Inspector Lynley and his new partner Sgt. Barbara Havers must solve the gruesome murder of a country farmer. Based on the best-selling mystery by Elizabeth George.
George's acclaimed debut novel introduces Scotland Yard's Thomas Lynley and his partner Havers who are assigned to a murder in Keldale, where the detectives uncover a shattering series of revelations that will reverberate through this tranquil English valley--and in their own lives as well.
"A tricky, multilayered, ambitious, and ultimately breathtaking debut mystery that may deliver, in its elegantly aristocratic sleuth, a serious rival for P. D. James' cerebral Adam Dalgliesh. Urbane inspector Thomas Lynley-a fascinating mix of public school bravado and appealing sensitivity-is sent to the wilds of Yorkshire, where an obese girl has been found sitting by the headless corpse of her father, covered in his blood and proclaiming her guilt. Pairing the suave Lynley with the plain, utterly charmless sergeant Barbara Havers, George creates a bizarre study in contrasts. The plot is slightly overloaded with clues, as the small Yorkshire village seemingly teems in bastard offspring, secret affairs, and, for the two daughters of the murdered man, a long, brutal history of incestuous abuse. This first-rate whodunit has enough psychological interplay and character pyrotechnics to fuel several perfectly good mysteries. PLR. [OCLC] 87-47906"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"In her debut novel, George too often plays to the gallery with characterizations broad enough to border on caricature. The legendharking back to violent events in Cromwell's timethat surrounds local Keldale Abbey pales in comparison to a modern-day crime committed in this quiet corner of Yorkshire, England: Roberta Teys, a silent, obese adolescent, is accused of killing her church-going father with an axe. The detectives sent by Scotland Yard to investigate are a mismatched pair. Inspector Thomas Lynley is smooth, attractive and utterly upper-class; ``stubby, sturdy'' detective-sergeant Barbara Havers, conscious of her plain appearance and lower-class origins, considers Lynley a ``sodding little fop.'' Thrown together, they weigh the general conviction in the villagethat Roberta could not possibly have wielded the bloody axeagainst mounting evidence that damns the now catatonic girl. In sifting slowly through the ashes of the past, the detectives find enough horrific skeletons in every closet to lead them to a climax unexpectedly loaded with fire and fury. While Lynley seems rather bland despite emotion roiling beneath the surface, it is Havers' painful secrets and driving rage that encourage one to overlook decidedly uneven passages in this essentially intriguing psychological thriller. 35,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers mysteries
Features Detective inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers with New Scotland Yard
#1 - A Great deliverance
#2 - Payment in blood
#3 - Well-schooled in murder
#4 - A Suitable vengeance
#5 - For the sake of Elena
#6 - Missing Joseph
#7 - Playing for the ashes
#8 - In the presence of the enemy
#9 - Deception on his mind
#10 - In pursuit of the proper sinner
#11 - A Traitor to memory
#12 - A Place of hiding
#13 - With no one as witness
#14 - What came before he shot her
#15 - Careless in red
#16 - This body of death
#17 - Believing the lie
#18 - Just one evil act
#19 - A Banquet of consequences
#20 - The Punishment she deserves
#21 - Something to hide
Havers, Barbara (Fictitious character)
Detective and mystery television programs.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
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1949- Great deliverance.
British Broadcasting Corporation.
WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.)
Nathaniel Parker, Sharon Small, Anthony Calf, Emma Fielding, Amanda Ryan.
At head of title on cassette: ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre.
Based on the novel by Elizabeth George.
Originally broadcast in 2 parts by BBC1 Mar. 12-13, 2001.
1 videodisc (approximately 3 hrs.) : sound, color, digital ; 4 3/4 in.