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Award-winning author Elizabeth George delivers another masterpiece of suspense in her Inspector Lynley series. 

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. So he assigns Havers to the case and for good measure partners her with the one person who shares his wish to see the back of her: Detective Chief Superintendent Isabelle Ardery. 

But Ardery has her own difficulties. She is not happy to be sent away from London and as a result is in a rush to return. This causes her to overlook certain uncomfortable facts. Soon the case is opened again, and this time it is Lynley who must accompany Havers to Ludlow, with little more than a week to save the Met's reputation and Barbara's job. And the more they investigate, the more it looks as if the suicide was part of a much more sinister pattern of events. 

©2018 Susan Elizabeth George (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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brilliant, enthusiastic narrating, great novel

a great novel with an very good story. great characters and narrated with great expertise and talent for voices and moodes. sometimes a bit shrill in the ears. wonderful new developments in our favourite characters and a glimpse of hope that Barbara will have a love life too on time.

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I don't usually do this...

but there's a choice involved and I want to help you with it. But first things first: I've been reading Elizabeth George's murder mysteries for many, many years and though it was always worth my time I'd never have believed that an author can just get better and better over such a span oft time. And I'm the happier for choosing the audio over the read this once. Now should I get the male voice or the female? I liked both on first listen but there were two points that carried my decision: The first one is that J. Barrie takes 6 hours of additional time for the read which does seem such a bargain in itself. The other is that, while women can mostly do male voices without sounding awkward, the same can rarely be said about a man giving voice to a female character (check the Murakami audios). There are exceptions (like everybody's favorite Doctor) and as a rule gay men usually don't show the problem. Anyway I picked the female voice. And while I saw Julie Andrews (like in Victor/Victoria) when Inspector Linley talked, everybody else was just who they were. Including the male characters, but oh, the women! Was there ever a story that was carried by such a range of different female personalities clashing in every thinkable way? And was there ever one brought to life better than is the case in this rendition? If I thought that there's a level of drama only a movie can convey, I do know better now. I laughed out loud occasionally but I cried more, and often I did both at the same time. My greatest respect for the two women who collaborated to bring this piece of art to me. I'm a man btw. :)

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extraordinarily satisfying

The narrator was excellent. I loved how she managed to do all the regional accents including the Herefordian one.
The story was so satisfying and a real pleasure to follow.

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Quality of the book improved again

Furtunately E. George started to focus more on the crime/detective elements of the story. Going back to this is a big improvement from the previous books.

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