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A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth  George
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Jul 23, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2012-books-read
Read from July 23 to 24, 2012

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 CID detective is assigned to him as a "last chance" at making the grade. Lynley is struggling with the marriage of his best friend and his former fiance, and there is bad blood between Lynley and the Chief Inspector in charge of the case. Havers has failed at working with two different Inspectors, and passionately hates and envies Lynley. I'm glad I went back to the start, because I "get" Barbara Havers now. The relationship between Lynley and Havers is fascinating and complicated, and this book sets the foundation for all the rest of their interactions.
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message 1: by Lewis (last edited Jul 28, 2012 10:01AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Lewis Weinstein EG is one of my favorites. If you want to know more about how she writes, see Write Away: One Novelist's Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life, which I think is one of the best books I've read about writing.

Deb Thanks for the recommendation, Lewis.

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