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 at her side, seated in the old stone barn beside her father's headless corpse. Her first and last words were "I did it. 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.
©1992 Susan Elizabeth George; (P)1992 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.
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"The first and best Elizabeth George"
This is the book that made me an Elizabeth George fan. It's power and force are in it's treatment of the subject of sexual abuse in a very human, psychologically complex way. Read it first, preferably unabridged.
"Go With the Paper Version"
I really enjoy Elizabeth George's work, but the this audiobook is much too condensed and has poor audio quality.
"YUCK, UGH, DOUBLE YUCK!!!"
This story started out sad and went downhill. I don't even want to describe it.
I thought the Inspector Lynley series would be good -- it's certainly popular and has been around for a while. However, after listening to this first book in the series, I cannot understand why. The book is well written, but the subject matter and most of the characters in this book are depressing. The details of what happens in the story and why are gruesome and revolting. I won't be listening to any more of this series. In fact, I'm trying to find out how I can delete this book from my Audible library. With all of that said, the narrator was outstanding.
"Great book; sorry it's abridged"
Great performance and very good tale. Very disappointed that it isn't the full length version.
"It was not awful, but I had to slow the speed."
Fans of Elizabeth George.
No. Too many characters to develop for a short story.
OK, pretty good.
This series was recently recommended with the caveat that it was important to read the first book(s) to better appreciate the characters. The only available audio was the abridged version and I finished wondering what I missed.
"Love Elizabeth George's writing"
I have read many of these books before and now am enjoying revisiting them on Audible. The characters build and become more complex with each story.
The abridgment was done somewhat poorly, resulting in a story that was rather choppy in parts. Other than that, it was good. The performance was spectacular.
"Too short. Too simple."
I tend to like books by David Baldacci, John Grisham, Michael Connelly, and Vince Flinn. I was looking forward to Elizabeth George, because I am already done will all of the books by each of these authors. I was very disappointed. I didn't like the plot. I didn't like the characters and Audible will not let me return it, so at the moment I don't like them.
to much left out of this edition. if it were not Jacobi narrating it would hardly be worth the effort.
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