Thursday, September 11, 2008

Careless in Red by Elizabeth George

Inspector Lynley is back! If you are a fan of this series of psychologically-intense, suspenseful mysteries, then you have probably being waiting to find out just how Inspector Thomas Lynley is going to survive after the random and senseless murder of his wife and his subsequent resignation from Scotland Yard (With No one as Witness, 2006). This story does not disappoint, as we follow a bearded, unwashed and virtually unrecognizable Lynley as he hikes solo along the Cornish coast, trying to literally walk away his grief. When he stumbles across a body, the plot is afoot.

George is at her best with vivid details of the Cornish landscape and its surfing culture. Lynley’s sidekick, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers (who the romantics among us just wish would hook up with Lynley already!), shows up mid-way through the proceedings to provide support to the local police investigation, and convince Lynley to return to the Yard. The characters are well-drawn, with DI Bea Hannaford, the local cop running the investigation, as a standout.

Fans of the series will not be disappointed with this offering. Highly recommended.

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