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am 23. Mai 2000
This book is set earlier than the others I have read so far. I'm reading them in order of publication. This one reveals a lot of information about the pasts of Lynley, St. James, Helen and self-centered little Deb. (I agree with the assessment of her that the reader from the Philippines made.) I wouldn't want to be in her shoes when Lynley finds out she aborted his baby when she was going to school in the States (see Well-Schooled in Murder). Lynley's mangled family relationships are explained. We find out about the relationships the four main characters have had with each other up to this point. This group is a little TOO close. Havers is mentioned only briefly since this is set before she and Lynley were paired up. St. James does more than Lynley to find the reasons for the murders. That's understandable, since Lynley's younger brother is one of the suspects and Lynley is preoccupied with his own guilt for the way he treated his mother and brother.
Two of the victims in this book pretty much get what they deserve, but it takes a really long time for us to find out about one's preference for women's clothes. Drug abusers are accurately portrayed. The cancer drug plot is interesting but the book is a little too long.
I plan to read the rest of the series. Maybe there will less of Deborah, but I don't think so. I hope Lynley got that emerald engagement ring back. Watching your future wife trying to chase an ambulance while screaming your best friend's name is not conducive to generosity.
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am 26. Mai 2000
For fans of the Lynley-Havers series, Elizabeth George offers an episode that occurs a few years prior to the time of the first book, A Great Deliverance. In this installment, she provides back-story that illuminates some of the complex inter-relationships between Lynley, Simon, and Deborah. Absent (but for a brief cameo) are Havers and her sharp words for the privileges of the upper classes -- which were in great need here. George, who is among mystery writers a master of characterization, here devises a mystery that seems not just secondary to the personal stories of her characters, but even incidental. In fact, the solution to the mystery seems a bit facile. Hopefully, in her subsequent novels George will return to the approach that worked well in the first three novels, wherein she spins a marvelous mystery that any observant reader could solve and, along the way, continuously deepens the reader's understanding of some very likable characters.
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A Suitable Vengeance is a back story for the Lynley-Havers series that enriches the following books in the series by exposing the nature of Lynley's upbringing and his relationships with his family, his friend Simon Allcourt-St. James and the two beguiling women who intrigue him, Deborah Cotter and Lady Helen Clyde. In providing much rich perspective, this is clearly a five-star effort.

Ms. George also feels the need to put in a murder mystery. But that part of the book is a lower priority and shuffles off in the background while chests and bosoms heave in the drawing room. The mystery has more than it's share of red herrings and will keep you truly puzzled by what in the world is going on in several places (especially the opening). As I read the mystery, I often felt like I could have described myself as "Clueless in Gaza."

Lynley is engaged to be married to Deborah Cotter, the daughter of Simon's gentleman's gentleman. Simon has always been attracted to her as well, but has kept his distance. Deborah has been away in the United States for several years which is where her romance with Lynley bloomed during brief visits by Lynley. Lynley plans to bring Deborah and her father and old friends, Simon and Lady Helen, to a weekend party to meet his mother at the family's country estate in Cornwall. The backdrop is tense. Lynley doesn't like to play his role as lord of the manor and he seems to want to avoid his mother. What a way to start a marriage!

Circumstances soon impinge on the weekend plans when a local man is found dead in his home while his tiny baby cries on. Lynley is completely undone by having people he knows be part of a homicide, and he acts with uncharacteristic negligence like a normal citizen rather than a DI. The new circumstances prove to be revealing about the relationships of all and sundry to one another, and many tempests are soon revealed. As they do, the mystery grows ever deeper and murkier.

Like many English country murder mysteries, this one strains credibility by turning the normally tranquil countryside into a hotbed of schemes and murder. The logic doesn't often make much sense, and the mystery seems far-fetched. I was tempted to rate the book as 3 stars . . . but I liked the character development of the on-going characters in the series too much to do that. The tiny cameo role for Havers was a disappointment, though.
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A Suitable Vengeance is a back story for the Lynley-Havers series that enriches the following books in the series by exposing the nature of Lynley's upbringing and his relationships with his family, his friend Simon Allcourt-St. James and the two beguiling women who intrigue him, Deborah Cotter and Lady Helen Clyde. In providing much rich perspective, this is clearly a five-star effort.

Ms. George also feels the need to put in a murder mystery. But that part of the book is a lower priority and shuffles off in the background while chests and bosoms heave in the drawing room. The mystery has more than it's share of red herrings and will keep you truly puzzled by what in the world is going on in several places (especially the opening). As I read the mystery, I often felt like I could have described myself as "Clueless in Gaza."

Lynley is engaged to be married to Deborah Cotter, the daughter of Simon's gentleman's gentleman. Simon has always been attracted to her as well, but has kept his distance. Deborah has been away in the United States for several years which is where her romance with Lynley bloomed during brief visits by Lynley. Lynley plans to bring Deborah and her father and old friends, Simon and Lady Helen, to a weekend party to meet his mother at the family's country estate in Cornwall. The backdrop is tense. Lynley doesn't like to play his role as lord of the manor and he seems to want to avoid his mother. What a way to start a marriage!

Circumstances soon impinge on the weekend plans when a local man is found dead in his home while his tiny baby cries on. Lynley is completely undone by having people he knows be part of a homicide, and he acts with uncharacteristic negligence like a normal citizen rather than a DI. The new circumstances prove to be revealing about the relationships of all and sundry to one another, and many tempests are soon revealed. As they do, the mystery grows ever deeper and murkier.

Like many English country murder mysteries, this one strains credibility by turning the normally tranquil countryside into a hotbed of schemes and murder. The logic doesn't often make much sense, and the mystery seems far-fetched. I was tempted to rate the book as 3 stars . . . but I liked the character development of the on-going characters in the series too much to do that. The tiny cameo role for Havers was a disappointment, though.
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am 29. Mai 2007
Ich habe dieses Buch genossen. Es hat einfach etwas von allem: Liebe, Eifersucht, Mord, Drogen..., der Großteil der Handlung spielt sich vor der malerisch-wilden Kulisse der Küste Cornwalls ab, was das Lesevergnügen noch vergrößert. Lynley, St.James usw. sind in diesem Buch noch eher jung und ihren Gefühlen ausgeliefert, aber das macht die Erzählung umso realistischer. Alle müssen erst einmal ihre Erfahrungen sammeln... Nach der Lektüre dieses Buches liest man "spätere" Lynley/Havers-Romane unter ganz anderen Voraussetzungen.
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A Suitable Vengeance is a back story for the Lynley-Havers series that enriches the following books in the series by exposing the nature of Lynley's upbringing and his relationships with his family, his friend Simon Allcourt-St. James and the two beguiling women who intrigue him, Deborah Cotter and Lady Helen Clyde. In providing much rich perspective, this is clearly a five-star effort.

Ms. George also feels the need to put in a murder mystery. But that part of the book is a lower priority and shuffles off in the background while chests and bosoms heave in the drawing room. The mystery has more than it's share of red herrings and will keep you truly puzzled by what in the world is going on in several places (especially the opening). As I read the mystery, I often felt like I could have described myself as "Clueless in Gaza."

Lynley is engaged to be married to Deborah Cotter, the daughter of Simon's gentleman's gentleman. Simon has always been attracted to her as well, but has kept his distance. Deborah has been away in the United States for several years which is where her romance with Lynley bloomed during brief visits by Lynley. Lynley plans to bring Deborah and her father and old friends, Simon and Lady Helen, to a weekend party to meet his mother at the family's country estate in Cornwall. The backdrop is tense. Lynley doesn't like to play his role as lord of the manor and he seems to want to avoid his mother. What a way to start a marriage!

Circumstances soon impinge on the weekend plans when a local man is found dead in his home while his tiny baby cries on. Lynley is completely undone by having people he knows be part of a homicide, and he acts with uncharacteristic negligence like a normal citizen rather than a DI. The new circumstances prove to be revealing about the relationships of all and sundry to one another, and many tempests are soon revealed. As they do, the mystery grows ever deeper and murkier.

Like many English country murder mysteries, this one strains credibility by turning the normally tranquil countryside into a hotbed of schemes and murder. The logic doesn't often make much sense, and the mystery seems far-fetched. I was tempted to rate the book as 3 stars . . . but I liked the character development of the on-going characters in the series too much to do that. The tiny cameo role for Havers was a disappointment, though.
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am 1. August 1997
This is my favorite George novel of the 4 I've read so far.

It keeps you in suspense throughout and adds new twists, turns and characters as it goes along. It also has a variety of unusual topics (I won't ruin the surprise for you). I enjoyed St. James' increased visibility and Lynley's character and history are explained in more detail. St. James' sister is a great kook. Deborah's character and conflicts are very touching (ok, ok, maybe more so for women).

I just wish I'd started reading her novels in chronological order because the characters have become very interesting but some of the surprises lose their impact when read out of order.

Overall a great read!
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am 26. Juni 1999
From the moment the story begins with lady of the evening Tina Cogin standing at her bedroom window, the novice reader is drawn into the intricate, proverbial spider web of Elizabeth George's page-turning, detailed work which takes her other, seasoned fans' breath away and leaves them suspended with the question of ''What happened?"until she answers them with a spine-tingling response in the form of a well-written scene. Miss George's work will easily appeal to both groups!
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am 5. Juni 1999
This book goes into Lynley family and reveals quite a few deep, dark secrets. It also tells a lot about St. James which I didn't expect, but I was pleasently surprised. I have enjoyed all of Georges books but this is a bit of a swarthy comedy. I think the plot is very good and had unexpected twists and turns. A good read which I would recommend.
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am 16. Oktober 1996
Regular readers of the Tommy Lynley series will find this book much darker and more depressing than the subsequent works. This book is more about St. James than Lynley which was also unexpected. I found the book gave a little depth to the Lynley character and do recommend it
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