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Careless in Red

(Inspector Lynley #15)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  12,675 ratings  ·  1,058 reviews
After 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, no matter how exhausting his days, the painful memories of Helen's death do not diminish.

On the forty-third day of his walk, at the base of a cliff, Lynley discover
Hardcover, 640 pages
Published May 6th 2008 by Harper (first published 2008)
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Betty Unfortunately yes. There is probably a good story in there somewhere but it is buried with so many sub-plots, sub-sub-plots, sub ..... and so on that…moreUnfortunately yes. There is probably a good story in there somewhere but it is buried with so many sub-plots, sub-sub-plots, sub ..... and so on that it becomes tedious. Are there CliffNotes? I give up at 46% on my Kindle.(less)

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Jun 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2008
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
Nov 25, 2008 rated it liked it
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
May 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Jun 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
May 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Qualcuno ha detto che se in un romanzo c'è una pistola, prima o poi sparerà (è stato Cechov? ho un vago ricordo di qualcosa del genere, ma mi sembra una frase più da americano che da russo. Comunque, scusate la mia ignoranza). E' una questione di logica, di coerenza, forse addirittura di correttezza intellettuale dell'autore.
Bene: in questo romanzo ci sono parecchie pistole che non hanno sparato. Peggio ancora: che si sono esibite in tutta la loro potenzialità esplosiva, e poi non hanno neanche
Yvonne (It's All About Books)
Finished reading: August 30th 2016
DNF at page 80
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May 25, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers, readers of the Inspector Lynley series
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 EmmaLee Pryor
Jul 28, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Thomas Strömquist
Well-written, good characters, good plot. Even though I had read a few of hers earlier, I had somehow forgotten about the series. This book (a Christmas gift) was a real reminder of how good Elizabeth George is in her genre and I re-read the whole series following this read. I'm sure I'll do that again!
Dec 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Michael Cairns
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Elizabeth George has a wonderful way of creating sympathetic characters out of horrible people. Her grasp of the human condition and all that entails lends her books a real richness that make them about more than the body found at the beginning and the resulting murderer revealed at the end.
Despite not being a reader of murder mystery, I find myself drawn back to her books again and again and I think that's why.
Careless in red is no different. Though a mystery in name, it is in reality a study
Jun 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After the senseless killing of his wife Helen, Thomas Lynley quits the police force, goes home to Cornwall and decides to walk the coast pathway. After more than 40 days of walking, he sees a body on the beach below and attempts to contact the police from the nearest house. Due to the lack of detectives in the local area, he is drawn into the investigation. Barbara Havers is sent down from London to assist, and although Lynley insists he's no longer a policeman, we know he'll be back.

The dead b
Dec 16, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Aug 18, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
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
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
#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
Faith Mortimer
Dec 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lewis Weinstein
Jul 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
David Brown
Mar 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Grady McCallie
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.

Aug 12, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 25, 2008 rated it liked it
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 keep things interesting...even if it's supposedly a bo ...more
Jul 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
May 08, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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.
Mar 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Last book in the Thomas Lynly series. If you like a well written and good detective story read one of Elizabeth George's books.
Paula Dembeck
Dec 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Readers reconnect with Thomas Lynley three months after the senseless shooting death of his wife Helen and their unborn child. He is hiking in Cornwall, avoiding thoughts of the future and memories of the past, driven by an obsessive need to walk. He still cannot imagine a life without Helen and had to get away from places that continually threw up memories of her. On the road for over a month now, he has been tramping the seaside cliffs, living and sleeping rough, unwashed, bearded, gaunt and d ...more
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Lynley is hiking around the coast of Cornwall, looking like a homeless tramp, and comes across the dead body of Santos, who seemed to have fallen while climbing. He breaks into the cabin of Daidre, a vet with mysterious origins, and they report the deaths together to the local police.

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Georgia Roybal
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ms. George's books are truly ones that I can't put down once I start reading. This book has a particularly complex set of characters with lots of secrets to be revealed. And, of course, the murder of a young climber is not solved until the last minutes with an unexpected twist tied to another decades-old death.
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