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Deception on His Mind
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am 12. Oktober 2001
Obwohl ich als begeisterte Elizabeth George Leserin möglicherweise nicht ganz objektiv bin, so muß ich doch sagen, daß dieses Buch wirklich sehr sehr gut ist. Die Autorin versteht es, dem Leser die gezeichneten Charaktere derart nahezubringen, daß sie gegen Ende des Buches geradezu "Bekannte" sind. Die Entwicklung von Inspektor Lynley und Seargent Havers ist nie wirklich vorhersehbar, so daß auch nach dem Lesen aller vorausgegangener Bücher (mittlerweile, so glaube ich, schon 9 Ausgaben)keine Langeweile aufkommt. Auch für Leser, die dem Kriminalroman Genre bislang nicht zugetan waren, sind Elizabeth George Romane zu empfehlen, obwohl doch darauf hinzuweisen ist, daß man die Bücher in chronologischer Reihenfolge lesen sollte, da ansonsten die beiden Hauptcharaktere nicht unbedingt nachvollziehbar wären und gerade deren Entwickung sich wie ein roter Faden durch alle Romane zieht.
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am 23. Juli 1999
There is simply no comparison of this book with the other books Elizabeth George has written. I refuse to believe she wrote it. The novel's characterization does not fit any her previous novels. I can accept that the characters from all previous novels were excluded, but even Barbara's character does not follow the pattern set by Elizabeth George. I'm sorry, but if Elizabeth George wrote this book, she accepted money under false pretenses. It is just plain bad...
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am 11. April 1999
Though I ususally love Geore's novels this book was a huge disappointment. Reason: her unconvincing depiction of "Asian" characters. As a "so-called" Asian, I was constantly irritated by this flaw. For a start, no Pakistani would refer to him/her self an "Asian" (typical European/American!) as she did throughout the book - just as no Dane, Scotsman, Dutchman etc would normally refer to him/herself as "European", as in "we Europeans", "European dress", "European language" etc etc. A Pakistani (or Viatneme, INdian, Chinese, Japanese etc. etc.) would proudly call him/herself Pakistani etc etc. Also, George mixes up the cutsoms of Hindus with Moslems in a few places. If you don't know, it might be a good read but if you do know - well, it's a shower of cold water and the whole thing falls apart. Aruna
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am 17. Oktober 1998
What is supposed to be a mystery ends up being a 700-page diatribe on racism and intolerance. George has always been a favorite author of mine because of the relationships between the detectives and their former/current lovers, i.e. Lynley and St. James. By focusing the book on Barbara Havers, the least interesting character, and leaving Lynley out in the cold, the series is weakened. However, at least we were spared another visit to Barbara's aging mother! The murderer was obvious from the beginning as were the motivations of the other suspects. All in all, a disappointment. To really appreciate how George can craft a compelling mystery, you'd have to go back to For the Sake of Elena or Well-Schooled in Murder. Her last several books have been long-winded and predictable, and Deception on His Mind is no exception.
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am 3. Juli 2000
This was the first E. George book I have read. I found the plot compelling, but the continual references to the racism of the community and characters was very tiring. The overt racism was the kind you would find in small town USA in the 1950s. Is it really this bad in England? I felt some of the characters were too one-dimensional (no redeeming qualities) and found the character of Emily inconsistent, especially at the end. The author gave us some insight into the Pakistani culture, but I didn't get the idea that she found anything positive about it.
I am going to read "For the Sake of Elena" to give the author another chance.
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am 10. Juni 2000
I absolutely love E. George's books and I own them all. Her character development and concurrent plots make the books difficult to put down. I was engrossed in this story - there were so many sub plots that screamed out for resolution that I couldn't wait to get to the end. I love Sgt. Havers (she is my favorite character) and thought she was fabulous in this book. However, the ending felt rushed, the motive was very stupid and not worth all the terrific storytelling that went before it. None of the sub plots that I was most interested in got resolved (what happened to the pregnant girl?) But I must say that the waiting to discover what happened next to Havers was unbearable. I couldn't wait for the day the book came out. This was definitely one of George's best works - until the end. Maybe she was feeling pressure from the publisher, who knows?
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am 8. Juni 1999
As a longtime fan of thriller/mystery/suspense novels, this book didn't entrance me as my favorite authors seem to captivate my attention. The characters all seem too flat, no development at all...I liked the unexpected revelations that Barbara and Emily discover, but the reader doesn't really seem to be pulled along the plot...I think one of the problems is that there were so many characters to handle that the reader doesn't really get to know who Barbara is...
In comparison to my favorite authors who include John Sandford, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, and Patricia Cornwell, Elizabeth George is an ok read, but not spectacular.
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am 20. Februar 2007
In Deception on His Mind, Elizabeth George eloquently answered all of her critiques who felt that she cannot write decent mystery plots that match her remarkable characterizations. Unfettered by the urbane Thomas Lynley who is off on his honeymoon with Lady Helen, Ms. George features the redoubtable Barbara Havers as the detective in this story. Seeing English society from "downstairs" as it were, the story has more grit than usual and the seamy side of the elite is more exposed as well.

As the story opens, Havers is recuperating from her physical and emotional injuries incurred in In the Presence of the Enemy. With a bruised face and cracked ribs, she's supposed to take time off. The Pakistani fiance of a local entrepreneur has been found murdered on a beach in Essex. That event brings Havers' neighbor, Taymullah Azhar, and his daughter, Hadiyyah, to the seaside resort of Balford-le-Nez. Havers recalls found memories of this part of the coast and soon follows, finding herself embroiled in both the murder and a complicated family situation of Azhar's.

Havers goes with her gut, and her instincts soon have her in hot water. And the case is a baffling one. There are leads in all directions, but tracking down those leads doesn't solve the murder.

The underlying themes of the book include racism, class snobbery, the painful limits that religion can bring, and the constraints of a family's heritage. I have no idea if this book accurately displays modern day English society or not, but it makes for interesting, if uncomfortable, reading.

But I thought the best part of the book came in the careful exploration of the social customs and beliefs among the Pakistani characters. It's seldom that an author from the United States succeeds in taking readers into an alien culture in a way that makes that culture more understandable. Ms. George has clearly succeeded in this regard.

My only complaint is that Ms. George feels that she has to include characters, once again, who are totally hollow. Those characters seem overdone and weaken the story. There are more depths to real people, even the hollowish ones, than Ms. George is willing to credit.
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am 20. Februar 2007
In Deception on His Mind, Elizabeth George eloquently answered all of her critiques who felt that she cannot write decent mystery plots that match her remarkable characterizations. Unfettered by the urbane Thomas Lynley who is off on his honeymoon with Lady Helen, Ms. George features the redoubtable Barbara Havers as the detective in this story. Seeing English society from "downstairs" as it were, the story has more grit than usual and the seamy side of the elite is more exposed as well.

As the story opens, Havers is recuperating from her physical and emotional injuries incurred in In the Presence of the Enemy. With a bruised face and cracked ribs, she's supposed to take time off. The Pakistani fiance of a local entrepreneur has been found murdered on a beach in Essex. That event brings Havers' neighbor, Taymullah Azhar, and his daughter, Hadiyyah, to the seaside resort of Balford-le-Nez. Havers recalls found memories of this part of the coast and soon follows, finding herself embroiled in both the murder and a complicated family situation of Azhar's.

Havers goes with her gut, and her instincts soon have her in hot water. And the case is a baffling one. There are leads in all directions, but tracking down those leads doesn't solve the murder.

The underlying themes of the book include racism, class snobbery, the painful limits that religion can bring, and the constraints of a family's heritage. I have no idea if this book accurately displays modern day English society or not, but it makes for interesting, if uncomfortable, reading.

But I thought the best part of the book came in the careful exploration of the social customs and beliefs among the Pakistani characters. It's seldom that an author from the United States succeeds in taking readers into an alien culture in a way that makes that culture more understandable. Ms. George has clearly succeeded in this regard.

My only complaint is that Ms. George feels that she has to include characters, once again, who are totally hollow. Those characters seem overdone and weaken the story. There are more depths to real people, even the hollowish ones, than Ms. George is willing to credit.
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am 20. Februar 2007
In Deception on His Mind, Elizabeth George eloquently answered all of her critiques who felt that she cannot write decent mystery plots that match her remarkable characterizations. Unfettered by the urbane Thomas Lynley who is off on his honeymoon with Lady Helen, Ms. George features the redoubtable Barbara Havers as the detective in this story. Seeing English society from "downstairs" as it were, the story has more grit than usual and the seamy side of the elite is more exposed as well.

As the story opens, Havers is recuperating from her physical and emotional injuries incurred in In the Presence of the Enemy. With a bruised face and cracked ribs, she's supposed to take time off. The Pakistani fiance of a local entrepreneur has been found murdered on a beach in Essex. That event brings Havers' neighbor, Taymullah Azhar, and his daughter, Hadiyyah, to the seaside resort of Balford-le-Nez. Havers recalls found memories of this part of the coast and soon follows, finding herself embroiled in both the murder and a complicated family situation of Azhar's.

Havers goes with her gut, and her instincts soon have her in hot water. And the case is a baffling one. There are leads in all directions, but tracking down those leads doesn't solve the murder.

The underlying themes of the book include racism, class snobbery, the painful limits that religion can bring, and the constraints of a family's heritage. I have no idea if this book accurately displays modern day English society or not, but it makes for interesting, if uncomfortable, reading.

But I thought the best part of the book came in the careful exploration of the social customs and beliefs among the Pakistani characters. It's seldom that an author from the United States succeeds in taking readers into an alien culture in a way that makes that culture more understandable. Ms. George has clearly succeeded in this regard.

My only complaint is that Ms. George feels that she has to include characters, once again, who are totally hollow. Those characters seem overdone and weaken the story. There are more depths to real people, even the hollowish ones, than Ms. George is willing to credit.
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