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 DateApr 12th, 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 :)
  • 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.
  • Naomi Blackburn
    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!!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Val
    Enjoy the DI Linley series. A lot of detail given and you feel you are solving the crime at the same time. Recommend.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Lorraine
    Simon St. James and Deborah are having trouble in their marriage - Deborah cannot get pregnant and will not consider Simon's idea of adopting. While visiting the British art museum in London, Deborah meets a priest who suggests she take a vacation to Lancashire to the small village he lives in. When Simon and Deborah visit two months later, they discover the priest is dead from poisoning. The more they learn, the more suspicious they get, and the...
  • Monica
    t’s hard not to get caught up in the secrets of village life...especially when the vicar has been poisoned with hemlock and everyone seems to have something they want to hide. Elizabeth George is a very adept writer when it comes to creating a book filled with detailed character information and multiple mini plots. Reading this book I totally got lost and swept away in the plot, in the lives of the people living in Wimslough...always learning m...
  • Nancy
    I've really enjoyed some Elizabeth George mysteries, but I just could not get traction on this one. Ms. George is a skilled writer but that is not enough. I need at least one character I really like. If Havers is in the book, I'm good. She was not and nothing I read made up for it. I could renew it one more time at the library, but I am not going to finish it so why? In the interest of disclosure, I did read the first 183 pages (and the last 20) ...
  • Marie
    One new thing I learned is that there is such a plant as water hemlock and it is deadly if eaten. There is a difference in the roots of water hemlock and wild parsnip, but if a person doesn't know what he's about, he could make a disastrous mistake. Anyway, that's something for the person that collects odd bits of knowledge.The book was interesting as I have found all of Elizabeth George's novels - always great mysteries and each time you learn a...
  • Rebecca Huston
    Deborah St. James figures prominently in this entry in the Inspector Lynley series -- yeah! Set in northern England, it's a tale about a dead vicar, possible witchcraft and jealousy. Good, thick read on a rainy night with a big pot of tea and plenty of time. For the longer review, please go here:http://www.epinions.com/content_12818...
  • Anne
    Good, though wandering at times and does surpriseI enjoy the Inspector Lynley series and the unfolding stories of the main characters. Overall a good read, though at times it seems long winded.
  • Laura
    When Deborah St James hears of the unexpected death of Reverend Sage, her sadness has a very personal tinge. For their paths had crossed some months earlier at a particularly vulnerable time for Deborah, and she had found herself confessing her intimate anguish to this sympathetic stranger.
  • Shawna
    I love all of her books! The writing is impeccable, the characters interesting, and she always comes up with a good murder mystery. My favorite book of hers, however, is Playing for the Ashes. I highly recommend Elizabeth George!
  • Lynn
    not a bad read, but not a convincing one either -- every character acted and sounded like a caracature of himself such that no one seemed believable. and i'm not even talking about the witchcraft subplot.