Inspector Lynley [unabridged]

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A Great Deliverance Summary

To this day, the low, thin wail of an infant can be heard in Keldale's lush green valleys. Three hundred years ago, as legend goes, the frightened Yorkshire villagers smothered a crying babe in Keldale Abbey, where they'd hidden to escape the ravages of Cromwell's raiders.

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 ax in her lap, seated in the old stone barn beside her father's headless corpse. Her first and last words were "I did it. And 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.

©1989 Susan Elizabeth George (P)2018 Random House Audio
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  • Book 1

    • A Great Deliverance

    • Inspector Lynley, Book 1
    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Donada Peters
    • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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 ax in her lap, seated in the old stone barn beside her father's headless corpse. Her first and last words were "I did it. And I'm not sorry". 

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  • Book 2

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  • Book 6

    • Missing Joseph

    • Inspector Lynley, Book 6
    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Donada Peters
    • Length: 17 hrs and 46 mins
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    Deborah and Simon St. James have taken a holiday in the winter landscape of Lancastershire, hoping to heal the growing rift in their marriage. But in the barren countryside awaits bleak news: The vicar of Wimslough, the man they had come to see, is dead - a victim of accidental poisoning. Unsatisfied with the inquest ruling and unsettled by the close association between the investigating constable and the woman who served the deadly meal, Simon calls in his old friend Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley. Together they uncover dark, complex relationships in this rural village.

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  • Book 7

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  • Book 12

    • A Place of Hiding

    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes
    • Length: 26 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 31
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 30

    The sudden death of Guy Brouard after his morning swim shocks the residents of Guernsey. A generous patron and benefactor of the island since his arrival there a decade ago, his demise puts a question mark over many cherished projects. When a young American woman is charged with the murder, her brother seeks help from the only contact he has in the UK - Deborah St James. Deborah is horrified to find that her old friend has been arrested and persuades her husband Simon to accompany her to Guernsey to avert this miscarriage of justice. There they find a tangled web of deceit and betrayal....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing

    • By Amazon Customer on 19-01-19

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  • Book 13

    • With No One as Witness

    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
    • Length: 24 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
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      4 out of 5 stars 42
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    When the Metropolitan Police fail to realise a serial killer is at work, London ignites over the fact that the killer's victims are young black and mixed race boys. Institutionalised racism is claimed by the community's activists and tabloids alike. Acting Superintendent Thomas Lynley is given the case, and his Scotland Yard task force is soon handling more killings and a looming tragedy.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • As ever Elizabeth George

    • By Geminiras on 24-08-16

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  • Book 14

    • What Came Before He Shot Her

    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Inika Leigh Wright
    • Length: 25 hrs and 31 mins
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 20
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      4 out of 5 stars 12
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      4 out of 5 stars 12

    The shocking conclusion of Elizabeth George's previous bestseller, With No One As Witness, saw the wife of New Scotland Yard's Thomas Lynley gunned down in the street outside her home. Under arrest for the crime is a twelve-year-old boy, Joel Campbell. What possible motive could he have? What chain of events could have led such a child from the housing estates of North Kensington to the elegant streets of Belgravia with such deadly intent?

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • What a waste of a credit!

    • By Elaine on 22-09-12

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  • Book 15

    • Careless in Red

    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Crispin Redman
    • Length: 21 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 56
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      4 out of 5 stars 36
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      4 out of 5 stars 35

    It is barely three months since the murder of his wife and Thomas Lynley takes to the South-West Coast Path in Cornwall, determined to walk its length in an attempt to distract himself from his loss. On the 43rd day of this walk, he sees a cliff climber fall to his death, apparently witnessed by a surfer in a nearby cove. Shortly afterwards, Lynley encounters a young woman from Bristol whose personal history is a blank before her 13th year. These events propel him into a case that brings Barbara Havers from London....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • George at her best...

    • By Stephanie on 21-03-14

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  • Book 16

    • This Body of Death

    • An Inspector Lynley Novel
    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 23 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 3
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      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Thomas Lynley is called back to Scotland Yard when the body of a woman is found stabbed and abandoned in an isolated London cemetery. His former team doesn't trust the leadership of their new department chief, Isabelle Ardery, but Lynley may be the sole person who can see beneath his superior officer's hard-as-nails exterior to a hidden and possibly attractive vulnerability.

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  • Book 17

    • Believing the Lie

    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Tim Bentinck
    • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 162
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      4 out of 5 stars 64
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      4 out of 5 stars 64

    Detective Inspector Lynley is approached by business magnate Bernard Fairclough for a confidential review - not a formal investigation - of the circumstances of his nephew's demise. The coroner's verdict is accidental death.Still grieving for his murdered wife, Lynley has personal reasons for welcoming a spell away from London. He heads to the wild beauty of the Lake District, with Deborah and Simon St James to provide cover for his inquiries.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Vintage Elizabeth George

    • By Mrs on 10-02-12

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  • Book 18

    • Just One Evil Act

    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 28 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 88
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 78

    Barbara Havers puts her career on the line while DI Thomas Lynley attempts to straighten her out before it's too late. When Hadiyyah Upman disappears from London in the company of her mother, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is as devastated as the girl's father. They are her close friends as well as neighbours, but since the child is with her mother, nothing can be done. Five months later, Hadiyyah is kidnapped from an open air market in Lucca, Italy, and this triggers an investigation in the full glare of the media spotlight.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Agreeing with other listeners.......

    • By barjil on 18-11-13

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  • Book 19

    • A Banquet of Consequences

    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Julie Teal
    • Length: 22 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 146
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 128
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      4 out of 5 stars 129

    Full of shocks, intensity and suspense from first minute to last, Banquet of Consequences reveals Lynley and Havers under pressure. The suicide of William Goldacre is devastating to those left behind. But what was the cause of his tragedy, and how far might the consequences reach? Is there a link between the young man's leap from a Dorset cliff and a horrific poisoning in Cambridge? Following various career-threatening misdemeanours, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is desperate to redeem herself.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • disappointing

    • By justmurr on 28-06-16

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  • Book 20

    • The Punishment She Deserves

    • An Inspector Lynley Novel, Book 17
    • By: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
    • Length: 28 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 82

    When a Member of Parliament shows up at New Scotland Yard requesting an investigation into the suicide of the son of one of his constituents in the beautiful town of Ludlow, the Assistant Commissioner sees two opportunities in this request: the first is to have an MP owing him a favour, and the second is to get rid of Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, whose career at the Met has been hanging by a thread for quite some time.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A great read and listen

    • By J. VINER on 30-03-18

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