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Playing for the Ashes (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. August 1995

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Produktinformation

  • Taschenbuch: 704 Seiten
  • Verlag: Bantam; Auflage: Bantam Paperbac. (1. August 1995)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0553408453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553572513
  • ASIN: 0553572512
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,7 x 3 x 17,4 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.4 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (25 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 91.998 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Eine Amerikanerin in London - zumindest zeitweise lebt Elizabeth George in der britischen Hauptstadt. Dort recherchiert die preisgekrönte Krimiautorin detailversessen an den Orten des Geschehens. Ihre größtenteils verfilmten Geschichten sind eher Gesellschaftsromane als "nur" spannende Storys - von denen George allerdings eine Menge versteht. Denn Handwerk und Kunst des Schreibens hat sie lange Jahre als Lehrerin für Englische Sprache und Literatur sowie später in Unikursen für Kreatives Schreiben unterrichtet. Bekannt wurde sie vor allem mit ihrem Ermittlerduo Inspector Lynley und Sergeant Havers. Geboren wurde Elizabeth George 1949 in Warren im US-Bundesstaat Ohio. Nach vielen Jahren in Kalifornien lebt sie heute im Nordwesten der Vereinigten Staaten bei Seattle.

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Pressestimmen

"A perfect choice for anyone in the market for first-rate summer fiction."—The Sun, Baltimore

"Those who haven't discovered Elizabeth George ... should rush to read Playing for the Ashes."—US Magazine

"A master of the modern English mystery."—Entertainment Weekly

"Gritty and satisfying."—New Yorker

Synopsis

Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, the eighth Earl of Asherton, and his partner, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, encounter what seems to be a perfect crime as they investigate a fatal fire at a fifteenth-century cottage. Reissue. (A PBS Mystery! presentation, airing August 2004, starring Nathani

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3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Donald Mitchell TOP 500 REZENSENT am 18. Juni 2005
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Elizabeth George continues her superb exploration of the theme of how love affects us in this engrossing police procedural. For once, she balances her powerful character-development skills with an intriguing plot to explore an intriguing mystery. This is the work of a master with all her talents fully on display.

The title refers to the UK-Australian cricket rivalry. If you don't know cricket, relax. Although cricket is part of the book's backdrop, you don't need to know anything about it to enjoy the book.

The stage is set when the UK's foremost cricket batsman, Kenneth Fleming, is found dead in a country cottage, the apparent victim of an arson-based fire. But he seems misplaced. The man was supposed to be in Greece with his elder son. What's going on?

Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers face their toughest case yet as they probe the causes of the celebrity death while the tabloid headlines scream their usual exaggerated fare. There are plenty of clues . . . but they don't tie into any particular suspect . . . and the usual suspects all have alibis. How will they solve the case?

For me, the biggest appeal of this book is its broad look at attraction, parental love, romantic love, marital love, love among friends and love for our fellow creatures. She also does a remarkable job of exploring the hate and cruelty that come through the dark side of love. Ms. George takes the position that we are bound to be ensnared in harmful ways by all of these loving feelings, but that we wouldn't be human if we weren't. Our challenge: To do the right thing whenever enough passion cools its grip enough to allow us to function somewhat rationally.

Most of the attention is on characters who only appear in this book.
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But was it REALLY perfect? Sophisticated Inspector Lynley and his rough-edged sidekick Havers discover all the hows and whys in Elizabeth George's PLAYING FOR THE ASHES. Should the athlete have left his wife? Could his teenaged son be involved? Did his mistress cause his death or was it her husband? And what part did his former teacher play, a woman who had been championing him since he was a young man? George keeps us guessing with style, presenting suspect after suspect and discarding them. Played out against the usual backdrop of Great Britain's social contrasts, PLAYING FOR ASHES offers an entertaining, if somewhat lengthy, read. The returning characters of the butler Denton, Lady Helen, and the entire crew at New Scotland Yard are touched upon less frequently than usual. Denton, in particular, seems to be included more for comic effect this time around. George's technique of interspersing first person 'journal' entries from the character Olivia, a sad and depressing former prostitute, really did not add to the book!! I'd also recommend reading Tino georgiou's bestselling novel--The Fates--if you haven't yet!
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Von Ein Kunde am 17. August 1996
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I have been a mystery reader for decades, and have probably read close to a thousand mystery novels. This is probably the best of them. George manages to delve into relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, professional colleagues, and various other combinations, with a penetrating and sympathetic insight. The mystery itself is not the most complex or difficult case that I have ever read about, but it is more than enough to keep the reader guessing and interested. The sheer beauty of George's writing is incomparable in the mystery field, but then anyone who has read one of her novels already knows that. It has become a cliche to praise a mystery novel by saying that it could stand on its own as a wonderful novel even without the mystery element, but this time the cliche is absolutely true
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Von twking@asheboro.com am 10. Februar 1999
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This is the third George book I have read and I can certainly say that I did not come away disappointed. There are two story lines which, while related slightly, are played out at the same time and that always gets a little confusing to me. And she throws in some "in your face" smut, not that it's not realistic--it's just a little more than I care for, and also continues the development of Barbara Havers character in a kind of mini story of it's own. I found it a little slow in places and while I don't think it is necessarily better than her other books I've read ("Missing Joseph", "Well Schooled in Murder"), her remarkable talent is establishing her as one of the premier mystery writers of our time.
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With this addition George's series takes up residence in your soul as well as your heart. If you're a new reader, start with A Great Deliverance, rather than the prequel, A Suitable Vengeance. You don't have to read them in order, but it's a good idea. In this book (like the last, Deception On His Mind), it is not Lynley and his friends who provide counterpoint to the mystery. As much as we like them, this is not a bad thing, although it may account for the seemingly slow start. But the several interwoven stories require no familiar backdrop. Once you're engaged, Olivia's tale brings enough beauty, mystery and pathos to etch her story into your soul. Read the other reviews. Even better, read the book.
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