Missing Joseph (Inspector Lynley, #6) by Elizabeth George

Missing Joseph (Inspector Lynley, #6)

Deborah and Simon St. James have taken a holiday in the winter landscape of Lancashire, hoping to heal the growing rift in their marriage. But in the barren countryside awaits bleak news: the vicar of Winslough, the man they had come to see, is dead - a victim of accidental poisoning. Unsatisfied with the inquest ruling and unsettled by the close association between the investigating constable and the woman who served the deadly meal, Simon calls...

Details Missing Joseph (Inspector Lynley, #6)

TitleMissing Joseph (Inspector Lynley, #6)
Release DateDec 17th, 1993
GenreMystery, Crime, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Missing Joseph (Inspector Lynley, #6)

  • Eric_W
    Elizabeth George is one of the premier “English-mystery” writers. As it happens, she lives and writes in California, but she apparently studied in England and does locale-specific research before each new novel. She’s very good at capturing the local dialect and geographic description, but, my goodness, I suspect she must have a peculiar love life because the characters of the two novels I’ve read have such bizarre, intertwined lives. Her...
  • Lisa (Harmonybites)
    I loved the first Lynley mystery, A Great Deliverance, which moved me to tears and I rated five stars. I really like George's style of writing--it flows so well--and her detectives--especially Havers, even over Lynley. I've read that the later books (there are 16 to date) are stronger than the early ones, but so far, with an uptick here and there along the way (I did love Well-Schooled in Murder) these novels seem to be getting weaker, not strong...
  • Lisa
    My absolute least favorite of this series, so far--almost enough to put me off the series, but I'll read the next one and see if George returns to form. It's as though the author had a great idea for the outline of the plot and then couldn't think of how to get from the beginning to the end except through moderately graphic sex scenes involving almost every secondary character in the book. It's not an exploration of human sexuality at different a...
  • Aleshanee
    *re-read*Ein wirklich gut durchdachter Krimi, nur zwischendurch gabs ein paar kleine Längen :)
  • Naomi
    Meh, def. not my favorite Inspector Lynley book. I thought it was boring and that it dragged on to where I wanted to gouge my eyes out! Luckily, that is rare with this series!!
  • Gypsi
    A vicar dies of poisoning and it's dismissed as an accident. Months later, Inspector Lyndley's attention is drawn to the case and he finds reasons to suspect murder.George is a good writer, and for the most part this book is no exception. However, she described so much sex--consensual and non, and both teenage and adult--that bore no relevance to the plot, that it became ridiculous. She also tended to ramble on with colloquies, soul searching, an...
  • Chiara
    Pesantemente prolisso dove proprio non ce n'era bisogno. Esageratamente straziante e lacrimevole nei restanti punti.
  • Terence M
    Read for the second time either late last year or earlier this year.A great novel, beautifully written with real characters that Elizabeth George develops throughout the Inspector Lynley series.
  • AngryGreyCat
    Missing Joseph is book 6 in Elizabeth George’s Inspector Lynley series. The book begins with a chance meeting with a vicar, who ends up “accidentally” poisoned. The mystery here is well plotted and has quite a few twists and turns before the final reveal. The side plots are equally important as the main mystery here with emotional upheaval in Lynley’s personal life and in St. James’ marriage. The characters in this series are really wel...
  • mary
    A masterpiece. After grinding my way through so many of the latest “psychological” mysteries, it’s so satisfying to be back in the thrall of a truly skilled writer. This one is #6 of her work, and I have to pace myself so I don’t burn through them and have none left. If you haven’t read Elizabeth George, please read them in order - the personal relationships between Lynley, St.James, Deborah, Helen, and the redoubtable Barbara Havers is...
  • Helen
    Lynley and Helen are battling a strange lack of trust - they think too much, especially Helen. This whole book is a tangle of characters and their relationships with each other. Simon and Deborah want a child but she keeps having miscarriages and refuses to consider adoption. Juliet seems to have a secret about her daughter Maggie's missing father. Brendan the solicitor has got his boss' daughter pregnant so there is no alternative to marrying he...
  • Toni Osborne
    Inspector Lynley, book 6This is one captivating and intricate mystery, with it, Ms George has given us a brilliantly plotted story that reaches emotional levels deeper than most can offer. We find strong character development involving the relationships between Simon and Deborah St James, Thomas and Lady Helen Clyde, Barbara Havers and her mother. We also find a large cast of new characters adding complexity to this murderess tale. The characteri...
  • M
    I was happy to read about Simon and Deborah St. James again. I thought EG's treatment of Deb's infertility was very insightful. It is heartbreaking for her to have had an abortion when she was Lynley's lover and then when she has the love of her life in Simon, not to be able to give him a child due to complications due to that abortion. The murder mystery centers around a mother and child, and the husband or "Joseph" is you will who threatens to ...
  • Paula Dembeck
    Elizabeth George explores the subject of motherhood in this sixth installment of the Inspector Lynley series. The title refers not only to the underlying subject of the mystery but also to a specific painting of the Madonna and Child and others with the same subject matter which often exclude any depiction of Joseph, the father. The series continues with the agonizing difficulty Deborah St James is having trying to carry a child to term after two...
  • J.R.
    I have yet to be disappointed in a George novel. My only complaint with this one is the minimal appearance of Havers whose raw humanity always touches me more than does Lynley.
  • Larraine
    Deborah and Simon St James go on a short winter holiday to try to salvage their battered marriage. Deborah has had six miscarriages and has been told to not even try to get pregnant for a year in order for her body to heal. She desperately wants to have a child, HER child as she thinks of it. Simon, on the other hand, is happy to consider adoption, but she refuses to think about it. They decide to go on holiday to a remote town in Lancashire wher...
  • Val
    Enjoy the DI Linley series. A lot of detail given and you feel you are solving the crime at the same time. Recommend.
    One heck of a mysteryYou will never guess But you have to read it all even the sordid parts. Makes you want to cry for them all
  • Cheryl Landmark
    Review to come soon.
  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    There are lots of failures to communicate going on in the picturesque village of Winslough. Photographer Deborah St. James can’t talk about adopting a child with scientist Simon, her husband, because she continues to have miscarriages, and it’s tearing them apart. Having a little vacation in Winslough is not helping. Deborah is pissed that Simon wants to adopt, so of course Simon becomes interested in the details of a local accidental death w...
  • Mari
    Se non siamo capaci di vivere ognuno dei due con il passato dell'altro, allora non abbiamo futuro.Iniziare un libro della George mi mette sempre un po’ pensiero. La mole, la narrazione lenta, una moltitudine di personaggi che spuntano fuori come funghi ad ingarbugliare la trama. Poi però inizio e tutte le perplessità svaniscono. Davanti ai miei occhi appare il paesaggio inglese, un po’ grigio, umido, perennemente autunnale, poco invitante p...
  • Scarlett Rains
    Missing Joseph is a well-written psychological mystery typical of one of the queens of the genre,Elizabeth George. Ms. George sets the stage for the story at an art museum where Deborah and Vicar Sage, both bereaved, speak briefly during a chance encounter while observing Leonardo da Vinci’s cartoon of the Madonna and child. The Vicar’s preoccupation with the absence of Joseph in the cartoon and his reference to the “woman taken in adultery...
  • Mike Stewart
    Good, reliably satisfying mystery. This time Lynley and Simon St. james solve the perplexing case of the death by poisoning of a Church of England priest while simultaneously dealing with their angst-ridden love lives. Sergeant Havers makes a brief appearance but does not figure hugely in this one.As always, there is a great deal of verbiage devoted to the lives, problems and backgrounds of what are sometimes minor characters only peripherally co...
  • Scott K
    The allege plot of the mystery itself was OK but the book as a whole was the worst I've red of this series. I'm beginning to see a pattern in this series. This book is listed as a mystery but it is more a sex novel than anything else. The Kindle version I read was 566 pages in length but if one was to remove the sex it be maybe 300.The only character that I'm really enjoying thus far is Barbara Havers which I say George does a find job of develop...
  • Jamie Collins
    Murder mystery this may be, but it's also a soap opera from beginning to end. This one takes place up north in chilly Lancashire, where once again Lynley's friends the St. James's have stumbled across a murder while on holiday at a village boarding house. The people in the life of the murder victim are, as usual, miserably unhappy and stuck in hopeless relationships. These books are very cynical about love, marriage and parenthood.We have more ba...
  • Helaine
    I began reading Elizabeth George's Detective Lynley series when first published--was really reeled in by the second volume (which I understand was the first book written originally)which revealed the main characters' intertwined history. But a few years ago, I got away from the the books --believe I was turned off by the PBS series actors chosen to play Lynley and Helen. I had a completely different Lynley pictured in my head--not the slightly mu...
  • Hannie
    Wederom een leuk boek over Scotland Yard-inspector Lynley. Dit keer draait het om de mysterieuze dood van een pastoor. Het fijne van een serie is dat de hoofdpersonen na een paar boeken vertrouwd worden en je ongeveer weet wat je kunt verwachten. Het is niet een heel spannend boek. Het is niet zo dat je op het puntje van je stoel zit of niet kunt stoppen met lezen. Toch is het een interessant verhaal en wordt het mysterie langzaam ontrafeld. Het ...
  • Deb
    Simon St. James and his wife Deborah are the catalysts for this latest investigation. The couple decides to spend some time away from home to see if they can work through their difficulties around Deborah's unwillingness to adopt. Deborah hopes to visit an Anglican priest she met in London, but when they arrive in his village, they discover he has died under mysterious circumstances. St. James asks Lynley to investigate and although he and Helen ...
  • Neill Smith
    When Simon and Deborah St. James decided a trip to the small village of Winslough in Lancashire was a suitable winter break from London they did not expect that Simon's curiosity would be so aroused by a case of accidental poisoning that he would call their friend, Detective Inspector Thomas Linley to help him investigate the case. Suspicions about the way the case had been handled by the local constable combined with the particular poison used a...