might be important. And at first I thought that Lynley was far too perfect and Havers far too crippled by self-loathing to be b...more
Jill Treftz
My biggest issue with this book is, I think, largely a function of its setting. It was written in the late 1980s and is set in England in the earlier 1980s. Thus, the mystery behind the murder, which seemed very difficult for the characters to grasp, was evident to me from very early on. Maybe I'm jaded from too much television (SPOILER: too much Law & Order: SVU, in particular), but I knew from chapter 3 or so precisely what the motive was. And I was right--dead on, in fact.

The class issues...more
Sep 08, 2013 Kasey rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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For me, it is both distracting & irritating to be reading a novel and come across either a misspelling, typo or grammatical error. Now mind you I'm no language arts professor but spell check was created for a reason, and people need to reference it. In this particular case, I think the problems were more differences between proper Brits and we Americans. It's not enough to completely confuse a reader, but it did make me stop (a lot) and reread to figure out why it's wrong to my brain. Additi...more
Amanda Patterson
Elizabeth George tells a wonderful tale; crafted as carefully as an elaborate quilt. She deserves the accolades she’s received, including the Anthony & Agatha Best First Novel in the USA for A Great Deliverance.
I’ve read all of her novels and recommend this for all lovers of crime fiction and good writing. If she weren’t boxed into a genre, her novels would be considered for more than the usual crime prizes.
This is a great new mystery series I read with the awesome team of Havers and Lynley from Scotland Yard to investigate a grisly murder and find out the secrets behind it. From start to end, this is a well done mystery series. I ought to see if PBS has it on TV. This book keeps you in suspense.
What a great book! I haven't read Elizabeth George before (and haven't seen the PBS series either), but picked this first Inspector Lynley mystery based on the Amazon 100 Mysteries to read recommendation.

The basic plot isn't very complicated: Roberta Teys is discovered next to her father's headless corpse, saying "I did it, and I'm not sorry." But she is now catatonic and providing no further insight. Though the mystery of what happened to William Teys is central to the book, there is so much m...more
Excellent book. I loved the characters and the way we come to know Inspector Lynley and his sadness, and the brash and insecure Detective Havers.
Fabio Raffaelli
Non conoscevo Elisabeth George, è il primo libro che leggo, dopo aver ricevuto consigli del tipo “leggilo leggilo leggilo leggilo”. Amo il genere, quindi non ci ho dovuto pensare molto; soprattutto perché sono quel genere di romanzi che fanno lavorare le rotelline del mio cervello e quando un autore/autrice riesce a smontare tutte le mie congetture, ipotesi e soluzioni..ecco che lo adoro. Inghilterra, piccolo centro di Keldale, William Teys viene ritrovato decapitato, accanto la figlia Roberta,...more
A few years ago, I watched on PBS a couple of episodes of mysteries featuring Inspector Thomas Lynley of Scotland Yard. Lynley was also the eighth Earl of Asherton whose ancestral home base was in Cornwall, England. I soon realized that the PBS series was based on a compendium of books by Elizabeth George. I just finished reading book one of the Lynley mysteries entitled A GREAT DELIVERANCE (ISBN 978-0553175103, $9.99, paperback).

The setting moves from London to Yorkshire and back. A man is foun...more
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
It has taken me many years to getting around to reading Elizabeth George. My sister gave me a book a long time ago and I could not get into it at the time. I gave up after only a few pages. So, I thought it was time to try again and this time, I was more than ready. It was a very, very good book, written by an intelligent writer with a great use and understanding of the english language. Vivid descriptive language, which put the reader right there in the pages. It was a story when I read the fir...more
Kathy Davie
First in the Inspector Lynley mystery series, A Great Deliverance is set in modern-day London and kept me riveted from the first. Here we are introduced to how Barbara Havers’ partnership with Thomas Lynley begins at Scotland yard with all her negatives laid out for our viewing. I have never come across a more obstreperous, bitchy woman while Lynley’s qualities are immediately laid out for us as his negatives are slowly unfolded throughout the story.

It’s a tentative partnership, Havers has not w...more
In this, the first in Elizabeth George's Inspector Lynley Mysteries, we meet our intrepid detectives and follow them on their first case together.
I was originally inspired to read this series based upon the BBC series of TV movies based upon the characters, and I have to say, I was not disappointed. Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley -- or, as he is known in other circles, Thomas Lynley, the 8th Earl of Ashcroft -- is a rising star at New Scotland Yard. Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, on the...more
When I started my mystery genre binge, I decided to do a little research to find out what British mystery series (I did want to start a series) rated highest amongst critics and readers. Inevitably, Elizabeth George's Inspector Lyndley series ranked amongst the highest. So I started with this novel, the first in the series, and was most assuredly not disappointed. Both Inspector Lyndley and his partner, Barbara Havers, are wonderfully complex characters, each with their own baggage and their own...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...more
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Well-Schooled in Murder (Inspector Lynley, #3) This Body of Death (Inspector Lynley, #16) Payment in Blood (Inspector Lynley, #2) Careless in Red (Inspector Lynley, #15) Playing for the Ashes (Inspector Lynley, #7)

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