Well-Schooled in Murder (Inspector Lynley, #3) by Elizabeth George

Well-Schooled in Murder (Inspector Lynley, #3)

When thirteen-year-old Matthew Whately goes missing from Bredgar Chambers, a prestigious public school in the heart of West Sussex, aristocratic Inspector Thomas Lynley receives a call for help from the lad's housemaster, who also happens to be an old school chum. Thus, the inspector, his partner, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, and forensic scientist Simon Allcourt-St. James find themselves once again outside their jurisdiction and deeply inv...

Details Well-Schooled in Murder (Inspector Lynley, #3)

TitleWell-Schooled in Murder (Inspector Lynley, #3)
Release DateMay 1st, 2007
GenreMystery, Fiction, Crime, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Well-Schooled in Murder (Inspector Lynley, #3)

  • Julie
    Well Schooled in Murder is a 1991 publication, written by Elizabeth George and published by Bantam.Inspector Lynley and detective Barbara Havers, and forensic scientist, Simon Allcourt St. James, investigate the death of a 13 year old boy at the prestigious Bredgar Chambers school.The death of Matthew Whateley hits everyone hard. The school wants to uphold it's reputation, so the truth is hard to uncover. Not all the students are honorable, nor a...
  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    This is the third book in the Inspector Lynley Series.I read this book as a buddy read with a GR friend and it was a lot of fun.Lynley is asked to investigate a missing child at a private school, and he and Havers are thrust into a world of lies, intrigue, and twisted passions, thinly veiled in upper-class civility. Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley & Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers investigate the murder of a schoolboy tortured and dumped in a...
  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    FIVE YEARS LATER... I know it seems like I did not really like the series, as I waited 5 years to continue with the third book, but it is more of a "too many book, not enough time" syndrome. I FINALLY got to book three this month when a friend and I did a buddy read. As soon as I started the book I was hooked, again!WELL-SCHOOLED IN MURDER(Inspector Lynley: #3)Written by Elizabeth George1989, 432 PagesBantam BooksGenre: mystery, british, suspense...
  • Mary Gilligan-Nolan
    This is a series I can't believe I resisted reading for so long. My sister recommended Elizabeth George many years ago and I could not get past the first few pages. I can't understand why now, I love her and want to read everything she has written. This is a story about a murder at a posh boarding school, a thirteen year old boy is murdered and his body is dumped in a graveyard, some distance from the school. It turns out, it is Simon St. James' ...
  • Aleshanee
    4.5 Sterne für einen äußerst spannenden Fall! Und schon bin ich beim vierten Band angelangt. Nachdem mir die Reihe vor 20 Jahren schon so gut gefallen hatte bin ich jetzt begeistert, wie sehr es mich immer noch fesseln kann. Zum Glück kann ich mich an die Details nicht mehr erinnern und gehe somit ganz ohne Vorwissen auf Mörderjagd!Der Schreibstil ist mittlerweile nicht mehr ganz so "gestelzt" wie noch im ersten bzw. zweiten Teil und sehr v...
  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    Oh my. I'm still catching my breath. I think I stopped breathing about 7 times in the days it took me to finish 'Well-schooled in Murder'. That's about how often I thought the killer was going to be unmasked, only to discover, along with Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers of New Scotland Yard CID, that we all were wrong again. Oh, the crimes and criminals and secrets were being exposed as fast and furious as a...
  • Lori
    No one can do a twisty turny mystery like Elizabeth George. I am so incredibly happy that I decided to reread these books and go through the entire series, its like getting a present every time I open one of her books.
  • Suzanne
    Lynley and Havers investigate the disappearance of a schoolboy from an independent school and find there are more leads and details than necessary to solve the crime. As I have come to expect, author Elizabeth George uses her characters well, injecting comedic humor as needed to lighten the mood as the two detectives become ever more embroiled in the darker aspects of this crime. While I was able to guess the perpetrator before the ‘big reveal...
  • Smitha
    Book 3 of Inspector Lynley series.A repeat read, this time in audio. I am addicted to this  Elizabeth  George  police procedural series, which focuses on the murder committed as well as the private life of the investigators, which I wanted to follow for long (and which somewhat seems akin to a soap opera)This time Lynley's childhood friend, John Hart wants him to go looking for a boy missing from the prestigious boarding school in which he is ...
  • Lobstergirl
    Well and densely plotted, but the cameos of the lower classes, as usual, grate. And how believable is it that (non-fundamentalist) marriages come to the brink of destruction because someone fails to disclose a teenage abortion they had? Really, in 1991? Elizabeth George can't seem to resist these anachronisms, and Deborah and Simon St. James never add anything interesting to the plots.
  • Richard Derus
    Rating: 3.75* of fiveThe Book Report: Inspector Thomas Lynley is called to a snobby uppercrust English school by his Old Etonian pal, now a schoolmaster in the place, to investigate the disappearance of scholarship boy Matthew Whately. All too soon comes the moment when the disappearance becomes a murder investigation thanks to the discovery of little Mattie's body in the churchyard containing Thomas Gray's tomb, by none other than Lynley's forme...
  • Kate Nothem
    Elizabeth George delivers a good mystery once again! I love how each of the books has built on the central characters, in this one I felt especially close to BOTH Sergeant Havers and Lynley as they were dealing with equally distressing events in their personal lives. I learned a lot more about Deborah and St. James and also sympathized with them. As for the mystery, it was a great 'whodunit'. I thought for sure I knew who the murderer would be an...
  • Barb
    A solid good mystery by Elizabeth George. I believe the last one I read was #13 in the Lynley/Havers/St.James series, and luckily for me, although the protagonists have lives outside of the investigation which continue to evolve book to book, this mystery can be read alone. I will continue to read the series as I come across the books. The plot involved the search for a 13 yr. old boy missing from a prestigious school in West Sussex, and those re...
  • IslandRiverScribe
    Elizabeth George may write this book, but the first five sentences of J. D. Robb’s “Reunion in Death” describe the alpha and the omega of this work more succinctly than anything I can manufacture: “Murder was work. Death was a serious chore for the killer, the victim, for the survivors. And for those who stood for the dead. Some went about the job devotedly, others carelessly. And for some, murder was a labor of love.”And as you read th...
  • Peggy
    My motivation for reading mystery novels is to escape into plot and spend time with gifted detectives who are too perfect to be true. That's part of it. But I also seek the satisfaction of seeing justice done and in this novel a horrendous plot point is introduced as a red herring. It is unsettling, but Lynley simply shoves it under a rug. This element either shouldn't have been introduced at all--my preference, since it is profoundly awful--or i...
  • Dolceluna
    Una principale ambientazione ombrosa e scolastica che mi ha ricordato l'amato "L'allievo" di Patrick Redmond, una macabra atmosfera tipicamente "biritish", fatta da silenziose e misteriose cittadine di campagna, foglie svolazzanti in cimiteri romantici, e bui chiostri di un austero college privato dove si celano segreti inconfessabili, e infine,una curiosa e perversa storia di sottofondo. Ecco gli ingredienti di questo splendido giallo, che mi ha...
  • Susan
    There are just not that many people who can write this type of mystery, so I treasure the ones who do. Plots and characters and dark secrets. I've already forgotten who the murderer was, but who cares?
  • Jamie
    Sometimes George describes too much and slows the story down, but I'm also an impatient reader so I'm not the best judge of that, I guess. One thing I don't really like is that she focused a lot on Deborah and Simon and that does make it a deeper series overall, I'm here for Lynley and Havers and wish they were the focus.
  • Megan
    DNF page 109.Realistically, the murder case is only just beginning, but I'm tired of having secondary characters that I don't like and aren't particularly necessary shoved in my face and "conveniently" involved in the case in some vague way. *coughcough* Deborah. Simon St. James. Helen.
  • Andrea
    really enjoyed the setting of this mystery -- a boarding school in England. It's a world that fascinates me!
  • Whitney
    I liked this one. This series has been very comforting to me while I'm in the middle of what feels like a million transitions.
  • Lisa (Harmonybites)
    In terms of pure mystery story this is top-notch and as I've found up to date with Elizabeth George, well-crafted and a pleasure to read. The resolution wasn't Christie gasp-worthy, but not only did this keep me guessing to the end, the solution when it came clicked like a key in the lock. In that regard, I'd say this novel is stronger than the first two Lynley mysteries, even if not as moving as the first. I also enjoyed a glimpse into the worki...
  • Kathy Davie
    Fourth chronologically and third in publishing order, this Inspector Lynley detective mystery series is set in modern-day England with this particular story set in West Sussex.My TakeThe very promising future of Matthew Whately was trashed…for such stupid reasons. The bullying, the code of silence, the contradiction of the school motto and it all comes down to…basics. Lynley is especially tormented about school loyalties: he owes Corntel. How...
  • Nolan
    This is one of the somewhat earlier books in the Inspector Tommy Lynleyseries, and it's excellent on a variety of levels. Not only will the mainplot keep you reading and wondering, but the subplots are interesting,too. In fact, I often complain a little about the length of theseElizabeth George books, but not so this one.Lynley has been called to a boarding school rich in tradition. A13-year-old boy has been murdered, and his tortured body has be...
  • Kristen
    If you love a real good mystery set in England, you'll love the third installment of the Inspector Lynley series. When a student is gone missing from a school, it's up to New Scotland Yard to send out their very best. And when Matthew Whateley turns up dead, then it's become a serious matter between them all. For Havers, who have some family issues to contend with at home, it's up to her and Lynley to talk to everyone involved with Matthew's life...
  • Mike
    I was actually really impressed with this book. The murder mystery itself wasn't necessarily very novel or unique (and near the end it gave in to one of the old hack tricks -- where each character in turn is accused of being the murderer, only to spill a clue which leads to the accusation of the next character), and it was also a little unpleasant at times (not only did it deal with a rather graphic and unpleasant crime, but all of the characters...
  • Jane
    I rated this as "really liked it" for the quality of the writing, not for the gruesome topic of child torture and murder. George has a deft hand with detail, sometimes too much, but the images make her work come alive. She has interesting plot twists in this one. The relationship between Inspector Lynley, so well portrayed on Tv, and Sergeant Havers is, for me, a rich addition to the story, as we perceive how their different backgrounds influence...
  • Thomas Strömquist
    Went back to a book in the Lynley series that I missed (should go back and re-read them in order, but that applies to a number of series...). This is the third book and probably one of the best. Lynley and Havers are very much the odd couple, learning to know and work with each other, and a lot of development goes on with these and the other main characters. The story is of a boy, pupil at a well-renowned school, found brutally murdered. The stor...
  • Mundi
    As a Detective Lynley and Sergeant Havers fan, this is one of the more interesting and well-woven plots. Twists and shimmies, and unexpected dead-ends, and every time you think you have guessed 'who', the road rounds another bend and what you thought was motive is once again redirected.Always engaging, and always memorable, sometimes hauntingly so, the entire Lynley series is worth checking out if you enjoy your detective novels.
  • Joan Colby
    . While I have seen the Inspector Lynley series on TV over time, I had never read the books that inspired them until now. This one is quite spellbinding in both back story of Lynley and his sergeant Havers as well as a complicated plot. I’ll definitely read more of Elizabeth George’s oeuvre.