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Elizabeth George's Inspector Lynley Mysteries
Elizabeth George writes the popular Inspector Lynley mystery series of novels set in England. This British mystery series features Inspector Thomas Lynley, a detective with New Scotland Yard/the Metropolitan Police Service (Met).
Lynley is also the Earl of Asherton, born into a wealthy family. Inspector Lynley's unlikely partner is Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. This duo makes the books a joy to read.
Author Elizabeth George
The American author, Elizabeth George, writes the British mystery series featuring Inspector Lynley. She was born Susan Elizabeth George in Warren, Ohio in 1949. George graduated from both the University of California at Riverside and California State University at Fullerton. She has a master's degree in counseling and psychology as well as an honorary doctorate of humane letters.
George started her career as a high school English teacher in Santa Ana, then El Toro (now called Lake Forest), California. She sold her first book A Great Deliverance, which was published in 1988, and she gave up teaching to write full time.
She has won the following awards for her writing: the Anthony Award, the Agatha Award, and France's Le Grand Prix de Literature Policiere for her novel A Great Deliverance, for which she was also nominated for the Edgar and the Macavity Awards. She has also been awarded Germany's MIMI for her novel Well-Schooled in Murder.
She currently lives in Washington state.
Information Source: Elizabeth George Web Site
Photo Credit: Elizabeth George Web site
Elizabeth George is a different type of mystery writer. Her Lynley books are long, very long. I'm reading the latest, Believing the Lie, and it is 608 pages long. This author delves into the characters and their backgrounds, while keeping the story moving along. Her books are a pleasure to read and get lost in!
It's a good idea to start at the beginning if you can to get the entire back story of Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers.
- A Great Deliverance, 1988
- Payment in Blood, 1989
- Well-Schooled in Murder, 1990
- A Suitable Vengeance, 1991
- For the Sake of Elena, 1992
- Missing Joseph, 1992
- Playing for the Ashes, 1993
- In the Presence of the Enemy, 1996
- Deception on His Mind, 1997
- In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner, 1999
- A Traitor to Memory, 2001
- A Place of Hiding, 2003
- With No One as Witness, 2005
- What Came Before He Shot Her, 2006
- Careless in Red, 2008
- This Body of Death, 2010
- Believing The Lie, 2012
Elizabeth George Quote from Well-Schooled in Murder
“People, give up on all sorts of things, Havers. But they rarely if ever give up on love.”
Some of the Early Thomas Lynley Novels
Inspector Lynley Novels
The Most Recent Inspector Lynley Mysteries
Review of Believing the Lie
"The plotlines are abundant and only
Inspector Lynley's prowess and his very smart friends
will uncover the truth under this wealthy family's
web of lies. A complete A+ for the mystery realm."
Review of Believing the Lie
Have you read any of the Inspector Lynley mysteries?
Inspector Lynley Mysteries on DVD - The BBC Drama was shown on American PBS
Inspector Thomas Lynley is played by Nathaniel Parker and DC Havers by Sharon Small in the movie versions of Elizabeth George's books.
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