Elizabeth George

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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 San Francisco Bay Area when she was eighteen months old. She was a student of English, receiving a teaching certificate. While teaching English in the public school system, she completed an advanced degree in psychology.

Her first published novel was A Great Deliverance in 1988, featuring Thomas Lynley, Lord Asherton, a Scotland Yard inspector of nob
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Elizabeth George Elizabeth George said: " I loved this book. It's a memoir that easily could have turned into a wallow in poor-little-me. But instead it's a frank look at a childhood lived with a grandmother who might possibly be the worst role model a child could ever have: a short-tempered ...more "

 

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The first novel published was A Great Deliverance. However, A Suitable Vengeance is a prequel. So if you want to read them in the order of publication, you would start with A Great Deliverance. If you want to read them in the order of the characters' See Full Answer
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Ma and Me by Putsata Reang
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Full disclosure: Putsata Reang has been a judge for the Elizabeth George Foundation, helping to select semi-finalists for grants. This year, she also gave me her memoir. It's wonderful on so many levels that I'm not sure where to start. It's the stor ...more
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Young Mungo
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This is a tough book to evaluate. It's brimming with an authenticity that suggests most of the novel is a lived experience. As such, it's a grim look at alcoholism, physical and mental and emotional abuse, abandonment, poverty, and the life of a fami ...more
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The Last Gift by Abdulrazak Gurnah
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The Leviathan by Rosie Andrews
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This novel exists on the edge of several genres: fantasy, horror, and historical. It takes place in Norfolk, England, in two periods of time: 1643 and 1703. The author has created one of the most vivid locations that I've encountered in a long time. ...more
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Bad Stories by Steve Almond
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This is a terrific book. It's also compulsively readable, which is one of the reasons I have it on plane-beach reads as well as other shelves. The author takes 17 "Bad Stories" about the United States--these are essentially ingrained ideas, attitudes ...more
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Forward by Shabnam Piryaei
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Full disclosure: the author was a recipient of a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation. Having said that, I must say that this book sat on my bookshelves for six years because every time I looked at the cover, I simply couldn't imagine reading t ...more
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What Happened to the Bennetts by Lisa Scottoline
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This is the perfect book for the beach, the backyard, an airplane, a train, a bus....you name it. Its a thriller that starts out fast and doesn't let up, propelling you through the story at a breakneck pace. It's impossible to tell who the good guys ...more
Joan, Lady of Wales by Danna R Messer
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“There are no easy answers, there's only living through the questions.”
Elizabeth George, Missing Joseph

“He had never thought of himself as much of a praying man, but as he sat in the car in the growing darkness and the minutes passed, he knew what it was to pray. It was to will goodness out of evil, hope out of despair, life out of death. It was to will dreams into existence and spectres into reality. It was to will an end to anguish and a beginning to joy.”
Elizabeth George, A Great Deliverance

“Of all my children, you were always the hardest on yourself. You were always looking for the right way to behave, so concerned you might make a mistake. But, darling, there are no mistakes. There are only our wishes, our actions, and the consequences that follow both. There are only events, how we cope with them, and what we learn from the coping."

"That's too easy," he said.

"On the contrary. It's monumentally difficult.”
Elizabeth George, With No One as Witness

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message 2: by Kiki

Kiki Thank you for the friend add. For me, you are the greatest mystery writer ever. Lynley, Havers, and company have seen me through some anxious and depressing times, and your books have become part of the fabric of my life. I look forward to each one like a small child looks forward to Christmas. Your books are the only hard copy books I buy now. I read and reread them. Good luck with your weekend baking. Some of your pies look gorgeous, and I'm sure they taste wonderful! Greatly anticipating Lynley #21 in May!


message 1: by Donna

Donna Thank you Elizabeth for becoming a friend on Good Reads.
Your books look very good. You are a new author to me, so I hope to get more acquainted through your stories.
Donna


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