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Hailed by The New York Times as “a master of the British mystery,” award-winning author Elizabeth George is one of our most distinguished writers, cherished by readers on both sides of the Atlantic. Her first collection of short stories is an extraordinary offering that deftly explores the dark side of everyday people—-and the lengths to which they will go to get what they ...more
Trade Paperback, 245 pages
Published September 2003 by Bantam Books (first published 2001)
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David R. Dowdy
Elizabeth George has penned some fine mysteries the most notable of which is the Inspector Lynley series. Here in I, Richard she shares five clever short story mysteries. You’ll be looking for the line that divides real from unreal.

Exposure: Captures in a nutshell the very British style of mystery found in the Lynley series and features the namesake detective. Reminds me of The Jewel That Was Ours by Colin Dexter.

The Surprise of His Life: Jealousy and overthinking brings the end of this story wi
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AndrewP
Elizabeth George has been on my radar for some time with her Inspector Lynley books. Problem was that all of her books are in the 600 page range and I was hesitant to commit to one. Then I found this slim volume containing five short stories.

Only one of the stories featured Inspector Lynley, but the other stories were pretty good too. I was concerned that an American writers perspective of English police procedural may not be authentic, but from what I read she has done her homework. I found Geo
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Abbey
I, RICHARD, Elizabeth George
2002, five longish stories/novellas, mostly suspensers although there is one Lynley story. Read on Kindle; four-stars over-all.

"Exposure"
— Lynley visits his irascible auntie's great mansion In The County, at a time when tourists are being entertained. One of them gets murdered in a manner that is blatantly hinted at right from the beginning, which mainly concerns itself with setting the stage of interactions between the members of the tour group. It feels as though L
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Moshe Mikanovsky
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’ve always loved Elizabeth George’s story telling abilities and this is still true in this collection of shorts. In addition having Derek Jacobi narrating the story is a huge treat!
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Her introductions are full of herself; her rewriting of "Evidence Exposed" actually makes less sense (no mention why murder; maybe it's not the son but her "boyfriend" that turned her so crap?) and "Remember" has a huge incongruence re. the time the photos had been bought. ...more
Susan Liston
Now I'm reading the Inspector Lynley books right now and enjoying them, so why didn't I like any of these stories, hmm. There is a Lynley story, but I've already forgotten it. I enjoyed the beginning of the story about Richard III, but it was the history I found interesting, the story itself was completely predictable. As was the OJ inspired story, as was the rat story, which I also hated with a passion. Oh what was the other one, about some sort of chemical warfare secret or something, creepy. ...more
Elisa Fierro
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a delightful book and what a discovery! I was not familiar with this writer but now she is on my list, definitely. Set in the contemporary world, these stories are truly jewels, treats to savor one at a time. They deal with several different themes and always have a quirk. In "Fences are not enough" an elderly lady is the victim of some nosy and arrogant neighbors - or is she? The protagonist of another story, a jealous husband, gets in the end exactly what he deserves, although at a very h ...more
Anne Hawn Smith
Sep 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: mystery, series
This is a book of 5 short stories, all of which are excellent. What I especially enjoyed was to read Elizabeth George’s comments before the stories. In them she tells how she got the idea for the story and some of the processes she goes through to change an idea into a plot. One was a book of her own which she was never happy about and she found a better subject and ending for the short story version.

I think my favorite was “Remember, I’ll Always Love You.” I was completely fooled throughout the
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Patricia
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is a collection of five short stories. I enjoyed only one of the five, and it was titled Exposure. If you have never read any books in the Inspector Lynley murder mystery series, this is a good one to begin with because it is an introduction to Thomas Lynley of Scotland Yard and his companion Lady Helen Clyde. If you enjoy this story, you will probably enjoy the series.

The other four stories in I, Richard were not my cup of tea. There were no mysteries to solve, and all four stories h
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Sheila Myers
May 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This book contains five interesting short stories. I read all of them and enjoyed three of the five. I won't be like other reviewers and deduct rating points simply because I don't find the plots or writing style fitting into my preferences. However, with this collection I deducted points because I feel the stories didn't stand up to the promise written on the dust jacket of finding "drama, danger, and unmatched suspense" within the pages. And I also don't see it as belonging "in the library of ...more
Liz
Nov 30, 2011 rated it did not like it
A collection of short stories. I couldn't even make it through the second one. Partly due to the narrator - there are many American characters, and he can't do an American accent, so he sounded like a moron in trying. But the stories each have a long-winded, pompous introduction, which made it harder to ignore the pompous writing in the stories themselves. ...more
Nancy
Jan 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Short stories are not my usual type of read, but these were entertaining.
Mentai
May 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Ok I didn't read very much of this but from the first two pages, it wasn't really for me. ...more
Hilary Knight
Aug 06, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Toby
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a collection of 5 short stories by the author of the Inspector Lynley series (notable because of their consistent tome-like length!). See below for individual ratings.

Exposure: 3/5. A decent start, but I feel like the whodunit wasn’t fully explained (or else I missed it, which is possible as I was tired when I read the story).

The Surprise of His Life: 5/5, that ending though!!

Good Fences Aren’t Always Enough: 4/5. Weird, creepy, and sad.

Remember, I’ll Always Love You: 5/5. Again... the
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Kathy
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Short stories are not my favorite genre; if I stopped and pondered each one maybe I would at least be able to remember them later, but that's just not my style. Still, as short stories go, these are good, although my least favorite was the one with Lynley and Helen at his aunt's manor house. The title story is the best of the lot, with the murderer planning to kill his old friend, but with a satisfying ending. ...more
Lenora Good
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Through the years, I have discovered that some novelists whose books I dislike, also write short stories which I love. Therefore, I was willing to invest the time to read these 5 short and fluffy stories. Alas, Ms. George does not fit into the category of sentence number one, above.

IF, and I strongly emphasize the beginning word, IF you are a fan of Elizabeth George's books, you will probably enjoy these stories. Otherwise, don't waste your time. I was sorely disappointed.
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Diane
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had heard that Elizabeth George was a good mystery writer, and based on the title I chose I, Richard, thinking that it would have something to do with the saga of Richard III, and was disappointed to find that it was a series of five short stories, only one of which referenced Richard III. But the stories were interesting and had surprise endings, which were intriguing. I'll be reading more of her books in the future. ...more
Corky
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I am not always a fan of the short story (in general) but this book contained five of them that I thought were actually great. They might not be mysteries in the traditional sense, but they're all stories with a certain air of mystery about them and they delve into human nature and the lengths people will go to get what they want (or what they think they want). For me, this was a relatively short read, but I actually had wished it were a tad bit longer. ...more
Mark Mindel
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
The only collection of short stories by the great British mystery writer, Elizabeth George. Five beauties including one with Inspector Thomas Lynley (of whom she has written 20 novels in her award-winning series). Each reaches into the depth of human weakness: how far will one be willing to go to reach his or her ultimate goal? Does the Machiavellian end really justify the means? Unlike most of George's work, this is a quick read, and as always the case, well worth it! ...more
Joe
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Unusual for George, this is a book of short stories ...generally good longish ... almost the length of a novella. The stories are tight, well written with good endings but not with the irony and surprises of a Munro short story. I particularly enjoyed "The Surprise of His Life", "Remember, I'll Always Love You" (I think the best) and "I, Richard". All readers of George's novels should look for this selection of short stories. They will be heartedly rewarded. ...more
Grada (BoekenTrol)
One of the stories in this book I had read already (it was published seperately here in NL during the month of suspense books several years ago).
The story I liked best was the one that's called Remember I will always love you. The story Friend's service was weird.
This author should really not write more short stories: she elaborates too much to get a story told in a limited amount of pages.
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Donna Lewis
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have had this book for quite some time and only recently decided to read it. To my surprise, it contains five short stories - present day - and all were very interesting. One even has a brief visit by one of my all time favorite characters, Inspector Thomas Lynley. A quick but satisfying read.
Sharon Slevin
I love the Insector Linley Series by Elizabeth George. Although interesting, her short stories are not my favorite....That said, it is not my favorite genre as I really like to sink my teeth into an engaging novel.
Pam
May 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love the Lynley series, but these stories read like they were written by another author- and not a good one. They mostly felt very juvenile. Two stars is generous, and only because I like her novels so much.
Kathy  Spann
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great collection of short story mysteries by Elizabeth George. One Lynley tale in the mix. “Remember, I’ll Always Love You” is that be of those that has you turning the pages as quick as you can. Great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Sara Parker
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was ok
It was alright. I liked the Inspector Lynley story the best, but the others were a little predictable. Some were even dull. There were also editorial issues with run-ons. I might try an actual Lynley novel in the future; I hear they’re pretty good. But I wasn’t blown away by these short stories.
Lorna
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Intense short stories. Prefer the longer story telling and of course, Inspector Lynley.
Teresa Mills-Clark
Dec 31, 2017 rated it liked it
She writes well. I enjoyed her third person narrative.
Anne
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Five short stories. Mostly ok
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