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Il morso del serpente (Inspector Lynley #10)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  10,314 Ratings  ·  291 Reviews
A Londra un produttore di musical si suicida inspiegabilmente dopo la trionfale prima della sua nuova opera. Tre mesi più tardi, nella brughiera del Derbyshire, vengono trovati i corpi senza vita di Nicola, figlia di un ex poliziotto, e di un giovane ucciso a coltellate. Quale può essere il legame tra i due eventi? L'ispettore Linley di Scotland Yard comincia la difficile ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 576 pages
Published 2001 by Longanesi (first published December 12th 1991)
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Christina Mitchell
I know who done it! I know who done it! HA!

Another favorite author and detective discovered compliments of PBS "Masterpiece Mystery." I have not been reading the Inspector Lynley series in order. This is because I am having difficulties coming across used copies of the author. I know that sounds cheap, but I am cheap. And, it seems a tragedy of tragedies to spend money on shipping for a paperback book. So, I haunt the library cast-off book store where the lovely volunteer keeps her eyes open for
aPriL does feral sometimes
Number ten is superb and proves the series is worthy of reading

I absolutely believe this novel proves George to be a literary writer. Without question she also writes with a feminine 'taint'. As long as men make the rules of what quality writing must consist of, the author probably will never completely receive what she is due in respect or awards. But as for my opinion, there are few writers, literary or genre, who can fulfill both the requirements of providing reading entertainment, informing
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a long book. Too often, I find myself disappointed when I get to the end of a story; having grown to know the characters, becoming interested in the created community beyond the immediate concerns of the plot and just enjoying the ride. Ms. George's Inspector Lynley books are becoming longer, it seems, with each new installment. Yet I am reading them as fast as I can. The characters are believable and presented warts and all (sometimes exploring their faults more than their strengths). ...more
Diana Donnelly
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well this is the 10th book I have read by this author. It was 594 pages long and a heavy hardback. I'm always impressed with the author's vocabulary and after reading 10 books with the same characters my fondness grows for them. There was some friction between Detective Inspector Lynley and Barbara Havers in this episode which was unsetting and bothered me. Up to this point they worked well together with mutual admiration, however now I feared I was about to lose a favorite character. I'm happy ...more
Apr 28, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: crime book readers
Shelves: crime
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Feb 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-series
The mystery portion was intriguingly convoluted, but, man, is Elizabeth George long-winded! 6 pages devoted to the back story and daily details of the person who found the body, another 6 pages for the back story and daily details of the kid who found the murder weapon, and we also get a continuing, unnecessary side plot about the murder victim's boyfriend, his alcoholic father, and their failing family estate.

I was also occasionally distracted by the odd vocabulary choices. It sometimes felt as
Een interessant boek. Je wordt steeds op het verkeerde been gezet wie de dader is van de moorden. In dit boek wordt grondig speurwerk verricht. Dat is wat mij wel aanspreekt bij de boeken van Elizabeth George. Verschillende verdachten komen aan bod en elk spoor wordt onderzocht. Soms heb je bij thrillers dat vanaf het begin haast wel duidelijk is wie het gedaan heeft. Dat is bij dit boek niet het geval. Wat wel grappig is, is dat in dit boek verwezen wordt naar het boek Rebecca van Daphne du Mau ...more
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yea! YaY!! Tommy finally sees why Barb had to shoot at the DCI to save her little neighbor. Of course his illumination comes about because of Helen, who is far more intelligent than she or her friends give her credit. I love Helen, she is by far my favorite character, she is bubbly, happy and yet conflicted about her importance in the world. She is the kind of friend I would love to cultivate, someone who is loyal to a fault and fun to be with. The mystery was so involved--as all EG's books are- ...more
As usual, Elizabeth George keeps me glued to the pages, and sporadically reaching for the dictionary (reredos?).

I find it interesting that some people gave this one fewer stars because they hated the way Lynley behaved toward Havers etc. HELLO? THEY AREN'T REAL PEOPLE, PEOPLE! The fact that we are disappointed in him sort of indicates EG's skill at characterization, wouldn't you say?

Anyhow, complex plot, and I didn't recall all the details from the first time I read it (I get her stuff ASAP and
May 29, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I think like most Elizabeth George fans, I got frustrated with the way Lynley behaved in this book. Normally I get through her books in a flash, but with this one I got so bogged down in the Havers/Lynley mess. One of the things I like so much about this series is their relationship and it was on the skids. I wanted to hit him.

But, it was George, so it was still a good read.
Kathy Davie
Oct 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, i-own-this
Tenth in the Inspector Lynley mystery series set at Scotland Yard in London.

My Take
This was such a sad story on so many levels. The end of a family line. The end of hopes. The useless death of an amazing person.

In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner revolves around Nicola Maiden and her lifelong pursuit of what she wants…now — she never has learned the value of spiritual self-fulfillment. Nik has always gone for immediate gratification and stopped at nothing to ensure it with never a thought for how it
Anna Ligtenberg
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ISBN 0553575104 - I'm of the opinion that you won't need to have watched a movie or television show, or have read another book to enjoy this one. The plot takes a good long while to make perfect sense - this is not one of those books where you have any hope of being a step ahead of the storyteller. Once you begin to gather the threads together, it will all seem so obvious that you might need to read it again, just to try to figure out how you missed it the first time.

Well worth the investment of
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Mary Gilligan-Nolan
A marathon read of 752 pages, but worth the time invested as ever with Ms. George. This story is about the murder of a young woman at Nine Sisters in Derbyshire, but there is also a youth of 19 years old, also found dead at the same site and this causes confusion at the scene, as they have been murdered in two entirely different ways and there seems to be initially, no link between them. The girls father, is an ex-policeman, who was once Linleys superior and he asks for Scotland Yard to send Tom ...more
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book from Elizabeth George! Lots of plot twists and many candidates as suspects in the double murder! George writes with a lot of British slang and local jargon, so it takes a while to "get into" her style of writing. But doing that adds so much depth to the characters and it also endears them to the reader.

One bit that lacked for me was I wanted to see a conclusion to the Broughton Manor story, i.e., the relationship between Julian and his cousin Samantha. Also, did Jeremy give up
Sep 21, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to whichwaydidshego? by: PBS & NPR
Shelves: mysteries
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Neill Smith
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
When DS Barbara Havers is reduced to Detective Constable after her perceived insubordination in her last case Detective Inspector Lynley is reluctant to use her on a case involving the murder of the daughter of a retired undercover operative for New Scotland Yard. However, Winston Nkata, his new subordinate, assigns her part of the investigation. Her pursuit of her own leads arising from her notable intuition, rather than giving absolute priority to the jobs assigned by Lynley, leads to some dis ...more
May 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star
This was definitely my favorite Inspector Lynley book to date. Full of twists and turns, as well as the discontent between Lynley and Barbara Havers, it was hard to not read it straight through. In the previous book, Barbara had made a split second decision in order to save a little girl's life. That decision, which involved shooting at (without the intent to hit) a superior officer cost her several months of unpaid leave and a demotion. So that played throughout this entire book. Then there wer ...more
Oct 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of Lynley's former colleagues Andy Maiden has asked for his help in finding the person who murdered his daughter. It's a gruesome double murder and suspicion falls on Maiden. Barbara Havers has been demoted to Detective Constable after her performance in Essex and Lynley cannot forgive her behavior. He relegates her to general dogsbody and instead takes Winson Nkata as his partner. Aside from the gripping murder investigation, the real star of the book is the struggle both Havers and Lynley ...more
Jul 25, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I've been renting the BBC productions of Elizabeth George's Lynley books from NetFlix, and for some reason the season that includes this book is unavailable. Since it falls in the middle of the series and at a critical plot juncture for one of the main characters (and because I'm OC about doing series in order) I picked up the book to fill in. Although the characters are a bit different in print vs TV (especially Havers) I enjoyed it - it's well plotted, with intelligent writing and classic Engl ...more
Jamie Collins
Another very good Lynley/Havers novel. A complex murder mystery, great characterizations, and plenty of soap opera. I love the dramatic titles which suit these novels so well!

In the early books, Havers is a rather unlikeable character. She's bitter and resentful of Lynley's aristocratic background. In contrast, Lynley was very understanding of her attitude and sympathetic to her many troubles.

In this book, though, Lynley is being a real bastard. Havers is in disgrace with the Yard following an i
Lois Wood
Nov 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone!
A re-read for me -- couldn't find anything that appealed, and Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers have never let me down. Elizabeth George is a stunning writer -- every sentence is a joy to read. I never tire of reading her books ...
Georgia Roybal
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always, this book is a page-turner. There are so many suspects with so many motives that you just do not want to stop. There are a jilted boyfriend, parents disgusted with their daughter, numerous lovers into S & M, a cousin jealous of attention going to the murdered young lady, etc. One twist to this book is that Barbara Havers has been demoted because of her refusal to obey orders (in order to save a child) on her previous case and her partner, Thomas Lynley is disappointed with her not ...more
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another outstanding book in George's Lynley series. As always, it has great plotting, good suspense, a long list of credible suspects and a very good ending. The book also presents the conflict between Lynley and Havers as a major subplot. The continuing characters continue to grow and become real people. I love them all but all have their faults.

I strongly recommend the book and all in the series. I look forward to reading the next in the series.
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is one of my favorite in the Lynley/Havers series. Although she continues using shifting POV, which I find annoying (I would dislike it less if it were only POV of the inspectors), the plot is rich, the dialogue snappy, and the drama is high.
Elizabeth Rains
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth George delves deeply into character in all her books. This one is a complicated copy mystery with many suspects. It's a long read but a good one.
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The usual Lynley and Havers page turner with the convoluted plot and the unexpected outcome, right 'til the last few chapters. I have never been disappointed!
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. All the familiar characters were back, though behaving in unaccustomed rôles.

Twisty plot with lots of tension, leaving readers sometimes wanting to slap Havers into next week.
Denise Vasak
This was not the best book. Too much introspection from Lynley and not enough detecting. Enjoyed the Barbara and her neighbors stuff though.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Wow! So many twists and turns. Ms George has mastered the art of bringing twists and turns together so well.
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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.

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