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"Soon—and many fans will say, “finally!”—Elizabeth George will place
on the market a book of twists, turns and, to be blunt, fantastic
writing. This is the seventeenth novel where readers get to follow
the amazing sleuth, Inspector Lynley, who reminds readers of
Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, and Jessica Fletcher all rolled into
one. His deductions are enticing, and the clues he follows have
readers immersed from page one.
In this newest tale, the Inspector is called to
investigate the death of a man by the name of Ian Cresswell. He’s a
bit confused at first, as he's sent in by the man’s extremely
wealthy uncle, Bernard Fairclough, but the death doesn’t seem to be
suspect at all. The coroner ruled that Cresswell accidentally
drowned and there's nothing that speaks otherwise to the Inspector.
Of course, not one to give up, Lynley’s friends (Simon and Deborah)
enter the story to help, and soon the truckload of secrets and lies
that are hidden in the Fairclough family tree spell motive after
motive as to why Ian Cresswell had to be killed.
The ‘prodigal son,’ Nicolas is offered up as a suspect.
A recovering drug addict who is married to an overprotective
‘stunner’ that seems to know far more than what she’s telling; a
bitter ex-wife is added into the mix, a gay lover, a troubled son, a
patriarch that seems to play the role of ‘God’ in the Fairclough
family, and more. Add to all this a young newspaper reporter by the
name of Zed who is trying to hold onto his job at a tabloid paper
and you have a blend of some truly fascinating characters.
As always with Ms. George, the reader has no idea what
will happen on the next page, and just when you believe you have it
all figured out, a new character or storyline is uncovered that
throws you back to the beginning. 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."
Reviewed by Amy Lignor, author of “Tallent
& Lowery - 13”
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