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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 413 pages
  • A Great Deliverance
  • Elizabeth George
  • English
  • 21 May 2018
  • 9780553278026

10 thoughts on “A Great Deliverance

  1. says:

    This is a series I have been meaning to start for ages and I am so glad I have got around to it at last This book is great It has everything I like in a mystery.1 A really attractive, talented, charismatic main character who knows exactly what he is doing And so far he does not appear to be an alcoholic or have any other unappealing trait as most MCs in crime books do these days although as this book was written in 1988 nearly everyone smokes all the time 2 Due also to the date it was written there is a lovely historical aspect to everything It s all done without mobiles and computers, and life in general seems calmer.3 The story is good, gritty and totally gripping The last scenes in the psychiatric hospital made me reach for the tissues.4 The author knows how to write Just occasionally she gets a bit carried away with setting her scenes but she does it so nicely I can forgive her.5 Best of all there are a LOT books in the series I love a good series If you have not read this yet I strongly recommend it


  2. says:

    This is a novel that had been sitting on my tbr list for some time Though the idea of picking it up really peaked my interest, I think the fact that a number of books in the series are quite long put me off Since I m retired, I finally figured if I was ever going to read long books, now s the time This is a terrific British tale, surprisingly written by an American author Elizabeth George is a wonderful writer Her prose is reminiscent of old time British writing, though not as stilted Every page or so contains a word I was unfamiliar with, and I loved using the kindle dictionary to learn the definitions I really didn t find this to be a flow breaker as the book moves along at a relatively leisurely pace as it is further, many of these words have meanings that are clear in the context they are used, so one really doesn t need a dictionary to understand the content Characterization is outstanding Our protagonist, Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley, is also the eighth earl of Asherton He is newly paired with Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers who has difficulty getting along with others and low self esteem As they pair up in an effort to discover the truth about a number of unfortunate occurrences in rural England, we learn their fascinating back stories and see them attempt to form some sort of working relationship This tale has a large cast I did have a bit of trouble remembering who was who, so was happy I was reading on the kindle with its helpful search button.The author has a real handle on delivering imagery to the reader I feel like I grasped a true sense of the British countryside in this novel.The plot is captivating There are quite a few threads and threadlets to keep track of, but all came together beautifully at the end I would, however, have liked the pace of the final revelations to have been slower so that I could better savor the unraveling of the puzzles Ms George makes liberal use of Shakespearian references This will be a delight for Shakespeare lovers Alas, I have never been much of a fan of his so feel I missed out a bit here.I found A Great Deliverance engaging enough to continue on with the series In fact, if not for a ridiculously late spring blizzard, I would have immediately trekked down to the library for a copy of book 2 Oh well, that will be a book I can look forward to on another day I highly recommend A Great Deliverance to all lovers of British crime stories with great characterization and sense of place.


  3. says:

    OFFICIAL BLURBTo this day, the low, thin wail of an infant can be heard in Keldale s lush green valleys Three hundred years ago, as legend goes, the frightened Yorkshire villagers smothered a crying babe in Keldale Abbey, where they d hidden to escape the ravages of Cromwell s raiders.Now into Keldale s pastoral web of old houses and older secrets comes Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley, the eighth earl of Asherton Along with the redoubtable Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, Lynley has been sent to solve a savage murder that has stunned the peaceful countryside For fat, unlovely Roberta Teys has been found in her best dress, an axe in her lap, seated in the old stone barn beside her father s headless corpse Her first and last words were I did it And I m not sorry Yet as Lynley and Havers wind their way through Keldale s dark labyrinth of secret scandals and appalling crimes, they uncover a shattering series of revelations that will reverberate through this tranquil English valley and in their own lives as well Susan Elizabeth George is an American author writing murder mysteries set in Great Britain She s doing a good job, since she mastered the English dialogue so well, that I would never have suspected her being American.A friend gave me the first book as a gift, and after finishing it, I ventured off into the author s other works, just to discover that it was the beginning of 19 books in this Inspector Lynley series Digging deeper into the history of the series, I also discovered that it was turned into a popular television series, covering several seasons Let s face it, the Brits love their murder mysteries and they know how to bring these stories alive I m really a sucker for it Cannot leave them alone.The easy flow of the plot and story line keeps the reader committed to the prose It reminds me of the cozy Agatha Christie novels The author managed to built accurate characters For instance, Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley is truly noble in his conduct, apart from having the appropriate bloodline as well Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers acts authentically as a product of the lower income groups with less veneer and polish Her people skills are also a problem in her interaction with the public.Since I am not a fan or groupie of the British class system, I couldn t care less who were blessed by birth to be better than the rest of us, thus did not get excited about the possible lords and ladies tripling down the word lanes of this narrative I also did not hail Barbara Havers as the ultimate representative of the working class, due to her unresolved issues driving me a little bit bonkers That doesn t mean that her character was not authentic, on the contrary The overall emphasizing of the class system should have been expected, we re in Britain after all, but it did scratch my back with a steel brush from time to time And then there was the depiction of the poor fat and unlovely Roberta Teys as a mortally despicable soul All the grown ups in the village were guilty of her condition and her conduct Nobody cared to listen when she tried to find some help The only solution she had to protect herself, was to eat.and eat and eat When she was finally successful and the focus moved from her to someone else she loved, she made a plan on her own The grown ups turned their heads away from the revolting, obese little girl, hoping the problem will go away They turned their backs on a lonely scared little girl She had no one to trust It makes me wonder are you allowed by society, or by yourself, to have chubby, happy faced obese friends No Well, it s a sad world we re living in, isn t it So yes, my hackles were a bit up with these insecure anti obesity lot, a bunch of scoundrels if you ask me, and that includes the Catholic priest But that s my problem Everybody in the world has problems, that one is mine, for sure.And then I wonder if you decapitate someone in self defense, can it be regarded as murder I don t think so Even if it was premeditated, I probably would have been an accomplice in this instance Worse, if I was in on the deal, some people, and I am not naming names here, would have hanged from the rafters by their stems, like pumpkins.Now, that was not the main focus of my reading experience It s just a so by the way observation The overall experience was a good one I enjoyed it And I will certainly read the second book After that I will have to seeBut really, any murder mystery groupie, like yours truly, will simply grab onto this series and release the breaks Just go for it It s one of the best


  4. says:

    UPDATE 2 1 17 I found A Great Deliverance as outstanding on second read as I did the first time around My 5 rating remains unchanged George s ability to present an evolving and developing character is outstanding for any genre, but even so for a mystery story, where character is often far subordinate to plot This is especially true of the characters who continue in George s series but also for the the main one off s We don t ever get it all at once, but in pieces, each one adding to what builds into a nuanced understanding of the character s strengths and weaknesses.George also has a great facility for moving quickly from one venue character to another while always assuring the reader does not lose the thread of the story This avoids ever having scenes which are too long We are always dealing with a fresh aspect of the story.Finally, a criticism, sort of George s descriptions of places is superb, but I think she sometimes overdoes it with unnecessary detail, which I usually skimmed PREVIOUS COMMENTS This is the first of the Lynley Havers stories, and also the first that I am re reading I hope I don t remember too much of the plot it s been 10 years at least but my real purpose in re reading is to study George s writing techniques Her use of setting, development of character, and plot surprises, among other elements, are superb For fans of Elizabeth George who are also writers, I recommend Write Away One Novelist s Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life.George unfolds the layers of a complicated story in a way that builds the emotion and tension but never leaves the reader confused There are many characters whose roles keep evolving, but George always gives the reader the 2 3 words that assure you always know the connection of the character to previous points in the story NOTE This contrasts so vividly with books like Wolf Hall and The Casual Vacancy first half where the authors make no such effort and the reader is often left adrift Much of the emotion in A Great Deliverance comes from the relationship between Lynley and Havers, as each helps the other deal with debilitating attitudes that threaten their personal and professional futures.I didn t realize until very recently that this was George s first novel Wow


  5. says:

    I initially saw the television adaptation of this book on PBS Mystery I was moved by the dark, Yorkshire setting and the budding friendship of Lynley and Havers It had such a gritty conclusion, that I went to the library the next day and checked out the next book in the series That was almost 9 years ago After finishing book six in the series last year, I felt it was time to read the book that started it all I can t believe I waited so long Thus far, this my favorite book in the series From the beginning, there s an onslaught of disappointments and ghosts among the protagonists Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, who has recently been demoded to a uniform policewoman, is put back into the detective role when a delicate case is brought before Scotland Yard To her utter horror, she is partnered with the infamous Inspector Thomas Lynley Apart from having a well known reputation as a rogue, he also happens to be the eight earl of Asherton, which only widens the barrier between the staunch, blue collar Barbara He isn t his usual carefree self either He s just watched his best friend marry his ex fiance and seen them off on their honeymoon The case Set your mind to the gray, windy moors of Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre There, in the sleepy Yorkshire village of Keldale, a respectable farmer and his dog are found decapitated inside a barn Seated next to the headless body, is the farmer s daughter Found in her best dress and an axe in her lap, her only words when she is found are I did it And I m not sorry Open and shut case I think not The village priest and locals maintain that as sweet and caring as she was, Roberta Teys couldn t have possibly murdered her own father in such a brutal way What follows is a careful investigation into dark closets and past sins What makes this book so much than a Scotland Yard mystery is George s ability to marry historical and literary elements with the here and now It s amazing I didn t expect to find so many allusions to Shakespeare and the Brontes, or that they would be critical to understanding the whole case Check this book out sometime If you don t have the patience, I recommend the BBC s The Inspector Lynley Mysteries television series.


  6. says:

    A 61 yr old farmer lies in his barn, brutally murdered, his head chopped offthe head lying a few yards from the body, where it had rolled after being severed His grossly obese daughter sits beside his headless body, seated on a stool, holding the bloody axe that killed him and says I did it I m not sorry Or did she Two unlikely detectives from New Scotland Yard are paired together to solve the case Inspector Lord Asherton Lynley is a wealthy upper class handsome man, while Sergeant Havers is a working class, unattractive, bitter, woman who has a history of not getting along with any of her previous Inspectors This odd pairing adds to the tension as they both graple with their demons each other while trying to solve the case.Elizabeth George was an english teacher and it shows in her writing She includes many classic literary references in this book to such works as The Picture of Dorian Gray, Phantom of the Opera, The Tennant of Wildfell Hall Shakespeare s Peneles One sin, I know, another doth provoke Murders as near to lust as flame to smoke A very good story with compelling characters and an ending that shocked surprised me Highly recommended


  7. says:

    Rating 4 solid stars of fiveThe Publisher Says To this day, the low, thin wail of an infant can be heard in Keldale s lush green valleys Three hundred years ago, as legend goes, the frightened Yorkshire villagers smothered a crying babe in Keldale Abbey, where they d hidden to escape the ravages of Cromwell s raiders.Now into Keldale s pastoral web of old houses and older secrets comes Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley, the eighth earl of Asherton Along with the redoubtable Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, Lynley has been sent to solve a savage murder that has stunned the peaceful countryside For fat, unlovely Roberta Teys has been found in her best dress, an axe in her lap, seated in the old stone barn beside her father s headless corpse Her first and last words were I did it And I m not sorry Yet as Lynley and Havers wind their way through Keldale s dark labyrinth of secret scandals and appalling crimes, they uncover a shattering series of revelations that will reverberate through this tranquil English valley and in their own lives as well.My Review The first book of the ongoing Inspector Lynley DS Havers series, this book reads like the fourth or fifth in the series, which I intend as a compliment The author is very assured as she tells the story of a murder in an idyllic North Country village, one that seems from the start to be open and shut As always in a mystery, though, there are many many twists and turns to the tale Family secrets from every imaginable quarter Horrible crimes past, as well as present, suppurate through the skin of the story, causing the characters to blanch regularly Readers too Lynley, an urbane and polished public school Oxford First beauty, comes alive as a wounded man of many facets and a sharp, critical eye His emotional acuity is high order his past, as we know it so far, explains that quite well Havers, who here in the first book is presented in all her hideous glory as receiving a Very Last Chance at being permanently assigned to Scotland Yard s prestigious Criminal Investigation Division, seems hell bent for leather on tossing the opportunity away because, as Lynley says, she s mad at him and justifiably so.But, in patented mystery fashion, miscreants are punished and those less culpable find some measure of relief from their hideous, tormented sadness Hard to argue with those results since they occur so seldom in reality.Is murder always wrong Can you be sure of your answer I know I ve never been able to be absolutist about the topic Reading this book, I felt absolutism and unimpeded judgment flapping their flightless wings desperately, sensing their ever deeper immersion into the stock pot of my subconscious.I don t know about you, but there are times I think a good murdering rampage would do the world a power of good Problem is, the bad guys have the weapons.And reading this book, well, I just don t know that justice as practiced by the courts and described by the laws can really do a good enough job And believe you me, that thought scares the bejabbers out of me It makes me think about the nature of crime, and of punishment, and of the intersection of the two it makes me afraid of the apparently boundless human capacity to commit horrible acts and it makes me think hard about what I want out of my time on this planetand whether I m doing a single thing to make that want become fact.A very great deliverance indeed, this book In entertaining me, it also grew me up a little This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.


  8. says:

    Mixed feelings on this one Lynley and Havers are fascinating characters, complex and marvelously well drawn except for one somewhat gratuitous Lynley interlude I love the way Havers is allowed to express her resentment and how her inbred distrust and dislike of nobility is thwarted by Lynley s compassion and decency There are some interesting secondary characters, as well, my favourite being the little girl, Bridie, and her pet duck, Dougal However, at times the book is too description heavy not quite purple prose perhaps lavender , and there are too many point of view switches It may be that George based the horrible American tourist on someone real, but I thought he was one of the most absurd caricatures of the ugly American I have ever seen, too awful and ridiculous to be believable and he wasn t even necessary The things he drops bits of gossip about could ve been discovered other ways Also, I found some of the coincidences, contrasts, and connections rather contrived For example, it would ve been enough that Lynley s friend Simon be crippled, but he has to be unattractive, as well, dark to Lynley s fair and the fact is underscored by having Havers think the two men are like Apollo and Hephastus I don t want to get into plot spoilers, so I won t list other specific quibbles All that being said, I liked Lynley and Havers so much that I want to give the second book in the series a try and hope that I ll find fewer things to criticise.


  9. says:

    I finished this book last night and I was filled with mixed emotions After reading this I thought Is it O.K to murder someone Even though I could never do this, I now have a different view on this question The ending was just full of horror It was almost too much for me to handle I really did like the book though This book starts out with Inspector Lynley of Scotland Yard in a village of Keldale, investigating a murder there with Sergeant Barbara Havers Sergeant Havers gets demoted from her job because she can t get along with others She is very unpleasant to work with, and the William Tey s murder case is her last chance to prove herself If she messes up she will be left without a job There is a problem though, Havers can t stand Inspector Lynley who is known as the Golden Boy and is a womanizer They are both opposites as Lynley is very good looking and wealthy and Havers lives in poverty and is dumpy and just ordinary.Roberta Teys is found in her best dress, an axe in her lap, seated in the stone barn beside her Father s corpse Her first and last words were I did it, and I am not sorry Roberta is sent to the Barnstingham Mental Asylum by her cousin Richard Gibson who inherits William Teys farm When Inspector Lynley and Haver s meet their destination in Keldale, the village is deserted The peaceful village becomes the site of romantic rivalries and deep dark secrets It seems that William Teys is very well liked in his community Why would his young wife Tessa abandon him and her two daughters Why would Gillian, Roberta older sister run away at the age of sixteen and never come back Also there is the matter of the baby ghost whose cries originate from the stones of ancient Keldale Abbey The people in Keldale are determined to make this a hard investigation for the unlikely pair


  10. says:

    I was surprised to dislike this book intensely I d not read or seen any Inspector Lynley and I was expecting to enjoy this tale of an aristocrat police detective It s the first in the series and sometimes the first outing is not the best whilst an author is establishing characters but I am really not sure I can bear to try another unless the author has been given a sound talking to and promised to reform It has left my teeth feeling as if the enamel has been stripped off.I can cut the plot itself some slack because it is now over 20 years old and in the intervening years we have all become a lot wiser and sadder about similar real life situations and the journey to the conclusion we d already arrived at and dismissed as too blinking obvious was satisfyingly twisty There were some glimmers of interesting potential threads which may or may not progress in a satisfactory manner in later novels but too many were piled onto this first in the series.For the rest it was just offensive somehow, from the completely unrealistic depiction of police procedure I got very confused at the beginning, I assumed it was a period piece rather than intended to be contemporary to the way in which women are described I felt that the relentless emphasis on the pitiable loathsomeness of several female characters crossed a boundary for me and the portrayal of the American dentist probably should have done I think the overall idea is to have some theme of the British class system running through the series and it could have worked if it hadn t been handled in such a crass overblown manner.What a disappointment


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About the Author: Elizabeth George

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