In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner

In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner A theatrical producer shoots himself on the night of his greatest triumph A young woman camping on the Derbyshire moors is bludgeoned to death A motorcyclist is found stabbed to death in the center of

  • Title: In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner
  • Author: ElizabethGeorge
  • ISBN: 9780553575101
  • Page: 138
  • Format: Paperback
  • A theatrical producer shoots himself on the night of his greatest triumph A young woman camping on the Derbyshire moors is bludgeoned to death A motorcyclist is found stabbed to death in the center of an ancient henge Is there a connection Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley is on the case, but recently demoted Constable Barbara Havers isn t about to let him go it alone.

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    1. Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.Susan Elizabeth George is an American author of mystery novels set in Great Britain Eleven of her novels, featuring her character Inspector Lynley, have been adapted for television by the BBC as The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.She was born in Warren, Ohio, but moved to the San Francisco Bay Area when she was eighteen months old She was a student of English, receiving a teaching certificate While teaching English in the public school system, she completed an advanced degree in psychology.Her first published novel was A Great Deliverance in 1988, featuring Thomas Lynley, Lord Asherton, a Scotland Yard inspector of noble birth Barbara Havers, Lynley s assistant, from a very working class background Lady Helen Clyde, Lynley s girlfriend and later wife, of noble birth as well and Lynley s friends Simon and Deborah St James.This Elizabeth George is distinct from the other author named Elizabeth George Christian author.Series Inspector Lynley

    2. I know who done it! I know who done it! HA!Another favorite author and detective discovered compliments of PBS "Masterpiece Mystery." I have not been reading the Inspector Lynley series in order. This is because I am having difficulties coming across used copies of the author. I know that sounds cheap, but I am cheap. And, it seems a tragedy of tragedies to spend money on shipping for a paperback book. So, I haunt the library cast-off book store where the lovely volunteer keeps her eyes open for [...]

    3. Number ten is superb and proves the series is worthy of readingI absolutely believe this novel proves George to be a literary writer. Without question she also writes with a feminine 'taint'. As long as men make the rules of what quality writing must consist of, the author probably will never completely receive what she is due in respect or awards. But as for my opinion, there are few writers, literary or genre, who can fulfill both the requirements of providing reading entertainment, informing [...]

    4. This was a long book. Too often, I find myself disappointed when I get to the end of a story; having grown to know the characters, becoming interested in the created community beyond the immediate concerns of the plot and just enjoying the ride. Ms. George's Inspector Lynley books are becoming longer, it seems, with each new installment. Yet I am reading them as fast as I can. The characters are believable and presented warts and all (sometimes exploring their faults more than their strengths). [...]

    5. Well this is the 10th book I have read by this author. It was 594 pages long and a heavy hardback. I'm always impressed with the author's vocabulary and after reading 10 books with the same characters my fondness grows for them. There was some friction between Detective Inspector Lynley and Barbara Havers in this episode which was unsetting and bothered me. Up to this point they worked well together with mutual admiration, however now I feared I was about to lose a favorite character. I'm happy [...]

    6. This is the Finnish version of Elizabeth George : In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner.The book was quite lengthy and got a bit boring at times. The story just didn't seem to go anywhere though it grew roots to every direction. I guess crime investigations are like that in real life too. I didn't like Thomas Lynley at all, he acted too "I'm so much more sophisticated than others". Not that I liked Barbara much more, she was as odd as Lynley.The thing that wondered me most is how come they really thou [...]

    7. Yea! YaY!! Tommy finally sees why Barb had to shoot at the DCI to save her little neighbor. Of course his illumination comes about because of Helen, who is far more intelligent than she or her friends give her credit. I love Helen, she is by far my favorite character, she is bubbly, happy and yet conflicted about her importance in the world. She is the kind of friend I would love to cultivate, someone who is loyal to a fault and fun to be with. The mystery was so involved--as all EG's books are- [...]

    8. The mystery portion was intriguingly convoluted, but, man, is Elizabeth George long-winded! 6 pages devoted to the back story and daily details of the person who found the body, another 6 pages for the back story and daily details of the kid who found the murder weapon, and we also get a continuing, unnecessary side plot about the murder victim's boyfriend, his alcoholic father, and their failing family estate.I was also occasionally distracted by the odd vocabulary choices. It sometimes felt as [...]

    9. Een interessant boek. Je wordt steeds op het verkeerde been gezet wie de dader is van de moorden. In dit boek wordt grondig speurwerk verricht. Dat is wat mij wel aanspreekt bij de boeken van Elizabeth George. Verschillende verdachten komen aan bod en elk spoor wordt onderzocht. Soms heb je bij thrillers dat vanaf het begin haast wel duidelijk is wie het gedaan heeft. Dat is bij dit boek niet het geval. Wat wel grappig is, is dat in dit boek verwezen wordt naar het boek Rebecca van Daphne du Mau [...]

    10. As usual, Elizabeth George keeps me glued to the pages, and sporadically reaching for the dictionary (reredos?).I find it interesting that some people gave this one fewer stars because they hated the way Lynley behaved toward Havers etc. HELLO? THEY AREN'T REAL PEOPLE, PEOPLE! The fact that we are disappointed in him sort of indicates EG's skill at characterization, wouldn't you say?Anyhow, complex plot, and I didn't recall all the details from the first time I read it (I get her stuff ASAP and [...]

    11. I think like most Elizabeth George fans, I got frustrated with the way Lynley behaved in this book. Normally I get through her books in a flash, but with this one I got so bogged down in the Havers/Lynley mess. One of the things I like so much about this series is their relationship and it was on the skids. I wanted to hit him.But, it was George, so it was still a good read.

    12. Tenth in the Inspector Lynley mystery series set at Scotland Yard in London.My TakeThis was such a sad story on so many levels. The end of a family line. The end of hopes. The useless death of an amazing person.In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner revolves around Nicola Maiden and her lifelong pursuit of what she wants…now — she never has learned the value of spiritual self-fulfillment. Nik has always gone for immediate gratification and stopped at nothing to ensure it with never a thought for ho [...]

    13. ISBN 0553575104 - I'm of the opinion that you won't need to have watched a movie or television show, or have read another book to enjoy this one. The plot takes a good long while to make perfect sense - this is not one of those books where you have any hope of being a step ahead of the storyteller. Once you begin to gather the threads together, it will all seem so obvious that you might need to read it again, just to try to figure out how you missed it the first time.Well worth the investment of [...]

    14. My only reason for not giving this book 5 stars is that it wasn't as tight a story or as compelling a tale as the one that preceded it. The title is quite apt in that there are two murdered bodies found on the moor, a girl and a guy, but because the girl was the daughter of a former undercover rozzer, that is the reason Lynley is called to assist with the investigation and the angle they pursue from the start. After Havers last case she had expected she might be in trouble, but she had thought L [...]

    15. A marathon read of 752 pages, but worth the time invested as ever with Ms. George. This story is about the murder of a young woman at Nine Sisters in Derbyshire, but there is also a youth of 19 years old, also found dead at the same site and this causes confusion at the scene, as they have been murdered in two entirely different ways and there seems to be initially, no link between them. The girls father, is an ex-policeman, who was once Linleys superior and he asks for Scotland Yard to send Tom [...]

    16. Another great book from Elizabeth George! Lots of plot twists and many candidates as suspects in the double murder! George writes with a lot of British slang and local jargon, so it takes a while to "get into" her style of writing. But doing that adds so much depth to the characters and it also endears them to the reader.One bit that lacked for me was I wanted to see a conclusion to the Broughton Manor story, i.e the relationship between Julian and his cousin Samantha. Also, did Jeremy give up d [...]

    17. Coming in at number ten in the series, this one took a whole different tack. While I was completely annoyed with the fact that Lynley and Havers were on the outs, I can't deny it was an interesting story as a result. Having three people involved in the case doggedly pursuing different suspects was a truly interesting twist. So many little twists within the twists, too. I have to say that I read this one faster than the others if only to get to the reconciliation between the two detectives. Thoug [...]

    18. When DS Barbara Havers is reduced to Detective Constable after her perceived insubordination in her last case Detective Inspector Lynley is reluctant to use her on a case involving the murder of the daughter of a retired undercover operative for New Scotland Yard. However, Winston Nkata, his new subordinate, assigns her part of the investigation. Her pursuit of her own leads arising from her notable intuition, rather than giving absolute priority to the jobs assigned by Lynley, leads to some dis [...]

    19. This was definitely my favorite Inspector Lynley book to date. Full of twists and turns, as well as the discontent between Lynley and Barbara Havers, it was hard to not read it straight through. In the previous book, Barbara had made a split second decision in order to save a little girl's life. That decision, which involved shooting at (without the intent to hit) a superior officer cost her several months of unpaid leave and a demotion. So that played throughout this entire book. Then there wer [...]

    20. One of Lynley's former colleagues Andy Maiden has asked for his help in finding the person who murdered his daughter. It's a gruesome double murder and suspicion falls on Maiden. Barbara Havers has been demoted to Detective Constable after her performance in Essex and Lynley cannot forgive her behavior. He relegates her to general dogsbody and instead takes Winson Nkata as his partner. Aside from the gripping murder investigation, the real star of the book is the struggle both Havers and Lynley [...]

    21. I've been renting the BBC productions of Elizabeth George's Lynley books from NetFlix, and for some reason the season that includes this book is unavailable. Since it falls in the middle of the series and at a critical plot juncture for one of the main characters (and because I'm OC about doing series in order) I picked up the book to fill in. Although the characters are a bit different in print vs TV (especially Havers) I enjoyed it - it's well plotted, with intelligent writing and classic Engl [...]

    22. Another very good Lynley/Havers novel. A complex murder mystery, great characterizations, and plenty of soap opera. I love the dramatic titles which suit these novels so well!In the early books, Havers is a rather unlikeable character. She's bitter and resentful of Lynley's aristocratic background. In contrast, Lynley was very understanding of her attitude and sympathetic to her many troubles.In this book, though, Lynley is being a real bastard. Havers is in disgrace with the Yard following an i [...]

    23. A re-read for me -- couldn't find anything that appealed, and Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers have never let me down. Elizabeth George is a stunning writer -- every sentence is a joy to read. I never tire of reading her books

    24. The comedian Aziz Ansari has a stand up routine where he talks about parents and children. It centers around the idea that parents can mean the best, try their best and do their best for their child/ren but you never know what child you're going to get. There is also a belief that you don't have to be a parent to understand what it is to be a parent. In this arc George seems to be saying there is no one answer. Every parent starts out with the best of intentions but we all know what the road to [...]

    25. As always, this book is a page-turner. There are so many suspects with so many motives that you just do not want to stop. There are a jilted boyfriend, parents disgusted with their daughter, numerous lovers into S & M, a cousin jealous of attention going to the murdered young lady, etc. One twist to this book is that Barbara Havers has been demoted because of her refusal to obey orders (in order to save a child) on her previous case and her partner, Thomas Lynley is disappointed with her not [...]

    26. I am used to George’s convoluted, divergent plot lines and character commentary. I usually enjoy the time she spends on character development and descriptions. This novel left me feeling she threw everything, including the kitchen sink, into the mix. Murder, blackmail, class warfare, artists, plays, S&M, mommy issues , daddy issues, alcoholism, suggestions of incest— really? I found it slightly over-the-top. A young woman and young man are found murdered out on the moor. The woman’s fa [...]

    27. This is the first by Elizabeth that I've read was travelling and picked it up in a thrift shop. I had watched all shows on BBC and loved the series so thought I'd give it a go. I really enjoyed this. both for the mystery and the back story going on with Havers and also with Lynley of course, this wouldn't have meant much to me had I not seen the show. That said, I was captivated with the characters and thought it was different enough from the TV series to not let me know exactly 'who done it' so [...]

    28. This is a lengthy book that has multiple plot lines and involves a pretty seamy side of life. It was easy to keep track of everything, but I began to wonder how Elizabeth George was going to tie it all together. I thought we would see Havers grow more, but she continues to keep herself stuck in behavior that causes self-loathing (unhealthy eating, poor fashion choices, wanting Lynley's attention). Lynley wasn't much better in this book as he came off as quite unforgiving.

    29. Another outstanding book in George's Lynley series. As always, it has great plotting, good suspense, a long list of credible suspects and a very good ending. The book also presents the conflict between Lynley and Havers as a major subplot. The continuing characters continue to grow and become real people. I love them all but all have their faults. I strongly recommend the book and all in the series. I look forward to reading the next in the series.

    30. This is one of my favorite in the Lynley/Havers series. Although she continues using shifting POV, which I find annoying (I would dislike it less if it were only POV of the inspectors), the plot is rich, the dialogue snappy, and the drama is high.

    31. #10 in the series. This was one of the best ones so far. It has so many twists and turns and a very complicated plot. It also shows the weaker side of Lynley and to some extent the redemption of Havers after the last book. I enjoyed it a lot.

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