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A Great Deliverance. Inspector Lynley (Series). Book 1. Elizabeth George Author Donada Peters Narrator (). cover image of A Great Deliverance. Ausgewählte Artikel für Sie zu 'George -' jetzt im großen Sortiment von Englisch (73); Deutsch (21); Italienisch (2); Französisch (1); Portugiesisch (1) Longanesi Thriller: Dicembre è un mese crudele (eBook / ePub). Elizabeth George. The Punishment She Deserves: A Lynley Novel (English Edition) eBook: Elizabeth George: osakeya.info: Kindle-Shop.
When he's not pursuing his roller derby crush, he attempts to pull Barbara's burning bacon out of the fire, and works to help solve the kidnapping and bring about the rescue of Hadiyyah. And while I've always been frustrated by frumpy, stubborn Barbara, she also displays even more than her usual grit and courage, and picks up a surprising admirer while in Italy although it's doubtful anything can come of that, but maybe And even though a number of times I wanted to kill her, I couldn't help but love her a little, too.
A very good read indeed. Nov 02, Lori rated it really liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So many things were good about this book but some were frustrating and disappointing as well. The most frustrating was the length.
Really, this actually decent story could have been more effectively told in less pages. There were a number of times I could feel my eyes glossing over with the repetitive nature of much of the storytelling like the far too numerous interactions Barbara had with the annoying reporter and the equally annoying private detective and his tech expert. Lynley's charact So many things were good about this book but some were frustrating and disappointing as well.
Lynley's character also became disappointing to me. It started out great with his well-meaning efforts to try and help Barbara see the disastrous path she was moving down and coach her back to some sort of reasonable and professional behaviour.
His work in Italy with the interesting and terrific character of Salvatore also showed Lynley in his best light. He was vintage Lynley in his perceptive and insightful approach to working with Salvatore to track down Hadiyyah. It was after he returned to England that his normal strength of character no longer rang true for me. The Lynley I have come to know would never have allowed Barbara to carry on as she was for as long as he did nor let her get away with her self-destructive behaviour as he did once he found out how deep she had gotten into this situation.
Its almost as if he no longer became part of the story, melted in the background and became a total enabler of Barbara's poor choices; an idea of a character rather than a living, breathing one. Conversely though I overall really did enjoy the book. The mystery of Hadiyyah's kidnapping and how it eventually was solved was really well done and the fact that in the end, the actual perpetrator did have to face some consequences for the illegal act committed, leaving so much of his life behind and having to start anew elsewhere.
The murder mystery and its eventual conclusion was also mostly satisfying though not as intricate a mystery as the kidnapping was. For the most part, as always, I really enjoyed Barbara. She could be so frustrating and pigheaded at times and yet then do or say something that made you smile or showed you again not only how clever of an officer she is but how truly big-hearted and compassionate she is.
Her babbling explanations undertaken with the non-English speaking Salvatore were vintage Barbara and surprisingly charmed and intrigued the Italian detective.
Speaking of Salvatore, he was fabulous, a really excellent character and the salvation no pun intended here when one was getting frustrated with Barbara's single-mindedness or Lynley's detachment. He came off as an astute, methodical and intelligent detective with a charm that was evident often. He also was nobody's fool who was never bamboozled by Doughty's altered numbers, the Upman's bluster and aggression or Barbara's shenanigans.
I hope we see him again in a future story. In closing I do agree with many of the other readers, that, I hip in George's next story we can look forward to a return of Lynley and Barbara working together as true partners again and not so caught up in personal matters. I'm hoping for a really satisfying and complex Elizabeth George mystery that takes the combined efforts and intelligence of these two detectives focused completely on the crime or crimes at hand without all the personal baggage and selfish pursuits.
Feb 28, Mal Warwick rated it really liked it Shelves: Picking up a new entry in the Inspector Thomas Lynley series is like revisiting an old friend — in fact, a whole coterie of old friends, with all their quirks and characteristics intact.
In Just One Evil Act, the eighteenth novel in the series, Elizabeth George affords us a long yet none too leisurely visit with Lynley, but even more so with his long-lasting partner in crime investigation, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. Havers is a piece of work.
With a body shaped like a barrel, and a wardro Picking up a new entry in the Inspector Thomas Lynley series is like revisiting an old friend — in fact, a whole coterie of old friends, with all their quirks and characteristics intact. With a body shaped like a barrel, and a wardrobe that any self-respecting Salvation Army store would be likely to reject out of hand, Havers is anything but a typical police officer. Disregard for procedure leads to insubordination and ultimately to outright rebellion as Barbara enters upon a search for the girl that takes Lynley and later her to Lucca, a picture-book medieval town in Tuscany in northern Italy.
Along the way she finds herself figuratively in bed with an unscrupulous tabloid reporter is there any other kind? Elizabeth George, who is after all a Texan and not English, does a terrific job conveying the way of life at New Scotland Yard. She appears to put on an equally creditable performance in showing how the very quirky Italian justice system works.
But she uses Italian rather more freely than an English-speaker with no knowledge of Romance languages might like. My Spanish helped me some, but I found a lot of the dialogue in Italy just as confusing as it was for Barbara Havers. Oct 31, Clare O'Beara rated it liked it Shelves: A little girl goes missing - a half-Pakistani, the friend and neighbour of Barbara Havers.
Barbara gets involved though it is not her job, even finding a private investigator, and turns out the girl is with her mother in Italy - but is then kidnapped from her mother's care.
The father swears he did not take her, as the mother suspects, to bring her to Pakistan. But then where is the child? Sadly this is too long and has too much Italian in it, and too many pages we skip because we don't care about any of the ponderous Italian police, since they won't be part of the series, and it has to be said, too much Barbara Havers behaving irrationally and stupidly.
It never occurs to her even when she knows she is being tailed and filmed and various computers are being hacked, that her phone might be tapped - not even the hacker thinks of that, which is just unreal.
Lynley is beginning to recover from his wife's untimely death but is now trying to get involved with a woman who clearly doesn't want an involvement. Well it's an improvement on the lush he was with in a previous book. Nkata is barely present, he gets about three lines. The book seems not to have been edited at all as there is far too much padding and not enough to keep our attention.
Apr 18, Ellinor rated it it was ok Shelves: I've had my problems with the Lynley books ever since Helen's death.
What still kept me reading them were the main characters, especially Barbara Havers. She's very special and I like her unorthodox methods. She acts extremely immature, naive and often simply stupid. While this is partly understandable especially when you look at the miserable live she's leading it makes reading this book very tedious. On top of that the actu I've had my problems with the Lynley books ever since Helen's death.
On top of that the actual crime seems very contrived and obvious. What makes me still want to continue reading this series is how the book ended except for Azhar's story: Things seem to progress in Lynley's private life, Barbara finally is in her right mind again and Isabelle Ardery even looks human. I'm curious for the next volume and how things will continue! Nov 11, Larraine rated it it was amazing. All it takes is "Just One Evil Act" to turn someone's world upside down.
This book is more about Barbara Havers and less about Inspector Lynley. Barbara has become very attached to her Azarh, Pakistani microbiologist neighbor and his 9 yr old daughter, Haddiyah. The scientist left his wife to be with his daughter's mother, Angela Upton, but never married her. She left, came back and left again - this time taking their daughter with her. To complicate matters, the child has her mother's surname a All it takes is "Just One Evil Act" to turn someone's world upside down.
To complicate matters, the child has her mother's surname and her father's name is not on the birth certificate. Now she has gone and can't be find. He is frantic to find his daughter. Barbara agrees to find him. Then it begins. This is a long book - over pages. It is complicated beyond belief, sardonic, funny, and sad all at the same time.
One of the sayings Barbara likes to use is "For my sins Lynley's wife has been dead for a little over a year. He also ended a short but unsatisfying affair with his boss, Isabelle. The book opens with Lynley enjoying a roller derby meet, something that an Earl who happens to be a policeman shouldn't be enjoying. However, he is really interested in one of the participants, Dairdre, a large animal vet he met while walking the cliffs of Cornwall after his wife's death.
Lynley tries in vain to prevent Barbara from getting involved in her neighbor's problems, but, of course, she does anyway.
This may be George's best books yet. There's so much in it - it's a delight to read and savor. This book is most definitey a story about Barbara Havers and her madcap way of policing. The book takes us from London to Italy and back again, and it is a story about love, betrayal, obsession, kidnapping and murder. The book is extremely long, and to me this was to its detriment. I found it tough slogging through the plus pages, and there were times when I got so frustrated with the way Barbara was behaving that I almost put the book away.
But this is Elizabeth George and she is a wonderfu This book is most definitey a story about Barbara Havers and her madcap way of policing. But this is Elizabeth George and she is a wonderful author, so I persevered. There were some truly wonderful highlights that kept me going through the frustrating parts.
Don't get me wrong. Barbara is by far my favourite character in this wonderful series, but it was difficult to maintain my liking of her as a character with this book. She places her life, her job and her happiness all on the line for the man that she loves, even though she never admits to herself that she loves him.
She chooses a particularly unsavoury partner to help her through the maze that her neighbour Azhar has woven in his attempt to hold onto his daughter Haddiyah. And she finds herself in more hot water with her superiors than she has ever been in before.
During her efforts to help Azhar, Barbara takes herself off to Italy and this is where the book picks up extra points for me making it four stars instead of three. She meets a wonderful police inspector by the name of Salvatore lo Bianco who is strangely drawn to Barbara even though neither one speaks the other's language.
Elizabeth George has drawn a wonderful character in Salvatore, and I can only hope that we will see more of him in future books.
Or more specifically, that Barbara will see more of him in future books. As much as I loved the Italian connection, I found it difficult to follow some of it as there is much unexplained Italian in the prose, and it's like trying to figure out a puzzle while determining what is actually being said.
I found this a bit difficult.
Overall I did enjoy the book. And that is because Ms. George always brings the totally unexpected into her narratives. And she is a marvellous writer. For those reasons the book is well worth the time taken to read it. I'm in that awkward place right now where I keep thinking I need to get back to reading to find out what's going on with the characters!
They were totally intertwined in my life. After over pages, I guess that could be expected but it wasn't just the length of the book. As usual with George, it was so well written it could make lesser writers sob in frustration. It was complex, intricate, exasperating, touching, true always to itself and its characters--everything I want in a book. And lots of red and reddish-pink herrings. Next up I will have to be something attention-grabbing, fast-moving and yes, shorter.
I read some reviewers on here complain about the use of Italian phrases and words without translations inserted right there but I actually enjoyed that.
It was a challenge to use the context to figure it out but it took nothing away for me. If anything, it set up the confusion and frustration that people who speak only one language would have in dealing with a foreign legal system. There were SO many characters, some very well developed, some used as only cameos, but all added to the richness that I experienced with this book. I have given very few 5-star ratings to books on here.
This one was one. Elizabeth George's ability to lay bare the inner lives of her characters - the workings of their minds and hearts - shines in the latest Lynley and Havers novel. What do you do when the mind says you should follow one path, but the heart urges another?
How far are you willing to go, and what will you sacrifice? All the characters, especially Barbara Havers, must confront these questions, and make difficult choices. The book is a bit bloated, and at times the numerous subplots detract from the ma Elizabeth George's ability to lay bare the inner lives of her characters - the workings of their minds and hearts - shines in the latest Lynley and Havers novel.
The book is a bit bloated, and at times the numerous subplots detract from the main story. It is maddening, comical, heartbreaking, and yet hopeful.
Aug 21, Simona rated it really liked it. I really love the style of writing of Mrs George, hence my 4 stars. However, part of this book is set in Italy, and I find myself a little bit annoyed. The author kindly informs us at the end of the ebook that she has several Italian friends that checked the Italian words liberally scattered around the book: I really didn't find the affectation to farce the book with italian words appealing, maybe because in my ebook copy there weren't notes with the translation of the words, and I can imagine th I really love the style of writing of Mrs George, hence my 4 stars.
Maybe it's just a quirk of mine. I really don't like when someone, even in conversation, drops the occasional foreign word, as in: The author also says that she spent some time in Florence to study the Italian language.
My Tuscan compatriots are sharp witted, sarcastic, highly independent and quite civil George decided to portray Italian people in her book. There, Italian males live with their mother until.. I don't know, death? And maybe for that they are all chauvinistic womanizers. Mothers are quite deranged, occupy their time cooking inordinate amounts of food and behaving like drama queens.
The only Pubblico Ministero in the book was a pig either in looks and behaviour Hope not. It's just like in American Mafia movies, when actors jerk around their hands as if attacked by flies because someone told them that Italians move their hands a lot. Ah well. It's a very good book. Please keep an open mind Food is good, at least there Mrs George and I can agree. Readers also enjoyed. About Elizabeth George. Elizabeth George. Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.
See this thread for more information. 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. Other books in the series. Inspector Lynley 1 - 10 of 20 books.
Books by Elizabeth George. Quotes from Just One Evil Act. Even more horrifying is that the trigger was apparently pulled by a twelve-year-old boy. Who is he? Where did he come from? And what were the circumstances that led to his final act of desperation? That story begins on the other side of London, in rough North Kensington, where The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare Narrated by Greg Schaffert Unabridged 3 hours 11 min At just 12 years old, Matt must face serious challenges in the Maine wilderness while awaiting his father's return to their cabin.
When he is saved from a terrifying bee swarm attack by an Indian chief and his grandson Attean, Matt gains a valuable friend in the young Indian boy.
As the boys become closer and learn new skills from each other, Matt must face a heart-wrenching decision when the tribe Read more 2. Sus-pects abound in the quaint village of Styles St. Making his unforgettable debut, the brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is on But this time, when two bodies are discovered in the shadow of the ancient circle of stones known as Nine Sisters Henge, it is clearly not a case for Mountain Rescue.
The corpses are those of a young man and woman. Each met death in a Barbara is at a loss: Azhar has The Lynley books constitute the smartest, most gratifyingly complex and impassioned mystery series now being published.
Not in United States? Walking Shadows. Faye Kellerman. The Flight Attendant. Chris Bohjalian. Kate Atkinson. The Other Woman. Daniel Silva. Day of the Dead. Nicci French. Let Me Lie. Clare Mackintosh. Women Talking. Miriam Toews. Deep Fear. Rachel Lynch. Stuart MacBride.
Twenty-one Days. Anne Perry. A Noise Downstairs. Linwood Barclay.
Deadly Secrets. Robert Bryndza. The President Is Missing. James Patterson. Long Road to Mercy. Kristin Harmel. Dark Game. Pieces of Her. Karin Slaughter. The Woman in the Window. J Finn. Dying Truth. Angela Marsons. Anatomy of a Scandal. Sarah Vaughan. The Witch Elm. Tana French. The Wife.
Alafair Burke. Two Kinds of Truth. Dead End. Insidious Intent. Val McDermid. Helen Fields. The Scarred Woman. Jussi Adler-Olsen. Y is for Yesterday. Sue Grafton. An Unwanted Guest. Shari Lapena. Rachel Amphlett. John Lescroart. The Last Hours. Minette Walters. The Reckoning. John Grisham. Dear Mrs.
AJ Pearce. The Dutch Wife. Ellen Keith. The Great Alone. Kristin Hannah. The Imam of Tawi-Tawi. Ian Hamilton.
Force of Nature. Jane Harper. Fatal Promise. Parting Shot. The Knowledge. Martha Grimes. Heads You Win. Jeffrey Archer. After Anna.
Lisa Scottoline. The Chalk Man. A Taste for Vengeance. Martin Walker. The Bishop's Pawn.