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5.0 von 5 Sternen A worthy start to a great mystery series
I've read several of the Lynley/Havers mysteries already, and have loved every one of them. But I've never read this, the first book in the series. Now I have, and I only wish I'd read this one before all the others. I'd never known how Lynley & Havers got together in the first place, or of the details of Lynley's friendship with St. James and his wife, along...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Mediocre "mystery"
An O.K. book, with some good elements and some glaring weaknesses. Some of the characters are well-drawn (specifically Lynley and Havers) and others are almost pathetically two-dimensional (the brash annoying American couple, the tortured artist, the anguished priest, etc.) The plot is not much, but was enough to keep my interest. One annoying thing (and this pervades...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A worthy start to a great mystery series, 4. Juli 1999
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I've read several of the Lynley/Havers mysteries already, and have loved every one of them. But I've never read this, the first book in the series. Now I have, and I only wish I'd read this one before all the others. I'd never known how Lynley & Havers got together in the first place, or of the details of Lynley's friendship with St. James and his wife, along with Lady Helen. Now that I'm aware, I'll probably go back and re-read those books in the series that I've already read to get a new perspective on the characters.
Now, as to the plot - all I can say is, "wow". The same for the writing. Most British mysteries seem to me to be basically the same - a body is found in a small, quaint English village, or sometimes in a city such as London, and the sleuth - whether it's a local constable, a Scotland Yard person, or someone like the redoubtable Miss Marple - comes in and solves the crime. Along the way, we learn a little bit about the eccentricities of the local population. The basic story is much the same here - but Ms. George fleshes the characters out, and makes them appear three-dimensional - and gives us incredible, breath-taking descriptions of the local scenery. Not only that, but her eventual resolution of the story - the reason for the crime, and its effect on both the main and secondary characters - is so intensely real that I wanted this book to continue on after its ending. With Lynley & Havers, that will be possible by reading the other books in the series, but for the other characters, that probably won't be. And I'd like to have seen what happened to them a few weeks or months (or even years) down the road. I found myself hoping that things would work out for all of them. I'm hoping Ms. George will refer back to them in her future novels - even if it's only a few lines; I'd like to know how they're doing.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Mediocre "mystery", 4. Mai 2000
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An O.K. book, with some good elements and some glaring weaknesses. Some of the characters are well-drawn (specifically Lynley and Havers) and others are almost pathetically two-dimensional (the brash annoying American couple, the tortured artist, the anguished priest, etc.) The plot is not much, but was enough to keep my interest. One annoying thing (and this pervades the entire series) is the misapprehension that rich, beautiful, (titled, in England) people are more interesting and really, better, than us working class slobs. George isn't the only one who makes this mistake; about half of all thriller writers do this, and most Hollywood producers do too. I guess if you like to read books about rich, beautiful, titled people, then this wouldn't bother you, but I find it tiresome. Overall, a so-so book, fine to read on an airplane or at the beach, but not a substitute for P.D. James or Ruth Rendell.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Essential Reading for Lynley and Havers Fans, 22. Februar 2007
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"Who knows what darkness lies in the hearts of men? Only the Shadow knows." That opening from the old radio show came to mind as I reread this book about the almost unspeakable evils that people do to one another.

First published in 1988, A Great Deliverance is the first book in the distinguished series featuring Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, the English detective duo who have delighted so many readers since then. I first read this book many years ago and was impressed at the time by the careful character development. Little did I know that that character development would make the subsequent series such a remarkable delight. Rereading the book now, I must say that I don't remember a first book in a detective series that did nearly so much to establish the backgrounds, thought processes, influences and loves of the lead characters. I'm much more impressed than the first time.

As the story opens, Father Hart is on a pilgrimage to Scotland Yard to help heal a rift among those who have been investigating the beheading of a local farmer. While most detectives would feel that finding the farmer's daughter, Roberta Teys, next to the body as she confesses that she's guilty would be enough evidence, Father Hart believes that Roberta is innocent. Thus, Scotland Yard enters the case. Havers is dispatched to haul Lynley back from a wedding he's attending, and the reader is soon enmeshed in "what might have been" thoughts concerning the lives of both Lynley and Havers.

Lynley is the golden boy, the eighth earl of Asherton, who doesn't even need to work . . . but who sees work as his obligation. Havers is a loose cannon of emotions, instincts and prejudice . . . but who's brilliantly and doggedly determined to find the answers to any crime. How they develop comfort with one another is quite intriguing in the book.

The mystery itself is pretty straightforward, so don't look for that aspect of the book to delight you with its charm. If you judge mysteries by how hard the mystery is to solve, this one will be a 2 or 3 star effort to you.

But if you love rich, complex characters with nuanced reactions in tricky situations, this book will delight you.

Literature fans will appreciate the references that are included in sorting out the mystery.

Those who require absolute accuracy in all aspects of what's English will detect false notes here and there. Still, the overall result is quite impressive coming from an American. And most American readers won't be able to tell the difference anyway.

If the mystery had been better designed, this could have been one of the great mystery stories of all time. Do read on. There are many other fine books in this series. The rich character development in this book will add much delight to your reading in the subsequent ones.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen As good as P D James? Please!, 1. März 2000
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If you pick up a paperback copy of this novel in which the first few pages or back cover are littered with glowing review extracts (like I did), don't be taken in by comparisons of Elizabeth George to P D James, Ruth Rendell, and other real English mystery writers.
First off, Ms George obviously isn't English. Her strained attempts to produce 'authentic' English dialogue and class characteristics became increasingly irritating as I ground my way through the tedious and ridiculously contrived scenes bringing together Lynley and St James. Her anglo-syncophantic depictions of the american couple at the inn also annoyed me, as they added nothing to the plot and seemed thrown in only to try to build up English 'street cred'.
Such foibles can be tolerated in a mystery, of course, if the important characters--the investigators, and of course the potential killers--are strikingly drawn. Lynley is a relatively sympathetic protagonist, but from there on George's characters are one-dimensional and ultimately uninteresting stereotypes. Many of them seem created simply to serve as crude vehicles for overwrought emotional reactions to nasty people and events--Jonah, Gillian's husband, being a prime example. Even Havers, Lynley's partner, is no more than a collection of environmental motivations packaged in a tub of resentments and insecurities. In other words, there's no character here, just badly-assembled characteristics.
Finally, I realize this book was written in the 80s, but (warning: spoilers approaching) the ultimate villain's twisted-religious/sexually-deviant brand of evil has become a commonplace in contemporary mysteries, thrillers and psycho-dramas. I suppose it might have been more shocking to read this sort of story ten years ago, but even then I doubt it. George can manufacture hysteria, but she's no good at depicting either the tortured banality of real evil nor the complexity of real people's reactions to it.
If you're a mystery fan and have reread your P D James collection too recently to revisit, I suggest you look for a better substitute than Elizabeth George.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Loved it, 29. Januar 2012
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Friends of mine were talking about the last Lynley book and I thought it worth to start the series with the very first book. I got a sample on my Kindle and when I reached the end - without a second thought - pressed the 'buy this book' button and went on reading into the small hours.
Yes, the (careful, spoilers) end seems a bit common place (what a horrible thing that this is so) today but it was written in the 80s.
I just wished that Ms George would have lived a bit in England instead of only studying it. Some of the conversations and especially diction seemed a bit constructed and prejudiced to me.
But still I read it in record time and have begun the second book in the series already. And since I read that she's living partly in London now I have the best hope that her 'English-Style' will improve too.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Unheilvolle heile Welt, 21. Januar 2012
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Eine spannende Lektüre von Anfang bis Ende!
Der erste Roman mit Thomas Lynley als Detective Inspector,der eigenwillig seine Wege geht und doch offen bleibt für Hinweise und Fingerzeige, die hilfreich aus seinem persönlichen Umfeld kommen.
Es gibt viel Sex und Crime, viele spannende Figuren, die in die Geschichte eingeführt werden, bis
sich erkennbare Muster in dem grossen Puzzle zeigen.
Dabei geht es um heikle Themen wie religiöses Hardlinertum, hinter dem sich tiefe Abgründe verbergen, das Leben in einem kleinen Dorf in dem jeder jeden kennt und doch gewisse Geheimnisse
niemals ans Licht dürfen. Schuld, Eifersucht und dramatische familiäre Entwicklungen, die so haarsträubend wie plausibel erscheinen werden sehr lebendig und mit erstaunlicher Leichtigkeit
dargestellt und nachvollziehbar gemacht!
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1.0 von 5 Sternen etwas für Fans von englischem Adel und komplizierter Sprache, 24. Oktober 2013
Nachdem mir eine Bekannte empfohlen hatte, doch mal ein Buch von Elisabeth George zu lesen, wollte ich mit diesem anfangen. Leider war es eine Enttäuschung, und ich habs nach einigen Kapiteln aufgegeben.

Komplizierte Ausdrucksweise (ich lese viel auf Englisch, aber hier musste ich 2 Wörter pro Seite nachschlagen) und langatmige Beschreibungen vom Leben der englischen upper class. Die eigentliche Story hat sich nur mühsam entwickelt, aber vielleicht war ich nicht geduldig genug.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Essential Reading for Lynley and Havers Fans, 22. Februar 2007
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"Who knows what darkness lies in the hearts of men? Only the Shadow knows." That opening from the old radio show came to mind as I reread this book about the almost unspeakable evils that people do to one another.

First published in 1988, A Great Deliverance is the first book in the distinguished series featuring Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, the English detective duo who have delighted so many readers since then. I first read this book many years ago and was impressed at the time by the careful character development. Little did I know that that character development would make the subsequent series such a remarkable delight. Rereading the book now, I must say that I don't remember a first book in a detective series that did nearly so much to establish the backgrounds, thought processes, influences and loves of the lead characters. I'm much more impressed than the first time.

As the story opens, Father Hart is on a pilgrimage to Scotland Yard to help heal a rift among those who have been investigating the beheading of a local farmer. While most detectives would feel that finding the farmer's daughter, Roberta Teys, next to the body as she confesses that she's guilty would be enough evidence, Father Hart believes that Roberta is innocent. Thus, Scotland Yard enters the case. Havers is dispatched to haul Lynley back from a wedding he's attending, and the reader is soon enmeshed in "what might have been" thoughts concerning the lives of both Lynley and Havers.

Lynley is the golden boy, the eighth earl of Asherton, who doesn't even need to work . . . but who sees work as his obligation. Havers is a loose cannon of emotions, instincts and prejudice . . . but who's brilliantly and doggedly determined to find the answers to any crime. How they develop comfort with one another is quite intriguing in the book.

The mystery itself is pretty straightforward, so don't look for that aspect of the book to delight you with its charm. If you judge mysteries by how hard the mystery is to solve, this one will be a 2 or 3 star effort to you.

But if you love rich, complex characters with nuanced reactions in tricky situations, this book will delight you.

Literature fans will appreciate the references that are included in sorting out the mystery.

Those who require absolute accuracy in all aspects of what's English will detect false notes here and there. Still, the overall result is quite impressive coming from an American. And most American readers won't be able to tell the difference anyway.

If the mystery had been better designed, this could have been one of the great mystery stories of all time. Do read on. There are many other fine books in this series. The rich character development in this book will add much delight to your reading in the subsequent ones.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Essential Reading for Lynley and Havers Fans, 3. Mai 2005
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: A Great Deliverance (Taschenbuch)
"Who knows what darkness lies in the hearts of men? Only the Shadow knows." That opening from the old radio show came to mind as I reread this book about the almost unspeakable evils that people do to one another.

First published in 1988, A Great Deliverance is the first book in the distinguished series featuring Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, the English detective duo who have delighted so many readers since then. I first read this book many years ago and was impressed at the time by the careful character development. Little did I know that that character development would make the subsequent series such a remarkable delight. Rereading the book now, I must say that I don't remember a first book in a detective series that did nearly so much to establish the backgrounds, thought processes, influences and loves of the lead characters. I'm much more impressed than the first time.

As the story opens, Father Hart is on a pilgrimage to Scotland Yard to help heal a rift among those who have been investigating the beheading of a local farmer. While most detectives would feel that finding the farmer's daughter, Roberta Teys, next to the body as she confesses that she's guilty would be enough evidence, Father Hart believes that Roberta is innocent. Thus, Scotland Yard enters the case. Havers is dispatched to haul Lynley back from a wedding he's attending, and the reader is soon enmeshed in "what might have been" thoughts concerning the lives of both Lynley and Havers.

Lynley is the golden boy, the eighth earl of Asherton, who doesn't even need to work . . . but who sees work as his obligation. Havers is a loose cannon of emotions, instincts and prejudice . . . but who's brilliantly and doggedly determined to find the answers to any crime. How they develop comfort with one another is quite intriguing in the book.

The mystery itself is pretty straightforward, so don't look for that aspect of the book to delight you with its charm. If you judge mysteries by how hard the mystery is to solve, this one will be a 2 or 3 star effort to you.

But if you love rich, complex characters with nuanced reactions in tricky situations, this book will delight you.

Literature fans will appreciate the references that are included in sorting out the mystery.

Those who require absolute accuracy in all aspects of what's English will detect false notes here and there. Still, the overall result is quite impressive coming from an American. And most American readers won't be able to tell the difference anyway.

If the mystery had been better designed, this could have been one of the great mystery stories of all time. Do read on. There are many other fine books in this series. The rich character development in this book will add much delight to your reading in the subsequent ones.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Fehlkauf., 11. Mai 2013
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Ich hätte es wissen müssen, aber trotzdem habe ich mir als Urlaubslektüre noch einmal einen E.-George-Krimi mit genommen:
Auch in diesem Fall arbeiten wieder die zwei Ermittler miteinander (nebeneinander), von denen mindestens eine auf die Psychatercouch gehört, und auch der andere hat eigentlich genug mit seinen persönlichen Problemen zu tun, als dass er mal am Stück bei der Sache bleiben könnte.
Diese beiden trudeln nun also ermittelnderweise durch eine durch einen Mord aufgeschreckte, kleine, eng verwobene Gemeinde, und decken im Verlauf ihrer jeweiligen Aktionen dann außerdem noch ein paar Verbrechen auf.
Und das zieht sich ...
Wäre es ein Film gewesen (bzw. hätte es am Urlaubsort einen halbwegs gut sortierten Bücherstand gegeben), ich hätte ihn noch vor der Hälfte weg gezappt.
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