A Great Deliverance (Inspector Lynley, #1) by Elizabeth George

A Great Deliverance (Inspector Lynley, #1)

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 Se...

Details A Great Deliverance (Inspector Lynley, #1)

TitleA Great Deliverance (Inspector Lynley, #1)
Release DateJun 1st, 1989
PublisherBantam Books
GenreMystery, Fiction, Crime, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Reviews A Great Deliverance (Inspector Lynley, #1)

  • Phrynne
    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 smok...
  • Christine
    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...
  • Margitte
    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 redoubtabl...
  • Eve
    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...
  • Lewis Weinstein
    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 more 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 ev...
  • Icewineanne
    A 61 yr old farmer lies in his barn, brutally murdered, his head chopped off......the 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...
  • Richard Derus
    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 ...
  • Nicole
    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....
  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    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...
  • Anuradha
    I've been in a book slump for the longest time. Well, I've been in a slump in general, for the longest time. I'd been having "one of those days" for the past couple of weeks, and this book got me out of it. I was apprehensive about starting this book after the disappointment that was J.D. Robb, but this did not disappoint. Elizabeth George is an exceptional writer. She pens what seems, from the onset, a cosy mystery, a la Ms. Marple or the likes,...
  • Jennifer
    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 th...
  • James
    I wavered between strongly disliking this book, actively despising the author and reading it in a compulsive how could this get any worse kind of way. The plot in brief: a lord who for reasons unknown works in scotland yard is paired up with a working class police woman to solve a grisly decapitation in Yorkshire. I understand some suspension of belief is par for the course when you read a crime thriller and that the depth of character plotting i...
  • Allison
    First the superficial. I'm having a hard time getting over how annoying a couple of the characters were. The horribly caricatured American tourist was too much - I ended up skipping any passage with him. And felt he was completely unnecessary to the plot. It's difficult to enjoy a book when you have such antipathy to ridiculous characters. I did like Lynley, but his partner... I'm sure that she will get better as the series progresses, but did sh...
  • Lisa
    Goodness Gracious, I love this series. Elizabeth George is, in my opinion, the best mystery writer alive today. The ending hits you like a slap and yet you're left wondering how in the world you never saw it coming. Of course THAT was what was happening! But Elizabeth George is a master manipulator and character constructor. There are few characters in literature I enjoy more than Barbara Havers and Sir Thomas Lynley. The ins and outs of their re...
  • C.
    I usually dock a star if an animal is killed because that is always needless. The reasoning in this police case was especially preposterous. No would disagree that a million other distractions could have been devised for a human murder; not by committing an animal's. That was the most disturbing fiction, in a very domestically disturbing novel. However this mystery, its characters, their compassion, and personal histories are so stunningly well-w...
  • Jude
    Don't let the public television series distract you - they mostly just took the names and killed off most of the players.For a treat and a journey that only your willingness NOT to read reviews can preserve, begin here at the beginning. The arc of personal story that runs behind the crimes and through the novels is truly wonderful, and her brilliant portrayal of race and class issues builds to the truly startling "With No One As Witness" and the ...
  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    3.5 STARS - I picked up this mystery because Elizabeth George is one of the authors that had escaped me over the years. Too many authors and not enough time. I knew next to nothing about this series and didn't know what to expect for characters, locale or time frame. What I got was a murder mystery with wonderfully complex, well-drawn, yet flawed main characters in Lynley and Havers. I enjoyed the contrast between aristocratic Lynley paired with ...
  • Larry Bassett
    This is my first Elizabeth George and is part of my search for women authors with feminist protagonists. In this case it will be the second in command protagonist, not, on the face of it, the most- promising start in finding a strong, independent woman. I am defining feminist as someone who supports and works toward equal rights and opportunities for women. I am interested in the development of the relationship between the two main characters. Th...
  • Ellen
    A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George.A book like this comes along perhaps once in a lifetime. Each character so intense with emotional depth adding to the story that creates an atmosphere impossible to abandon. I was unable to turn away from the characters and the story they brought to life with the turning of each page. I must thank another reader/reviewer for recommending this author.Inspector Lynley has been assigned CID Barbara Havers to a...
  • Panda Incognito
    Surely a great next step in my exploration of the mystery genre would be to read a book by the great Elizabeth George, right? Nope.This was the most atrocious book I have ever read. The novel started off badly enough, with no central character's journey to follow and a series of disjointed, head-hopping scenes. About halfway through, the story started to pull together, but we'd still take lurching jaunts off into the utterly boring and irrelevant...
  • Janice
    This was my second read of this novel, my first time having been over 20 years ago, in the mid 1990’s. For some reason I did not find it a particularly engaging read at that time, but have been reading good reviews of more recent additions to the series. So I had been thinking I might start the series again and see if I enjoyed it more now. And then a “challenge” in the group A Book for All Seasons was presented, to re-read a book one had r...
  • Lobstergirl
    In this, the first Inspector Lynley mystery, Elizabeth George unrolls a particularly hideous plot and typically unappealing supporting cast of characters. Even our main characters, Lynley and Havers, are unappealing; Lynley is a serious slut who apparently will bed down with any redhaired woman and who crippled his best friend in a drunk driving accident, and Havers is shapeless yet also barrel-shaped and has tiny pig eyes. Oh, and Lynley is blon...
  • Marie-Jo Fortis
    Mysteries no longer seem mysterious. At least the ones that have fallen into my hands in the past few years. What the hell do you mean? will be the retort of the critical friend. A non-mysterious mystery? And then, a glance will follow with this implication, criticism now tinted with concern: Marie-Jo must have hit her head on a real hard surface. Main be it’s time for brain surgery. Before I am being taken to the hospital, however, let me ex...
  • Aleshanee
    4.5 Sterne für den zweiten Band der Lynley Reihe! Weiter gehts mit dem re-read der Inspektor Lynley Reihe :)Der erste Band war ja noch ein bisschen verhalten und viel mit persönlichen Konflikten gespickt - jetzt im zweiten stand der Mordfall schon sehr viel mehr im Vordergrund.Natürlich ist auch Thomas Lynleys Beziehung zu seiner Ex-Verlobten und seinen Freunden immer präsent, aber endlich tritt auch Barbara Havers auf den Plan. Sie wurde im ...
  • Nikki Nielsen
    As exhausted as I am, Elizabeth George has managed to hold my attention into the wee hours of the morning. That, in itself, says something.I was surprised to learn, after finishing this book, that the author is American. I have read a great deal of British Mysteries, and I have to say she does it well. I learned this about her after reading the book, because I never read the inside cover or back of a book until I have finished. I don't like to st...
  • Amanda Patterson
    Elizabeth George tells a wonderful tale; crafted as carefully as an elaborate quilt. She deserves the accolades she’s received, including the Anthony & Agatha Best First Novel in the USA for A Great Deliverance. I’ve read all of her novels and recommend this for all lovers of crime fiction and good writing. If she weren’t boxed into a genre, her novels would be considered for more than the usual crime prizes.
  • Charley Girl
    Woah. Not sure how this book got onto my to be read shelf but I really enjoyed it. Lynley reminded me a bit of James Bond in the beginning and I immediately was waiting for some James Bond events. Not so in this book. Instead a steady pace with characters such as Havers, St. James and Lady Helen that are built layer by layer. Even the secondary characters are developed so you have some feelings towards them. Perhaps this is because it is the firs...
  • Koen Kop
    " The woman stared. She was exactly the type who always reduced him to blithering idiocy. At least six feet tall, dressed in that wonderfully insouciant mismatch of clothing so characteristic of the British upper classes, she was ageless, timeless, (...)" (page 1)" She'd swept into the carriage in Doncaster, (...) and for the remainder of the trip she had alternated between imbibing the railway's foul-smelling and tepid coffee and staring at him ...
  • Toni Osborne
    This is a plot thick book with plenty of fascinating characters. It is a good idea to read this novel first to get a solid background of the characters. If you love rich and complex characters you will be delighted. This novel is beautifully written, has a lot of suspense and is utterly absorbing. The author leaves a message that goes far beyond a murder mystery.
  • Dorothy
    As an avid reader of mystery series, why have I never picked up one of Elizabeth George's Inspector Lynley books? After all, she's one of the most successful mystery writers now on the scene. I've finally remedied my oversight by reading the first book in the series and the writer's first novel, A Great Deliverance. I won't wait so long to peruse the second book in the series, because this was a terrific read.Here are a few of the things that I l...