Books by Elizabeth George

THE EDGE OF THE WATER by Elizabeth George
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 2014

"Too long, too many characters, too many subplots and far too many trendy ingredients stirred in just for effect. (Paranormal mystery. 12 & up)"
Best-selling mystery writer George continues her series for teens set on Whidbey Island in Washington state with this mystery about an unusual seal connected to the Celtic selkie myth. Read full book review >
JUST ONE EVIL ACT by Elizabeth George
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"George's fans will be glad to see Havers back in action, even though, as ever, she's quick to land in trouble. And as for Lynley—well, he's as cool as ever, in more than one sense of the word."
Inspector Lynley returns for a bout of trans-European hijinks—his first adventure outside Old Blighty. Read full book review >
THE EDGE OF NOWHERE by Elizabeth George
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Lacking vampires, werewolves and a compelling mystery, this will be of most interest to persistent readers of teen sagas set in the Pacific Northwest. (Paranormal mystery. 12 & up)"
The bestselling author of the Inspector Lynley crime novels turns to teens with this paranormal-series opener. Read full book review >
BELIEVING THE LIE by Elizabeth George
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"Pared-down George, weighing in at a svelte 600 pages, but still strewn with subplots, melodrama, melancholy, a wretchedly unhappy Havers and the impossibly heroic, impossibly nice Thomas Lynley."
Why investigate an accidental drowning? Read full book review >
THE BODY OF DEATH by Elizabeth George
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 20, 2010

Tragedy blights lives in a dozen different ways. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2009

"As you might expect, George, known for many virtues that don't include concision (Careless in Red, 2008, etc.), does let her contributors run on, but on the whole she pieces together a readable if not terribly innovative anthology."
Greed and lust are the driving forces in 23 new stories by female authors. Read full book review >
CARELESS IN RED by Elizabeth George
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 6, 2008

"As you'd expect from George, a windy exploration of angst, grief and the feelings that pass for love. Much surfing and rock-climbing, but also many wretchedly oblique confrontations and overwrought similes. Even so, it's nice to have Lynley back."
Thomas Lynley, formerly acting superintendent of New Scotland Yard, returns to his Cornish roots to grieve for his wife Helen and finds a body. Read full book review >
WHAT CAME BEFORE HE SHOT HER by Elizabeth George
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 17, 2006

"Despite a bit too much chirpy art-as-savior philosophizing, this is George's best since A Great Deliverance, her 1988 debut. Read it and weep."
How many wrong decisions can a 12-year-old make? Read full book review >
WITH NO ONE AS WITNESS by Elizabeth George
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 15, 2005

"As usual, there's still more angst for Lynley, who this time is so overwhelmed he turns in his badge. But George mostly de-purples her prose—even while letting her serial killer blather on. "
The 14th long-winded professional pairing of plummy Acting Superintendent Thomas Lynley and abrasive Constable Barbara Havers (A Place of Hiding, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >
A PLACE OF HIDING by Elizabeth George
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 29, 2003

"George (I, Richard, 2002, etc.) never met a sentence she didn't want to expand or an ending she didn't want to douse in melodrama. But her latest extravaganza may make you think twice about telling even a little white lie. "
Who'd want to murder Jewish WWII survivor Guy Brouard, a man devoted to his cancer-stricken sister Ruth, and the wealthiest resident on the isle of Guernsey? Read full book review >
A TRAITOR TO MEMORY by Elizabeth George
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 3, 2001

Posh Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his surly, recently demoted (In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner, 1999, not reviewed) sidekick, Constable Barbara Havers, take a backseat to a plethora of unlikable, haphazardly motivated characters who pop in and out over epic length (enormous even by George's garrulous standards) and nearly two decades. Read full book review >

DECEPTION ON HIS MIND by Elizabeth George
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Ruth Rendell, in 1995's Simisola, explored the complexities of racial prejudice with less pretension and greater finesse."
Bestselling George, in a ninth outing, takes on race relations in the moribund Essex resort of Balford-le-Nez. Read full book review >
IN THE PRESENCE OF THE ENEMY by Elizabeth George
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1996

Another intriguing if overblown case for Scotland Yard's well-born Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his down-to-earth Sergeant Barbara Havers (Playing for the Ashes, 1994, etc.), with some crucial input from Lynley's old friend, forensic scientist Simon St. Read full book review >
PLAYING FOR THE ASHES by Elizabeth George
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 15, 1994

"Rambling and effusively wordy, Playing For the Ashes holds the reader in thrall to the end — a tribute to George's literary skills and storytelling magic."
Another psychologically fraught case for Scotland Yard's upper-class Inspector Thomas Lynley and his rough-hewn Sergeant Barbara Havers (Missing Joseph, 1993, etc.) as they grapple with the death, by fire in a cottage in Kent, of cricket star Ken Fleming. Read full book review >
MISSING JOSEPH by Elizabeth George
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 14, 1993

"Still, fewer than usual over-the-top descriptive passages are a welcome relief."
What price motherhood? Read full book review >
FOR THE SAKE OF ELENA by Elizabeth George
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 15, 1992

"Havers outings."
The fifth outing for Scotland Yard's Inspector Lynley (rich, sleek aristocrat) and Sergeant Havers (rough-edged, bitter plain-Jane)—this time called up to Cambridge to investigate the brutal murder of a sexy, unstable, deaf student. Read full book review >
A SUITABLE VENGEANCE by Elizabeth George
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 17, 1991

"The prose is perhaps a shade too overwrought, but, still, Anglophiles—along with George's many fans—will want to queue up for this one."
\An age-old question—does love have a place in the mystery?—is answered at an exquisitely leisurely length in this prequel to A Great Deliverance, Payment in Blood and Well-Schooled in Murder, which first introduced the estimable Eighth Earl of Asherton, a.k.a. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1990

"Solid, fine-tuned writing—and a handsome companion piece to its two predecessors."
After a brilliant debut (A Great Deliverance) and an almost as dazzling second novel (Payment in Blood), George's third mystery seems more modest—more an homage to the plot intricacies of Christie than a psychological twister in the manner of Rendell—but only for the book's first hundred pages; then the author swings into high gear as she un(Gordian) knots the old school tie. Read full book review >
PAYMENT IN BLOOD by Elizabeth George
Released: Sept. 1, 1989

"A major talent likely to influence the direction of the crime novel for years to come."
Not quite as dazzling as its predecessor (A Great Deliverance, 1988) but still complex, rich, and accomplished enough to elbow the author between P.D. James and Ruth Rendell to form the new triumvirate of English psychological suspense. Read full book review >
A GREAT DELIVERANCE by Elizabeth George
Released: June 1, 1988

"Teys shrines, for example, and the all-too-intentionally unseeing prelates), but let's not quibble: this is a marvelous book and a searing debut."
Awesome first-fiction venture that immediately thrusts the author into P.D. James' dark orbit—with a peel-the-layers-off tale of utter emotional devastation, relieved only by the deep sensitivity and kindnesses of the detective hero, Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley. Read full book review >