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A Great Deliverance (1988)

de Elizabeth George

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Sèrie: Lynley/Havers Mysteries (1)

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To this day, the low, thin wail of an infant can be heard in Keldale's lush green valleys. Three hundred years ago, as legend goes, the frightened Yorkshire villagers smothered a crying babe in Keldale Abbey, where they'd hidden to escape the ravages of Cromwell's raiders. Now into Keldale's pastoral web of old houses and older secrets comes Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley, the eighth earl of Asherton. Along with the redoubtable Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, Lynley has been sent to solve a savage murder that has stunned the peaceful countryside. For fat, unlovely Roberta Teys has been found in her best dress, an axe in her lap, seated in the old stone barn beside her father's headless corpse. Her first and last words were "I did it. And I'm not sorry." Yet as Lynley and Havers wind their way through Keldale's dark labyrinth of secret scandals and appalling crimes, they uncover a shattering series of revelations that will reverberate through this tranquil English valley -- and in their own lives as well.… (més)
  1. 10
    Hard Truth de Nevada Barr (benfulton)
    benfulton: Barr's surprise turn into the psychological thriller is comparable to many of George's mysteries.
  2. 10
    A Question of Guilt de Frances Fyfield (BeckyJP)
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    El cant del cucut de Robert Galbraith (glade1)
    glade1: Both authors dive deeply into character and scene.
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This book was really interesting. At the beginning, I kept thinking that events took place somewhere in 18th century (I was really confused by no mobiles or computers, fireplaces in hostels, and also by the fact that some people have their own servants). I wasn't even born in 1988, so that time seems to me really far away.

I liked the main hero and his assistant. It was interesting to get to know them better through their reflections and memories.

As it's a detective story, the main thing for me is my inability to guess the killer. And this time I couldn't do this)) I was thrilled to see the outcome of the investigation. And I really liked how the writer integrated quotes from Shakespeare into the book.

Sometimes it was a little bit boring for me to read. That's why I gave it 4 stars. But I'm definitely going to read the next books of this series, and I hope I'll enjoy them too. ( )
  Diana_Hryniuk | Aug 28, 2021 |
Couldn't put it down, really wanted to know the dirt. A little sorry I knew it all by the end. Urk. Wonder if her protagonist Lynley settles down in course of the series. I hear Lord Peter echoes... Will probably read more. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
Don’t read this book if you have a weak disposition. It deals with VERY adult themes and if you’re easily upset you’re better off watching the show instead.

I’ve seen most (if not all) of the television series of Lynley so reading the books was mostly me wondering what the differences were and Oh Boy are they expensive. Lynley is unrecognizable from his TV counterpart, as is Havers, and the plot deviates in a way that makes it very apparent that the producers of the pilot were worried that tackling the more mature issues of human nature that the book took on. It’s understandable, most people when they see any kind of abuse mentioned in an entertainment setting change the channel. To try and “tastefully” take on the issue of sexual abuse and incest in a TV pilot isn’t the best idea.

That being said, thinking I knew what I was in for and then getting to the last chapter only to find that Elizabeth George openly discussed Bobbi Tey’s motives for beheading her scumbag asshole abusive father, was a bit of a shock. George has a wonderful way with description that made the last scenes even more painful than they would have been if I was watching them play it in front of me. The imagination tends to rustle up even more painful images when left to its own devices.

So I gave this book 4/5. It’s extremely well written. I’ve already mentioned George’s way with description, but as someone who enjoys writing themselves and has the worst time with description, it was refreshing to read someone who really seems to know their stuff. Maybe I’ll even learn something as I read!

I don’t really have much of a review about the plot. It’s very much like that time that Dr Watson admires the countryside and Holmes tells him that the countryside hides the worst of evils. The whole “man uses religion to excuse his shortcomings and twists it to suit his own motives” plot is a bit old hat, but that may be because it’s been done to death in recent years in the circle of media I watch and have nothing to do with George’s choice of plot.

I’m not terribly sure what I think of the characters yet. I’m so used to Nathanial Parker and Sharon Small that I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to picture Lynley and Havers differently, even though in the books they very much are. Only time will tell! ( )
  cthuwu | Jul 28, 2021 |
First book (apart from a novel that was written later but starts before the events of this one) about Inspector Lynley and Barbara Havers. If you love Elizabeth George already, you know why you do. If not and you're looking for very well written crime literature and two very lovely main characters, this series is for you. I had to check the book out as an English audiobook. Normally not a problem, my English works well enough in most cases. However, this one was a bit tricky. The narrator spoke rather fast-ish (though still OK for the native speaker) and Elizabeth George sometimes writes sentences that can be a bit complicated for the non-native speaker. But overall, everything was good and I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and especially the special relationship between Lynley and Havers. ( )
  Heidi64 | Jul 18, 2021 |
So I’m torn. I loved the beginning of this book, it was even shaping up to be one of my favorites that I’ve read so far this year, but as it kept going more and more little things began to bother me until I got to the end, which I mostly hated with one exception. This book is way too melodramatic and the way it describes some of the female characters borders on hateful when detailing the ways in which they’re unattractive—the main suspect Roberta is over six feet tall and around 200 pounds and is basically described like she’s Jabba the Hutt’s ugly, fat sister while the main female character Havers rarely gets to enter a room without someone thinking about how pig-like and dumpy she is. It’s actively unpleasant to read, especially when sexy main character Lynley is given mad props by everybody for talking nicely to Roberta, not because he was so patient with a traumatized young woman but because he managed to avoid vomiting while talking to what is apparently the human equivalent of Slimer. I’m still interested in the rest of the series but after the end in particular (in which there is an extremely long and detailed description of child molestation), I’ve cooled quite a bit. ( )
  jobinsonlis | May 11, 2021 |
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"The lovely Thais by his side,
Sate like a blooming Easter bride,
In flow'r of youth and beauty's pride.
Happy, happy, happy pair!
None but the brave deserves the fair."
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To this day, the low, thin wail of an infant can be heard in Keldale's lush green valleys. Three hundred years ago, as legend goes, the frightened Yorkshire villagers smothered a crying babe in Keldale Abbey, where they'd hidden to escape the ravages of Cromwell's raiders. Now into Keldale's pastoral web of old houses and older secrets comes Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley, the eighth earl of Asherton. Along with the redoubtable Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, Lynley has been sent to solve a savage murder that has stunned the peaceful countryside. For fat, unlovely Roberta Teys has been found in her best dress, an axe in her lap, seated in the old stone barn beside her father's headless corpse. Her first and last words were "I did it. And I'm not sorry." Yet as Lynley and Havers wind their way through Keldale's dark labyrinth of secret scandals and appalling crimes, they uncover a shattering series of revelations that will reverberate through this tranquil English valley -- and in their own lives as well.

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